NFL coaches are creatures of practice. When most of them speak to the media, they try to follow a script but Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line coach George Warhop is not like most of them. He recently had a sitdown with the local media and talked about some of his players, head coach Urban Meyer’s approach, and some of the changes the team has undergone this year.
Warhop says that right tackle Jawaan Taylor and left tackle Cam Robinson have done a good job so far. They’ve come back at the right weight, and their strength from the offseason program has gone up. Also, their conditioning has not been an issue. On the other hand, the offensive line coach notes they still have to make more strides when it comes to on-field stuff. Someone then asked Warhop why Robinson has been wearing his jersey backwards and he dropped this gem.
"He does that all the time. So since I’ve been here he’s done that and frankly, I could give a [expletive]. It really doesn’t matter to me if he’s own frontwards or backwards, as long as he shows up and he practices hard and he tries to get done what we need to get done, a non-issue."
Warhop is right. It’s odd for anyone, not just Robinson, to wear a jersey backwards but think about it, nobody bats an eye when quarterback Gardner Minshew changes his hairstyle nor they should. It surely catches everyone’s attention but it’s irrelevant when it comes to playing football at a high level. The Jaguars’ brass should be more concerned about Robinson reaching his ceiling. They slapped the franchise tag on the Alabama product this offseason and they expect him to become the long-term solution at left tackle. That’s where the focus should be.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are establishing a players-first mentality.
One of the first things Urban Meyer said when he was hired as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars is that he committed to giving players the best of the best. Both players and coaches have confirmed that has been the approach and Warhop believes the team’s players-first mentality has been the biggest difference this year. He says that the head coach will do whatever is necessary to make sure players have the best in the building and that they’re being taken care of. In the same manner, the organization is going to require them to perform at a high level.
Later in the sitdown, Warhop touched on second-round pick Walker Little. The coach said that he’s had multiple offensive tackles drafted in the first or second round but the Stanford product came in as prepared or more prepared than any of those prospects in terms of movement skills, intellect, and communication. He added that you can’t tell he hasn’t played in two years.
Warhop is one of the few holdovers from the previous regime. Meyer must’ve seen what he brings to the table as a coach and decided to keep him in the staff. He will now be tasked to make sure the offensive line performs at a high level.