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Big Cat Country Q&A: Did Urban Meyer save his job winning in London?

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It’s Friday Saturday and you know what that means! It’s time to answer some Jacksonville Jaguars questions!

Today we’re talking about Gardner Minshew, the NFL trade deadline, and more.

Thomas from Gainesville, FL

Q: How much fun would this week have been if Gardner Minshew had been traded to the Seattle Seahawks?

A: Now that we’re out of the playoff race, it would have been a lot of fun. If we really needed a win, not so much. I think Gardner Minshew is a better overall quarterback than Geno Smith. But we would have gotten some great quotes this week, I’m sure of that.

Jonathan from Jacksonville, FL

Q: What do you think of the Jaguars for next year? The whole debacle with Urban is nearly forgotten, the Jaguars seem on pace to beat a terrible Seahawks team, and we still have some winnable games.

A: I’m not sold on the coaching staff or the front office. This year’s offseason was pitiful. Free agency got us a couple of good players and the NFL Draft has been Trevor Lawrence and very little else. The coaching staff still looks out of their element on game days — although I’ll admit the gamble at the end of the win in London was a great call in hindsight.

Overall, I’m still not sold on Urban Meyer being around next season. Not yet anyway. And that doesn’t instill much confidence going forward for 2022.

JD from Troy, MI

Q: I haven’t seen anyone mention it but Quincy Williams is having what appears to be a pretty solid season for the New York Jets. Do we have any regrets letting him go for nothing?

A: Probably, but that has less to do with Quincy’s quality as a player and more to do with how bad this linebackers group is for the Jaguars. Quincy is probably a solid backup and special teamer who could have had a few good years with this team. But it should tell you something when he’s benched as soon as Jarrad Davis returns.

Davis isn’t the future with the Jets. Not yet at least. He’s on a one-year contract with a base of just $3 million. If he were signed to a long-term deal, sure. But the Jets aren’t making the playoffs and Davis is getting his spot back immediately. Williams is fine, but he’s not the most impactful defensive player the Jaguars let go this season.

Chad from Boise, ID

Q: I know winning games helps, but do you think Urban saved his job winning in London?

A: Yes.

Ryan from Jacksonville, FL

Q: Do you think we will finally move on from the always injured DJ Chark at the end of the year?

A: No.

Kyle from Stafford, VA

Q: If you could trade for a player, who would it be and why?

A: Hmmm. Maybe Michael Thomas? Or a tight end. But next year’s free agency crop looks good for both of those positions and I don’t see this team dipping their toes into the NFL trade pool again this year. (Hello, Chris Godwin and Mike Gesicki.)

Ryan from St. Augustine, FL

Q: Should we trade for a wide receiver like Allen Robinson or Odell Beckham, Jr.?

A: I wouldn’t trade for Beckham, but I’d love to have a guy like Robinson in my top-four. He’s looked a bit sluggish this season, which is understandable for a guy who has been dealt a pretty crappy quarterback hand up until this season. But I think we’re seeing the kind of offense Urban Meyer wants to run and what’s best for Trevor Lawrence — vertical, down the field, tough catches over the middle. At this point in both their careers, Robinson does that better than Beckham.

That’s what Robinson was forced to do with mediocre-at-best quarterback play in his first go-around in Jacksonville. Now he’d have a bonafide top-tier quarterback (or at least a guy making his way there) who is seeing the field and making better throws than any guy he’s played with.