O-Zone: Crazy respect

O-Zone: Crazy respect

JACKSONVILLE – Let’s get to it…

A final point on the Who Was Down controversy: The real problem was the premature whistle, which understandably stops the game because it can affect what happens next. The league now appears to be encouraging officials to swallow their whistles, let the game go on and deal with things later. Perhaps this change was prompted by the Jags’ misfortune.

We’re still here bringing up the so-called Myles Jack Wasn’t Down play, the former Jaguars linebacker’s potential fumble recovery/touchdown — a missed call by the officials — that may have cost the Jaguars a win in the AFC Championship Game later in the 2017 season. The officials called the play prematurely, allowing the officials to properly determine Jaguars possession, but erroneously not allowing Jack to return the fumble for an apparent touchdown. Yes, the NFL encourages officials to allow play to continue in unsafe situations. And yes, that game would have been different if the officials had “swallowed” the whistle. But the league encouraged it back then. The reality is that it would be very difficult for an official not to blow the whistle on a play by watching it live. It was an incredible strip/fumble/recovery play by Jack that in real time looked like it was probably a tackle on the Patriots having possession of the ball. It takes a lot of parsing and rewinding to see that not only did Patriots running back Dion Lewis lose control of the ball before he made the down — but that Jack only gained full control after losing contact with Lewis. Yes, Jack should have been allowed to get up and run. It would take some really good – and maybe lucky – judging to make that happen.

How many extra OTAs did the Jags get because they had a new head coach?

There is none. The Jaguars — like all NFL teams with first-time coaches — were allowed to start the offseason two weeks early and had an additional voluntary minicamp the week of the 2022 NFL Draft. They were allowed 10 organized team activity practices and 10 minicamp practices. It’s the same as all NFL teams.

Do you ever remember any other HOF making negative comments about a future inductee prior to their induction?

You’re referring to Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith’s Instagram post Tuesday about former Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli, who will become the first former Jaguars player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in August. Smith wrote a few “thoughts” about Boselli in the post, specifically noting that Boselli didn’t protect Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell’s blind side (because Brunell was left-handed) and saying Boselli’s overall body of work doesn’t compare to some Hall of Fame left tackle. To answer your question: No, I don’t recall other Hall of Famers making such comments, perhaps because of the “tacit code of conduct that fosters respect and brotherhood among members.” The above phrase is also from Smith’s Instagram post. Indeed.

So Bruce Smith got tired of being asked about Boselli and threw a five-page tantrum? What a baby!

Oh, if Boselli hadn’t suffered those shoulder injuries, the discussion wouldn’t be about his HOF-worthiness, but whether he was the best left tackle ever. As for Smith, he was so thoroughly dominated by Boselli that I honestly thought he was going to retire. Boselli was always the best player on the field, regardless of the position.

Smith was still playing at a high level in 1996, the year Boselli had his breakthrough against Smith in the 1996 playoffs. That’s why I never imagined that he would retire after the game. But yes… Boselli was usually the best player on the pitch when he played. It was generational. He was so good. Against many players. There is no shame in having a tough game against him. Indeed.

Bruce Smith says Tony Boselli is not worthy of the Hall of Fame. You called Boselli the best match in the golden age of fighting. What do you think Bruce Smith is talking about? What are the personal issues between Smith and Boselli? Please provide insight and context!!!

I’ve talked to Boselli about Smith many times. I never heard him say anything disparaging about Smith. I once spoke to Smith about Boselli. It was a few days before the Jaguars-Buffalo Bills game in 1998. I was working for the Florida Times-Union at the time. I walked with Smith from the Bills locker room to the player parking lot at their facility in Orchard Park, NY. It was a short interview and Smith didn’t seem to be enjoying himself very much. I remember him mostly talking about how the Jaguars chipped, combined and helped Boselli big time in the ’96 playoff game. Boselli smiled when I mentioned it a few days later.

Tell Bruce Smith and the Buffalo girls to take him out. Go Jaguars!

Bruce Smith is one of the greatest players of all time and what Boselli did to him in that playoff game haunts him to this day. The fact that Smith can’t get over that one game is the biggest compliment to Tony Boselli.

Earlier this month, someone asked about the weakest remaining group for the Jaguars. To me, the answer is still obviously wide receiver. I remain concerned about the overall ability of this group to consistently get open for our young quarterback. Whether wide receivers Terry McLaurin or D.K. Metcalf is available via trade, do you think it’s worth both the draft capital and the mega-contract to move on one of them?

How much draft capital? How much mega deal? I see neither. The Jaguars like their receivers and head coach Doug Pederson had success as the head coach in Philadelphia with a receiving corps without a “True No. 1” receiver. That seems like Jaguar’s likely approach in ’22.

Who in the Jaguars decided that DUUUVAL should be spelled with three Us? As most fans pronounce it, I think it’s at least four?

Have we done enough this offseason to not be considered a top pick candidate again?

I would be surprised if the Jaguars are among the worst teams in the NFL in 2022. I don’t expect them to make the postseason. I think they will be improved. I think they will look like an up and coming team that can compete in 2023.

_Johnny from Westside (via USN) still Bestside   _

One absolutely gets used to the heat. There is even a word: acclimatized. In the Navy, it took several weeks of being in a new weather/temperature environment to acclimate to the new environment. But it’s the real deal.

William the Contemplator from Jax

I believe almost all of us think quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be much improved this year, make the Jags more fun to watch and lead them to at least five to seven wins. But what if he’s not the guy we expect him to be? What if he’s Mitch Trubisky? Do you think he could end up being just another NFL quarterback?

It’s possible? Of course, anything is possible. I don’t expect that to be the case. What if he’s Mitch Trubisky? What if he’s “just another quarterback?” Well, that would be disappointing.

You gave Gene a slight edge over Chuck Norris. Were you serious? So you obviously don’t know Eugene P. “Gene” Frenette as well as you’ve led us to believe. Gene vs. Norris would be like Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks.

Your faith in longtime Florida Times-Union sports columnist and Northeast Florida cultural icon Eugene P. “Gene” Frenette is well-placed. Not only is he fast and powerful in hand-to-hand situations, but he also has a “dog of the dogs” character that makes him almost impossible to knock out. If you want to beat Gene, you better be ready for a fight. He bows down to no one.

It’s hard to find any positives from Urban Meyer’s tenure, but I wonder, would we be as far along with The Miller Electric Sports Performance Center if it weren’t for Urban? It seemed like a priority to him.

Former Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer was really instrumental in making the sports performance center a priority last offseason. I doubt the center would be this far without him.

“Both [former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Michael] McCrary and [former Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason] Taylor conducted themselves as players with the utmost respect for the game and for a worthy opponent. I haven’t heard from Smith.” Well done neighbor.

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