Trevor Lawrence: Coaching change brings clarity, direction moving forward

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Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence said on Wednesday that the constant drama surrounding the team had to change and the Jaguars made a move to do exactly that when they fired head coach and drama generator in chief Urban Meyer a few hours later.

That won’t erase a 2-11 record or the series of embarrassing developments that have marked Lawrence’s rookie year, but it does make the first-round pick feel better about what the future will hold in Jacksonville. Lawrence called interim head coach Darrell Bevell someone who “never gets too high or too low” and said that consistency is what the team needs right now.

“I wouldn’t believe you if you told me this is how this year was going to go. . . . I think it brings a little bit of clarity to the guys in the locker room,” Lawrence said, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. “I wouldn’t say relief, but I would say just bring some clarity and some direction moving forward. You know, we really want to go and finish the season strong and to be honest, it’s been hard to last the last week with everything going on. And there’s a lot of things being stirred up I think by the outside, too. That didn’t help [and] made things a lot worse, but also everything that’s going on. It’s hard to be focused and have all your attention and efforts going towards winning the game when there’s so many things going on.”

Lawrence was the first overall pick in the draft and he entered the NFL with expectations that he’d succeed immediately. That hasn’t happened and the hope in Jacksonville is that excising the drama will result in him blossoming into the kind of player that the Jaguars believed they were getting in the spring.

32 responses to “Trevor Lawrence: Coaching change brings clarity, direction moving forward

  1. I think it’s difficult to know if Lawrence would have done better under a different coach, but I can tell you he certainly can’t have been helped.

    I would have to assume that for a rookie qb to go public with stuff like he did with the benching of his starting rb that things had to be pretty bad.

  2. I’ve never understood the hype about Trevor Lawrence..I didn’t think heshowed abilities like for instance Joe Burrow in college..however he seems to be a thoughtful and mature 22year old

  3. I don’t know if one intelligent football person who expected Lawrence to succeed right away. He’s no different than Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Peyton Manning, or any other HOF QB who went #1 overall to the NFL’s worst team. If you were expecting something great this year, you probably haven’t been paying close attention to the NFL for the last 40 years.

  4. Feels like Jacksonville got lucky with this one. As a fan of the sport of football I hope they don’t ruin him.

  5. Perhaps the worst thing that happens is Bevell does well and gets the job next year on a false hope of continuity.Nothing against Bevell but he called arguably the worst play in the history of football…..Oh, and he played for Wisconsin too so yeah I don’t like him after all.

  6. Hopefully this kid gets a legit coach to take over the Jags. He is a great talent and deserves better.

  7. For the sake of the Jag’s fans, here’s hoping they get a REAL NFL coach to lead them this time, not the jerk who forgot he wasn’t coaching kids any longer. Soooooo glad that diva is out of the NFL where he never should have been in the first place. Time for an experienced NFL coach now. Caldwell? Pedersen? Leftwich? Anyone will be better than the loser they had.

  8. Hire a good coach with an eye to developing Lawrence and getting him the tools he needs to be successful – including an improved defense. Even if the offense was being more effective it’s unreasonable to expect a rookie to have to put up 30 points a game to compete.

  9. Khan should try and hire Jim Caldwell. The only guy who sustained any success in Detroit in the past 30 years. 11-5, 7-9, 9-7, 9-7 and two playoff births.

  10. How is it that for the most part bad teams stay bad? How can the Lions not win a championship since the 1950’s as one example? The Jets seem locked in to losing even with a coaching change. The Bears make changes and nothing happens. Houston is another example. Jacksonville is also backing into the ‘club’.

    It must be management and personnel evaluation. Coaching is a factor but as has been seen changing a coach often results in more of the same.

    How are losers almost always losers and winners almost always winners?

  11. Ryan Dubose says:
    December 17, 2021 at 6:55 am
    Give me millions of dollars to play football i promise to focus
    ___________

    Another person who does not understand that human frailties effect everyone, rich and poor alike. You could win the lottery tomorrow and still not focus any better than you did previously.

  12. “I wouldn’t say relief”

    Kid’s already a media pro. How do you say “everyone is relieved he’s gone” without saying “everyone is relieved he’s gone”

  13. Doug Pederson would be a great coach for Jax. He had Carson Wentz playing great at the beginning. Who else can win a QB with a backup QB that lit it up.

  14. They could do a lot worse than Bevell. In fact, they did. Khan will be tempted to make another grandstand hire and he’s dumb, so whatever, but Lawrence is light years better than Jones and deserves a decent coach to start his career.

  15. “Lawrence was the first overall pick in the draft and he entered the NFL with expectations that he’d succeed immediately.”

    Really? Which expert expected that? That organization is not really set up for success.

  16. Not a Jags fan but I hope Lawrence ends up getting the coaching and supporting cast he needs to excel. The entire NFL universe, from the owners to the fans, benefits when new young stars succeed and raise the overall level of competition in the league.

  17. oscarxray says:
    December 17, 2021 at 8:23 am
    Perhaps the worst thing that happens is Bevell does well and gets the job next year on a false hope of continuity.Nothing against Bevell but he called arguably the worst play in the history of football…..Oh, and he played for Wisconsin too so yeah I don’t like him after all.
    ————–
    Awesome!

  18. After what the Eagles did to my Pat’s in the SB I can’t fathom endorsing Doug Pederson but here we are. Hiring him would make a world of sense and he knows how to get the most out of a QB.

  19. Why would the expectation be for him to succeed immediately? The odds of #1 pick Rookie QBs succeeding is very low. The fact that the Jags had the # 1 pick to get him means they don’t have a good team around him. A very different situation from the Patriots who got Jones with the 15th pick.

  20. Ryan Dubose says:
    December 17, 2021 at 6:55 am
    Give me millions of dollars to play football i promise to focus
    ====

    You wouldn’t be able to focus because you would get your head knocked off during warm ups.

  21. gibson45 says:
    Another person who does not understand that human frailties effect everyone, rich and poor alike. You could win the lottery tomorrow and still not focus any better than you did previously.
    ==

    Bad comparison.
    Winning the lottery is something that happens to you, overnight and unexpectedly.
    When you spend the better part of your life practicing and playing football, preparing for a college and then an NFL career, the second you sign your name on a multi-million-dollar contract it becomes your JOB to focus.
    No one is saying pro athletes aren’t human or can’t be distracted, but as long as you cash the checks you have a responsibility to tune out as much as you can and remain focused, even when those around you are not.

  22. Looking back in retrospect…pairing a rookie NFL head coach with an NFL rookie QB wasn’t such a great idea. Effectively setting up Trevor Lawrence to fail. Urban was clearly over his head with coaching grown adult men professional athletes(Meyer has never coached on the pro level at any capacity) and the poor quality of the product presented on the field definitely showed.

  23. People need to leave Jim Caldwell alone. The poor guy had a heart attack in 2020. He’s over 65. And anybody acutely paying attention to the Lions during those years know those records have way more to do w Ndamukong Suh being on the team than anything else. Zero playoffs since he left Detroit fur Miami. They had the no.2 D and Stafford/Caldwell still couldn’t win big games. That’s why they’re gone.

  24. What does it say that Meyer couldn’t make it one year? Almost weekly it was drama from the head coach. What team could excel under those conditions? The future is bright in Jacksonville and it got brighter with the removal of a coach who just didn’t have the grind it our mentality to be successful in the nfl. Also, how classless and disrespectful was
    It for him to not even address the team? He just left. Something so wrong with that imo.

  25. This guy is not all football. He said so himself before the draft. Physical talent can only take you so far in this league. The greats are obssessed with football.

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