Let’s answer some questions about the Jacksonville Jaguars, quarterback competitions, and Yannick Ngakoue’s tweets.
Kevin from Jacksonville, FL
Q: What are three reasons why the Jaguars should go offense heavy in the first four rounds of the draft and three reasons why they should go defense heavy in those same first four rounds?
A: Let’s do this...
As far as offense, the Jaguars finally have a quarterback who can win games. Not just a guy who can collect wins while throwing multiple interceptions and complete fewer than 10 passes in a game — but a guy the rest of the locker room respects and can get behind. Offense wins championships these days and this offense needs all the help it can get. You can plug the holes on defense in free agency. Go build an offense and compete this year.
As far as defense, why wouldn’t you make your strength even stronger? The defense is going to carry this team for the foreseeable future, why not make it even better? The 2020 NFL Draft is also loaded with defensive superstars at positions of need for the Jaguars. Re-sign Yannick Ngakoue, draft a defensive tackle and cornerback in the first round, and prosper.
Chevin from Jacksonville, FL
Q: Are there any non-quarterback players in this draft you would trade away extra picks for to move up in the top 10 to select?
A: Derrick Brown and Isaiah Simmons.
Brian from Tallahassee, FL
Q: Based on recent Yannick Ngakoue tweets (and subliminal tweets/likes) is it time to face he’s likely not coming back to Jacksonville? If so, what’s the most likely outcome — a sign and trade? Tag and trade? Or let him walk?
A: I think the Jaguars will tag him this year. I don’t see a long-term deal getting done before free agency starts. And then they’ll tag him again next year. They’re not letting him get away. He’s going to play or he’s going to forfeit a season accruing towards his free agent status. It sucks for him, but the franchise tag will pay Yannick handsomely next year. While that’s not his aim — he wants long-term security and guaranteed money because... why not? — it means he’s not going anywhere for a while.
Al from Raleigh, NC
Q: Any possible free agent targets you think the Jaguars have there eyes on?
A: I would be shocked if Robby Anderson isn’t targeted by Jacksonville.
Dante from New York City, NY
Q: Whats happening with Marqise Lee? Is there a chance we trade him for a late round pick or use him in a Hayden Hurst trade?
A: I think he’s just cut outright, honestly.
Eli from Orlando, FL
Q: What do you make of Yannick Ngakoue’s extremely annoying Twitter posts? As a fan base we frankly shouldn’t care if he wants to play here or not, because if the organization offers him the type of money he’s looking for, I believe he’ll stay. But, isn’t it kind of a silly way to get attention and annoy the team’s fan base?
A: I don’t care. I really don’t. The guy could tweet like a mashup of Jose Canseco, Donald Trump, and @dril and if he gets double-digit sacks every year that’s all I care about. I give Yannick the benefit of the doubt too... this franchise has gone out of their way to show him outright they don’t value him like they should. I’d be upset too.
Jason from Austin, TX
Q: Is our secondary really that bad, or did they have to do too much to make up for a linebacker and defensive line group that couldn’t stop the run? Help me wrap my head around these draft pundits who are suggesting a defensive back for the No. 19 pick.
A: I think you’re right on with the secondary looking worse than it actually is because of a terrible linebacking unit and injuries to Marcell Dareus. The reason people are mocking a cornerback or safety at No. 19 overall is because it’s unclear whether or not A.J. Bouye will be back and how well he’ll play if he is. Even with him back, is Tre Herndon the answer as the opposite cornerback?
M. Watkins from Jacksonville, FL
Q: How do you see the quarterback competition playing out?
A: There is no such thing as a quarterback competition. Doug Marrone and Dave Caldwell have already made up their minds and the whole “quarterback competition” is coach speak with Nick Foles still on the team. The starting quarterback is Gardner Minshew and until Foles is traded or cut, they will continue speaking in this way. It’s the polite thing to do and it also makes Foles a little less undesirable on the trade block. But make no mistake, Minshew is the guy and barring injury, Foles has already played his final snap for the Jaguars.
Fred from Denver, CO
Q: Did you read Ask Vic growing up? Do you read his stuff now?
A: I did read Ask Vic growing up. I liked it a lot. I would suspect many of you reading this liked it a lot. In his heyday, I was in high school and college and reading him was one inspiration to go after a degree in communications and work in full-time print journalism. That’s not the direction my life went... though I still get to write every day about the Jaguars. When I’m in the middle of it — reading about Shad Khan’s greed, Mark Lamping’s deception, Tom Coughlin’s buffoonery, or Dave Caldwell’s incompetence — it’s not enjoyable. But when I take a step back, it’s neat. I get paid to do something I love. The lows are low but the highs are high. Writing every day during the 2017 season was something I’ll treasure forever.
But back to Vic. When he left the main site, I didn’t really care to read him anymore. Part of that was I didn’t really care that much about the Green Bay Packers. Another part was that he was so obviously a shill for the team with that whole “SAVE THE WHALE!” stuff... putting the onus of responsibility on fans to keep going to games despite the fact that we really sucked for a large part of the last decade. (And most of this one too.)