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Big Cat Country Q&A: Is Shad Khan or Mark Lamping more to blame for all of this?

Let’s answer some questions about the Jacksonville Jaguars, social media, and a tone deaf multi-billionaire!

Robert from Jacksonville, FL

Q: Why did Leonard Fournette remove all his Jaguars stuff from social media? Is something up there?

A: I don’t think anything is up there. He’s going into Year 4 of his contract — a contract set to pay him nearly $5 million this year despite most of the best young running backs in the league making less than that — and I don’t think he’s going to do anything to jeopardize that. Fournette may sense a change in the air with the front office being shuffled and his biggest defender in Tom Coughlin being shown the door, but I don’t think it means much for this coming season. As far as 2021 and beyond, I don’t see him playing in Jacksonville.

M. Watkins from Jacksonville

Q: Why does Mr. Khan continue to talk out of both sides of his mouth? Why does he continue to ignore the fan base?

A: To understand where Shad Khan’s head is at requires you to forget everything you know about the Jaguars and the city of Jacksonville. He doesn’t hold onto warm and fuzzy feelings remembering Fred Taylor, Jimmy Smith, and Keenan McCardell. He doesn’t remember how fun it was to watch our offensive line bulldoze opposing defenses as Maurice Jones-Drew trolled opposing crowds on a weekly basis. He didn’t enter into some sort of sad yet embattled fellowship of fans who had to sit through Blaine Gabbert. He’s a businessman whose head is in the billions. I don’t blame Shad Khan nearly as much as I blame Mark Lamping, who is far more responsible for where we see this team today in regard to London.

Cole from Lubbock, TX

Q: Which is more important in the draft for the Jaguars, offensive line help or adding pieces to the secondary?

A: Offensive line.

Keith from Jacksonville, FL

Q: How can someone as brilliant as Shad Khan, who is a billionaire several times over, be so tone deaf with his customers and crappy at communications?

A: I just don’t think Khan cares as much as you and I do — which is strange given that the Jaguars likely make up about 25% of his $8 billion net worth. Khan, like many other billionaires, has his hand in too many projects to care about one of them as deeply as we do about the Jaguars. And like I said before, I think much of our frustration is because of Mark Lamping.

Tekkenismyworld from Denver, CO

Q: Do you think this team will be bad enough to the point where they can get the No. 1 overall pick so we could draft Trevor Lawrence in 2021?

A: If Gardner Minshew gets injured, sure.

Jimmy from St. Cloud, MN

Q: Why are you taking so long to resign Yannick Ngakoue?

A: I’ll get right on that, Jimmy.

Demetrius from Washington D.C.

Q: We like this Scooby Dooby... I mean Ben McAdoo addition right? I feel like I’m not supposed to like it but I Doo...

A: I like it. The Jaguars have a good coaching staff, at least on the offensive side of the ball, and Ben McAdoo has worked well with good quarterbacks. Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers have said good things about the guy. I just don’t think he was a very good head coach when the chips were down in that locker room, but he’s a good offensive mind and his specialty seems to be quarterbacks.

Tim from Ocala, FL

Q: Given that we are foolishly under a “win now” edict, do you think there is any chance the Jaguars make a play for a different veteran quarterback like Philip Rivers?

A: I would absolutely love to see this team commit $200 million combined to their quarterbacks, but no... there is zero chance we are going after Philip Rivers next month.

Chevin from Jacksonville, FL

Q: Who do you think pounded the table for Gardner Minshew last year in the draft? Tom Coughlin, Dave Caldwell, Doug Marrone, or someone else?

A: I think it was some combination of Tom Coughlin and Dave Caldwell. They both like taking Day 3 quarterbacks and seeing if they can get a big return on their investment. Given that Caldwell is staying, I would imagine he had at least some part to play behind the scenes with picking him and Shad Khan knows it.

Ilias from Casper, WY

Q: Okay, I want a damn response. So what do you guys think we are gonna do going forward? Like do you think our offense will improve? I mean... f*ck bro, we got two ex-head coaches working with a head coach our offense has gotta work. What about our defense? How do you think we draft?

A: Language, Ilias. As far as our offense, I think if Gardner Minshew is given the reigns in training camp and it’s his team from April or May on, I think this is a team that could win 8-9 games next year. The defense will be marginally better, but only if we pick two of a linebacker, defensive lineman, and cornerback in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Sadiq from Jacksonville, FL

Q: Do we just clear cap space and go into rebuild mode?

A: We’ve been doing that since 2012. But I don’t think we’ll be doing that this year. You’ll see a team competing much as they have under Doug Marrone. He knows this year could be his last and he’s going to pull out every stop to make this team a contender.