Let’s answer some questions about the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jay Gruden’s offense, and the NFL Combine!
Jason from Brooklyn, NY
Q: So what exactly does a Jay Gruden offense look like?
A: It begins and ends with the quarterback. Jay Gruden is credited as helping make the likes of Kirk Cousins and Andy Dalton productive and it’s thought he can do the same with Gardner Minshew. His Cincinnati Bengals teams consistently ranked in the middle of the league in nearly every statistical category, including touchdowns, and Andy Dalton enjoyed his most success under Gruden’s game-planning and play-calling. You’re going to see the quarterback rolling out of the pocket, high-efficiency throws, timing routes, and more. And you’re going to see volume. Dalton went from 516 attempts in 2011 to 528 attempts in 2012 to 587 attempts in 2013. The run game over his tenure was inconsistent to say the least in (seemingly) dealing with a new lead running back every year but no one was ever really a factor in the passing game except rookie Giovani Bernard during Gruden’s final season in Cincinnati. Receivers saw the lion’s share of targets, touchdowns, and yards. One last thing about running backs... in two of his three seasons as offensive coordinator the backup running back saw an average of 10 touches a game. In all, look for Leonard Fournette to be less of a centerpiece in this offense and for the receivers to have every opportunity to produce.
Ben from Sanford, FL
Q: Any chance we draft a quarterback at No. 9 overall?
Jason from New York, NY
Q: If the Jaguars are only able to afford one big free agent contract this offseason, which position/player would it be?
Xavier from Jacksonville, FL
Q: With combine right around the corner which player or players are most interested in seeing how they test?
A: I want to see Derrick Brown, Javon Kinlaw, Isaiah Simmons, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, Hunter Bryant, and Kristian Fulton.
James from Jacksonville, FL
Q: What are the odds that the Jaguars franchise tag and trade Yannick Ngakoue? What kind of draft capital would he command?
A: If they tag him, they’re not trading him. I put the odds at 50/50 they tag him with a 25 percent chance he re-signs and a 25 percent chance he walks. As far as trade capital he’s probably worth a second round draft pick. He’s worth far more to the Jaguars than any other team, I think.
Tyler from Chicago, IL
Q: If Blake Bortles was in free agency and we got rid of Nick Foles, do we sign him as a backup? I would love to see that quarterbacks room. Imagine the memes.
A: This Q&A is over.