JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Sal from Austin, TX
How about just "really good" or "exceptionally well?" Lawrence shows signs he's actually the guy the Jaguars drafted, and he's suddenly "special." I like winning as much as the next guy, but maybe if we didn't gush so hard after a win, so many guys wouldn't want to jump in front of a bus after a loss.
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence indeed played "really good" and "exceptionally well" in a 36-22 victory over the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday. He also for the most part has played "really good" and "exceptionally well" the last five weeks, so this isn't as much a case of him "suddenly" being "special" Sunday as it is a case of a player with enormous potential beginning to reach that potential. Loyal O-Zone readers – and he knows who he is – can tell you I am not given to hyperbole. I prefer the long view over quick-trigger reactions. But I also try to give as accurate/honest an assessment of what's going on around the Jaguars as possible, and I try to analyze the team's major storylines as they develop. Lawrence is this franchise's most important storyline in recent memory, and his development will shape the franchise for the next decade or more. My assessment of Lawrence following Sunday indeed is he's doing more than simply showing signs of being the guy the Jaguars drafted and that he is proving he is going to be special. That wasn't based on one game. It was based on how he continues to develop. He has been doing things in recent weeks that aren't a fluke. That doesn't mean he will be great every week. It doesn't mean the Jaguars will win every week. It does mean he's showing every sign of being an elite, franchise – special – quarterback. I expect I'll keep writing and saying that so long as it appears to be true.
Cliff from Everywhere with helicopter
This team is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
The 2022 Jaguars aren't so mysterious. They're an improving, young team. Improving young teams have good games and bad games. The best part about this unmysterious season is Lawrence's future no longer is a mystery. It's bright. And that means days such as Sunday are going to start happening more.
Jim from JAX
A simple question without a simple answer: How can this week and last week be so amazingly different?
The answer actually is pretty simple. It's a week-to-week league. The Jaguars also got some turnovers early against the Titans, which enabled them to get a lead and get in control of the game. That allowed a struggling Jaguars defense to shut down a one-dimensional offense. Lawrence also had a really good game against a depleted Titans defense, which also helped the Jaguars get that lead … OK, maybe it's not soooo simple. But it's indeed a week-to-week league.
Mark from Archer
Zone, all offseason most fans said they just wanted the Jags to be competitive this season. A lot of other fans said they wanted the Jaguars to play meaningful football in December. Both things have happened, so most fans should be happy now, right?
My sense is most Jaguars fans are indeed happy now. Give it a minute.
Reese from Lutherville, MD
What impresses you most about Trevor? To me, it's his ability to navigate the pocket while keeping his body situated to always be able to throw with his eyes always downfield. I've never seen quarterback play like this for the Jags.
Lawrence's pocket presence, awareness and navigation indeed is getting impressive. So is his accuracy. And his knack for big "wow" throws in big moments. His command of the offense is getting there, too, as is his anticipation. As for never seeing quarterback play for the Jaguars like this … there's a reason: They've never had a quarterback like this.
Lane from Winter Garden, FL
O man, Lawrence is on pace for 4,187 yards and 26 passing touchdowns. I imagine both of those numbers would be team records, would they not?
They would not.
Joseph from Acworth, GA
"I have written before that I don't know that Lawrence is going to be an uber-accurate quarterback who seems to go weeks without ever missing a receiver." When you wrote that, I begrudgingly agreed with your take. What happened? How can a QB get this much better so quickly? Fun to watch.
I likely wrote that in October when Lawrence at times was struggling with accuracy. He had done this enough throughout his NFL career to that point that I indeed was unsure if he would be consistently accurate. I thought he might be more of a big-play quarterback than an efficient one. Jaguars Media analyst Bucky Brooks disagreed and thought that Lawrence's accuracy would improve dramatically as he became more comfortable in the offense. Brooks believed that that increased comfort would allow Lawrence to get his feet and mechanics right more consistently, which would therefore improve his accuracy. It appears that's happening – and that Lawrence's accuracy and efficiency is improving in direct correlation to his increased comfort in the scheme. One fer Brooks.
Holger from Zurich, Switzerland
How did he do it? What changed that Trevor is now playing so much better than in the first half the season?
He's growing up.
John from Jacksonville
Hi KOAGF - I think back to earlier in the year and the angst around the "long" search for our new head coach. I would say our owner finally got it right in a big way. This guy is good and is very "locked in" during the entire games. He is a true winner and our future looks very exciting. I no longer feel hopeless when we fall behind in games. We play 60 minutes now and don't fold.
John is on board the P Train.
Nick from London, England
If we go 3-1 and Tennessee goes 2-2 from here, I'm afraid we win nothing!
If the Jaguars go 3-1 and Tennessee goes 2-2 to finish the season, the Jaguars indeed would likely win nothing. If they go 3-1 and the Titans go 1-3, they would win the AFC South if the Jaguars beat the Titans in the regular-season finale.
Richard from Jacksonville
If both the Jaguars and Titans lose to Dallas and we win out and the Titans take an additional loss to the Chargers, with identical records wouldn't we win the tiebreaker with two head-to-head victories therefore winning the division?
David from The Island
Do you think I could get up if Jaguars linebacker Shaq Quarterman hit me as hard as he hit Titans running back Derrick Henry Sunday?
JT from Palm Coast, FL
Congrats to Mike from NY on getting his precious baby Elle back home! Him and his wife got a little fighter on their hands. We are ALL rooting for Elle!
Jeremy from Gilbert, AZ
Watching Trevor after the last play of the game, I don't think he likes the Titans or losing. That's good, because neither do I!
Lawrence following the final play Sunday got in the face of Titans defensive lineman Kevin Strong. This was after multiple Titans linemen hit center Luke Fortner hard on the Jaguars' final "kneel-down" snap. The play was unnecessary on the part of the Titans, but not illegal or all that unusual. Head Coach Doug Pederson on Monday said he didn't mind Lawrence's actions, saying essentially that Lawrence's offensive linemen protect him during the game and he can protect them when appropriate. And yes … the moment had some chippiness. Lawrence showed some toughness, moxie and leadership. It was a cool moment and a memorable one. This series has been one-sided for a long time. It could be getting fun.
Zach from Atlanta, GA
Memorable plays deserve memorable names. Here's one for remembering Trevor's gutsy touchdown run as "The Long Arm of the Law."
Crash from Glen St. Mary
O Man! Double down! Buy more T Law rookie cards!
Crash is "all in." And then some.
Mario from West Kelowna, BC
Zone. Let's talk mentioning playoffs. It's a week-to-week league. For all we know the D can have a horrible game next game. This team lacks full consistency. So let's take a deep breath and relax.
It's indeed a week-to-week league. The Jaguars' defense absolutely could struggle next game. And Lawrence and the offense may not play as well. But the Jaguars have a decent chance to make the postseason if they win three of their final four games. If one of those victories is over the Tennessee Titans, their chances are really good. The thought here is if the Jaguars beat the Cowboys Sunday, their chances are really, really good. There's time for deep breaths and relaxing in the offseason. The Jaguars are playing meaningful December football for the first time in five seasons. Fans want to talk playoffs? Talk away, baby. Why the hell not?