Trevor Lawrence ‘can only do so much’, Jaguars have not helped him
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Trevor Lawrence first overall expecting him to help them win some football games. While the Jags are 2-14 and not much has changed since his arrival, he’s far from the biggest issues surrounding the Jags this season. The team’s brass failed to get him enough weapons this past offseason and it showed in the 50-10 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 17.
Lawrence threw three interceptions against the Pats and knows he needs to play better. However, he wasn’t the sole reason the Jaguars lost to New England in such an embarrassing fashion. He acknowledged as much when he met with the local media after the game.
"I’m just trusting you who’s in leadership positions. And at the end of the day, my job is to be a quarterback and to lead this team. I can only do so much and that’s what I’m going to do. So, other than that, I’m just gonna put my head down, go to work."
That’s the closest you will hear Lawrence talking about the lack of support he’s gotten from the organization. He didn’t call out his teammates, the coaching staff, or the front office. Instead, he stated the obvious, he can’t win if there aren’t enough pieces in place to put points on the scoreboard. The team’s leading receiver in Week 17 was Laquon Treadwell, who was in their practice squad as recently as early November. You won’t win many games when players that are better suited for a complementary role have to play a significant amount of time.
Trevor Lawrence will make a leap if the Jaguars help him.
There’s no doubt Lawrence needs to make better decisions with the ball. That will come with experience and better coaching. On the other hand, the Jags can’t expect him to develop if they don’t surround him with enough talent. He’s right when he says there’s only so much he can do. His supporting cast is one of the worst in the league and the defense can’t force many stops. Having your quarterback play catch-up and try to outscore your opponents is a good recipe for sustained success.
In Week 17, the Jaguars faced off against a Patriots team that spent the offseason building around Mac Jones. They need to do something similar for Lawrence in 2022. They must bring in a general manager that can revamp the roster and a head coach who can squeeze every ounce of talent from the former Clemson Tiger.
Nobody would blame Trevor Lawrence if he complained about the lack of support the team has given him but he’s instead focused on getting better and doing his part. The Jaguars need to do theirs this upcoming offseason.