O-Zone: Tried and true

O-Zone: Tried and true

JACKSONVILLE – Let’s get to it…

Hey, Zone. I know this is a dead period, but what’s the one thing you think will look/feel/present differently at the start of the season and give us Jaguars fans the most hope for the future? As a Jaguars fan, all we have is hope year after year for a long time. I don’t care if we go to .500 or worse as long as we see improvement and more hope for the future. Is there anything that you look for and expect to give us that hope in the regular season? Thank you.

I think the Jaguars will generally look better from start to finish in 2022 – in part because it would be hard to look worse than they did in early 2021. I expect the Jaguars defensive front to look very good from the start of the 2022 season, especially against the run. I expect this will significantly reduce the number of games that seem unwinnable from the start; there have been too many for this team in recent seasons. The most critical question about the Jaguars this season is if/when quarterback Trevor Lawrence will fit into this category of looking better and instilling confidence in fans. I believe they will at some point in the season. If that happens quickly, the Jaguars could be good quickly. If it takes time during the season, the Jaguars’ development could take some time during the season. If that happens at any point this season, the Jaguars are in a good position to advance.

O-Zone, you don’t sound excited about the 2022 season. If you’re not excited, how do you expect the fans to be fired up? Get on fire. Or did you get fired up and just let it go?

I don’t know if I’m excited for the Jaguars’ 2022 season, but I don’t usually get “excited” about seasons the way fans do. I also don’t tend to be pessimistic and emotional like fans do. That’s because I’m not a fan. It’s not a job. The job is to write about Jaguars, discuss them and respond to them – and do it in the most entertaining way possible. But even if I don’t sound “hot” about the Jaguars’ 2022 season, there’s a lot I’m looking forward to about it. I’m looking forward to seeing Lawrence’s growth and I’m looking forward to seeing if players like running back Travis Etienne Jr. can. to have the impact that many expect from him. I look forward to seeing if the offseason moves on offense and defense work out. And yes…I’m looking forward to the Jaguars improving in their first year under head coach Doug Pederson. After the difficulties of the last two seasons, it will be pleasant. Very pleasant. Wait… you know what? Maybe I’m a little excited.

O-dude, are you and Abby from “Dear Abby” the same person?

You are what you are and you are not what you are not.

Bruce from Green Cove Springs, FL

I recently asked what we could expect from the Hall of Fame game, and your answer was basically nothing. That’s reasonable. But I went back to the replay of last year’s preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns. From that I concluded that I saw a defense that often seemed lost. Without covering the rear parts that pass towards the exit. Poor coverage of tight ends. Poor coverage of wide receivers. The general impression is that the defense was underprepared and often confused. In this year’s preseason opener, I hope to see a defense that seems to understand the scheme and their individual responsibilities. I hope to see (even in a plain vanilla defense) some signs that the defense is “getting it”. I know, I know – it still might not tell us much about the Jaguars’ regular season, but isn’t it reasonable to hope we’ll see a Hall of Fame game defense that’s clearly ahead of last year’s?

You’re right that the Jaguars’ effort in Week 1 of the preseason last season was concerning — and yes, it’s fair to expect the team to look prepared and unfazed during every game, even in the preseason opener. My point in my recent answer was that you generally won’t learn that much in any preseason game because of the vanilla approach and because of coaches reducing playing time to reduce the risk of injury. There are exceptions to this, especially when a team is really struggling and just doesn’t look like it belongs on the same field as the opposition. While that doesn’t always mean the team will struggle that season, it can be a bad sign – and that’s been the case several times for the Jaguars over the last decade. It’s a bad feeling. I don’t expect that to happen to the Jaguars this preseason, as I think they’ve run the roster past that point. We’ll see.

The Zone – Have you ever attended a Hall of Fame induction ceremony before? If so, by whom and what do you remember?

I did not attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony.

You didn’t influence my taste in music. Your predecessor introduced me to the Beatles. I don’t think we would have hung out if I had gone to Episcopal. You probably weren’t much of a mathematician. Maybe we would spar in pairs; many serves and volleys?

The Beatles are the most influential rock and roll group of all time, influencing music and culture for generations. If you were to meet them, you’re right, we probably wouldn’t hang out. I wasn’t cool at Episcopal, but I was cool from it. And I don’t know what a mathematician means. I guess that means good at math. I was actually pretty damn good at math. I just wasn’t showing off. I was cooler than that too.

KOAF (yes, you are definitely the king of all funk). I am a third generation Jacksonville, which makes my daughters fourth generation. There aren’t too many of us. I grew up a die-hard Gators fan, but never really liked the NFL. I’ve been to a lot of Jags games and I like it, but not college ball…until I started reading The O-Zone about a year ago. You are one funny guy. Even in the off season, I find myself laughing out loud at your answers. The fans will cheer, but you really bring the FUN to business sports. What I’m trying to say…you are KOAF and don’t let Gary piss you off.

Gary is not the king of all funk.

Hey Zone, I read the article about the final analysis of the 2022 season and I’m eagerly anticipating the new year. Most participants are cautious in their optimism for the Jaguars’ new year with the consensus appearing to be the Jaguars a seven-to-10 team, but more likely to win seven-to-eight. Being the pain-loving narcissist that I am, I looked at last year’s predictions. Oh my… no one predicted the disaster that was the Jaguars’ 2021 season, but in your defense, who would have ever predicted something so horrible? From last year’s article: Rick Ballou: “Fun team to watch,” Bucky Brooks: “Very competitive,” Frank Frangie: “much improved…can be in playoff contention,” Brent Martineau: “…fun, a story that feels good … [Urban] Meyer should be in the running for coach of the year,” J.P. Shadrick: “Chasing a division title…”, Ashlyn Sullivan: “An eight-game winning team,” and finally Oehser: “…Good chance to be a six-to-seven winning team…”. You’ve tempered our enthusiasm and lowered our expectations, so good job. Let’s hope that this year we have a situation that no one would have predicted, but in the opposite direction from last year. Predictions for 2020 did have a hint of pessimism, but no one thought he would be in the running for the first draft pick. In your ten years at Jaguars.com, do you remember a season where you looked back and thought “well, it turned out exactly how I expected?”

Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you. The bear received a final analysis last year. I honestly don’t remember how often I came close to being right about the Jaguars a season ago. I’ll admit that I don’t give a damn about preseason predictions – not just from me about the Jaguars, but from any analyst about anything to do with the NFL. It’s pretty easy to predict that teams with great running backs will struggle. It is much more difficult to predict teams without consistency at the point guard position. Predictions after the start of the regular season mean next to nothing and are quickly forgotten. They’re just not my thing, although I understand fans love them.

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