Doug Pederson: I don’t care about what’s gone wrong with Jaguars in the past

Jacksonville Jaguars Introduce Doug Pederson As New Head Coach
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Aside from a flukey 2017 season in which Jacksonville made it to the AFC Championship Game, the Jaguars have experienced a decade of bad play.

The club has finished in last place in the AFC South in each of the last four seasons, never reaching more than six wins. And in the six years before that 2017 aberration, Jacksonville never won more than five games a year.

The Jaguars hired head coach Doug Pederson to try and change all that. And there’s reason to believe he can, as Pederson compiled a 42-37-1 record in five seasons as the Eagles’ head coach, winning Super Bowl LII. But there’s also something to be said for such long-term futility.

Still, Pederson said last week that he’s unconcerned about what’s happened with Jacksonville in the past.

“It’s hard for me to speak to what has gone wrong or is wrong or whatever. I don’t know, quite frankly, and I really don’t care about that,” Pederson said in a Friday press conference. “What I care about is moving forward from two weeks ago when I was hired. That’s what we’re trying to change. That’s what I’m trying to change. I’m trying to turn this into a winning program, a winning organization.

“Do you learn from the past? Of course. You study it, of course. But at the same time, my focus has always been a forward-thinking approach to everything we do.”

The most important aspect of Pederson’s tenure with the Jags will be if he gets the most out of 2021 No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence. Pederson’s hired a quality staff to do so. But if Lawrence doesn’t turn into a franchise quarterback, Jacksonville’s run of futility is likely to continue.

8 responses to “Doug Pederson: I don’t care about what’s gone wrong with Jaguars in the past

  1. “flukey 2017 season”

    53 dedicated men on that team put in hard work to produce that great season and it’s so disrespectful to categorize it as “flukey”. They EARNED every win that season.

  2. Better days ahead! The mindset is changing in Jacksonville. Let the doubters run their mouths, that’s all they ever do.

  3. Doug should damn wellcare. How do fix things or not repeat the same screw ups if you don’t know or understand the issues at the heart of the Urban failure.

  4. The team’s performance over the last decade has one common denominator–Khan. He’s totally clueless. He has perhaps the most incompetent GM in the NFL (or maybe second to Houson) who is a proven snake. Pederson is also going to find out that half his players aren’t good enough to play in the NFL. They’re more like a AA baseball team. They have no offensive line. Their defense sthinks. Their WRs stink. Pederson will find that out soon enough.

  5. Doug stepped into a big pile…he knows,but he’s the right man for the job to clean up this mess.

  6. I agree – why worry about the past when there is so much that will go wrong with this clown as the head coach and with that long-haired, dog-face of a clown at QB? There is nothing with this franchise that suggests success.

  7. Pedersen may have stepped into the best situation of all the incoming coaches, if only for the fact that no matter what he does (and he’ll be fine) he’ll look great compared to Meyer.

    He could literally light a dumpster on fire in the middle of the field and it would be an improvement over the previous coach.

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