Linebacker Myles Jack has been a staple of the Jacksonville Jaguars defense and one of their few bright spots over the last three years. That’s why it wasn’t shocking to see him get named team captain by his teammates ahead of the 2021 NFL season.
Meyer met with the local media Wednesday and announced Jaguars players voted who would be captains in 2021. In addition to Mack, rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, center Brandon Linder, cornerback Shaquill Griffin, safety Rayshawn Jenkins, wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., and EDGE rusher Josh Allen got the nod. Not long after the head coach’s announcements, the sixth-year linebacker also had a sitdown with the local media and weighed in on earning the honor.
Jack says being named team captain is one of the highest feats a player can achieve and added that other awards might be biased. Maybe he was talking about the Pro Bowl, which he hasn’t been named to in his career. Regardless, he appreciates how highly his teammates think of him.
"I just feel like it’s one of the highest honors, especially in the NFL. A lot of awards can kind of be skewed. But to be in your building and have people feel like you deserve to be your captain. I totally appreciate it. And especially with the new faces a new, there’s so many new guys a brand new team, so I guess to just kind of have that kind of respect and you know people think that highly of you, it means a lot. So it’s really cool gear going by pretty quick."
Myles Jacks has enjoyed every second with the Jacksonville Jaguars
Over the last three years, the Jaguars have won just 12 games. Nobody would blame Jack and other tenured players such as Brandon Linder if all the losing the team has gone through took a toll on them. However, the former veteran linebacker thinks it’s been a really cool journey.
"We’ve definitely had some longer seasons than others in the past. But it’s been a really cool journey. I was actually thinking about it because we had the weekend off and everything and just kind of going through the timeframe."
Jack added that he’s enjoyed every second of his tenure in Jacksonville and hopes he and his teammates can start turning the Jaguars’ name around, “we’ve shaken up the whole burger from top to bottom, so it’s going to be exciting”. The 2016 second-round pick is one of the best linebackers in the NFL and he would probably be a bigger name if the Jags won more games. Still, Urban Meyer believes he can be even better.
Earlier this year, the head coach described Jack as an alpha leader and praised him for his hard work, “I love the way he’s worked, he was a little overweight. He lost that weight immediately. He’s been A plus in the weight room and in the training”. The former UCLA Bruin is the only Jaguars’ player remaining from that ‘Sacksonville’ defense that was among the best in 2017. That year, the Jags made it all the way to the AFC Championship and were one bad call away from advancing to the Super Bowl.
Maybe Meyer helps Jack and the team get there once again. Maybe this is the year the linebacker finally makes the Pro Bowl. If he does, it will be because he’s playing at a high level and the Jacksonville Jaguars are winning games.