3. The Jaguars have an experienced head coach in Doug Pederson.
You might not have liked the organization’s decision to retain general manager Trent Baalke. However, they hit it out of the ballpark when they hired Doug Pederson to fill the void left by Urban Meyer. The Jags were close to hiring Byron Leftwich as their head coach and there’s no doubt he would have done an amazing job. On the other hand, Pederson is everything Jacksonville needed.
Pederson is the right man to lead the team for several reasons. As a former NFL quarterback, he knows how players are and how to approach them. He isn’t the kind of head coach that will resort to scare tactics and threaten his coaching staff to “motivate” them. Instead, he’s trying to build the trust Meyer actively tore down during his short stint as the head coach. According to John Shipley of Jaguar Report, there’s a day and night difference between Pederson and Meyer and the way they both run practices.
As the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Pederson showed he can make players perform at a high level when the stakes are higher. Even though Philly lost Carson Wentz to a season-ending injury in 2017, they rally behind Nick Foles and won Super Bowl 52. Pederson deserves a lot of credit for not letting his player lose their focus. Pederson should be able to do for Trevor Lawrence in Jacksonville what he did for Wentz and Foles in Philadephia.