1. Jaguars HC Doug Pederson knows how to develop quarterbacks
The Jaguars made many important moves in the offseason but none was as significant as hiring Doug Pederson as their head coach. After giving Urban Meyer his walking papers, the organization left no stone unturned and interviewed a robust amount of candidates.
Despite the fact that the Jags came close to hiring Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, they ultimately chose Pederson. Leftwich’s refusal to work with Trent Baalke might have been a factor in his decision to pull out of consideration for the opening but Jacksonville could be better off with Pederson in the long run.
Pederson played an important role in Carson Wentz’s early development and helped the Philadelphia Eagles win their first Super Bowl in franchise history. So far, he’s earned rave reviews from Trevor Lawrence, who likes his coach’s approach to the game of football.
"It’s been great, just the way (Doug) interacts with the team, the way he leads. I think personality-wise, we’re similar. We get along well. Our demeanors are very similar."
It’s uncertain how much better Lawrence would have fared as a rookie if he had had a head coach who knew what he was doing but Pederson will help him get back on track. In fact, he said, he’s starting from scratch, focusing on the fundamentals of the position but also showing him how to conduct himself as the leader of the team.
Even though Lawrence has earned a favorable spot in most power rankings ahead of the 2022 season, there’s a chance he could become a top 15 quarterback after all the moves the Jags have made in the offseason.