MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Let's get to it …
Red from O-Zone Comments Section
Be honest with us, John: if Big Bo doesn't make it into the Hall of Fame this season, will his chances of getting in start decreasing? It seems like this year should be "the year" for Tony.
It's time again to ratchet up discussion of former Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli's Pro Football Hall of Fame chances. Voting for the five 2020 modern-era Hall inductees takes place Saturday morning – the day before the Super Bowl – and for a fourth consecutive year Boselli is a finalist in that category. Boselli has been among the final 10 candidates the past three years, and I again have a good feeling from Hall voters that Boselli's chances are good. As for your question, I don't know that it's entirely accurate to say Boselli's chances will start decreasing if he doesn't get elected this year; that implies that a HOF candidate's chances gradually grow and peak to a point, then decline gradually after a peak year. It doesn't work that way, and I expect Boselli will be a strong future candidate for many voters if he doesn't get in this year. Even so, this is a big year for Boselli. The only modern-era candidate this year close to being a "lock" is former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu – and even he's not a lock. That means at least four modern-era slots that could go any of the 14 finalists. It's as wide open as it has been in years, so in that sense Saturday is key to Boselli's Hall chances.
Taylor from Jacksonville
Love the highlight videos of Boselli! All the people voting should have to watch game film of Boselli versus other Hall of Famers. My only problem with the videos is that they are only about 15 plays, when I know darn tooting Boselli dominated his man for 60 plays that game! He always got the man in front of him to do what was best for that play call. That is complete control, and possibly nobody has done it as well as Boselli ...
Hey, one fer Big Bo!
Scott from Gilbert, AZ
Zone, if the three combined drafts from 2017-2019 produced less top-end talent than the 2016 draft by itself, how do you figure the Jags drafted "comparatively well" from 2017-2019?
Because they drafted wide receiver DJ Chark Jr., defensive end Josh Allen and right tackle Jawaan Taylor during that span. Chark and Allen made the Pro Bowl this past season, and Taylor has all the earmarks of a Pro Bowl tackle. If you draft three Pro Bowl players – not to mention quarterback Gardner Minshew II – in a three-year span, that's not bad drafting.
Zac from Austin, TX
Resolved: offenses win games, but defenses win fans. I believe, with very little evidence, that pouring into having a solid defense will get fans excited. I don't have evidence, but in my mind, fans will always be mad about something. But defense is more fun to get behind. Thoughts? (also, one for the Teal Curtain. God, I miss that)
My thoughts are fans like offense more than you think. What they mostly like is winning. If you win, fans will get excited.
Gabe from Chapel Hill, NC
What about Calais Campbell makes him not a starting defensive tackle? He's one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL. He's big. He's solid against the run. He was also named second-team All-Pro for defensive interior just two years ago. So, what gives? Does his height make it hard for him to get leverage? Is he not as strong at the point of attack?
Campbell was All-Pro at defensive tackle in 2017 because he very played effectively there that season in passing situations. He is perfectly capable of starting at three-technique defensive tackle, but at his age you don't want him playing in there full-time in base situations – and you realistically want him on the field much less overall than he has been the past two seasons.
Will from Jacksonville
I've always been curious about the selection process for NFL position coaches. Let's just take quarterbacks coach for example. There are only 32 of them in the world. In order to find one of the 32 people most knowledgeable about quarterbacking, I would think you would look almost exclusively to former NFL quarterbacks. However, many get the coaching job without that qualification. Without playing the position, how do they become experts on it and how do they prove it during the interview process?
They often coach at the college level, then work their way up. Sometimes they indeed are former NFL quarterbacks and sometimes they are former college quarterbacks. Sometimes they are coaches from other positions who a coordinator or head coach believes would do a good job coaching quarterbacks. They become "experts" by studying and learning. As for the interview process, it's like any such process: The head coach or coordinator doing the hiring talks to people involved and goes with the candidate with which he feels most comfortable.
James from Upper Marlboro
John, the Jaguars were 51-109 for the 2010's decade. We need a significant change for this decade.
Robert from Chicago, IL
I'd love to see Calais stay. He feels like a player that's more important than just his on-field production, although I feel his production alone justifies keeping him. What if he could start his own training facility, call it TB – er, CC93 – and the Jaguars "invest" in said company handsomely, while he decides to take a generous pay cut because he's a real team player?
If Campbell were to profit from the arrangement, then it would be a violation of the NFL's salary cap and the team would be subject to fines and penalties. That doesn't mean teams never have pushed a gray area here, but it nonetheless is a violation of rules.
Mitch from Jacksonville
Considering the recent discussions about the challenges Jaguars Owner Shad Khan faces with the Jacksonville market and the claim that winning alone will not resolve these issues, do you think the NFL made a mistake in awarding a franchise to Jacksonville?
Joe from far, far away
Hey, O: If you have the info available yet, what are all of the important league days between now and the draft? Free agent, etc.
The NFL Scouting Combine will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., February 24-March 2, with teams able to designate franchise or transition players anytime between February 25 and March 10. Teams can negotiate with the agents of their own players from March 16-18 with free agency to open March 18. The NFL Draft is April 23-25.
Bill from Jupiter, FL
I like the idea of moving left tackle Cam Robinson inside to play guard, but I'm not entirely sure I understand why if that makes sense. What do you see in Robinson that would make him better in the interior than at left tackle? I viewed him as someone who has size and strength to play inside but who lacks the quickness to protect the blind side.
It has yet to be determined if the Jaguars will move Robinson inside from left tackle. But it sounds as if you understand why it would make sense.
Unhipcat from Carlsbad, CA
Hi, John. I guess I like Simmons at No. 9, but a corner at No. 20 does nothing to address our biggest deficiency. Is 42 realistic? Is free agency? I still say we should get a big guy.
Clemson linebacker/safety Isaiah Simmons has been a popular selection by many analysts in mock drafts recently. That doesn't mean he automatically will be the selection. I tend to believe the Jaguars will select a defensive tackle at one of their two first-round selections. There's a long way to go before the NFL Draft. Nothing about the draft is remotely locked in yet.
Brian from Jacksonville
Sign starters at tight end and offensive line in free agency. Draft defensive best available player at Nos. 9 and 20 in the first round. Best available player on offense in the second round, then fill needs.
Ed from Ponte Vedra, FL
Here is an "off" question: I read somewhere that if our players play a game in a state that has state income taxes, they have to pay that state income taxes for what they earned for that game. Assuming that is true, is that the case with your salary and the coaches, etc. since you traveled to that game or it only applies to the players? I hope I am wrong, otherwise that is the stupidest tax law ever. For example, if I am a national salesperson, I don't pay state taxes on what I sold in Georgia.
You are not wrong, Ed. Very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very unfortunately … you are not wrong. You are particularly not wrong when the Jaguars play road games in California.