JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Kenneth from Yulee, FL
Mr. O, when considering a "franchise" quarterback, what in your opinion is required to be designated that title? Is it as simple as being the No. 1 quarterback for the team? And what does Nick Foles have to accomplish for him to be considered a success for the Jaguars? He already has accomplished (IMO) more than Derek Carr ($125 million), Kirk Cousins ($84 million) and Matt Stafford ($130 million). I think we got a steal with him while not breaking the bank.
The phrase "franchise quarterback" means different things to different people. Some use the phrase with essentially any quarterback who has earned a mega second contract. I admit to slipping at times and using that definition; I am, contrary to the opinions of many readers, an imperfect man with at least two notable flaws. It's more accurate to say a franchise quarterback needs to be capable of lifting teammates to victories that wouldn't have happened with a lesser quarterback – and to be the focal point of multiple playoff teams. Foles played like that sort of quarterback at times in Philadelphia. What must he do to be a success for the Jaguars? I'm sure many observers would say he must lead them to a Super Bowl. I would say a Super Bowl appearance or multiple playoff appearances. That would make things fun around here for a while, and wouldn't that be nice?
Scott from Fernandina Beach, FL
Hi, John: Am I wrong to think tight end and defensive line are deeper this draft than offensive line? Take advantage and go offensive line at No. 7. Go defensive line/tight end in Rounds 2 & 3, whichever they deem best. Crazy?
Not at all.
Tank from Mechanicsville, VA
I'd bet Foles has watched a boatload of film on the offensive side of the Jags '17 and '18 season. I'm guessing the Jags scouts have no clue about performing as a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. I doubt the question was about getting advice about which players may help the offense, but more about what TYPE of players he meshes well with. A scout might plug in any number of players names that the draft might provide. To me, BOTH are valuable opinions. Your "He's a quarterback; he's not a college scout" was off the mark.
You're referencing a recent O-Zone question asking if the Jaguars would consult with Foles before the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. My answer essentially was that Foles is a quarterback and not a scout. This answer was "awesome." I enjoyed rereading it as much as I enjoyed writing it – and I really enjoyed writing it. I only regret I could only write it once.
Gary from Jacksonville
Did you ever work for the Florida Times-Union?
I indeed worked for the Times-Union from August 1988 until July 2001. I began as a part-time employee answering telephones on Friday nights in the fall and assisting with high-school sports, then covered high schools full time before covering University of Florida athletics – and eventually, the Jaguars. I worked primarily out of the Times-Union's building on 1 Riverside Avenue for the first five years of that stretch, so reading Friday of the paper moving from that building to the Wells Fargo Building was a sad day. I worked with many good people at the Times-Union and have many great memories from that building. I was fortunate to begin my career when newspapers were strong and I left shortly before the business began changing dramatically, changes that led eventually to Friday's move. When I worked at the newspaper, it was hard to imagine staff reductions of the kind that have ransacked the industry. It's a different journalism era now, and the demise/decline of newspapers sure doesn't make it a better one.
Scott from Gilbert, AZ
Zone, I would also not be surprised if the Jags went running back in the second or third round. After using the No. 4 overall pick on a running back in 2017, throwing away a fifth-round pick in exchange for Carlos Hyde's 183 yard rushing contribution in 2018, and not pursuing Jordan Howard this offseason for a 2020 sixth-round pick makes me believe this front office possesses the capacity for another such poor decision when there will be very capable rushers available Day 3.
Jason from Da'Hass
John, if the move at No. 7 is offensive tackle, then it needs to be a left tackle. He has to be better than Cam Robinson for it to be worth the seventh pick.
I would have agreed wholeheartedly with this until the last several seasons. But right tackle and left tackle no longer are as dramatically different as they were a decade or two ago.
Jason from Yomitan, Okinawa
So, John, where were you when that Barry clown ripped off Gene's tune, "I write the News that makes the whole world cry?"
Laughing maniacally and alienating those around me.
Chris from Roseville, CA
Let's hope Nick Foles is more like "?" and less like Doug Williams, Jeff Hostetler, Mark Rypien, Kerry Collins, Trent Dilfer, or Joe Flacco.
I believe your point is many quarterbacks who succeeded in Super Bowls struggled after that. That's true, but that doesn't mean Foles will fail. I tend to not try to compare quarterbacks from other situations or eras because circumstances surrounding a quarterback have much to do with success or failure. All of the quarterbacks you mention had big-time success for stretches when they had good teams around them. Foles has shown the ability to do that. I think the Jaguars will have a pretty good team around Foles next season. I don't know who I would compare him to, but it doesn't concern me that other quarterbacks have struggled after having Super Bowl success. The NFL is hard. A lot must go right for any quarterback to succeed.
Mike from Atlanta, GA
It's not as if the Jaguars' receiving corps is a bunch of seventh-round picks. Dede Westbrook and Marqise Lee both are Biletnikoff Award winners – Westbrook finished fourth in Heisman voting and Lee was projected to be a first-round pick. DJ Chark Jr. was taken in the second round and has size and speed at 6-feet-4 and a 4.34-second 40-yard dash. Who will be the slot receiver, is it Lee?
Sam from Orlando, FL
Over-under on Kingsbury making it five years in the NFL? I'm going under. He's done after Year 3.
I'll take the under on this one, too – not because I don't think Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury isn't a capable coach, but because any coaching tenure in the NFL over three years is a long one these days.
Marlin from Newberry, FL
Dear Mr. Oehser: The first round of the NFL Draft is only 4 weeks away! Only 28 days! Only 672 hours… less than 41,000 minutes! I can almost hear the commissioner's words…"and with the 7th pick of the draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select…" It seems like the majority opinion is the Jaguars are taking Jawaan Taylor, the tackle from Florida. Would you say the chances of that happening are lower or higher than 50 percent?
Slightly less than 50.
Rob from Ponte Vedra, FL
The more I think about it, pass rushing defensive end feels like a major need. What if Yannik gets hurt? It felt really effective when he and Dante both rushed on guaranteed passing downs. It seems like our D could use another such player even if everyone stays healthy. BAP-rusher
This would not be shocking. The quality at the top of the draft at defensive line is very strong, and pass rushers are always a need. I would say the chances of the Jaguars selecting defensive line in Round 1 in the 2019 NFL are only behind offensive line with tight end third.
Bruce from Green Cove Springs, FL
What have you done to Eugene P. "Gene" Frenette? When I saw him the other day and mentioned the O-Zone, he got really quiet, looked at me with narrowed eyes, and kind of mumbled "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." Don't know what that meant, but I got a chill down my spine. Just sayin'….
I know that look. I know it well, in fact.
O-Man from Jersey City, NJ
O-man, do you think it's weird that I literally heard Tony Boselli laughing in my head when you mentioned that right tackles are as important as left tackles.
I doubt he was laughing. That's because in addition to having been a Hall of Fame-level talent, former Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli also understands the game. Left tackles were significantly more important than right tackles when Boselli played. Now? Not as much.
Neil from Jacksonville
Is there any possibility running back T.J. Yeldon re-signs with the Jaguars if the price is reasonable?
Eddie, if I woke up with my head sewn to the carpet I wouldn't be more surprised.