Let's get to it . . .
Andrew from Toledo, OH:
Shad Khan scares me. Do you think he will be power hungry and start calling the shots from the owner's office? It seems like he wants to have more control than Weaver had.
John: Khan has exactly as much control as Weaver had, which is to say total control. That's what you get when you own something. But while this is a question that has come up since Khan made his comments regarding Tim Tebow, my sense is you needn't be concerned. Khan has answered questions openly and honestly since taking control of the Jaguars, and during that process he said that in the case of Tebow, he would have done what he could have from his position to have the Jaguars maneuver to a spot where taking Tebow made sense. He also emphasized that Tebow was a once-in-a-lifetime player because of his ties to Jacksonville and his star power. While saying that, Khan also has been very firm that he does not believe he is an expert at picking NFL talent and that he believes the best way to succeed in any line of work is to hire the best people possible and allow them to do their jobs. I see Khan being a passionate owner who does whatever it takes to win, but I don't see him being meddlesome and coming down from on high to override his football people. Contrary to your concerns, it doesn't seem to be his nature.
Luis from Fruit Cove, FL:
I hated the day Vic announced he was leaving. I also heard he recommended you. That, at least, started my O-Zone experience with hope. For a while I continued reading "Ask Vic" on the Green Bay site, but eventually the O-Zone was so much more than I could ever get from a Green Bay Ask Vic. I now read the O-Zone and your news stories avidly. You put together a great column, certainly give fans equal treatment. I thank you for a year of great, unbiased, telling-it-like-it-is reporting and hope you will be with us Jaguars fans a long, long, long time. Thank you, O-Man!
John: Who's this "Rick" of whom you speak?
Dave from Atlantic Beach, FL:
Back in the day when the goal post was on the goal line instead of on the end line, was it still considered out of bounds?
John: Not exactly. There was the obvious issue of players running into them during the play, not to mention the issue of passes hitting them. A pass by a team into the end zone hitting the goal post was incomplete whereas a pass by a team from its own end zone was until 1945 automatically ruled a safety. In the NFL Championship Game that year, a pass by Redskins Hall of Fame quarterback Sammy Baugh hit the cross bar, and the safety gave the then-Cleveland Rams a 2-0 lead. Cleveland won 15-14, and Redskins Owner George Preston Marshall the following off-season pushed through a rule that made such a play an incomplete pass. That was how it was ruled until 1974, when the goal posts were at last moved to the end line.
Mark from Jacksonville and Section 223:
Enough of the White Castle vs. Krystal. Are rugby style drop kicks allowed in the NFL?
John: Yes, though they are obviously very, very rare. The last successful dropkick in the NFL was in 2006, when then-New England Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie converted a successful drop-kick extra point on the play of his NFL career. Before then, there hadn't been a successful drop kick in the NFL since 1941.
Richard from Atlantic Beach, FL:
Did Tommy even bother to read Mr. Lamping's resume? He is obviously a very successful sports business executive. How many men could oversee the construction of a billion dollar stadium with two teams looking over his shoulder?
John: Very simply put, it's a good get. I'm not sure there's much arguing that.
Ross from Jacksonville:
Do you see Gene Smith staying disciplined in his approach to acquiring a WR in free agency by placing a value on available players and sticking to that value when offering deals? Or can you see Gene get carried away in a bidding war?
John: I see the Jaguars – which means Gene Smith with the blessing of Khan – spending what it takes to upgrade the receiver position. Obviously, it's a case-by-case scenario and you can't be ridiculous, but I certainly think there will be a high-priced wide receiver signed by the Jaguars. As for a bidding war, that's not often how it works in NFL free agency. More likely the Jaguars will target the player they want and be aggressive and swift in their pursuit – much as they were with Paul Posluszny in free agency this past off-season. I imagine the players the Jaguars want in free agency – be they wide receivers, defensive ends or any other position – will be in Jacksonville early in the process and will receive a very lucrative, hard-to-ignore offer while they're here. That's how you avoid a bidding war, and it's how you get the player you covet.
Renee from Section 104 Row N and :
Thank you for doing the Ozone every day! I laugh and my partner asks what I'm laughing at, so I read it out loud and we both chuckle! Whenever you take your vaca, it is well deserved. By the way, my free agency wish list … Mario Williams and Colston! What do you think my chances are of having a March Christmas?
John: Jacksonville Beach, FL You obviously never can predict or guarantee free agency, but your scenario makes a lot of sense.
Bill from Orange Park, FL:
Will you be having any guest O-Zone hosts this offseason? Ideas are Lageman, Khan, Mojo, Mrs. Ozone, Blaine, Boselli.
John: I'm fine with Lageman, though I may wait until he gets into the modern age of communication and actually opens a Twitter account. I fear Khan would be way, way too good at it, and perhaps want to do it on a daily basis – and the same is true of Jones-Drew. Mrs. O-Zone would be far more entertaining than I, and perhaps more informative on some level, but she's not given to doing much to make my life easier. I get the feeling Gabbert would be very entertaining, too. As for Boselli, even here in the O-Zone we have a certain set of standards we at least try to maintain.
Courtenay from Section 241:
So, what do you think of the possibility of getting Mario Williams in free agency, franchising Mincey, and drafting Coples to beef up the DE position?
John: I like the first, can't see the second and very definitely don't see the third if the first happens.
Adam from Section 410 Row Z and Orange Park, FL:
With Luck and RG3 having their Pro Days on the same day, and with Luck clearly going to the Colts, do teams send a scout to look at Luck or not even bother?
John: Most teams will indeed send a scout to Luck's workout, particularly teams in the top half of the first round. It's really a matter of due diligence. While Luck may seem a rock-solid lock to go No. 1 to the Colts, many things happen on Draft Day and during the time leading to the draft. That's especially true at the quarterback position. You never know when a quarterback might start to slip – remember Aaron Rodgers and Matt Leinart – and with a quarterback of Luck's ability, you prepare for any possibility no matter how remote the possibility may seem.
Charlie from Jacksonville:
I was watching Pawn Stars and someone said his dad was drafted by the Miami Dolphins back in the 60's as a flanker. What is a flanker?
John: Flanker used to be a common term for wide receiver.
Austin from San Antonio, TX:
Do a player's negative off-field actions label them as a "bust?" Many people consider the likes of Reggie Williams and Matt Jones a "bust," but they were our No. 1 receivers at one point production-wise.
John: I don't spend much time on labels, so I honestly don't know what gets players labeled as busts. My sense of Williams and Jones were while they were the Jaguars' most-productive receivers for a stretch they weren't players for whom opponents had to alter their game plan. That's what you want out of a true No. 1 receiver, and what you expect when you take a receiver in the top half of the first round.
Shawn from Three Rivers, MI:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't the cap problem in the early 2000's due to "barrowing" from future caps and not using up unused cap monies?
John: The cap is a complex dynamic and not often succinctly explained, but that's about it.
Scot from Section 240:
I love to try different beers. But oddly enough, I find that I absolutely love ALL of them from about the seventh onwards.
John: After seven, I imagine your love of many things knows few bounds.
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Andrew from Toledo, OH: