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ATLANTA, Ga. – Game–day O-Zone, Preseason Week 4.

Let’s get to it …

Logan from Wichita, KS:

Teams typically sit starters in Week 4 of the preseason. But obviously we are not a typical team in that typical teams don’t have consistently horrible records year after year for seven-plus seasons. So, does that mean we will start our starters Thursday? It’s not like an injury to our quarterback or offensive line would matter at this point. I mean, we don’t want anyone to get hurt ever, but replacing an inept starter with an inept backup doesn’t exactly mean we get better or worse. Terrible is terrible no matter which way you look at it.

John: That’s the cynic’s view, and I understand many see the Jaguars only through the evil, fiery eyes of the cynic these days. The Jaguars in recent years have earned being seen that way. But remember: the people running the Jaguars can’t and don’t see things that way. They can and do make decisions based on this team – and they must make those decisions assuming front-line players are the ones that give the team the best chance to win. With that in mind, I don’t expect to see quarterback Blake Bortles play Thursday, just as I don’t expect to see players that the team sees as rock-solid starters playing Thursday. That means I see there being a chance of seeing Luke Bowanko and Patrick Omameh at left guard, and maybe a few players the team would like to see get some reps. Beyond that, I expect you’re going to see a lot of backups and reserves getting a lot of playing time.

Ryan Age 8 from Jacksonville:

Can you say “Hi” to Blake Bortles for me? I’m a Jags fan!

John: Yes.

Jeff from Keystone Heights, FL:

I’ll tell you why there is at least some importance to the “fans-trusting-the-front-office” question. Next draft, when the front office selects a quarterback that is not the majority consensus No. 1 quarterback available fans will remember the most recent apparent failure and not trust that the new guy is THE guy. If they don’t trust it, they won’t run out and buy jerseys, they won’t flock to the ticket office to buy or renew season tickets, the boo-birds will sound upon the very first errant toss and so on. Trust matters. Maybe a tiny bit. But it still matters.

John: This is in response to a question earlier this week about fans trusting the front office. A front office can’t build trust by selecting players and making moves “fans like.” It’s this way for many reasons, not the least of which…

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