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Brian from Jacksonville

Is there some issue getting the coaches' contracts finalized? Hasn't the oath of loyalty been administered to all yet? When can you start asking these guys questions and publish their responses?

There are no worrisome "issues" with the Jaguars' assistant coaches – or their contracts – beyond the reality that it sometimes takes a few weeks or more to hire 20-some-odd people from all over the country. But fear not: The Jaguars' coaching staff essentially is in place and working. An official announcement is expected very soon. As for when you will see questions for the coaches and their responses? Soon. Hopefully very, very soon.

Dave from Waunakee

What have you noticed with Urban in the building now?

Excitement. Energy. Focus. That's what you usually get with a new head coach, and it's absolutely what was expected with the hiring of a coach of new Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer's status and reputation.

Stephen from Wallingford, CT

Regarding Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette, I didn't see anything different in the Super Bowl than in his time with Jacksonville. The difference is the Tampa Bay offensive line afforded him great blocking. He still had poor lateral movement, still ran into the wall of offensive linemen and got stuck before making a move. The only difference was TB's offensive line, which handled the Kansas City Chiefs' defensive line and getting up to the second level.

Fair. Fournette appeared to run with great determination and with willingness to sacrifice his body in the postseason. There were times during his three seasons with the Jaguars I wondered if that was the case on every play.

Tom from Jacksonville

Fournette looked good for the Bucs. Too good, actually. I now see he wasn't giving it his best for the Jags. Not a leader, but good when he can benefit. I would rather not have him around.

So, one not fer Fournette.

Keith from Palatka, FL

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes' struggles in Super Bowl LV were directly related to the Chiefs' offensive tackles who gave up a Super Bowl-record 24 pressures. Hopefully, the Jaguars' new regime will rectify this problem with our tackles. Let left tackle Cam Robinson walk in free agency and use the money and the 25thoverall pick on Orlando Brown. Let right tackle Jawaan Taylor, who led the NFL in pressures allowed with 58, compete for right guard or swing tackle and use the 33rdpick on the best available right tackle – hopefully Teven Jenkins. You keep saying that the offensive line is better than fans perceive. The interior of the line is good, but the tackles are not good. When will this problem be fixed so that our new franchise quarterback (Trevor Lawrence) will not be another casualty to poor pass blocking on the perimeter?

I would be surprised if the Jaguars replace both starting tackles this offseason, mostly because I don't agree with the blanket statement that the Jaguars' tackles "are not good." Robinson and Taylor run-blocked well this past season. They had hiccups in pass blocking; considering the Jaguars trailed pretty much the entire season, some level of pass-protection struggles was expected. Could the Jaguars move on from Robinson this offseason? Possibly. He's an unrestricted free agent who hasn't played well enough to make a long-term deal a no-brainer. But I would be surprised if Taylor isn't the starting right tackle for the Jaguars next season. That said, I expect to be surprised by some of the Jaguars' moves in the coming months. There are typically surprises with new decision-makers. Perhaps the Jaguars' offensive line will contain a few of them. We'll see.

Cliff from Orange Park, FL

If the NFL had had a seventeen-game season this year, the Super Bowl would be this weekend with Presidents Day following. Wouldn't it be cool for that to be the case every year?


Joel from Jacksonville

We have been hearing about various coaches and assistances being hired or approached. Even though there is nothing official, are there actually coaches working on player evaluations, free agents? I feel we are running out of runway and not getting the analysis done.

Your feeling, though perhaps understandable, is incorrect. The coaches are working, and the team is doing what's necessary to prepare for the 2021 offseason – and beyond.

Jared from O-Town

Hey, John-O! How long until all the compensatory picks are put in place, so we'll know just how diluted all those extra Day 3 picks have become? And do you feel these added picks have diminished the value of those picks when it comes to trade compensation?

The NFL typically announces compensatory selections in March. The compensatory formula has been in place since 1995, so the value of the selections after Round 3 or so typically have been the same for about two-and-a-half decades.

Pat from Duval

I'm amazed how much my perspective on Urban Meyer has changed since you and other media members have started to piece together answers to the question: "Who is the real Urban Meyer?" While I have definitely learned more, I feel like I know even less, but it certainly feels like the start to something special.

You probably do know less. I feel like I know less all the time. This has been going on since I can remember.

Ryan from Detroit, MI

Zone, looking at the quality and depth of this year's draft class, which positions do you think we would be better served targeting early in free agency with all our cap space?

One thing to remember when considering this topic is that even in years in which certain positions are perceived as thin or weak, there usually are quality players at all positions in all drafts. That said, defensive tackle is considered weak early in this draft compared to past years. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Jaguars be aggressive in free agency there. Or at tight end.

Fred from Naples, FL

Speaking of throwing teammates under the bus I cannot understand why Terrell Owens continues to bash former teammate Donovan McNabb? It is certainly not a good look for T.O as he continues to try and put himself in front of the media – even during Super Bowl week.

I'm not sure Owens cares all that much about a "good look."

Steve from Nashville, TN

Looking at the production at tight end in the Super Bowl game for both teams, we need something like that in 2021 for the Jaguars.

This could have been written well before the Super Bowl – or for much of the past decade or so – but yes.

Greg from Section 122, Jacksonville, FL

Nice to see Mark Brunell getting the coaching job in MN. I know quarterback coach is starting at the bottom but think there is real chance for him to maybe be a head coach someday? He seems to have the knack for teaching, and we all know he can lead from his days on the field. Is leading as a quarterback and as a head coach the same skill set?

Former Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell is now the quarterbacks coach with the Detroit Lions, but starting in that position really isn't starting at the bottom. It's actually starting a few comparatively easy steps from the top; quarterbacks coaches often become offensive coordinators who often become head coaches. Leading as a head coach is not the same as doing so from the quarterback position, but could I see Brunell as a head coach? Sure. I could see that.     

Steve from Sunroom Couch

"But this question continues a theme I hear often – that the offensive line was a major area of weakness for the team last season. No matter how many people say or believe this, it's simply not the case." 1-15.


Sascha from Cologne, Germany

Hey, John. Do you consider this year's draft class as deep in general? It seems there is some talent on top of the class with some quarterbacks and wide receivers, for example. But is this considered a good class to have some picks in the 20s and early and mid-second round?

It's fine through the 20s. It's said to thin out after that more quickly than last year's draft, which was considered one of the deepest in recent memory.

Bruce from Saint Simons Island, GA

O, should we be worried about Lawrence's labrum repair surgery?

No. It's left shoulder.

Reuben from Pikesville

In my opinion, Joe Jacoby is the offensive lineman most deserving of Hall-of-Fame induction. Three-time Super Bowl champion (XVII, XXII, XXVI), four-time Pro Bowl (1983–1986), three-time first-team All-Pro (1983, 1984, 1987), NFL 1980s All-Decade Team, Washington Ring of Fame. No disrespect to Boselli.

I was a huge fan of the Washington Football Team and loved Jacoby growing up. He was not as good as Boselli. The WFT moved Jacoby from left tackle to right tackle because of Lawrence Taylor. No player ever forced a team to move Boselli.