JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Crash from Glen St. Mary, FL
O Man! I dare to dream. Win six in a row? The playoffs? A Super Bowl appearance?
I can't in good conscience tell you to dream this. This is not because the Jaguars won't play well, compete or have a very good finish to the 2022 season. I believe they will, and that such a finish could mean winning three or four of the final six games. And I absolutely believe the Jaguars can compete with a very good chance to win all their remaining games; they have proven they can do just that. As for winning six consecutive games, though, that's tough for obvious reasons. First, it would mean finishing the season on a seven-game winning streak – which is difficult in the NFL no matter the team and no matter that team's schedule. But the Jaguars in your scenario would have to win five games against teams contending for the postseason – Baltimore, Dallas, the New York Jets and Tennessee twice. To navigate that successfully with the postseason on the line? That would be a finish of historic proportion. Impossible? No. But it would be a hell of a dream.
Northern Cali Jags fan from Sacramento, CA
Is this the best position the team has ever been in? I know obviously that the team has achieved more on paper than we have this year, but looking at the bigger picture is this the start of a window where we can compete with anyone, anytime, anywhere for years to come?
It's hard to say definitively that the Jaguars are in better position now than they were in, say, 1996. The franchise at that point had a strong core – left tackle Tony Boselli, quarterback Mark Brunell, wide receivers Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith, right tackle Leon Searcy, defensive end Tony Brackens, etc. – that it turned into four consecutive postseason appearances, two AFC Central titles and a team that in 1999 could have won the Super Bowl. At the same time, this is a quarterback-centric league – and if a team has an elite, franchise quarterback it does open a window in which it can compete at the highest level so long as that player is healthy and in his prime. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence is showing signs of being such a player. If he is …
Duran from Middleburg, FL
Something that stood out to me about Lawrence Sunday was his head movement. I saw some pump fakes as well. He has caught some heat this year for staring down his targets, but it seems he's starting to incorporate some skills to counteract those downfalls.
He is maturing. The game is slowing. He is moving from a player trying to execute the basics to one able to introduce subtleties to his game. This is how quarterbacks grow. This is the process.
Sal from Austin, TX
OK, keep the teal pants, add a fat white stripe down the sides with two not so fat black stripes down the sides of that, and now the uniform works with all three jerseys. The white, teal, and black. You're welcome.
Marcus from Jacksonville
In our six one-score losses, we (fans and local media) have been quick to point out the handful of plays that, had they gone the other way, could have changed the outcome of the game. An overthrow here, a drop there, a missed call, a fumble. There were always a few plays that likely would have changed and L to a W if they went our way. After Sunday, Ravens fans are likely saying the same thing. They had three dropped passes in the end zone. Three. A one-point loss could have easily been a two-score win had those plays gone their way. This is the NFL and on any given Sunday it usually comes down to a handful of plays. The team that makes them usually wins. It's nice to be on the winning side this week!
It's a one-score league and a handful-of-plays league. The Jaguars weren't in a lot of those games in recent seasons. They are now. When they learn how to win them more consistently, they will be a good team. It seems like that's coming.
Vince from St. Augustine, FL
Looks like there's a new group for the NFL to contend with: The TLaw Offices of Jones, Jones, Kirk, Etienne, and Hasty.
I smiled at this.
Corey from OP
My question got cut off early! Sorry! BUT how can anybody look at TLaw and Dougie P and think we're not improving? I don't plan on winning the Super Bowl this year or next, but AFC title game next year? Super Bowl in 2025? TLaw has got it, and I can't wait for more jaguar football.
The Jaguars' improvement has been evident since Week 1 this season. Remember: The Jaguars lost 10 games by double digits last season. They have lost just one such game this season, with six of their seven losses by a score or less. Perhaps that statistic has been repeated so much that it loses impact, but the Jaguars lost at least five games this season essentially by a play or two late in the game. That's dramatic improvement for a team that won four games over the past two seasons. It's easier to see and more fun to talk about improvement when it's accompanied by victories, but it has been there for this Jaguars team all season.
Don from Marshall, NC
The Jaguars better not get too confident going against the Lions. Did you see rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchinson had his face painted up like he is Braveheart or something? That's some serious scary stuff. I am pretty sure Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson is shaking. Didn't the Flint Tropics paint their faces? The Jaguars should come out of the tunnel dressed like Milky the Clown that would freak them out. Go Jaguars!
I don't think Robinson or the Jaguars are shaking at the idea of playing the Detroit Lions Sunday. Neither do I expect they are too confident for the game.
Stephen from 113 via Pennsauken NJ and Jacksonville
John, when former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor makes it into "the room" has he indicated who will present him to the voters? If not, if you were a guessing man who do you think will represent him? If Fred asked you for a recommendation, who would you recommend? Thanks.
This isn't up to Taylor or any potential Hall of Famer. Former WJXT Channel 4 Sports Director Sam Kouvaris is the official voter representing the Jaguars in the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection process. As such, he presents Jaguars players who become Hall finalists when they are up for voting for induction.
George from Blue Ridge
It's beginning to look like the Jaguars have finally landed a head coach that not only is a true professional but one that the players have tremendous respect for.
It has looked like that since the Jaguars hired Doug Pederson as head coach in early February. Winning has just helped more people see it, I suppose.
Sean from Oakleaf, FL
This time last year Trevor Lawrence was not considered favorably by the media when compared to the other four quarterbacks drafted behind him in the first round in 2021 (Zach Wilson/New York Jets, Trey Lance/San Francisco 49ers, Justin Fields/Chicago Bears and Jones/New England Patriots). Now it seems that script has flipped, three of them did not play this week and the other (Jones) has thrown for more interceptions (seven) than touchdown passes (six) so far this year.
Johnny from Howey In The Hills, FL
Why isn't Jaguars punter Logan Cooke being recognized? Huge game: a 68-yard-plus average per kick against the Ravens.
Cooke is one of the best punters in the NFL, perhaps the best. He had a big-time game against the Ravens. Why he isn't "being recognized?" He's a punter. There's a limit to how much any punter will be discussed.
Robert from Moorpark, CA
Is the three-safety package the new defensive identity or was that gameplan specific towards stopping Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and Baltimore Ravens run game?
It likely was mostly for the Ravens game.
Ben from Cuba, MO
Let's put the cart WAY in front of horse here and assume Chad Muma holds off Devin Lloyd and remains the starter for the foreseeable future. Is Lloyd the type of athlete (build, skill set) that can transition into another position or will he be an odd man out?
Lloyd could conceivably play a role more on the edge rushing the passer more. It will be intriguing to see how the Jaguars use him if your scenario plays out.
David from Chuluota, FL
Admit it, Oehser! It was you in the Jaxson de Ville costume on Sunday! The American flag Speedo was a dead giveaway!
Not all of us need a costume to rock a Speedo.