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October 11, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Michael DiRocco

Michael DiRocco
  (2:57 PM)

Hello everyone. Welcome to the Jaguars chat. Let's get started.

Stuart (Brooklyn, NY)

Does Shorts play on Sunday? Will he produce?

Michael DiRocco
  (2:58 PM)

Stuart: He will play. He practiced on Friday after sitting out Thursday as a precautionary measure (groin). I think he and Justin Blackmon have a chance to put up some decent numbers because the Jaguars are going to have to throw a lot once they fall behind by more than two touchdowns.

Nick (MN)

Over/Under 0.5 wins?

Michael DiRocco
  (2:59 PM)

Nick: I'll take the over. It's hard for a team to go winless. That's why only two have done it since 1970, and there have been some bad NFL teams in that span.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Do you think that the Jacksonville Jaguars should make a change this season since they are 0-5?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:00 PM)

Chris Fiegler: I'm not sure what you're asking. Should they make a change in personnel at certain positions? At the end of the season they should take a lot at a lot of young guys. Should they make a change at coach? Absolutely not.

Jeremy (NJ)

if tom brady/peyton manning were the qb of the jags, how many wins would they have this year?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:01 PM)

Jeremy: That's an interesting question I was debating with another writer. I think they probably would have won the Oakland and St. Louis games. But the issue would have been the offensive line play. They wouldn't have had much time early in the season because the interior was playing so poorly.

Davis (Boston)

if you were to bet on the Broncos-Jaguars game, do you take the 27.5 points or do you take the broncos?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:01 PM)

Davis: I think the Broncos cover the spread.

The Manimal (Denver)

Will the Jags fight to draft Teddy Bridgewater?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:03 PM)

The Manimal: Fight? I don't know what you mean there. I think right now he's the top quarterback on the board and he would probably be their pick. If you're asking me will they Tank for Teddy and try and lose games to ensure the top pick, then no, they won't do that.

Jeremy (Sterling, VA)

When do you expect Denard to become more involved in the offense? Thanks!

Michael DiRocco
  (3:04 PM)

Jeremy: I think they'd like him to be but they can't trust him. As hard as it is to believe since he's a former quarterback, he doesn't have great hands. That makes it hard to throw him the ball (he dropped a WR screen a couple weeks ago) and trust him in the wildcat. He didn't play last week and I don't expect him to play this week, either. He may not get much work at all this season.

jason (dc)

why dont they put denard in at QB? it can't be any worse, and he was a lot of fun to watch at michigan

Michael DiRocco
  (3:06 PM)

jason: He's not a very good passer at all, and you can't have a QB who isn't a good passer. I'm talking the physical act of throwing the ball. He's not very accurate and his passes flutter badly. So yes, it can be worse.

pj (midlo)

hi Mike, I just made you GM , would you try and move MJD or Blackmon (high risk for longer term suspension) before trading deadline to move into better position for draft - seems Jags have at least a 2 to 3 year rebuild. Multiple draft picks (even if in 2-4 round) would benefit Jags not only from salary cap standpoint but depth - the team needs to build thru the draft for its Defense and its O-line. Gotta think a team like Pats or St. Louis would love either

Michael DiRocco
  (3:09 PM)

pj: Cool, I got promoted. Now let's talk contract. Kidding. As to your question, I wouldn't try to move Blackmon but I might see if there were any teams that had an interest in Jones-Drew (Green Bay?). You wouldn't get much for Jones-Drew (fourth-round pick at best) but at least you'd get something for him because he's unlikely to resign with the team. One problem with that, though, is that your top backs would be Jordan Todman and Justin Forsett and I don't think either one is capable of being a feature back. One of the reasons Dave Caldwell made the Eugene Monroe trade is that the Jaguars had Luke Joeckel waiting in the wings.

Matt (Philly)

Has the NFL looked into relegation? I assume the Moose Jaw Mounties would be promoted from the CFL to take the Jags spot.

Michael DiRocco
  (3:10 PM)

Matt: Funny line.

