We're here at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., for the NFL Owners Meetings and doing our best to keep it free of the new backup quarterback for the Jets. We're getting there.
Let's get to it . . .
Ricky from Jacksonville and Section 245:
What do you think of the media, especially First Coast News, perpetuating the Tebow talks? It can't be healthy for a news station in an NFL city to show a press conference from another team just because Tim Tebow was part of it. The media is a large part of the problem with Jaguars' exposure locally. Perhaps Dan Hicken should have been in Palm Beach to get Khan's take on the happenings in the Owners Meetings.
John: The media should cover whatever is most interesting to their market. Tebow is very popular in Jacksonville and he's obviously a major topic of interest. If I was at Hicken's station, I'd probably do the same thing. Steve Wrigley and Patrick Kavanaugh of Action News were in Palm Beach, and if you're interested in what the Jaguars are doing at the owner's meetings, you can watch Steve or read me or Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.
Andrew from St. Augustine, FL:
Was Tebow's first NFL game with Denver vs. Jacksonville a sellout? If not, why all the Tebow "will-sell-out-the-place" comments?
John: Believing what you choose to believe is easier than understanding the truth.
Blake from Jacksonville:
I think back to the time around the 1999 season, and I remember the Jaguars going out and spending big money on some players in free agency. Not positive about this, but it doesn't seem like those big free-agent signings put the Jaguars over the top as they were supposed to. I feel as though the players the Jaguars drafted just developed and the guys they signed were just along for the ride and ultimately paying those guys so much resulted in the Jaguars having to tear the team apart. I wonder if the Jaguars would have stayed prudent and continued developing players and being modest players in free agency if the 1999 season would have been the start of something special, not the end. You will probably have much better insight into this as I was relatively young at the time so I wanted to get your thoughts.
John: I wouldn't say the veterans signed were along for the ride. I would say a lot of them fell victim to the very things that free agents often fall victim too – age, injuries, etc. The Jaguars' way back then was not to be modest. They were aggressive and got very close to the Super Bowl that way. Since then, the consistent, contending teams generally have taken the approach of building through the draft and trying to be smart in free agency. I think the Jaguars generally are leaning that way, too, and it's an approach I like to see. Not everyone agrees, and that's OK.
John from Jacksonville:
I bet if we tracked all of the fans that threatened to not buy tickets or not support the team, most of them would be at the games or sitting in front of their TV tuned into the Jags this coming season. These fans simply like drama and trying to flex their power with these bold but futile statements.
John: I'd like to think you're right.
Dave from Section 410:
I think that the major misunderstanding between general managers and fans is the process. The general manager studies free agency far in advance, and makes decisions on what players the team may be interested in acquiring. If there are only three-to-five names on that list, THAT'S IT. The others have been disqualified or looked over for particular reasons, no matter how many or what their name is. On top of that, there will be players that come available as the beginning of the season gets closer. You must trust the GM. That's why he IS the GM.
John: You have a pretty good understanding of how it works. There's no question the general manager has information and a plan that the team doesn't always share publicly. At that level, fans do have to trust that the general manager is doing what's best for the organization. It's strange in a sense that that's not obvious.
Ed from Jacksonville:
What the Jaguars ultimately need is a No. 1 receiver. You don't find them in free agency, no matter how much you spend. Once in a long while, a Jimmy Smith comes out of the blue, but that's a rarity. The only place to get one is in the draft. First or second round this year - that's where you going to find him.
John: Here's betting you're right. And here's betting the Jaguars try to do just that.
Griffin from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
Do you truly believe Blackmon will be there at No. 7 or are you just telling Jag nation what we want to hear?
John: I believe there's a chance he will be. Some fans indeed want to hear that, but as I've said often, I don't believe there's a guarantee that he will go at No. 7 if he's there. We'll see.
Mark from Jacksonville:
What is the second question you've wanted to answer but has never been asked?
John: "What's your favorite Boy Band?"
Bryan from Fernandina Beach, FL:
Why has Amobi Okoye fallen off the face of the earth at such a young age? I see that he is a free agent and only 24 years old. Do you think the Jags should try to bring him in for some depth on the d-line? Keep up the good work.
John: Okoye never developed into what the Texans hoped. As for the Jaguars bringing him in, they're in pretty good shape at the defensive tackle position, and there certainly are bigger needs.
Trace from Jacksonville:
For all the people who are complaining that we didn't get enough big headline names in free agency, let's not forget what happened to last year's free agency winners: the Philadelphia "Dream Team" Eagles.
John: Not to mention all the ones before that.
Greg from Neptune Beach, FL:
Luck and RGIII are both looking like they might be legitimate No. 1 picks. Do you think the Colts will try to reach a contract agreement with both Luck and RGIII before the draft and just pick whoever they have the most favorable agreement with? Or do they pick who they want and do whatever it takes to sign them?
John: I think they'll take Luck and not look back. I know Colts Owner Jim Irsay said this week the team hasn't decided between the two, but can't imagine the Colts wouldn't take Luck. Call it a gut, and maybe I'm wrong, but I can't see the Colts not going in that direction.
Brandon from Orlando, FL:
Just wanted to say that the two-part "Evening with the Coaches" video made my day at work much more enjoyable. If only the O-Zone could do as much...
John: We can't have everything we want. I wish your emails made my day more enjoyable, too.
Andrew from Washington, DC:
How many Jaguars games were blacked out last year? Can you please tell Jerry the answer for me? I realize I'm being flippant and that it's been a weekly struggle, but the Jags didn't have a single blackout last year, which is more than you could say for the Bucs or Chargers. I realize that the team has to win to earn respect and change perceptions, but the media has played a large role in advancing this misinformation and I have to think it aggravates the ticket sales situation.
John: You're right. It was zero. It was also zero the year before that. And yes, that is more than you can say for several teams around the NFL.
Patrick from Jacksonville:
From where you're sitting, what's the best-case scenario for us in the first round of the draft?
John: I'm not sure, but from where I'm sitting I can see the food table here at The Breakers. My best-case scenario is to get in line, which is what I'm doing to do in a few questions. I think I see brownies.
Kevin from Hooligans and Section 106:
John OhSir, What is your favorite Stadium to travel to? And bonus question: What is your favorite Double IPA?
John: I like Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., quite a bit, but truthfully, I have fewer favorites than I once did. Many of the new facilities are similar enough that I don't distinguish all that much between them. As far as cities, I always look forward to Pittsburgh and Nashville. As far as my favorite double IPA, I have no real preference. My choice is usually the one someone's buying me.
Joe from Jacksonville:
One common denominator for great offenses is the ability to go into a "no huddle" when time on the clock is not an issue. Is that too much to ask for a second year QB?
John: It's something a second-year quarterback can do in spots. To ask Blaine Gabbert to run the entire offense from the line of scrimmage in his second season would be asking a bit much, but you may see it happening in spots as the season continues.
Jonathan from Fort Irwin, CA:
For the love of God John take a flippin break for once! Your making the rest of us look bad.
John: Me taking or not taking a break isn't why you all look bad.