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JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …

Scott from Jax

Who is the better back: Hyde or Robinson? Do you think that Hyde should get more of the carries?

This apparently is a hot-button issue for many Jaguars fans, with many O-Zone readers in recent weeks seemingly upset about running back Carlos Hyde getting any carries at the expense of running back James Robinson. The reality is Hyde has run well this season. I would consider Robinson the better of the two at this stage of their careers, and he appears to have been the better back so far this season. But Hyde absolutely should be getting some carries, and Sunday's workload of Hyde getting eight carries (for 44 yards) and Robinson getting 15 carries (for 88 yards) felt about right.

Jeremy from Jacksonville

Mr. O, I'm struggling to digest this one. We had our first double-digit lead of the season and all of a sudden, the team is facing an insurmountable lead. I get that a Pick 6 never helps, but this one just seemed to slip away right before eyes.

The Cardinals are good with an ascending quarterback in Kyle Murray. They are maturing and know how to win close games. The Jaguars aren't good yet – and while rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence is going to be good, he's learning and not yet ascending. And the Jaguars don't know how to win close games yet. Sunday's game is what typically happens when two such teams meet.

David from Ada, OK

Here's a question. What if Trevor Lawrence isn't a better quarterback than Gardner Minshew II? What if if we had had patience with Minshew, he would have been a better quarterback than Lawrence? I understand Lawrence was good in college, but as of now it really seems like when the game is on the line he turns the ball over, and over and over. He apparently does not get better when the team needs him to step up, but he does the opposite and tries to force it. Minshew had a better instinct for this apparently. It's three games, I know, but this is unacceptable, especially when the defense played decently, and the running game was there.

Stop. Please. For your sake.

Hassan from Jacksonville

I'm really sorry to say this, but Lambo has to go. He can't be our kicker for Thursday night.

Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo entered Sunday having missed all three of his field goals this season – from 55, 52 and 48 yards – in Weeks 1 and 2. He didn't attempt a field goal Sunday, but he missed two of his three extra-point attempts. Head Coach Urban Meyer thus far this season has made clear his affinity for Lambo. He supported Lambo last week. He spoke highly on Sunday of Lambo's work ethic. He also spoke of there being a reality about the missed extra points. It's hard to see Lambo kicking for the Jaguars Thursday. We'll see.

Sid from Jacksonville

I don't want to watch the Jaguars anymore.

OK.

_Russ from Celina, TN     _

Mr. O, I think Lambo's thinking more about his retirement than what is in the best interests of the Jags. Missing two – count 'em, two – extra points in the same game is not acceptable. I bet we see kicker tryouts in Duval this week. What say you?

I expect the Jaguars may make a change at kicker this week. I was at the game, so I don't need to count 'em – counted 'em during the game – and I haven't the foggiest idea what you mean when you say Lambo is thinking about retirement.

Mike from Mandarin

I'm not sure if Khan is aware, but we're 0-18. Remind him if you see him.

There's no one around the Jaguars unaware that they have lost 18 consecutive games, and Owner Shad Khan certainly knows – perhaps well as anyone. The Jaguars looked a lot better Sunday than they did in the first two games. It seems to me they have a decent chance to win in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Joe from Corning, NY

Wow 18 in a row sugarcoat this for me.

I don't know what sugarcoating means. I do know the Jaguars have lost 18 consecutive games. That's not good. In fact, it's awful. But I also know that the Jaguars completely overhauled the organization in the offseason with the idea to stop losing and improve the on-field product. I also know they played better Sunday than I expected – and better than they did in Weeks 1 and 2. They must build on what they did Sunday and get much better. I don't believe that they will win Thursday or the following week just because they had a couple of good quarters Sunday. They still have a long way to go, and they must be better in some areas where it's difficult to improve. I don't know if that's sugarcoating. I don't particularly care if it's sugarcoating. It's where the Jaguars are now. It's what I got.

Jeremy from Gilbert, AZ

The offense scored 12 points Sunday. That won't win any games in the NFL.

No, it won't.

Scott from Atlantic Beach, FL

The rookie looks bad because he's constantly pressing because of dropped passes, receivers stopping on routes and not winning, procedural errors. Mostly dropped and playing from behind. I don't think Trevor is the problem. Go Jags, future so bright.

Good eye. Lawrence completed 22 of 34 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions and two lost fumbles Sunday. The fumbles seemed like some weirdness, and I don't expect that to be a long-term issue. One of the interceptions was a drop/bobble by tight end Jacob Hollister that cornerback Bryon Murphy Jr. intercepted and one of the interceptions was a ball that Lawrence probably shouldn't have thrown. Lawrence is going to get a lot of criticism because that's what happens when quarterbacks have four turnovers, but he said after the game he felt good about his decision-making and that he felt he improved from the previous week. That's what it felt like from the press box. Nothing that has happened so far gives me any pause about Lawrence and I see nothing to make me think he won't be great. I've been wrong before. Not on this.

Ross from Mechanicsville, VA

So, spending money and focus on special teams sure seems to be paying off. And maybe that coach is something special, too. They are all learning. And maybe learning quickly.

Fair. While observers love to criticize Meyer – and while he was questioned in some circles for his offseason emphasis on special teams – his decision to focus on special teams indeed has been unquestionably positive. Wide receiver/returner Jamal Agnew's 109-yard return with a missed field goal was the veteran's second 100-yard-plus play in two weeks. That's impact.

Richard from Virginia Beach, VA

Still way too early to give a final grade on Trevor, but it's obvious the game is too fast for him right now.

Of course it's too early to give a final grade. Lawrence is a rookie who has played three NFL games. And of course the NFL game is too fast for him right now. It's too fast for almost all rookie quarterbacks who have played three games. But Lawrence looks like he is improving and doesn't look overwhelmed compared to a lot of young quarterbacks.

Logan from Wichita, KS

Coaching is the problem here. Robinson is being a stud and you pull some BS trick play for a Pick 6 to lose the game. Worthless coaches always make good teams lose and make bad teams worse. Seeing zero wins on the horizon.

The Jaguars had run nine consecutive plays and had done so pretty effectively. They had two choices: keep running against a defense that almost certainly was going to start gearing up more and more to stop the run – or take advantage of an aggressive defense to hit a big play. They opted to go for the big play. They handed to Hyde, who pitched back to Lawrence – who was pressured as he threw and was intercepted by cornerback Byron Murphy Jr., who returned the interception 29 yards for a touchdown. Was this a worthless decision? Well, wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. broke wide open on the play, so maybe it was an OK decision. Maybe it would have been a better decision had guard Andrew Norwell not gotten beaten by defensive lineman J.J. Watt and Lawrence gotten the throw off cleanly for a touchdown. Maybe. Just maybe. Or maybe it's always coaching in the NFL. Always.

Sascha from Cologne, Germany

Ok John, is it normal that our offensive coordinator tries to call trick plays after they are up and run the ball effective? Why John? Run the ball, or let normal plays work instead of trying trick plays that are hard to execute even for really good offenses.

A good play call is one that works. A bad play call is one that doesn't work.

Jake from Virginia

Offense letting down the defense is not a theme I expected to start the season.

You know what? I didn't expect it, either, but the defense has played OK for the most part – particularly since allowing some two long, game-changing passes against the Houston Texans in Week 1. The defense allowed 407 total yards Sunday, but it felt like a better effort than that.

Jerell from Columbia, SC

Trevor is a bust. I am calling it now. I have seen enough.

Jerell's back. He's wrong. But he's back.

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