Brian F. (Jacksonville, FL)

It may have been written but I haven't read it...Moreno. Quietly expanding the Denver offense, if he starts breaking off runs between the tackles you have your worst case scenario. Wouldn't you then sit Manning?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:13 PM)

Brian: I'd sit Manning late in the third quarter with a 28-point lead. That's essentially what the Seahawks did and it's the right call. Don't sit the starting QB too soon because you never know what can happen -- a fumbled snap or handoff taken back for a TD, a special teams TD, and the game is close again. But after three quarters there's really not enough time for a team to come back from 28 points.

Matt (Philly)

How many of the Jags 22 starters could start on another team? MJD, Blackmon, and that's about it?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:15 PM)

Matt: I'm not sure Jones-Drew should be in that mix just yet. He's still not completely recovered from the ankle/foot injury. But I agree on Blackmon. If he were healthy I'd say Marcedes Lewis, too. Jones-Drew, when he's healthy, would be on the list, too.

Brian F. (Jacksonville, FL)

Jacksonville, Houston, Cleveland, Minnesota, Philly, Tampa, AZ...is there any chance all 7 of these teams go QB in Rd 1? I know it is a stretch to say there are 7 Rd 1 picks (especially if Hundley stays) but it's hard to argue the talent isn't making it a possibility. I'm leaning to 5 of them.

Michael DiRocco
  (3:18 PM)

Brian: I'm don't think Philly or Houston goes quarterback in round one. They seen to have guys waiting in the wings (Nick Foles, TJ Yates) and they have other more pressing needs. Cleveland probably not because they may be sticking with Hoyer when he returns from his knee injury. Minnesota just signed Josh Freeman so they're out, too. But Jax and Arizona for sure. Not sure on Tampa Bay because I don't know how they view Mike Glennon.

Matt (Philly)

If you took all the players from Alabama, Oregon, and Jacksonville and made a 53 man roster, which team would have the most players picked?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:19 PM)

Matt: Don't get caught up in that "xxxxxx college team could beat the worst NFL team" stuff. Even though the Jaguars are 0-5 and have the worst roster in the NFL, they're still better than 90 percent of the college players in the country.

Matt (Philly)

Oh I don't believe the Jags would lose to a college team, but that is only because of depth. However, position by position, the Jags might be worse. Gabbert is worse than Mariota and McCarron. Alabama has had three running backs go in the first 2 rounds in the last 3 years. They also had two OLs in the first round in 2013, plus a CB. Does Jacksonville have a first round RB, QB, or CB?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:26 PM)

Matt: MJD in his prime was a first-round talent. Gabbert was a first-round pick but he has obviously not lived up to that. The corners right now, no way. So from that standpoint, you're correct.

Brian F. (Jacksonville, FL)

Is Bradley's positive take eventually going to lessen a bit to become more realistic? I can't imagine the players accepting it if they keep losing. Nothing negative towards players or coach, rather it's just human nature to recognize a level of futility and be real about it.

Michael DiRocco
  (3:28 PM)

Brian: I keep wondering if the message is going to start falling on deaf ears, but so far it hasn't. A lot of that has to do with the veteran players, too. If they stay positive and back Bradley then that'll keep the young players in line. Those are the players you worry about tuning him out first. Bradley is positive but at the same time showing the players mistakes and how to correct them, so he's not just blowing smoke.

Scott (Austin)

What happens to gabbert? He appears to be so bad no one would even employ him as a backup. Whats your take sir?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:35 PM)

Scott: I think he'd be able to find a job as a backup or third quarterback somewhere -- at a much smaller salary, of course. The NFL seems to recycle these guys. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a roster or heard someone mention a name and I've said, "I had no idea that guy was still in the league." I think that'll be the same case with Gabbert.

Scott (Austin)

OK, here it is! Why wouldn't the Jags at least sign Tebow? You spoke of players and deaf ears what about the fans? The jersey sales alone would pay for his salary...

Michael DiRocco
  (3:38 PM)

Scott: "Even if he's released." -- Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell. He's sticking to his plan. Plus, can anyone guarantee that signing Tebow would raise attendance? Are all those people who support Tebow going to buy season tickets? I really like Tim. I covered him in college and he was a fantastic college player. But I think he's been ruined by too many people trying to change his throwing motion and how he plays. I just don't think he can play QB in the NFL. I used to think he could, but too many people have tinkered with him that I think he's just a mess right now.

Colton (Hattiesburg)

What do you think of Brad Culpepper's performance so far on Survivor?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:38 PM)

Colton: I don't watch reality shows.

