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Thursday Q&A: How do the Jaguars stop Ndamukong Suh?

Welcome to Big Cat Country's Thursday Q&A column where we talk about winless records, Jake Long, not throwing it to the tight end, and more. We hope you enjoy it.

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With a Week 1 loss to the Carolina Panthers that was frustrating for the Jacksonville Jaguars, we're sure you have questions.

Every Thursday check back and see if your question made it. And if you want to submit a question for next week, ask here!

Brian from Palatka, FL

Q: Which position on offense and defense is your biggest area of concern?

A: Offense? Quarterback. It's the most important position on the field and Blake Bortles hasn't shown he's matured past his rookie season mistakes, at least not in the games that matter. Defense? Pass rusher. Bob Babich can manufacture all the sacks he wants, but until we have "the guy" in at LEO, the linebackers and secondary will have to pick up the slack -- and they can't do it forever. In both positions, help is not on the way.

Jason from Orange Park, FL

Q: Why are the Jaguars not making a run at an experienced receiver? Our guys can't catch!

A: Many thought the team might snag an experienced receiver this past offseason, but that didn't happen. Plugging an outsider into the Jaguars offense at this point is something that has many layers to it and does not seem very beneficial to the team. The Jaguars receivers can catch, they just didn't do it enough against the Panthers.

An from Hanoi, Vietnam

Q: What happened to the play calling which resulted in Blake Bortles throwing 40 passes and tight ends receiving no throws at all? Do you think Greg Olson is responsible for those plays?

A: The play sheet did look a little out-of-whack by the end of the game. The sheet showed 48 drop backs, and only 18 scripted run plays. However, take away the two-minute drive and the fourth quarter hurry-up, and the run/pass ratio looks a lot more balanced. As for the tight ends -- they were frequently used in pass protection, and when they weren't, the Panthers took them out of the game by making them a non-factor. No other way to put it. And yes, Greg Olson was technically responsible for calling the plays. But Bortles and the offense were responsible for putting Olson in the position to call those plays.

Paul from Jacksonville, FL

Q: Should we expect the offense to do any better against the Dolphins?

A: I think it's a fair expectation. The Jaguars -- especially Blake Bortles and the receivers -- underperformed on Sunday, and they know it. Luckily, the problems on offense were mental issues, not a lack of talent. I have little doubt the Jaguars offense will be better on Sunday.

Aaron from Fort Stewart, GA

Q: Obviously we still have offensive line issues, being that Luke Joeckel is out due to injury and Sam Young definitely cannot be the starter for the rest of the season. Do we go and pick up a veteran free agent?

A: Who do you suggest we sign?

Alex from Austin, TX

Q: If we start 0-5, do you think that's the end for Gus Bradley. I love the guy but when is it time to say enough?

A: Ask us again after the bye week.

Carlton from Phoenix, AZ

Q: Why didn't the Jaguars go after Jake Long?

A: Because we already have a starting left tackle. Besides, Long likely wouldn't have signed here since he wasn't going to supplant Joeckel as the starter.

Kevin from Jacksonville, FL

Q: How can the Jaguars offensive line contain Ndamukong Suh to help keep Blake Bortles upright?

A: We wrote about containing Ndamukong Suh in the run game yesterday. As far as containing the Dolphins' pash rush goes, I'm expecting an uphill battle on Sunday. Suh is not the only Dolphin who can consistently cause disruption in an offense, which makes it difficult to funnel all of your attention to one guy. Still, I think the Jaguars will have to make a determined effort to cage Suh and get the ball out of Bortles' hands faster than last week. A decent ground attack will open up the passing game a bit -- Blake needs to make quicker (better) decisions on Sunday to stay on his feet.