It’s Friday and you know what that means! It’s time to answer some Jacksonville Jaguars questions!
Today we’re talking about veteran quarterbacks, losing, and more.
Gary from Belfast, Northern Ireland
Q: Should we have signed a veteran quarterback instead of throwing Trevor Lawrence into immediate action? Loss after loss surely can’t be good for his development
A: No, I don’t think so. I think veterans can be good sometimes as a bridge for quarterbacks who come into the NFL needing an adjustment or developmental period. But Trevor ain’t that guy. At all. He’s about as NFL-ready that a prospect has been in the last few years. Sitting him wouldn’t have been the right decision. The thing hampering Trevor’s development at this point is Urban Meyer, specifically the sub-standard team he’s put around him. It’s very unhelpful for Trevor to come into games and be down two possessions in the first quarter, but that’s what happened Week 1 and I suspect that will be what happens a few more times the rest of this year. He’s not in a good situation, but the worst team in the league — who regularly gets No. 1 overall draft picks — are rarely in good situations.
Dane from Charleston, SC
Q: It has been a hard season two weeks in, but who do you think has the biggest surprise so far this year? Do you feel like any players have taken a step forward?
A: Myles Jack has been pretty good. Not really surprising, but it’s good to see him good again. Marvin Jones has been a solid contributor. It’s hard though... there are far more disappointments. The bad outweighs the good at this point. Urban Meyer looks unprepared. The defense is forcing the Jaguars to be one-dimensional on offense. Sigh.
Reth from Jacksonville, FL
Q: Do you believe that the quarterback competition during training camp set Trevor Lawrence back? From what we’ve seen thus far, there are chemistry issues. Receivers are dropping balls left and right. I feel the lack of reps is really hitting hard here.
A: Some of that is on Lawrence, who has made just as many bonehead throws as great ones. But, yes... if I had to put my finger on the biggest mistake Urban Meyer made this offseason, letting Gardner Minshew get first-team reps during training camp would be it.
Daniel from Kent, UK
Q: Why am I still hopeful?
A: Because hope springs eternal.
Dallas from Sioux Falls, SD
Q: Is Darrell Bevell a good offensive coordinator who can’t get on the same page as his head coach? Or is Bevell still learning the ropes? I get the feeling that Urban Meyer really understands the game and how to approach it so the next on the list is Bevell. I’m not totally buying that the staff is all good like Meyer promotes in the media interviews.
A: Darrell Bevell and Urban Meyer are not on the same page and you can see it on Sundays. I think Bevell is a good enough offensive coordinator to not look dysfunctional, but that’s how this offense has looked through two games. There’s no identity. There’s no rhythm. It looks like they’re just throwing shit against a wall and seeing what sticks. That works in college (sometimes) but it won’t work in the NFL. They need to pick a lane and go with it.
Keith from Jacksonville, FL
Q: So, when will it be safe to start draft talk?
A: A week from today if (when) we’re 0-4 and just having suffered a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on national television.
Tim from Ocala, FL
Q: Is Josh Lambo healthy? His kicks are starting to look like Josh Scobee’s before he was sent to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A: There isn’t a position in professional football where your average Joe could walk up and perform it... but I bet there are more people who could succeed at being an NFL placekicker than anything else. What I’m trying to say is it’s not as physically demanding as, say, linebacker or quarterback or offensive line. I don’t think Josh Lambo will ever be the same kicker he was before his recent injury.
Al from St. Petersburg, Russia
Q: What kind of offense are Urban Meyer and Darrell Bevell trying to build?
A: I truly do not know. I think a volume throwing offense that relies on the vertical passes. That’ll set up the run. That’s what Urban Meyer wants to do — pass to set up the run, not the other way around. It ain’t working so far.