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JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …

Ryan from Detroit, MI

So - what happens if Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence stays in school to avoid the New York Jets? They pick Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and then the Jags are stuck with who?? It seems to be our luck that whenever we actually get a Top 3 draft pick there aren't any great, "can't-miss" quarterbacks available that year.

You're stressing about something that hasn't yet come to fruition – and that won't likely come to fruition. But I can relate. What is life, after all, but a series of unending, unfounded panic situations? Either way, I would be surprised if this happens. While Lawrence theoretically could return to Clemson to avoid being selected by a team or teams at the top of the 2021 NFL Draft, who's to say those same teams won't be selecting early again in 2022? And who's to say the teams selecting at the top of the '22 draft will be any more appealing? Lawrence likely will be selected No. 1 or No. 2 overall whenever he chooses to enter the NFL, and teams selecting No. 1 or 2 overall typically are … wait for it … struggling! A franchise quarterback can change that in a hurry. He's supposed to change that in a hurry. My guess is while this will be a topic in the coming months, it won't be a thing come April. We'll see.

Daniel from Jersey City, NJ

O-man, how long do you think it will take for us to find a new GM? Is this something that typically drags on for a bit or do these things typically happen pretty quickly?

There's really no "typical" in this case. NFL owners do things – including general manager searches – their own way at their own pace. But I would expect a general manager either shortly before or after the end of the regular season. If Jaguars Owner Shad Khan chooses to hire a candidate not currently with an NFL team, it could be slightly before. If he chooses to hire one with a team, it likely will be slightly after because teams can't contact officials from other teams until after the season. Stay tuned.

Tucker from Nashville, TN

Thought James Robinson reminded me of Arian Foster. Not fast, but a smooth runner.


KC from Orlando, FL

If you had to guess, what kind of general manager will Shad Khan be looking for? Will he be looking for someone with previous experience? Or another up and comer, like Dave Caldwell was?

I doubt Khan will enter the process with a preconceived notion of what he wants. If he were to do that, he would unnecessarily reduce the prospect pool. There's nothing wrong with an up-and-comer; if you ignore candidates who never have been general managers before you ignore an entire league of possibilities. Khan in the past has interviewed people for important positions and tried to glean information from the process to determine the best course of action. I would expect something along those lines in this case.

Tim from Jacksonville

Been reading all season and all I can say is boy does this coaching staff got you buffaloed.

Yes, you absolutely know better than I do what's going on with the Jaguars. That's reasonable.

Jason from Jacksonville

John, in addition to Offensive Rookie of the Year, James Robinson should be a strong contender for the Pro Bowl in my opinion. Going into this weekend, he is second in the AFC in rushing yards (890) behind only Derrick Henry (3rd in the NFL behind Henry and Cook) and tied for 3rd in the AFC among RBs in rushing TDs (6). In addition, Robinson has 280 yards receiving and two receiving touchdowns. If he is able to maintain this type of production for the rest of season, will he be representing the Jags in the Pro Bowl

Jaguars rookie running back James Robinson should be considered for Offensive Rookie of the Year and the Pro Bowl; he has played well enough to merit both. I doubt he will get Offensive Rookie of the Year because the Jaguars are 1-10 and players from 1-10 teams tend to get overlooked. Also, there are players such as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool excelling for winning teams – and that sort of profile holds sway in such honors. From this view, Robinson has a real chance at the Pro Bowl. He's second in the AFC in rushing and there's nothing fluky about his performance. It would be disappointing and unfair if Robinson didn't receive that honor if he continues to play as he has played in the first 11 games.

John from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

With a 1-10 record what is more important – winning as many games as possible for the remainder of the year, or improving the draft position to benefit future years?

To the players and coaches, winning is the most important thing. To fans and observers – and quite possibly to the Jaguars' next general manager – improving draft position might take precedent. But the players and coaches can't be concerned about the draft. So the question is, in a very real sense, moot.

Dave from Los Angeles, CA

If you're a five-win team, sure, fight for six or seven wins. If you're a one-win team with a shot at solving a generational hole in the franchise quarterback, every additional win that takes you farther from a chance at the top overall pick is a massive strategic blunder. Do what it takes to turn the franchise around.

To the players and coaches, winning is the most important thing. To fans and observers – and quite possibly to the Jaguars' next general manager – improving draft position might take precedent. But the players and coaches can't be concerned about the draft. So the question is, in a very real sense, moot.

AlIen from Harrisburg, PA

Question not so crazy? What if the Jags give Green Bay their two first-round picks and a third-round pick for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. We can still pick a future quarterback in the top of the second round for the future, but we have Rodgers for the next 6 years. I would bet we would be in the playoffs four out of the six years and a chance to win .... This year alone we would have won five more close game with him at quarterback in the fourth quarter that we lost. So let's pull Green Bay trump card to see where they really stand. Your thoughts, Big O.


Roger from Houston, TX

I was always under the impression that the salary cap was mostly determined by TV revenue, whereas local revenue funded operations. Did that formula substantially change with the last CBA? TV revenue is guaranteed by contract and equally shared, isn't it? I was just wondering why the salary cap would be significantly lower next year if the TV revenue didn't change.

The cap essentially is based on 47-to-48 percent of the league's total revenues for the preceding year. Television revenue accounts for such a large portion of the revenue that in a normal year that revenue essentially pays player salaries for most teams, but pretty much all revenue counts toward calculating the cap.

Pat from Duval

What do you think about Bucky Brooks as a GM? He's being brought up quite a bit in the fan community, and also by you. I feel like we need someone close to Jacksonville, who understands our players and situation. I worry about a GM coming in and clearing house too aggressively.

I half-jokingly mentioned the possibility of Bucky Brooks as the Jaguars' new general manager during Jaguars Happy Hour. Brooks and I appear weekly on the show along with J.P. Shadrick and I joke with Brooks about many things. I believe Brooks could be a general manager in the NFL at some point. He's very knowledgeable and no less qualified than many general managers. I wouldn't have a problem with him as general manager, though I have no feel for whether or not that's a direction Khan would go.

Jim from Jacksonville

There's no guarantee that Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields will be the answer at QB. Look what happened to Andrew Luck, right?

Luck – the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft – quarterbacked a team that went 2-14 in 2011 to an 11-5 record in 2012. He had a winning record in all five seasons in which he started 15 or more games, and he quarterbacked the Colts to four postseason appearances. He played in an AFC Championship Game. He played close to a Most Valuable Player-level at times. If he wasn't the answer, what in the world was the question?

Steven from Orlando, FL

I saw Gene "Power Drive" Frenette lift a car clear over his head to retrieve his candied apple that unfortunately rolled underneath it. Heads rolled that day. I'm lucky to be able to tell this story.

Damned right you are.