JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Jonathan from Jacksonville
So, let me make sure I understand you and the so-called experts. The rules benefit the offense and the emergence of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase last season has everyone thinking wide receiver is the answer – and it's out of the question to draft a game-changing safety at No. 1? So funny. Yes, I'd much rather draft a two-down pass rusher – lol – too. Anyone else see that as pure stupidity?
I'm sure some people see it that way. Edge defenders and defensive linemen are valued more than safeties – and even cornerbacks – in the NFL these days because they have a chance to affect the ball more quickly and on every play. The rules of the game and the way the game is played now make it difficult for defensive backs – particularly safeties – to affect play in such a way. Even a very good corner or safety has trouble doing his job if a quarterback has time to throw and receivers have time to get open. But sure … there are exceptions to all rules. Maybe there will be a safety so great that he changes this conversation. It happens. There are many knowledgeable football people who believe Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton such a player – and there are a ton of knowledgeable football people who aren't sure he will be as good as some project. We'll see.
Jack from Satsuma
In my opinion, most people's concern about our offensive line would be much different if our receiver group could run routes as designed.
There's truth here. An offensive line can look significantly worse or better based on the play of wide receivers and quarterbacks. A savvy, experienced quarterback with high-level pocket awareness and an ability to throw the ball – and throw the ball away – in timely fashion is critically important here; a quarterback poor in those areas often makes an offensive line look far worse than is reality. Receivers factor here, too. It's difficult for the quarterback to make good, timely decisions when receivers aren't in the right place. That can lead to more sacks and mistakes than otherwise would be the case.
Thrill from The 'Ville
Now that you've revealed the coolest email you've ever received from a fan, I must know: When fans submit a question on the website do you really receive it via email? It seems there would be a more efficient way to read and respond to fan questions.
I have an option to receive it in a form or an email. I typically choose the form. This is awesome reading. I'll be doing another O-Zone tomorrow in which I'll discuss how I start my lawnmower.
I was living in Jax when the team started, but I was pretty young. I'm pretty fuzzy on the details of why we no longer have that original logo, but was always under the impression it was a copyright issue with Jaguar vehicles. That being said, is the team even allowed legally to issue any "throwback apparel" with the old logo? Would love to sit by the fire while Ol' John tells the story (and more so, the explanation).
The Jaguars indeed changed their original logo before playing a game, with the team and Jaguars Cars Ltd. settling a lawsuit in February 1995 after the automobile manufacturer claimed the logo infringed on its "leaping-cat" trademarks. And no … the Jaguars do not have the rights to use that old logo and therefore do not issue it on apparel.
JR from The Squatchlands
O-Man, I keep seeing Michigan edge defender Aidan Hutchinson and now Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker as potential No. 1 selections. I decided to do some research (watch YouTube) and it seems like Walker is more physical and versatile, whereas Hutchinson is more of a pure finesse pass rusher. I personally like watching Walker's style of play more, but let's assume they are essentially equally talented. Is there any consideration given to the fact that Walker has played in that humid Georgia heat his whole life and is already acclimated to the Jacksonville climate while Hutchinson played in Michigan, which is obviously much colder? Is this a factor at all or is this a non-issue at the professional level?
It would be a non-issue.
Paul from Columbus
First off, I want to say I misjudged Jaguars General Manager Trent Baalke. Secondly, my question: Is there a committee to oversee officials? I mean, from time to time they make a bad call, but if it's constant or bias in anyway, then they should be held accountable. They should have the same penalties as the players. Fines, suspensions, etc.
NFL officials are constantly graded and evaluated, with poor performances often resulting in being downgraded – which negatively affects an official's chances for the postseason. NFL officials are under constant criticism, the vast majority of it unfair and undeserved. I have seen articles and opinions advocating fining officials and firing them for "bad" calls. That's the quickest way to dilute your pool of capable officials. This is not a glamorous job. Officials work hard to be good and the ones I have met –and known – take great pride in their work. Remember: NFL players are typically fined and suspended for egregious on and off-field errors, or for plays that potentially affect player safety. They are also fined for uniform violations, which I always have believed a bit silly. But to fine or suspend an NFL official for missing a call, for human error? No. And the idea that officials are biased or consistently miss inexcusable calls? It's vastly overblown. The easiest, laziest thing for fans and observers to do is criticize officiating. It's a difficult craft and currently done at a high level. Fines and suspensions are unnecessary and will do nothing to improve what's already done pretty well.
James from Destin, FL
Why don't more people hate you? Here's why, you've answered questions everyday objectively for more than 10 years. You sometimes say you're awesome and sometimes you don't. You're human. You are also at an age that you know you will never make everyone happy. What's to hate?
How much time do you have?
Jason from Suffolk, VA
Do you think the Jags should have picked up a running back in free agency? Having your top two running backs coming off injury is a bit of a concern. It would have been nice to see a veteran signed with some experience. Do you think there are running backs in the draft that they could target instead?
I agree that the injury situations of running backs Travis Etienne Jr. and James Robinson make this area a concern. Both sustained significant injuries last season – Etienne, a Lisfranc injury; Robinson, a torn Achilles – that in theory can affect a running back's long-term effectiveness. While Etienne is expected to participate in the offseason program, Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson said recently Robinson could be sometime in training camp. I wasn't particularly surprised the Jaguars didn't sign a free-agent running back last month but I would expect them to address the position sometime – likely later – in the draft. Considering the lifespan and value of the position, that's the right approach.
Doug from Jacksonville
Keith from St Augustine, FL – for all the time he claims to spend on the draft – still watches games "live" or on "DVR." This isn't coaches' tape. Because he has the time to watch lots of games and have a "Big Board" in his living room that he addresses daily after watching DVR'd All-Star games and combine coverage off the NFL Network makes him possibly a little more knowledgeable about the players than I am. I have a DVR, too, but I also have a wife that wouldn't let me take down the family portrait for a Big Board no matter how many hours I sat in front of the TV and computer. I take that back: If I spent that many hours watching DVR'd combine footage I wouldn't have to worry about my wife letting me do anything.
Never, ever, ever, ever question Keith. If we have learned anything the last few days, I think it's that.
Daniel from Jersey City, NJ
O-man, I have a unique approach to how I approach the draft. I let the "experts" who are getting paid by the teams make their selections and see how those players are playing a couple of years out to evaluate the selections.
I used to take the same approach. Now, I just email back and forth with Keith.
Matt from Las Vegas, NV
Did you see Minor Threat live?
No. I didn't see many – if any – of the good hardcore bands of the 1980s live. If memory serves, they didn't tour into Jacksonville or Gainesville often. Or perhaps I just missed them. Or perhaps not. Some of that time is a blur. I saw Debbie and Pat Boone at the Coliseum in the spring of '78, though. Debbie delivered a pretty damned hardcore "You Light Up My Life," best I recall.