Hector (Dallas TX)

I find your take on Tebow new (regarding ruining him) and interesting. However, I do believe the Jags would have won a game with him at QB at this point.

Michael DiRocco
  (3:44 PM)

Hector: I'm not sure. Maybe the Oakland game.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

I Mean will the Jacksonville Jaguars Make Player Changes since they are 0-5?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:45 PM)

Chris: They really don't have many options. They're probably going to give some young guys a look toward the end of the season, but there's not a ton of options on the roster that are better than the guys starting now.

David (J'ville)

Will the Jaguars use max protection on all passing downs to help the new tackles against Del Rio's pass rush?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:46 PM)

David: I don't know about every down, but there certainly will be instances in which they do use max protection. They'll get the backs involved to chip as well. I thought the line did a pretty good job last week against two good ends for the most part.

Hector (Dallas TX)

Tebow not only has a winning record at QB but a PLAYOFF WIN. I don't think he can win a Superbowl but he'd be perfect for a demoralized Jags team

Michael DiRocco
  (3:47 PM)

Hector: He'd certainly result in some national publicity and probably would energize some fans. But it's a move that's not going to happen.

Hector (Dallas TX)

Do you think the Jags will create an atmosphere where the fans stay away in droves, thus making them vulnerable to a move to LA or London?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:50 PM)

Hector: No. They're on a three-year rebuild and that means taking a lot of lumps now. But they should be competitive next year and hopefully challenging for a playoff spot in 2015. As for moving, there's no place for any team to go in LA right now and probably won't be for at least another five or seven years. I don't think London is viable for a franchise, for a variety of reasons: travel, salaries, work visas, taxes, etc.

Cory (Houston)

In your opinion, what is the pulse of the players regarding the Denver game? Is it "dead man walking"?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:51 PM)

Cory: Not at all. MJD said this week the players aren't going to back down. I think they're looking forward to the game as a chance to prove people wrong about the team. The locker room has been upbeat all week.

Cory (Houston)

Thanks for answering these questions honestly. I believe that the head coach lost ALL credibility when he said Gabbert would remain at QB. He can't possibly believe Gabbert gave them the best chance to win right?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:56 PM)

Cory: They're trying to evaluate whether Gabbert can be the guy around which they build the franchise. The only way they do that is by playing him. That's the No. 1 priority for this season. Listening to him this week talk about all the injuries Gabbert has had, I think he's starting to have some doubts.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

How long do you think Peyton plays this week? 3 quarters and change?

Michael DiRocco
  (3:58 PM)

Scott: I think he plays well into the fourth quarter before he comes out. He doesn't like to leave games so it'd be hard to get him out before the fourth quarter.

Danny W. (Austin, Texas)

Whats your take on the article (SI possibly) that made light of the Jags and their use of "metrics" and other ideas. It made the organization appear to seem less than mediocre. Thanks

Michael DiRocco
  (4:01 PM)

Danny: It actually was in ESPN The Magazine. I think metrics and stats are good tools to use to get a better understanding of what a player or team has done in certain situations and how to adjust in the future. However, we all know that you can manipulate stats to prove what you want to prove at times. But I think the Jaguars are using the analytics correctly. For example, OC Jedd Fish went and found out what down and distance was the most common in games and the team started practicing that more.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Have you seen Justin Blackmon in person to confirm or deny that he's in rocked-up shape?

Michael DiRocco
  (4:02 PM)

Scott: I have. He says he's gained 8 pounds of muscle and is in the best shape he's been in. He looks good.

Danny W. (Austin, Texas)

Thats a good point Mr DiRocco! Why has it taken the head coach this long to figure out what everyone else already knew? Is it possible he was told by the GM or owner to play Gabbert? I refuse to believe a head coach would see Gabbert as a starter.

Michael DiRocco
  (4:03 PM)

Danny: He and Caldwell wanted to make their own judgement on Gabbert and not just come in here and adopt the opinion that everyone else has. It's smart because it shows they're going to put in the work to evaluate and investigate to make sure they're making the absolute best decision they can.

Michael DiRocco
  (4:04 PM)

OK everyone, that's it for this week. We'll do it again next Friday. Have a great weekend.