Trevor Lawrence is without a doubt the most important player on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster. Although he struggled as a rookie in 2021, it wasn’t because of a lack of talent. Instead, he arrived at a less-than-optimal situation and his performance suffered because of it.
Knowing how important Lawrence is for the organization’s long-term success, the Jags have taken important steps this offseason to ensure he’s in a position to succeed. Here are three ways the Jags have helped their young quarterback.
No. 1 way the Jaguars have helped Trevor Lawrence – Hiring Doug Pederson.
Back when the Jaguars hired Urban Meyer as a head coach, they thought they had gotten someone who would help them right the ship. But what they got instead was one of the worst seasons in franchise history and a myriad of scandals and head-scratching decisions. All this dysfunction held the team back and hurt Trevor Lawrence’s development in his first NFL campaign.
After giving Meyer the boot, the Jaguars knew they couldn’t afford to hire the wrong head coach (again) and after an exhaustive search, they settled on Doug Pederson, whose NFL resume should give everyone a reason for optimism.
As the head coach Philadelphia Eagles, Pederson helped Carson Wentz play at an MVP level early in his career won the Super Bowl in just his second season at the helm. Moreover, he has a background as an NFL player, having played quarterback in the 1990s and the early 2000s. That should help him connect with players and build a healthy environment in Jacksonville.
Pederson’s presence will have a positive impact on Jaguars players but Trevor Lawrence will most likely benefit the most, as he now has a head coach that knows what he’s doing. Moreover, Pederson will gameplan around the sophomore quarterback’s strengths and will help him polish his mechanics. Lawrence will be coached hard but will become better because of it.