JACKSONVILLE – Let’s go…
One of your readers noticed that the Eagles had perhaps the best offensive line the year they won the Super Bowl. They also had arguably the best defense. What is the value of having a high “D” level for offense?
It’s a good point, and one that got a little lost in the preparation for the repechage. We’ve spent so much time discussing Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson’s penchant for a strong offensive line — which the Philadelphia Eagles absolutely had when they won the Super Bowl under Pederson after the 2017 season — that we may have forgotten that the Eagles actually made this Super Bowl as much because of defense as they did offense. I can’t say you can win the Super Bowl these days by building a defense. depends on the of offense. But the Jaguars need to be able to stop the run and leave the field more often on third down than they have in recent seasons. By selecting outside linebacker Travon Walker and linebackers Devin Lloyd and Chad Muma in the 2022 NFL Draft, and signing linebacker Foye Oluokun and defensive tackle Foye Fatukasi as unrestricted free agents, they have improved in this area this offseason. Perhaps significantly.
Can you help me make sense of this? The Jags spent a lot of free agency money on offense. We know that free agency acquisitions very rarely meet expectations. We then spend all of our bounty project capital on defense. So how could the offense improve when the only additions are players other teams didn’t want to keep enough? How is the wide reception hall better without premium draw capital?
The Jaguars, like any struggling team, were in a bit of a dilemma this offseason – which is to say that while the best way to acquire elite players is through the draft, it takes time to build skills. this way. And it’s really hard to acquire elite players in multiple positions in one draft. So they’ve been spending a lot of money in free agency with the idea that players like tight end Evan Engram and wide receiver Christian Kirk can give quarterback Trevor Lawrence better receiving options than last year. — and that right guard Brandon Scherff can help bolster the inside of the offensive line. There’s also faith that Pederson’s offense can thrive without a so-called WR 1, like it did when he was the Eagles head coach. I thought before the draft the Jaguars would try to draft a receiver high in the second round or by trading near the end of the first round. It turned out that the Jaguars didn’t see the receiver having the right value at the time. I expect the team to try to draft and develop a WR1 in the near future. It just wasn’t possible this year.
Brian of Fleming Island
There was a rumor reported Josh Allen was on the trading block. With this draft finished, I’m starting to believe the rumor. The team drafted his replacement, not his complement. Do you know if Josh’s days are numbered?
There are two outside linebackers in the Jaguars defensive scheme, which means Travon Walker is very much a complement to defensive end/linebacker Josh Allen.
Hey O, I believe you’ve touched on this before, but if Walker was good enough to get picked in the Top 5, he was good enough to get picked first. Oh, and none of the rookies turned out to be good in the NFL until they were, regardless of their college stats!
Watch out, Jon. You use reason and logic to analyze the draft. Walk lightly.
Bruce from Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Oh, Hope. We have been here before. I thought former Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer would be a good coach. I was wrong. However, I have a feeling the Jags have a coaching staff that is experienced in the NFL and knows what they are doing. What do you think?
This staff is experienced. I like what I see and hear from Pederson, and I like what I’ve heard from the assistants I’ve interviewed and heard of. I think they know what they are doing and I can’t imagine they don’t get along well with the players. These are all positives.
Luckily for the Jags, they didn’t have to face Detroit this year and the wrath of Aidan Hutchinson, who was passed by them.
Well, thank goodness I guess.
Seamus from Sioux Falls, SD
When they hear coaches and analysts talk about position groups, they often refer to “the quarterback room” or, in the case of this weekend’s pick, “the linebacker room.” Are there multiple physical rooms in the stadium, one for each group of positions or do they all use the same room at different times?
Each extension group has a separate meeting room. There are also larger rooms where attack and defense can meet, with an auditorium-style room for full team meetings.
How do people still say that this team has no direction? They seem to target specific players and then do whatever it takes to acquire them. While they may not be right in their choices, they obviously have a plan now.
When was the last time the Jags didn’t rebuild?
Realistically? The 2019 offseason, when they signed quarterback Nick Foles as an unrestricted free agent. The signing of Foles appeared to be the last effort with the core that made the AFC Championship game after the 2017 season. Since? Yes, there has been a lot of reconstruction.
I’m surprised we didn’t draft a late kicker.
Mr O, do you know what is the status of two categories on Jaguars.com next to O-Zone, called Ten Things and Quick Thoughts? Are they just activated during the actual season or have they been forgotten or neglected? I don’t want to be flippant, just interested in knowing. Thank you.
“Ten Things” and “Quick Thoughts” are regular season features. They will be remembered and will not be neglected at all during the regular season.
Diego of South Tierra del Fuego
Please explain to me why NFL teams waste their money on college and professional scouts? All they have to do is tune in to Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay about a week before draft day and get all the information they need on top prospects. Surely they are as good or better at their job than the scouts. Then, on draft day, select their best prospect for the positions you’re looking for. Diego for GM!
Shad Khan, hire this man (again)!
What did the Jaguars see in Chad Muma that made them love him more than Nakobe Dean, who everyone agrees has the potential to be elite despite his height. I don’t use a first or second round due to his injury, but let’s be honest – Chad Muma seems to have to do my taxes every April.
Have you watched Muma? Or just Dean?
ShanghaiStevie from BACK IN JAX!
So, I heard we had a draft with some guys some people like and some people some people don’t like. Instead of focusing on that, I paid special attention to the HCDP. This guy impresses me. I really enjoyed how he talked about the staff involved in the writing process and the great experience they had together. It was almost as if he was speaking directly to them – as if sincerely. In another presser, HCDP spoke directly to the mother of our second round one. He talked about looking forward to getting to know the mother and the family – like sincerely. For the team on the ground? It will go as far as Trevor takes it. But this HCDP guy, he seems like someone people would want to play hardball for. There’s only one cleat in my house and it’s a size 5, but I would tie it for HCDP. Good guy.
Not a question, just an observation that our last two No. 1 draft picks both knew they would be picked No. 1 (Trevor for sure, Travon no doubt) and chose to stay home with their families. instead of going to the grand draft event. I don’t know how or if this will be meaningful five years from now, but I thought it was really cool and refreshing to see young men putting family above the flash in the social media age of “look me and what I just did”. Now get off my lawn!
They can descend from mine too. And there’s also a guy at the end of the street who insists on parking his car on the other side of the curb when everyone on the street knows it’s illegal. But he’s the only one not following the rules. I have to go. I will shout on a cloud. (And good eye).