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O-Zone: Too soon

JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …

Wally from Jacksonville

One very real concern I have with Trevor Lawrence is maybe he isn't seeing the field as fast or as or as well as we all would've expected. That concern would be compounded by the relatively simple Clemson offense he came from. Maybe the learning curve is steep enough that Doug Pederson should retrofit his offense specifically for Trevor.

I don't expect Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson to retrofit the offense. There was little-to-nothing about the Jaguars' offense in Week 1 that Lawrence couldn't/didn't understand and there was little-to-nothing about the offense that didn't work. Lawrence must make better decisions and more accurate passes in key situations for the Jaguars' offense to run closer to maximum efficiency. That Lawrence wasn't as good in these areas as he could have been in Week 1 isn't cause for panic. But it is an example of where he is at this stage of his NFL development. I don't know how quickly he will improve in these areas, but I sense there will be stops and starts and highs and lows this season. This also is not reason for panic and it's also an example of where he is at this stage of his NFL development. He's in his second NFL season and in his first season in a new offense. He was good at times in Week 1 and could have been better at times. How quickly will he be more consistent? That's the No. 1 storyline of the Jaguars' 2022 season.

JB from Saint Augustine

I hear a lot of coaches, including Doug Pederson, mention that a hurry-up offense can at times get a quarterback in rhythm. Quite a few have mentioned that Trevor is just better in those situations and when he's just on the go. What is the hesitation to start games this way? Why don't teams gameplan this on the first drive or two? Especially with an offense that seems to start slow. Is it easy to defend when everyone is coming in high energy? Is it an unwritten rule? Would Duval be chastised?

Teams typically don't play up-tempo, two-minute offense throughout entire NFL games because of the strain it places on the entire team – particularly the defense. It's fine to play up-tempo offense if you pick up first downs consistently. It's wonderful and beautiful and exciting. If you don't pick up first downs, then your defense is back on the field in a minute and a half or two minutes. It's hard to win in professional football when you put your defense in that situation consistently.

Justin from North Augusta, SC

What's up, O-Zone? As a Huuuuuge Clemson fan, I watched Trevor from freshman to National Champion to No. 1 1 pick in the NFL draft. He is special and he will be. People need to understand that last season our Jags maybe took two steps back with all the nonsense.

Justin, a huge Clemson fan, remains "all in."

Jeremy from Gilbert, AZ

A slew of excuses are being made for how sloppy the Jags were at numerous points throughout the games and we're blaming youth, new coach, systems, etc. How does that reconcile with the multiple practices Pederson cancelled leading up to the season? He said he was satisfied with what they had accomplished, so cancelling a practice here or there made sense. Hey, Jags: We're still a mess way too often in the season opener (multiple illegal formation/shifts penalties, 12 men on the field, etc).

I don't know that anyone has blamed youth, a new coach or new systems for the penalties committed in Week 1. Would three more minicamp practices in mid-June have helped? Would those three non-padded, non-contact practices made a major difference in a regular-season game three months later? Perhaps. If that's what you want to believe, I suppose nothing written here would convince you otherwise.

JT from Palm Coast, FL

I wanted to be sure to mention James Robinson coming back this past weekend. If Game One was your first time watching the Jags, you would have never noticed that he was coming off of an Achilles less than a year ago. I'm sure it had to feel good for him. Cheers to his return!

One more fer J-Rob.

Peter from Duplek, Slovenia

Your thoughts on Roger Federer retiring? I know you're a huge fan.

I was saddened by the news Thursday is Federer is retiring later this month, although it was hardly unexpected considering his age and the injuries he endured in recent years. I consider him perhaps my favorite athlete regardless of sport for many reasons: Skill level, grace and class foremost among them. I have learned in recent years as he has played less that I perhaps am as much a Federer fan as I am an overall tennis fan, and I wonder if I will follow the sport as closely moving forward. I doubt I am alone in that. Although has been passed in total grand slams by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic I know I also am hardly alone in feeling that Federer defined the sport in a way that can't be measured by numbers. As is the case with legends in any sport, there will be other greats. But there never will be another Federer.

Ryan from Apopka, FL

I can't help and take a step back and ask you about Roger Federer. He announced his retirement from tennis after a 20-plus-year career and as arguably the greatest player of all time. Looking back, what was your favorite moment? Mine was his amazing five-set win over Andy at Wimbledon. As a Roddick fan I was pulling for him to get his second grand slam title, but it was one match I'll never forget.

The 2009 Wimbledon title you mention was good. For me, the favorite Federer moment always will be: 2017 Australian Open final, fifth set, Federer up 4-3, Nadal serving, deuce, forehand winner down the line for Federer to end a 26-shot rally. It didn't end the match, but if there was a shot that defined it – and a shot that set the tone for Federer's remarkable career resurgence – that was it. Nadal to that point had been Federer's nemesis, and it allowed Federer to sort of even up their rivalry in many ways. It was the sort of point Federer previously had lost to Nadal. It was a completely unexpected match and moment, with both players seeded low in the tournament because of injuries. In that sense, the entire tournament it felt like a gift. It was theater and emotion at the highest level. OK, that's it for Federer talk. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Ed from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

All we need this Sunday is a win. Dallas' season is over. That's another win that was probably predicted as a maybe loss. Why did you print so many negative comments? Are you getting more negatives than positive comments overall?

I answer questions in a way that best informs, entertains and interests the readers. I do my best to have each day be as informative and interesting – and as objective and as balanced – as possible given the circumstances of a given day. I often fail at this, but if I'm answering a lot of negative questions/comments it's because I'm receiving a lot of negative questions/comments. That's how it works.

Zac from Austin, Tejas

I think it's going to be the Colts by at least two touchdowns, and you think it's going to be the Colts by at least two touchdowns, and your opening line is going to be "last week they contended into the fourth quarter. Today, they did not."

I don't believe it will be the Colts by at least two touchdowns, although I do expect the Colts to win by a score or less. That probably won't be my opening line.

Jim from New Smyrna

KOAF, Last year the team couldn't get near the end zone and now this year, it is a struggle to get in. Is that about right?

Good eye.

Tudor from Saint Augustine, FL

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but given the atrocious Urban Meyer regime, I consider the 2022 season to be Trevor Lawrence's rookie year. Let's give him some real time under a REAL coach this season before we all lose our minds and call him mean names such as "Gabbert 2.0." Too soon for such hurtful words IMO.

It's a bit disingenuous to call 2022 Lawrence's rookie season. Pederson has talked about Lawrence clearly having benefited from starting 17 games as a rookie. At the same time, Lawrence is playing a new offensive system with a slew of new skill players. That means he's speaking a new NFL language with new teammates. Is it realistic to think he is playing as smoothly and instinctively as would be the case if he had been with Pederson and most of these teammates last season?