JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Biff from Jacksonville
"I might not know what a friend is … All I know is what you're not … Cause you're one of them." John Almighty, can you enlighten us on the mindset of the athlete postgame? Some fans feel, after a loss, players should be dejected and plod about like their worst enemy just took their best girl. It would seem such fans don't understand what professional competition looks like, and how respect plays an important role. How many players actually approach the game as, "My War?"
This varies from player to player, and my experience is that how players react to losses – and how they approach their jobs overall – sometimes varies at least in part based on the experience and maturity of a player. Young players, particularly rookies, often approach the game as such. It's not that they don't care – they do – but they are still acclimating to the NFL and getting used to the all-out preparation, focus and intensity of each game. They're essentially kids and believe their NFL careers will last forever - -- and that there will be plenty of opportunities to play the game. They care about losing because they're competitive, but they perhaps aren't affected to their core as much as an older player. Veteran players tend to begin to realize that their time in the game doesn't last forever and therefore tend to realize the importance/magnitude of each game. They generally approach each game with an increased gravity. That's one part of the answer. The other part is that most players – even the most intense veterans – usually don't show the level of emotion after a loss that many fans want to see. They're not going to slam helmets on the way to the locker room. They're not going to shove an opponent at midfield. They're just not going to be all that demonstrative. This bothers fans, as does the relatively modern phenomenon of exchanging pleasantries and jerseys with the opposition after a game – even after a loss. This isn't about players taking losing lightly. It's about respect and about a general acknowledging by most NFL players that they are fortunate enough and have worked hard enough to be in an exclusive fraternity, and that it's OK to savor being a part of it. Even after a loss.
Tudor from St. Augustine, FL
"Tower, this is MinshewMania, requesting a fly by"... cue Kenny Loggins with the volume up.
Highway to the danger zone … Ride into the danger zone.
Cameron from Jacksonville
Could the Jaguars consider Isaiah Simmons with the ninth pick and move Myles Jack back to the outside?
Simmons, who played at Clemson, is a hybrid linebacker/safety with a lot of skill sets. My impression is many of those skills would be wasted at middle linebacker. I see many mock drafts projecting Simmons to the Jaguars at No. 9 overall. I'm just not sure I see it happening, and I would be surprised if they don't address offensive or defensive line with that Top 10 selection.
Jim from Jax
Would trading quarterback Nick Foles for Lions cornerback Darius Slay make sense financially and team wise?
Jim from Jax
… and please don't say traaaaade machiiine for my Foles-for-Slay question. It's an interesting enough question and people want to know your opinion.
Steve from Nashville, TN
The 2020 free agent market for quarterbacks look to be as deep as it ever has with several Hall of Fame-worthy candidates looking for a new gig and many other quality starters available. How does this impact the Jaguars' situation?
Minimally. Given the Jaguars' salary-cap situation, it would be a surprise if they pursue a front-line quarterback in free agency. They did that last season with Foles. To do it a second consecutive season with Foles still on the cap would be difficult. My guess is they enter the offseason program with Gardner Minshew II and Foles on the roster, and the early thought here is the starter probably will be Minshew. The issue to watch is what the Jaguars do at quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. Do they believe in Minshew strongly enough to pass on a quarterback if a potential elite guy is there at No. 9 overall? That's a major question that's sure to be a point of discussion in the next two months.
Emiel from St. Augustine, FL
I think people are overlooking the performance of the Kansas City Chiefs' defense in the Super Bowl. They were able to stop the best rushing attack in the league, pressure the quarterback, force turnovers – and if not for a huge three and out in the fourth quarter, quarterback Patrick Mahomes wouldn't have had a chance to work his magic. Running back Damien Williams also had a huge game and was probably more deserving of the Most Valuable Player.
Well, now we know.
Kevin from Jacksonville
John, what Jacksonville needs to help with the local revenue issue is an influx of major companies willing to base their operations in Jacksonville. Do you think Shad has asked some of his corporate friends to consider moving to Jacksonville?
This process isn't as simple as Jaguars Owner Shad Khan "asking his corporate friends to consider moving to Jacksonville," but the idea of upgrading downtown – of having a five-star hotel downtown, of improving the perception of downtown – all of that plays into Khan trying to help grow downtown and therefore help the city and the franchise on many revenue fronts.
Shajuan and Myracle's Daddy
Oh, Great KOF: let's put our Jaguars general manager cap on to think for a second and to hide your bald spot. Word out of Cincy is that Joe Burrow might not wanna come there. If Cincy calls you and offers the first overall pick this year in exchange for your two first rounders this year, your first rounder next year (you keep the Rams pick next year), a second rounder this year, a fourth rounder next year, AND Gardner Minshew II, are you taking that deal?
I don't have a bald spot and I don't think I would take that deal. If I could do it without giving up the second-round selection or one of the firsts … maybe. One concern here: As much as I am impressed with Burrow's accuracy, there is the reality that Burrow has had one great season with little else on his resume. He's enticing. He's talented. He deserves to go No. 1 overall. But there is risk involved.
Jamal from Brooklyn, NY
I travel to one or two Jaguars game a year. I have been to TIAA Bank Field a few times and I can see why Lot J is necessary. There weren't many things to do downtown when I was there and the amount of time it took to get back to my hotel from the stadium was excessive. You would think a redeveloped downtown would help with that, no?
Chris from Nashville, TN
I think the point Rob was making recently is simply that we do not "know" that winning will not cure the revenue issue. Perhaps if you would like to "prove" him wrong, couple together a few winning seasons and see what happens to local revenue. Obviously, it is easier said than done; however, scientific method dictates that a situation must actually happen before you can test your hypothesis. Even then, without a large enough sample size you lack the statistical power to draw any robust conclusions. Considering outliers (2017 cough cough), I'd say the Jags get a strong enough sample size just in time to move to London. Happy Thursday, O!
I understand Rob's point. It's the same point made by many fans who don't like and don't want to accept the London games. The reality is this is a small market, and Khan is the one who believed in that small market enough in 2012 to buy the team and commit to make it work in Jacksonville. He made it clear from early on that would mean out-of-the-box thinking. The out-of-the-box thinking has involved playing some games in London, and it involves projects such as Lot J and the Shipyards to try to grow downtown Jacksonville and the area around TIAA Bank Field to a degree that it helps solve the team's local-revenue issues. Not a lot of people would have bought the Jaguars with a commitment to stay here. Khan did. He's not trying to move to London. He's not experimenting. He's not hypothesizing. He's not trying to argue this with fans. He's trying to make it work in Jacksonville, and he's committed to doing that with an eye on the big picture. That's going to be mean doing some things in the short-term that fans don't like. No matter how much fans argue this or buck against it, that's the way it is.
Tony B. from the Office Next Door, to the right
No, I suck. Ask anyone.