JagNation's Ask the Editor - 07/21/08

Here is another exciting rendition of "Ask the Editor," in which Charlie Bernstein answers questions from some of our readers.

Do you think the jags will try to sign Albert Haynesworth to pair in the middle with John Henderson to replace that dominant pair of defensive tackles when Marcus Stroud was having his MVP seasons? (Allupnyo..)

Although Haynesworth certainly showed what type of dominant player he could be with his breakout season a year ago, I think teams should take a "Caveat Emptor" (buyer beware, sorry for the latin) approach with him. Haynesworth was a chronic underachiever until his contract year, and then he suddenly exploded. When you pay him, will he still be motivated? Obviously the Titans want to see more proof, being that they franchised him and didn't sign him to a new deal.


If the Jaguars end up playing the Pats this year, do you think we will see zone blitzing, press coverage, and maybe three or four defensive ends playing on the line at the same time kind of like the Giants did last year? This could possibly also be applied to the Colts or Detroit of last year, and maybe Cincy this year. Do you think we will see a lot of experimentation, with what I described, in the preseason. (SuperEWD)

As far as I know, the Jaguars aren't scheduled to play the Patriots, so it would have to be in a playoff game, let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. That said, if they do face off I can pretty much guarantee the Jaguars won't lie back like they did last January. They will likely take a more aggressive approach similar to what the Giants did, but I'm not sure if they have the personnel to get that done. I don't think you'll see a whole lot of those lineups in preseason, being that Gregg Williams doesn't want to give too much away.


Who is most likely going to end up on this years practice squad? (SuperEWD)

It's really hard to say before any pads have gone on, but for the sake of not ducking the question, here's my best guess. Cornerback Brian Witherspoon, wide receiver Jeron Harvey, quarterback Paul Smith, running back Anthony Cotrone, wide receiver D'Juan Woods, offensive tackle Andrew Carnahan, defensive tackle Theo Horrocks, and cornerback Isaiah Gardner.


Does Porter's recent surgery give Matt Jones a chance to stay, or is he pretty much gone? (Jagsfan30)

Excellent question. It seemed a little odd to me that Jones wasn't released by now after his brush with the law last week, but now it seems to make more sense. The team obviously was aware of how bad Porter's injury was, and they may be willing to keep Jones and his bad PR to see if he can resurrect his career. That said it wouldn't surprise me at all if Jones is released by the end of the week.


Since it is the offseason and Porter has a significant time to rest without straining himself, does he have a better chance to have his recent injury become 100% before the season and NOT linger? (Gr3g3)

I don't have any proof to this, but given the time of Porter's surgery I highly doubt he will be 100% by the start of the regular season. Hamstring injuries linger, and it's up to Porter and the Jaguars coaching and medical staff to not put their pricey free agent acquisition on the field a day before he's ready, or it will be very easy for him to reinjure the hammy, and he will be hampered by it for much of the year.


How does someone as intelligent and as WONDERFUL as Charlie stay soooo humble? (JagGirl97)

That's really a fantastic question. I don't believe the ever growing fame and adoration from legions of fans has changed me at all. I'm still that same attractive, intelligent, extremely well-bred guy that seemingly everyone knows and loves.


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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