Urban Meyer: Trevor Lawrence isn’t ready yet but doesn’t have to be

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The Jaguars haven’t named Trevor Lawrence their starter yet. But Lawrence will start this season and, the team hopes, for many, many seasons to come.

Coach Urban Meyer told Mackenzie Salmon of Sports Seriously that Lawrence began studying the playbook before the draft and is advancing “maybe quicker” in the offense than the team anticipated. Still, Meyer isn’t ready to tab Lawrence as the Day 1 starter.

“He’s not ready yet, but he doesn’t have to be ready yet,” Meyer told Salmon. “We got a long training camp coming up. He’s probably advanced maybe a little quicker than we would’ve thought, so which was a positive. One thing that we worked on — when we made a decision that Trevor was going to be our No. 1 pick, we went from the evaluation stage to the preparation stage. And that means that I want to see — I can’t remember the exact date, but we started installing the playbook with him well before the draft. So you can see the retention, he’s got a really good work ethic and he’s progressed very well.”

Jacksonville used the No. 1 overall choice on Lawrence, who threw for 10,098 yards with 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

“I knew a lot about Trevor,” Meyer said. “I think we all did. Obviously, I was in the college game for so many years. I’m really close with Dabo Swinney, his former head coach. And really, I’ve seen him up close and live and in person several times. So I knew a lot about him, but I think one of the most refreshing things is he’s worried about one thing. He’s married. He has no distractions, which is amazing to me. In 2021, the world’s about distractions, and there is none with him. It’s our job to keep it that way. His focus is on being a good husband, being strong in his faith and winning games, and that’s really cool.”

17 responses to “Urban Meyer: Trevor Lawrence isn’t ready yet but doesn’t have to be

  1. Thanks to Urban for clarifying what was obvious to most… overrated bust. Definitely some buyer’s remorse going on.

  2. He lives up to the hype, that’s where I’d put my $. That may mean 6-11, but Jags D needs also needs vast improvement, so shouldn’t all be put on 16

  3. You know what else is refreshing? Listening to an NFL coach talk to the media like a human being and not a robot. Maybe it will wear off as Urban gets more acclimated to the NFL but this is a great start. It’s amazing that day in and day out we listen to press conferences with players and coaches who talk in general terms and usually say nothing of significance. Good for Urban Meyer to provide true, clear, and valuable insight on his player and not some junk for the media to leave to interpretation.

  4. I like how Urban is being consistent with his messaging, TL might be good some day but this is a 5 year development. Unlike Carson Wentz in Philly. Or for that matter Trey Lance in SF.

  5. Is he ready for an NFL game yet no he isn’t but neither is Zach Wilson., Trey Lance or Mac Jones but when Sept rolls around I’m sure him and some of the others mentioned will be he’s been in the NFL what 2 months. In the words of AR 12 R-E-L-A-X

  6. The jury is out on whether or not he’s a good NFL coach, but Amos Alonzo Meyer comes across as a snake oil salesman.

  7. ock3672 says:
    June 25, 2021 at 10:39 pm
    You know what else is refreshing? Listening to an NFL coach talk to the media like a human being and not a robot. Maybe it will wear off as Urban gets more acclimated to the NFL but this is a great start. It’s amazing that day in and day out we listen to press conferences with players and coaches who talk in general terms and usually say nothing of significance. Good for Urban Meyer to provide true, clear, and valuable insight on his player and not some junk for the media to leave to interpretation.
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    While it’s good he talks to the media in depth the problem is based on his extensive history of lying you can’t believe what he’s saying .

  8. They gave him the playbook well before the draft to start learning it? That sounds like an unfair advantage but it’s the Jags so it won’t matter.

  9. Keep in mind this is the guy who also said Joe Burrow “wasn’t ready” in the NCAA and let him walk, while afterwards gushing over hoow Dwayne Haskins was a far better franchise QB and would have a better NFL career than Burrow. Meyers QB judgement is suspect to say the least.

  10. It’s good he’s trying to be strong with his faith. Definitely can’t play football without that. Urban Meyer is so full of …

  11. Can’t listen to anything coaches say or predict, really. It’s to their advantage to misdirect. They didn’t invest they heavily in him for him not to start Week 1.

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