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JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …

WJBIII from Yulee, FL

What's your take on the Jags' overall coaching staff hires?

The Jaguars officially announced Head Coach Doug Pederson's first coaching staff Thursday, with a media availability scheduled for Friday morning. The coordinators: Press Taylor (offense), Mike Caldwell (defense) and Heath Farwell (special teams). The position/coordinator coaches: Jim Bob Cooter (passing-game coordinator), Mike McCoy (quarterbacks), Phil Rauscher (offensive line), Chris Jackson (wide receivers), Richard Angulo (tight ends), Bernie Parmalee (running backs), Bob Sutton (senior defensive assistant), Brentson Buckner (defensive line), Bill Shuey (outside linebackers), Tony Gilbert (inside linebackers), Cody Grimm (safeties) and Deshea Townsend (passing-game coordinator/cornerbacks). One early thought is that the Taylor hire makes a lot of sense; he has extensive experience on Pederson's staff in Philadelphia – and with Pederson planning to call plays, speaking the same offensive language as the coordinator is key. Caldwell likely will bring an aggressive, 3-4-based scheme that should fit well what this defense began to do under Joe Cullen last season – so that sort of continuity could be positive. Another thought is that this is unquestionably a young staff in terms of experience. Neither Taylor nor Caldwell has been an NFL coordinator before, and Rauscher is entering his third season as an NFL offensive line coach. Experience doesn't mean everything, and Pederson's experience as a head coach figures to benefit everything. But it is a young staff in that sense and that will be something to watch.

Seamus from Sioux Falls, SD

I gotta be honest: I am skeptical that Khan is sincerely trying to find an EVP. His quotes seem to me almost patronizing, as if we need some promise of "dessert" after having to have Trent "Brussels Sprouts" Baalke for dinner. Your own estimate of him hiring an EVP admitted guesswork. I'm just saying that I feel like there is still dysfunction going on, and I wonder if any other fans feel similarly. Is there any rumors or reports of Khan interviewing anyone since before hiring Coach P?

Your interpretation aside, I have heard nothing to make me think Jaguars Owner Shad Khan isn't planning to hire an executive vice president of football operations. Me not knowing the details on this is in no way indicates it's not going to happen. Many fans in this 24-hour/Twitter world assume that if something is not "rumored" or "out there" on social media it's not happening. This assumption is incorrect.

Rob from PV

You think we should not pay DJ 15 mil per year? Why not? A No. 1 receiver like Davante Adams will be paid around $25 million per year. That's the new normal, Zone: Quit being cheap. We will have to pay DJ $15 million per year to keep him and I would be happy to do that. We should also pay Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams or Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin something like $17-to-18 million per year on top of the 15 we spend on Chark. That is simply what it is going to cost to get our receiving corps up to pace. Your comment makes me think the Jags plan on being cheap … again. The Dallas Cowboys would pay that money every time, but we say the cost is too high. No, it's not. That's market value. Maybe Chark would take less if the market doesn't offer him $15/year, but it will take $15/year to keep him. I can assure you of that. Just like former Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson. Don't screw this up again. Robinson wanted $15 million. We refused and paid $15 for the worthless combination of Marqise Lee and Donte Moncrief … WOW! And here you are years later saying you would not pay Chark 15. I guess Jags always gonna jag. Rebuilding for life because we're too cheap to resign our players at market value.

Here's what I wrote: "And you don't necessarily make wide receiver DJ Chark a $15 million receiver – for example – if you don't believe he can play the position at a No. 1 receiver level." That's not saying the Jaguars shouldn't pay Chark. It's not an indication that the Jaguars plan on being cheap. It is saying that it's not a no-brainer decision.

Joe from Jacksonville

John, what is your favorite number?


Charles from Riverside

Hello, John. Are there potential must-have players for certain teams available in the draft? Players a particular team would be willing to trade up with the Jags to get, to have that particular need filled with the guy they really want in a bad way?

That seems unlikely in this draft, particularly in the first round. More than two months remain until the draft, so that could change.

Brian from The 904

I am tired of hearing that finally, Tony Boselli is a "Hall of Famer." The truth is, Tony has always been a "Hall of Famer" and it has finally been recognized. Just ask Tony, he'll confirm.

Fair and true.

Scott from Jacksonville

When I read "John Elway in Denver," I got an image of John Denver in my mind. Then I thought about it and realized it wasn't John Denver. It was Elton John. Brains do funny things sometimes.

I was working on a steak the other day. I saw Waddy in the Rattlesnake Café. Odd thing was he was dressed in black, tossing back a shot of rye. He was, of course, finding things to do in Denver when you die.

Jerell from Columbia, SC

The moves so far are looking pretty decent, I must say. Doug P was always my first option and like the staff off to a good start.

Jerell's back and he's "cool with stuff" thus far.

Bill from Pointe Vedra, FL

It is not unreasonable to think the Jags could at least have a winning season next year. They beat the Buffalo Bills, a Super Bowl pick by many; the Indianapolis Colts; a good team fighting for the playoffs; and the Miami Dolphins, who were about to go on a big winning streak. They should have beaten the Cincinnati Bengals; they led the Arizona Cardinals at halftime. Add a couple of good free agents, high draft picks and a coach who knows what he is doing, and you have a good chance for success.


James from Jacksonville

It looks like Pederson is doing a good job of filling out his coaching staff. With the coaching talent being built around quarterback Trevor Lawrence's development, how much of a step forward do you believe Trevor can take next year with proper development? I have high hopes for Trevor, but it looked like more drama than development happened in his first year.

I believe Lawrence can take a major step forward next season for a couple of reasons. One is that many quarterbacks do take such a step in Year 2. Another is that he has extreme talent, and that sort of talent shouldn't need much improvement to show through. And no … Pederson's experience as an NFL quarterback/coach shouldn't hurt, nor should shedding last year's drama. All signs point to Lawrence having a chance to be better in Year 2. A lot better. Stay tuned.

Ryan from Detroit, MI

Looks like the Green Bay Packers are going to use the franchise tag on Davante Adams again. Would you trade the No. 1 overall pick to get him? I'd rather have Davante to help Trevor Lawrence than the "hopefully good" players at the top of this year's draft.

I would strongly consider that. I wouldn't expect the Packers to agree to that trade. If they wanted to part ways with Adams, they wouldn't place the franchise tag on him.

Abe from Catonsville, MD

Calais Campbell is coming back! He has six Pro Bowls, three All Pros, named to the All-2010s decade team, was in the conversation in 2017 for Defensive Player of the Year and was named the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year. What are his chances for making the Hall of Fame?


Daniel from Johnston, IA

With this EVP position, are we essentially back to the same structure we had with Tom Coughlin, Head Coach Doug Marrone and General Manager David Caldwell?

Essentially, yes – though the specific dynamics of the position have yet to be announced. I expect Khan to offer those specifics when the EVP is announced – which I anticipate being relatively soon.

Billy from Middleburg, FL

I know the NFL has no problem with exposure but a few of the franchise's that struggle get very little. Wouldn't it be smart for a team like the Atlanta Falcons or Carolina Panthers to try and move up to the No. 1 pick now so for the next few months leading up to the draft, their team will be covered extensively and in the forefront?

It would be smart for the Falcons or Panthers to trade up to No. 1 overall if they like a player enough to trade into that spot. It would not be smart for either franchise – or any franchise, for that matter – to trade up solely for a few months of coverage.