O-Zone: trust your instincts
JACKSONVILLE – Let’s go …
KOAF, for the past 20 years this team has tried to build a running-based attack with elite defense. Teams that win build powerful passing attacks, complimentary running play, and defense as good as the salary cap allows. Supposedly, we are looking again at rushing passes for the draft. I mean, can we try something different? Trevor needs WEAPONS!
There’s plenty of time until the 2022 NFL Draft – and any talk of “the tilt” is just speculation and nothing more. One reason is that nothing has been officially announced on who will be making football decisions for this franchise, and another is that issues such as final scores and business possibilities are yet to be determined. Still, I absolutely expect the Jaguars to look into the passing rush and / or defensive line early in the 2022 NFL Draft, as they’ll hold one of the top two or three picks – and so on. This is where you can usually get franchise defining players in these positions. Think: Joey and Nick Bosa, Myles Garrett and / or Chase Young. That’s not to say the Jaguars won’t add weapons and build offense around rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence. I think that will be a major goal this offseason.
I agree with exploring the possibility of re-signing left tackle Cam Robinson. What weaknesses on the offensive line do you think the Jags should explore next season? And does Walker Little seem able to be one of those upgrades?
I expect the Jaguars to reshape the offensive line this offseason, although I don’t have a clue how they’ll approach that yet. The Jaguars have a lot of entry level to good offensive linemen, but not great ones. So while the group needs to level up, it’s hard to say exactly where these upgrades will happen. In addition, there is still so much to be determined in terms of head coach and decision-making structure that it is impossible to know how the team will approach the changes on the line in 2022. Left-back Andrew Norwell is expected to become an agent. unrestricted free after the season, so there is a good chance that this position will change. Right tackle Jawaan Taylor also struggled enough that we could consider moving him inside to keep. Beyond that, it’s more delicate. As for the rookie tackle Walker Little being in a position to be an upgrade… well, he better be.
Why didn’t Shad Khan sign a stadium lease extension? Everyone who knows a soccer ball from a goal post has said that “the Bank is in very good shape. What else does he want? How bad does it feel to say thank you to the community and the fans on your team? The new training center might be cool, but it’s actually for the team (let’s put the marketing gossip aside). With the exception of a few junk like soil studies, Jacksonville and the state of Florida have so far invested all of the money in these projects. I don’t think the Jags are leaving. Seriously, what does Shad Khan want?
To say that TIAA Bank Field is in “very good shape” is never to have seen any other current stadium in the NFL. I expect the Jaguars and the City of Jacksonville to discuss and agree to a major stadium renovation for the foreseeable future. I don’t expect “lease extensions” to happen without this renovation and that (serious) upgrade that comes with it.
If you spend the cap every year, you run out of money when it comes to renewing star player contracts, right? You cannot keep star players on rookie contracts.
To some extent, teams can often massage and bypass the salary cap. But overall, it’s hard to just “spend to the cap” every offseason. You still don’t want to spend money that is above the salary cap on players who don’t justify it. If you do it too often, you find yourself unable to improve positions or re-sign deserving players. It is a formula for failure.
For my part, I’ll be happy when those silly games are over so the Jags’ regular season can begin.
So where did the organization go wrong? Was it Meyer’s hiring or bad writing last year? Maybe not go after the free agents who could have made the difference? Could it have been the overuse of a rookie quarterback without a decent supporting cast or the abandonment of the running game? Is there anything to learn from 2021 or should we just close the book and move on? What can we expect or hope for in 2022. Happy New Year !!
It’s never a thing when things go wrong. Hiring Urban Meyer as head coach clearly hasn’t worked. Call it a moon shooting experiment that went very, very badly. It is not yet clear whether the Jaguars drafted badly in 2021 as the selected players did not play long enough to judge them with precision. If Lawrence is good – and I still think he will be – then it’s a good draft. Period. What can we learn from 2021? Don’t do a lot of the things the Jaguars have done. How is it to begin? As for closing the book … I totally agree. Shut up. Put it on the shelf. Spend.
I can handle the Jaguars battling another losing season, but come on 2021 … why take Betty White from us ?! I want to be sedated.
So you see Mark Brunell as the head coach of the Jaguars or why didn’t they ask him like, come on, he’s awesome.
My deductive reasoning skills tell me you’re asking if former Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell should be considered the team’s next head coach. Brunell is nearing the end of his first season as an NFL assistant – as the Detroit Lions quarterback coach. I believe Brunell might have a shot at being an NFL head coach – and I have no reason to think he wouldn’t be a good one. It would be a bit of a stretch to believe he’s ready for the role after one season in the NFL.
Daniel from Jersey City, NJ
O-man, I’m not holding my breath, but with so many players, maybe we’ll discover a new stud that we might not have discovered otherwise?
When it comes to Cam Robinson and DJ Chark Jr.’s resignation, when there has to be a determination of value, you’ve already said that teams are paying too much for free agency. Would it be better to pay too much for someone you know rather than take your chances against a player their previous team didn’t want? I’m not saying we shouldn’t be looking at other free agents, but you never know who’s available and we have an exclusive trading window if I remember correctly.
That’s certainly a legitimate point in this discussion – and it may be something of a dilemma for the Jaguars. Left tackle Cam Robinson and wide receiver DJ Chark Jr., both of whom are expected to become unrestricted free agents in the 2020 offseason, both hold important positions. Both have shown flashes of being very good NFL players. At the same time, neither of them showed enough things close to elite play that their re-signing was an easy decision. There will also be the added ride of a third head coach in three seasons. At this point, we don’t know if the team’s decision-makers see these players as part of the plan, as we don’t know the dynamics of who will be making the decisions. We also don’t know if Chark and Robinson want to return; it could also depend on the evolution of the structure. In any case, it all depends on the perceived value. If the Jaguars think Chark and Robinson are the answer to the left tackle and as a starting receiver, then yes… find a way to pay them off before free will opens. Otherwise …
Big and mighty O, since Dan Quinn turned down the opportunity to interview for the Jaguars head coach job, how about interviewing another defensive coordinator / head coach in Bob Stoops. I believe he would win the governor’s race in Oklahoma against Barry Switzer. I think it would be cool for another OU head coach to win a national championship and a Super Bowl. Oh, by the way, there are too many SEC guys on this list. What you say?
I don’t know Stoops. He joined the University of Florida staff after I quit covering the Gators in 1995 and I’ve never been enough in Oklahoma to get a feel for what he would be like as a coach. -Head of the NFL. But while I don’t have an idea of where the Jaguars head coach research is going yet, it’s relatively safe to say that the Jaguars will look to a coach with NFL experience. I don’t know why, exactly. Call it a hunch.