JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Greg from Section 122, Jacksonville
Let's not forget that the refs handed the Los Angeles Rams their Super Bowl victory. Which is becoming too common for the NFL. Seriously: one of our still biggest sayings is Myles Jack Wasn't Down, which DIRECTLY speaks to officiating. The NFL needs to address this quickly in some form. It would be prudent to institute a secondary review, challenge, or intercedence process to allow teams to make sure calls get done correctly. Think of it this way: had that Cooper Kupp pass interference/holding in the Super Bowl called been challenged or reviewable there was NO way that qualified. Which then changes the entire dynamic of that final drive. Bottom line: Refs can't be absent the entire game then all of the sudden find their glasses and make calls they have let go the entire game. It is a bad look for the credibility of the league. Either get a secondary level of review or fix the refs to where we aren't getting such inconsistent perception from them. This is a reason I am skeptical about the Jaguars being successful. We are a small market team, and it is really no benefit to having a team this small win big. Now Los Angeles with 18 million television households in the viewing area … yeah, we want them on board.
I don't doubt the league liked the Rams winning the Super Bowl. I'm just not close to being on board with the idea that the NFL – the biggest sports league in America – would jeopardize its credibility by having officials make calls to benefit large-market teams. It's a nice theory, but it doesn't hold up to logic. I also don't anticipate a "second level of review" … whatever that means. The league tried to make interference reviewable; it was, as expected, a failed experiment because reviewing judgment calls doesn't work. As for the Jaguars not being successful … smaller-market teams succeed in the NFL fairly routinely. The league has no real incentive for having the Cincinnati Bengals be good. Or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Or even the Kansas City Chiefs. All three franchises have been in the Super Bowl in the last two seasons. The New York Giants and Jets have missed the playoffs a combined 16 consecutive seasons. I know this answer won't sway conspiracy theorists, but the idea that officials are being told to be for one team or another because of market size just makes no sense.
_Jim from St. Augustine, FL _
What if Evan Neal is the next Tony Boselli?
Then I will look forward to watching him play football more than I would look forward to spending time with him socially.
Scott from Jacksonville
You could have just gone with McDonald's to avoid any confusion among us smaller minds. Or would you have to write them a check for using the name in the column?
It really wasn't that confusing.
John from Birmingham, UK
What's the latest on Dylan Moses? I really liked that signing when it was made. I'm intrigued. What's your feeling sir?
You're right to be intrigued because this indeed is an intriguing situation. The Jaguars signed Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses as a collegiate free agent following the 2021 NFL Draft. He missed Alabama's 2019 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, then had surgery following the 2020 season to repair a torn meniscus. He spent 2021 Training Camp with the Jaguars on the non-football injury list, then spent the season on reserve/non-football injury. Those designations mean the injury occurred before he joined the team. The good news for Moses and the Jaguars is he practiced this past December, marking the first time he had done so since joining the team. That was a good sign. Moses likely would have been a first-round selection had it not been for the injuries. This offseason and training camp will be an important one for him. If he returns to pre-injury form, he would be a major find.
Chris from Mandarin
John, I'm afraid you aren't funny, but we'll keep you anyway. You might be a goober, but hey, you're our goober. Thanks.
I'm damned funny. Being a goober has no effect on that.
Sam from Orlando, FL
Curious that fans have been overreacting about the offensive line and the team doesn't feel the same way about its offensive line, yet they are kicking the tires on using the No. 1 pick on … the offensive line. CURIOUS.
The Jaguars have the No. 1 selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. They ae "kicking the tires" on all prospects remotely considered worthy of the selection.
Billy from Shreveport, LA
I'm hearing that the best lineman in the 2022 NFL Draft is center Tyler Linderbaum. Would taking a center No. 1 overall out of the question if he is that good and could anchor the line for 10 years?
The problem with questions such as these is the draft is a speculative game, and teams must weigh positional value versus talent. If a team knew a center would be a Hall-of-Fame player and an All-Pro selection for six or seven seasons … and if that team knew all players around that player weren't going to perform to that level … then sure, a team might take an interior offensive lineman No. 1 overall. That's the theoretical answer. The real answer is no, a team wouldn't take a center No. 1.
Joyce from Jax
How much money have the taxpayers shelled out to Shad Khan and the Jaguars since he has owned the team?
Total? Probably quite a bit. Taxpayers purchase tickets, and the city of Jacksonville and the Jaguars have combined financially on multiple projects around TIAA Bank Field. The NFL is expensive for fans and cities in any market. The NFL in smaller markets typically require private/public partnerships. The alternative to these expenses is a market without an NFL team.
Woofie from Louisville. Ky
Hate to seem a homer, but can we please hope and ask the powers that be for a Jaguars versus Packers Hall of Fame game this August?
I like the idea of the Jaguars in the Hall of Fame Game in 2022, because of the obvious connection of former Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli being enshrined in the Hall of Fame. This feels possible. Having the Green Bay Packers involved because of the enshrinement of former Packers safety and Jacksonville native LeRoy Butler makes sense, too. I don't know if the idea of playing the extra preseason game holds quite the urgency or appeal for the Packers, though. Boselli, after all, is the Jaguars' first Hall of Famer. The Packers have had a few more than that.
Robert from Drakesboro
Which defensive scheme do you feel would be best suited for our players?
Right now? A 3-4, but that's because that's what they played last season. A draft and a few free agency moves can shift that comparatively quickly.
Armand from Neptune Beach, FL
Could the league with the NFL Players Association approval give teams with new head coaches the flexibility to talk to players two weeks before they start training camp to get to know them better?
The NFL owners and NFL Players Association could theoretically collectively bargain year-round practices with offseasons in Siberia if they chose to do so. It's unlikely the NFLPA would agree to anything involving more offseason contact between players and coaches – and almost as unlikely that owners would bother to fight for such contact. Owners when bargaining are more concerned about bigger-picture issues such as adding weeks to seasons, etc., than offseason practices.
Steve from Wallingford, CT
Hey John. Can you explain what it is about the No. 1 pick that some positions are just out of the question? I get it with quarterback, but what about safety or guard? Who in their right mind could say they wouldn't take Quenton Nelson with a #1 pick?
The people who will tell you they should have selected quarterback Josh Allen.
John from Jacksonville
Hi King OZ - If my calculator is working, the final roster of an NFL team is 53 and the final roster of the coaching staff is about half of that (if an offer is extended to the Culligan girl and she accepts). Really? I know that probably all teams have large coaching staffs but why is the ratio about one coach for every two players. Seems excessive to me.
This is a very fair question. Part of the answer is many position coaches have assistant now whereas there once was a time in the NFL when offensive coordinators doubled as quarterbacks coaches or line coaches or secondary coaches, etc. The other answer is quality control coaches have been added partially as a way to have coaches on staff who look ahead to future opponents and who can work on other projects – and who can assist with various positions. These positions also serve as entry-level positions, allowing the league to develop young coaches. But are there times when coaching staffs perhaps, maybe, kinda, sorta seem a liiiiiiiiiiiiiittle excessive? Maybe. But hell … there are coaches who see senior writers as excessive, too, so God Bless Us, Everyone.