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O-Zone: On to 2022

JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …

JT from Palm Coast, FL

This is the year Boselli gets in, right?

Former Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli indeed is a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist yet again, having made the list of 15 modern-era finalists announced Thursday. I absolutely believe he eventually will be enshrined. I also believe this will be the year because he has been continued to make the finalist list for six consecutive years, and because he reportedly continues to be in the final 10 once voters pare down the list of 15 finalists during final voting. That usually indicates enough support among voters to eventually be enshrined. I also have had multiple voters tell me over the years that the general feeling among voters five years ago was that four offensive linemen – Kevin Mawae, Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson and Boselli – needed to be enshrined and would be enshrined. Mawae, Faneca and Hutchinson have been enshrined in the last three classes. Nothing has happened in the last four or five years to make me think Boselli won't be the fourth of that foursome to make it. We'll discuss this a lot more between now and February 10, but that's the early thought.

Sean from Jacksonville

So, our wide receivers coach and special teams coach are still employed? How do you hold them accountable with poor performances week in and week out? We are almost a full season in with the worst position coaches on the worst team. Massive sigh. Again.

The two areas haven't performed well for the most part this season. Major, sweeping changes are likely at the end of the season. That's what happens when head coaches are dismissed midseason and when seasons veer as far from success as this one has veered. I don't expect staff changes before the end of the regular season because what's the point?

Matty from St augustine fl

I just want to be the first comment for the new year this time. Maybe it will bring a different result for our Jags next season!! BTW, thanks for keep it real, The Good, Bad, True and ugly facts and opinions. Here's to a better season! DILLY DILLY!

This was the not-so-ballyhooed, oft-overlooked, certainly underappreciated First Email of the New Year. Sort of. Kind of. Oh well. Dilly, I suppose.

KC from Orlando, FL

KOAF. Do you think we'll have our next head coach before the Senior Bowl?

Yes.

John from Jacksonville

Going all the way back to 1995, how many Jaguars' head coaches had previous experience as a head coach? I can only think of two. One came a few minutes from going to the Super Bowl. The new head coach needs to have playoff experience as a head coach.

You're referencing former Jaguars Head Coaches Mike Mularkey and Doug Marrone, and you're right that Marrone got the Jaguars to within minutes of the Super Bowl following the 2017 season. I agree about head-coaching experience for the next Jaguars head coach. It's not a "have-to." Plenty of successful head coaches have won in their first head-coaching job. But does it feel like head-coaching experience would help given the current state of the franchise, and given the last year? Yes. Without question.

JT from Palm Coast, FL

The constant drama is tiring John. I was hoping that we would have just cleaned house and truly started fresh. I have the same feeling that I did with the Urban Meyer hire.

Your feelings are understandable. It was a looooooooooong year.

Jeremy from Jacksonville

Mr. O, quarterback Byron Leftwich was the seventh overall pick, quarterback Blaine Gabbert was the tenth, quarterback Blake Bortles was the third and quarterback Trevor Lawrence was the first. Please tell me one of these things is not like the others.

I think you're hoping that Lawrence will have a far better career than the other three first-round quarterbacks had for the Jaguars. I believe he will. There's still every reason to believe he will. Stay tuned. It's still early on this one.

Matt from Houston, TX

What was the point of putting running back Travis Etienne Jr. on the reserve/COVID-19 list if he was already on IR?

To follow NFL rules.

Marc from Duuuuuvalll

If reports are true that Jaguars General Manager Trent Baalke is indeed leading the coaching search, I am at least intrigued/comforted in the fact that the presumptive list of candidates is a 'Who's Who" of both respected and accomplished former head coaches and up-and-coming coordinators. If we're to judge Baalke on what we know to be fact and not scuttlebutt, that's not necessarily an unpromising start to the off-season.

The seven coaches currently reported as potential Jaguars head-coaching candidates – former Indianapolis Colts/Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nate Hackett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles – appear to make up a very strong list. There's a good mix of head-coaching experience (Caldwell, Peterson and Bowles) and offensive knowledge (Hackett, Moore and Leftwich). They also all seem to fit the most important attributes of a future head coach – the ability to set an organizational tone and lead people – to varying degrees. Those are general thoughts. The process just began this week. We'll see how it plays out.

Rob from Ponte Vedra, FL

All I have ever asked of owners is that they spend the cap. This gives you the chance to have as much talent on the roster as the other teams. We were destined to have less talent when we decided to spend 89 million less than the other teams. I hated the idea of saving for later and I hate it now. Don't you think the team would be better with eight more talented guys who make $10 million a year? We will see how committed Shad is to winning when we see how much of that cap money he spends next year. I'm sure he is losing more than he saved in lost seat revenue and no playoffs. Paying for talent on your roster can yield better returns in the form of sold-out stadiums and home playoff games. I hope he realizes this as I see it as more important than the new coach. Do you?

This question implies that Jaguars Owner Shad Khan is unwilling to spend money on players. There is nothing in the decade he has owned the team to support this. Khan never has had an issue with spending to the salary cap. He has spent big – over the cap, in fact -- in many offseasons. There have been other offseasons with the Jaguars' football decision-makers have opted to roll cap room over to ensuing years because of where those decision-makers believed the Jaguars were in terms of their building process at the time. The Jaguars haven't won enough during Khan's tenure. No one will question that. But to say that Khan isn't committed to winning, and to say he won't spend to do so, is absolutely incorrect.

Griffin from St. Augustine, FL

I have a plan. The Jags get the first overall pick, then we trade it to the highest bidder. No less than three first-round picks!

That's a good plan. It appears exceedingly unlikely it will play out that way because there doesn't seem to be a player who will draw that sort of trade interest in the 2022 NFL Draft, but hey … good plan.

Hugo from Albuquerque, NM

The coaching staff won't put in Little in at either tackle position because they don't believe he gives them the best shot at winning but they will line him up running routes out of the slot in the redzone. Please make this make sense.

Easily. Jaguars coaches believe right tackle Jawaan Taylor and left tackle Cam Robinson are the best options at their positions. They tried a trick play on the goal line with rookie tackle Walker Little running a route in a loss to the New York Jets past Sunday. The trick play didn't work. Not a lot has gone right this season. There have been plenty of legitimate criticisms. This really isn't wrong, but if you want to not like it and use it as an example of incompetence … sure, I can't control that.

Jimsure from DBS

Now that we have the first pick locked up, again, would it be smart to trade down a few slots and get more picks? Obviously we can't get a wide receiver first and we don't need a QB so doesn't it make sense?

If the Jaguars indeed select No. 1 overall, trading down indeed would make some sense. Does another team want that selection enough for a trade to make sense? Stay tuned.

Pedal Bin from Farnborough, Hampshire, UK

Oh Mighty 'O'/King of all Funk, Happy New from across 'The Pond'! 2021 didn't deliver want we hoped, let's see if 2022 brings us more success to fans in Jacksonville and internationally. Maybe next year will be our year!

Happy New Year.

Cristiano from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Happy New Year to you and yours, Johnny-O.

Happy New Year.

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