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Maryanne from Jacksonville

Just saying! Why would the coach stay with a quarterback who throws four interceptions in one game if the rest of the team is playing their hearts out? It seems to me the coaches have planned to lose and Minshew won't go along with the plans.

I've received many versions of this question in the last two days. The Jaguars have lost both of veteran quarterback Mike Glennon's starts the last two weeks, and he committed three turnovers – including an overtime interception – in a loss at Minnesota Sunday. Head Coach Doug Marrone immediately after the game named Glennon the starter next Sunday against the Tennessee Titans – doing so despite Games 1-7 starting quarterback Gardner Minshew being off the injury report after missing four games with a right thumb injury. As far as your question … NFL coaches don't "plan to lose" regardless of how it seems to you – and the Jaguars' coaches absolutely aren't trying to do so. And there's certainly not a conspiracy against Minshew because he gives them such a great chance to win and won't play into the Jaguars' coaches devious plans to lose. Jaguars coaches have nothing to gain by such a thing and put too much work to lose on purpose. I suppose I understand why people think this. People read and say things about tanking and losing on purpose so much that people begin to believe it happens. But it doesn't. So, why doesn't Marrone go back to Minshew? One reason that Marrone cited Monday was he hasn't seen enough from Minshew in practice since recovering from the thumb injury to feel good about starting him. Remember, too: the coaches saw Minshew for seven games this season and 12 last season. They don't believe he's the best option. They just don't.

KC from Orlando, FL

KOAF - if the Jets would take it, would you trade our two first-rounders and two more to move up to get Lawrence? I am curious as we have seen huge trades before with the hopes of reigniting franchises. It makes me wonder if Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and the three first-rounders is a better package then Lawrence. Putting a lot of hope on one player is great when it works. I felt for the Cincinnati Bengals given their No. 1's injury. Keep it funky!

If I were convinced Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is a guaranteed elite quarterback – or something very close to it … yes, I would make the trade to move up to No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. I don't have the feeling the New York Jets would agree to the trade because I don't know why they wouldn't believe Lawrence was a guaranteed elite quarterback if the Jaguars feel that way. And if the Jets feel that way, I doubt they would trade the selection for anything.

Brandon from Louisville, KY

The Jets were ahead late in the game because you have to sell tickets.

Tell Elvis and Tupac I said hi.

John from Cape May Court House

One thing that has been overlooked by fans in terms of our general-manager position is job security. In a year-to-year league for players, coaches and personnel, Jaguars Owner Shad Khan gave General Manager David Caldwell eight seasons to get it right. You would be fooling yourself if that won't be a consideration for potential general manager. For all the complaining by fans that Khan gave Caldwell too much time, it might be the reason we get our first choice for general manager. Irony can be so ironic.

I have read and said often that Khan not having a quick trigger when it comes to general manager and/or coaching changes is a positive when searching for candidates. There's little question that's the case.

Steve from Sunroom Couch

Dear, John. Who is the Jaguars quarterback with the most wins since the release of Blake Bortles?

Gardner Minshew II.

Travis from High Springs

Do you believe that Glennon starting over Minshew now that he's healthy is strictly because the coaches think Glennon gives them the best chance to win? Or do you think that Minshew not disclosing his injury to the team has anything to do with it? I guess I'm asking, has Minshew gotten himself into the "doghouse" with the coaching staff for not letting them know he was injured?

There's little question that Marrone didn't like how Minshew handled his thumb injury. There's even less question that Marrone would start Minshew if he believed Minshew gave the Jaguars a better chance to win than Glennon.

Zac from Austin, TX

These names coming off and going on inactive seem like they're all from a random name generator. It's hard to believe we are stretched this thin on our lineup.


Will from Jaguarville

You said that you expect the general manager to be named shortly after the end of the regular season. However, we can't interview candidates from front offices if their team is still alive in the postseason. Wouldn't a number of strong candidates likely be employed by quality playoff teams?

Yes, that's often what makes hiring a general manager difficult. There's pressure to get the position hired relatively quickly so the GM can decide on the head coach – and then make the coaching hire. It's as tricky as it is important.

Andrew from Mattoon

Football makes me sad.

Yeah, well …

Unhipcat from b-bar=h ranch, CA

Hi, John. If the Jags do win another game, whom do you think they'll choose at number three?

If the Jaguars win two games this season, they will select no later than No. 2 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Chiana from Munich, Germany

Mr. O. I think it is kind of amusing how some of the same fans who were talking about 0-16 for months are always taking terribly about the coaching staff, which already got a win out of a roster they thought would be rolled by half of college football. Would that not be the most amazing coaching job ever?

Perhaps not "ever," but yes – it would have been remarkable.

JT from Fort Worth, TX

This means nothing for this year, but the young pieces in place makes me feel like a rebuild shouldn't take long if the new general manager hits on this next draft and free agent class.

The Jaguars have a lot of young talent. An argument could be made that there is a potential front-line player at pretty much every position other than perhaps tight end and safety. There's clearly not enough experienced talent, but the experience will come in time – and some significant talent should be added this offseason considering the team's draft capital and salary-cap space. The new general manager indeed must hit this offseason – on quarterback, mainly.

Ryan from Reality

Defensive coordinator Todd Wash has gotten a lot of flak this year, some deservedly so, but at least he's never called a Cover-0 blitz to defend a Hail Mary attempt.


Scott from Wichita, KS

This team plays hard and is playing better football than a lot of other teams I've been watching. Although it would be great but maybe we don't need Lawrence. Maybe Fields or some other quarterback will do. Will a B+ rated quarterback make the difference?

Better quarterback play will help. Does it have to be on an elite level, a level some believe Lawrence represents? Not necessarily. Is elite better than not elite? Of course.

Matt from Crawfordville

So I keep hearing about rookie running back James Robinson being compared to Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith. Honestly, I see a different comp: Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin. If Robinson can be anything close to Mr. Dependable, he'll have himself a nice career.

Good point.

Jon from Duval

O, from a purely journalistic standpoint, how excited are you to cover what is likely to be one of the most important and newsworthy offseasons in the history of the franchise? Is it as much of a "light at the end of the tunnel" for you after this chaotic season, as it will be for the fans?

Jon, I've covered a lot of offseasons – and many have featured change and talk of new hope. Because of where the Jaguars seem likely to draft, this will certainly be important – and perhaps historic. How excited am I? I guess I'll let you know when I get there.

Bob from Sumter, SC

In your opinion, which of the current safeties on the roster has the best chance to be on the team next year?

Daniel Thomas.

Bob from Sumter, SC

I was bummed after the Jets blew it. But you know what? Justin Herbert may end up as good as or better than Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa. No one knows whether Trevor or Fields will transition better to the NFL. Not even Gene Frenette or Mel Kiper.

Longtime Florida Times-Union columnist and Northeast Florida cultural icon Eugene P. "Gene" Frenette Gene knows. Visionaries always know.