But as the club’s head coach, Pederson also has a responsibility to get the team ready to win games.
So how does Pederson balance gaining trust and respect with strong on-field preparation?
“That’s a great question,” Pederson said in his Tuesday press conference. “As I gain their trust, I can push a little bit harder. There is a fine line there, there is a balance there, and that just comes from understanding and really reaching out to the players and kind of seeing how they react to certain things. I want to push them in practice, I want to challenge them in practice, but at the same time, I don’t want to really overstep my bounds a little bit right now with them.
“At the same time, when I do that, I want to see the return back towards what we’re doing and that’s what I’ve seen. The more that we continue to have that two-way communication and dialogue, I can continue to push a little bit harder. Obviously, in the offseason we go a little bit easier, but I think it happens more in training camp when the pads come on and it gets a little warmer outside and we can really challenge them a little bit more.”
Jacksonville has a lot of work to do to become competitive in 2022. But Pederson’s experience in team building should at least have the Jaguars in a much better place than they were last year under Meyer.