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Big Cat Country Q&A: Was yesterday’s loss against the Los Angeles Chargers a perfect result?

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Let’s answer some Jacksonville Jaguars questions after our Week 7 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Today we’re talking about Doug Marrone’s potential replacement, losing is winning, and Blaine Gabbert.

Ethan from Brunswick, GA

Q: If the Jaguars fire Doug Marrone who would you like to see replace him?

A: Immediately? Jay Gruden. He’d be a functional head coach who could complete the tank. I am 100 percent committed to the tank. Wins are losses. Losses are wins. We need a franchise quarterback and you’re not going to get one with the No. 7 overall pick. For the future? Eric Bieniemy. I mean, who wouldn’t want this guy leading your team? Can you imagine him paired with Justin Fields? Or Trey Lance? Or Trevor Lawrence?

Stevie from Cork, Ireland

Q: Was that the perfect game? They played them close, showed some fight, but still helped the draft position. That was one of the more fun losses I can remember.

A: It was! It was a fun game, the guys around our future quarterback looked good, we didn’t ruin our draft place with a meaningless win, and we got a SCORIGAMI! There were moments we got to cheer, there were big plays, and there was a lot of scoring. That’s a best case scenario.

Michael from Jacksonville, FL

Q: I would take nine more games just like the one yesterday. It was fun, some young players made plays, and a loss was the best result for us. Tell me I am wrong.

A: You aren’t wrong, Michael!

Jake from Baltimore, MD

Q: Haven’t paid too much attention to him, but has C.J. Henderson played well after the Thursday Night Football debacle?

A: No. He isn’t bombing to the level of Taven Bryan yet, but he is a far cry from how he looked in the season opener. I suspect a better defensive coordinator and some improved pass rush from our defensive line is going to help him live up to his first round billing, but as of now he isn’t doing well.

Paul from Washington D.C.

Q: What quarterback not named Trevor Lawrence do you like best in next year’s draft?

A: Justin Fields, Trey Lance, and Kyle Trask in that order. I would take any of Lawrence, Fields, or Lance with our first pick in the first round. I don’t know if I would take Trask before the second round.

Tom from Rapid City, SD

Q: At what time today will Adam Schefter have the breaking news that Doug Marrone and Todd Wash have been relieved of their duties?

A: You’re in for some disappointment, Tom.

Austin from Richmond, VA

Q: When are we going to stop blaming Gardner Minshew for all problems and focus on why our defense is letting up 30 points every game?

A: When quarterback isn’t the most important position in professional sports. Listen, I don’t think Gardner Minshew is the biggest problem on our team. But when you have a guy under center who can’t complete a pass until the middle of the second quarter it’s time to start looking elsewhere.

Kavon from Jacksonville, FL

Q: Do you think this defense is more suitable for the 3-4 scheme? Shouldn’t we expect some change on the defensive side since the Jaguars’ opponents are averaging at least 30 points?

A: I do, but Todd Wash doesn’t know how to run a 3-4 defense. We saw some 3-4 looks yesterday (and some blitzes) and guess what? We had success! I expect Todd Wash to continue to throw those 3-4 looks in going forward until he’s eventually fired at the end of the season.

Ryan from Yulee, FL

Q: How many years away are we truly away from being legitimate playoff contenders? Will we ever see it?

A: We will see it in Year 2 of our next good quarterback. Whether that’s 2022 or 2032, I don’t know. But firing Dave Caldwell and wiping the slate clean of the coaching staff is the first step.

Cody from St. Louis, MO

Q: Is there any question James Robinson is our running back of the future at least for the next couple of years at this point? He finally was given the chance to establish his run game early and look what happened!

A: There is no doubt in my mind he is the running back of the future and that he is considerably better than Leonard Fournette. He’s the best running back we’ve had in about a decade (sad!) and he helps this front office have confidence that a rookie quarterback can come in right away and succeed. He gets better as the game goes on, he’s a straight ahead runner who has great hands, and he’s athletic enough to dive for the end zone pylon or hurdle over guys. He is indescribable value for an undrafted free agent.

Cameron from Fairfield, Iowa

Q: Are the 2020 Jaguars worse than any Gabbert-led teams?

A: Yes, but it’s flipped. The Blaine Gabbert teams were terrible on offense with a serviceable defense. This is a serviceable offense with the league’s worst defense. Blaine Gabbert and those early 2010’s teams would beat us today.

Justin Herbert Fan from Jacksonville, FL

Q: The entire blog consistently ignored my suggestions that we should draft Justin Herbert back in March and April. I think you owe me an apology for not taking the Biology TA as serious.

A: We apologize, Justin Herbert Fan. He’s turned out to be very good. We should have listened.