MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Let's get to it …
Sam from Winter Park, FL
Terrell Davis has the Super Bowls and was unlike anything anyone had seen in a long time at running back when fully healthy. Gale Sayers transcended the game at a time when few can say that. These are not apple-to-apple comparisons to Boselli.
This continues a recent O-Zone discussion regarding career longevity as it relates to the Pro Football Hall of Fame chances of former Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli, who – like Sayers and Davis – had his career cut short in his prime because of injury. Hall voters will decide the five 2020 modern-era enshrinees today; though many voters seem more open to short-career players than they did previously, longevity undoubtedly will be a topic when Boselli is discussed today. Regarding your email, I agree about Sayers. He transcended the game and consistently proved himself perhaps the most exciting open-field runner in NFL history during a too-brief career with the Chicago Bears in the 1960s and early 1970s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at 34, and remains the youngest player ever enshrined. I completely disagree on Davis, though. While he indeed played key roles on two Super Bowl-winning teams with the Denver Broncos in the 1990s, he was not "unlike anything anyone had seen in a long time" at running back – and he was not better at his position than Boselli was at his position. Davis was a very good back in an exceptionally good Broncos running offense that that produced many 1,000-yard backs after Davis tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 1999. This is not to say Davis doesn't belong in the Hall, but I wouldn't place his talent above that of Barry Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson or even Fred Taylor. The comparison between Boselli and Davis actually is a good one. They both had shortened careers and played around the same time. They both were considered by many the best at their position along with another player or two when they played. If Davis can be enshrined with a shorter career, there's zero reason for Boselli to not be so honored. And Boselli should receive the honor. Today.
Jerry from Riverview, FL
Can you shed any light on why the Jaguars parted ways with Chris Polian, after almost seven years?
Not really. Front-office departures that aren't general managers or top decision-makers are typically done quietly. This was the case with the departure of Polian, until recently the Jaguars' director of player personnel. I would look for Polian to resurface elsewhere in the NFL, as often happens with executives at his level. I wouldn't look for his departure to change how the Jaguars do business. Polian was involved in discussions and scouting regarding personnel, but his role wasn't as primary decision-maker.
Sean from Jacksonville
I might actually watch the Super Bowl this year. Mainly because the two teams are actually well-balanced on offense and defense. Another reason to watch the game is because the Patriots are sitting at home sulking.
You're twisted up inside and full of hate. I speak from experience that this is no way to live. It's too late for me to change. It's not too late for you. Let it go, Sean. Let it go.
Tudor from St. Augustine, FL
Why would you always line up your best pass rusher on the right against a team whose quarterback you know has his blindside on the opposite side? Why wouldn't you put the best rusher on the left to attack Brunell's blindside?
This refers to a recent O-Zone discussion regarding Boselli not protecting the so-called "blindside" of former Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell – a left-handed passer. And it indeed was Pro Bowl tight tackle Leon Searcy – and not Boselli – on Brunell's blindside on the great Jaguars teams of the late 1990s. Why did teams not put their best pass rusher on the blindside? One reason was that Searcy was very, very good. But it was common in that era for teams to keep their best pass rusher on the right side of the defense regardless of the quarterback. The trend away from this is a major reason left tackle isn't quite the premium position it was when Boselli played. There are some people who now believe there is little difference between the importance of right and left tackle. Few football people believed that when Boselli played.
Nate from Granby
I find it interesting how many people are offering up suggestions to circumvent the cap, which is against the Collective Bargaining Agreement, after the fan base almost universally turned on former Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin for handing out fines against the CBA.
Bill from Jupiter, FL
I read that you thought there is a better chance of guard Andrew Norwell returning. In this fan's opinion, he was a liability. Do you think the Jags will try to upgrade his position in particular?
I do believe there is a better chance of Jaguars left guard Andrew Norwell returning next season than players such as wide receiver Marqise Lee, linebacker Jake Ryan, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, cornerback A.J. Bouye, etc. I expect the latter four to be released for salary-cap reasons, but Norwell is unknown. He hasn't been the dominant player expected when the Jaguars made him the highest-paid guard in the NFL in the 2018 offseason, and he had some notable mistakes that have made him a target of many observers. But he hasn't been bad – and he has been better than most observers believe. I'd be a little surprised at this point if Norwell doesn't return. My guess is the Jaguars will try to upgrade the line by addressing left tackle and right guard, though we'll know more on this front in the coming months.
Zac from Austin, TX
Would the Jaguar fan base want a Super Bowl win if it's with Tom Brady? Would you?
Why wouldn't they? Sure, why not?
Tom from Shanghai, China
I'm not usually a guy who says, "SIGN THIS BIG-NAME FREE AGENT NOW!" but Greg Olsen … SIGN THAT GUY NOW!
Olsen, a tight end who has played 13 NFL seasons, mutually parted ways with the Carolina Panthers Thursday. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told Adam Schefter of ESPN he will communicate with teams regarding Olsen after the Super Bowl. There are always legitimate reasons teams part ways with elite players, and it usually involves the player not being elite anymore. But is Olsen worth a look? Considering the state of the Jaguars' tight-end position? Sure.
Greg from Waycross, GA
Johnny O, David from Chuluota, FL, has it all wrong. The greatest wisdom we can learn from says if a man competes, he is not crowned except he competes honestly. This may seem to contradict what goes on in life, but it really doesn't. Winners Never Cheat, Period! Cheaters may hold a crown in their hands, but they are still nothing more than cheaters who hoist up a tarnished victory that most people don't respect. The only real winners out there are those who do not cheat. #Integrity Matters!
You go, girl.
William from Savannah, GA
John, so how do you defeat Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes? Yes, I know - score more points. It seems to me you must keep him contained in the pocket, then jump routes with the defensive backs. If you give up a long play or two, it's no big deal because Mahomes was going to move the ball anyway. I think you must take it away to have a chance to beat Mahomes and the Chiefs. Thought?
I agree that the San Francisco 49ers' ability to force takeaways against the Chiefs' offense will decide Sunday's Super Bowl. But I don't know that the 49ers have to take the high-risk, high-reward approach you cite. The 49ers' defensive front is perfectly capable of pressuring Mahomes with four down linemen, and teams that can do that often give quarterbacks – even great ones such as Mahomes – fits. This will be the best defense Mahomes and the Chiefs will have played in the postseason. Defense wins championships in the postseason by forcing offenses into stress situations, and making quarterbacks throw when and where they don't want to throw. The 49ers will do this Sunday, which is why they will win Super Bowl LIV.
David from Oviedo, FL
O: On my job, when I make a mistake, I fix it as fast as I can and hope nobody notices. If you're a professional athlete, your mistakes are magnified. Before you plead your case, check out the Jumbotron and notice the little yellow flag of shame landing at your feet. We got cameras on the sidelines, and there's one hovering over the field. We'll criticize it now, we'll criticize it later, we'll even revisit the clip in five years and still shaking our heads and wagging our finger. Maybe the saying should go, "All is fair in love and war and professional sports."
I don't relate to this. I've never made a mistake.