O-Zone: Hunting season


JO: The Jags are expected to try several wide four-way teams. Have many teams already tried this option, to cover our obvious weakness in the tight final position?

NFL teams sometimes play four-receiver formations – and in fact, such formations are very common these days, especially in long-distance situations. The good thing about an offense is that it gets more receivers in the model and therefore gives the quarterback more options. The downside is that it takes a tight end off the field and therefore usually takes away important options in the running game. The last part is important when it comes to considering how the Jaguars might use receivers and tight ends this season. Remember: while the Jaguars might not be exactly where they want to be to receive the tight end, they feel great for blocking tight ends – especially after signing the tight end from unrestricted free agent Chris Manhertz of the Carolina Panthers in March. I expect the Jaguars to have four receiving options on offense this season. I don’t think that’s going to be their primary offensive lineup in any way, mainly because I expect the Jaguars to want their running backs – and good running play – as the primary factor in attacking.

Wizard, my biggest question for the Jaguars is, did they do enough to stop the Tennessee Titans from carrying the Derrick Henry ball? Otherwise it looks like it could be 1999 every year.

The Jaguars traded to defensive tackle Malcom Brown and signed defensive linemen Jihad Ward and Roy Robertson-Harris as unrestricted free agents this offseason. They drafted defensive tackle Jay Tufele. These are the key moves in the Jaguars’ efforts to improve race defense. They appear on paper improved against running. We’ll see if they improve on the pitch.

Over / under: 30 TD, 20 int, 4000 yards.

Do you miss the days when the pros weren’t on the US Olympic team? Meet the teenage phenomenon Erriyon Knighton. Now that I can fall behind. Oh wait, he signed with Adidas and is no longer eligible for sports in high school or college. I need a list of amateurs to encourage.

I kind of miss the days when the Olympics were more amateur than today. But it is a selfish desire. Most Olympic sports are now essentially professional sports, and it is unrealistic to think that a 28-year-old track athlete or swimmer competing at the highest level should go without compensation. That would essentially mean playing their entire elite career for free, and that’s not fair. What I miss the most about the Olympic “days gone by” is the United States basketball team of college players. I guess most fans of my generation feel the same way, because there was charm to that element of the competition. But basketball around the world has caught up with the United States in a big way, and asking today’s college players to compete with the world’s best in the sport would be laughable. I suspect the story is the same in most Olympic sports.

Fred from Naples, Florida

Rumor has it that not being able to go 8-8 or 7-9 is the reason Jeff Fisher won’t return to practice.

Gabe from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

What do you think are the odds of left tackle Cam Robinson signing a new contract with the Jaguars to play right tackle or even goalie? Please round your answer to the nearest thousandth of a percent.

It depends on how he’s playing this season. If Robinson is playing at a slightly high level – or even at the level of an adequate starting left tackle – he will almost certainly sign somewhere to play a left tackle. If he doesn’t, maybe he could sign here to play the guard or the right tackle. I would put the chances of him signing as a goalkeeper or tackle pretty low. Somewhere less than 11.99994455%.

Michael from Indianapolis, IN

I bought our season tickets on Day 1 until we moved to Indy in 2019. I still hear people and media talking about Jacksonville as being a small media market, but Green Bay is a small team of Market and Indianapolis (barely bigger) are NFL darlings, so why all the fuss? Both are better teams than the Jaguars, but the size of their market has little to do with why they get media attention. IMO, they get it because they produce quality teams that win. When the Jags get consistently good, they’ll get their day in the media.

I see the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys have four more preseason games this year. How long do you see the Hall of Fame game being a thing for? Do you see it as an advantage for these two teams to have extra work in a real game scenario?

I expect the Hall of Fame game to be a thing for the foreseeable future as there is no real reason to stop it. Participating teams are free to play whoever they want in the game and there is more risk of injury in this game than a normal preseason game. I imagine they will play the game as long as they play the preseason games.

Unhipcat from Garnet, CA (this is a real place)

Hi John. The Jags offensive will be explosive. Defense will benefit. Jags will be a player in the home stretch.

Nick from Virginia Beach, Virginia

I just wanted to run. Oh, when are you gonna do the Gump track?

My “trail” is a NordicTrack in my garage in Springfield. There is no trail, but I have an outdoor table with a few chairs just outside the garage if you want to come and watch. Tipping is encouraged.

Bruce from Saint Simons Island, Georgia

O, to the new runner. I suggest following a running / training program. I made the mistake a long time ago of running a marathon without following a training program. Big mistake!

DC Jag from Alexandria, Virginia

Hi KOAF, I was more than a little surprised that you left “Rudy” off your short list of great football movies. Is it a concern of edifying us or was it a gross oversight?

I just thought it was me, and I had a hard time rooting for the main character.

Dead zone TV question. Have you watched “Bosch” on Amazon Prime? Great detective show.

My wife looks at him. It looks good. I love that The Wire’s Marlo is on the show. He was awesome and I was happy to see him continue to be successful.

Esko from South Karelia, Finland

Speaking of your avowed mediocrity, is there the Oehser line in sports journalism that is the equivalent of the Mendoza line in baseball?

Yes. I am the king of all mediocrity.

Jlavoncharkinson from the Comments section

Everyone’s on what Trevor is doing to be the men’s train. I guess I am the exception. I would like to know what Andre Cisco has to show to be what he is meant to be. I want a hard-hitting defense that breaks your neck. As for Crybaby Ramsey, when is this pathetic excuse for a human going to shut up? With the way he behaves in his actions and his verbiage, I know he’s been cursed a lot. I wouldn’t be surprised if he hadn’t received several punches in the mouth as well. The guy is just pathetic.

We haven’t seen Cisco in anything close to “NFL contact” yet, but he wasn’t necessarily seen as “neck-breaking” security in Syracuse. His strengths were his ability to create interceptions, his aggressiveness and his ability to “attack the line of scrimmage”. If Cisco is reaching its potential, it is assumed here that it is as the creator of turnovers and big players rather than devastating blows on runners. As for former Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey… of course. I suppose. It doesn’t matter.

Hi O, I’m glad Ramsey’s back is good enough to sit for an hour doing the recent podcast. You know how back spasms can come from knowing where.

Good call. I was relieved too.

Bill from Ponte Vedra, Florida

You don’t really believe that “a subsequent back injury kept Ramsey from playing for the team again,” do you? If you buy this, I have a beautiful beachfront property in Arizona for you to sell! How about “a fake back injury meant the Jaguars had to pay him while he pressured them to trade him?”

First: call me about the beachfront property; I’m “in”, and you can DM me for the number. Second: Anyone who truly loved his Jaguars teammates as much as Ramsey, and spoke about them with such passion, would never miss an opportunity to play with them except for serious injury.

I just watched The Hunt. It makes you want to play football and as head coach Urban Meyer said, “Now we just have to win a few play-offs!”

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