What should the Jaguars organization and fans expect in 2022?
Why then, do so many folks seem to be experiencing this cognitive dissonance? There are two explanations that spring to mind. The first is that the Jags have been too bad for too long. This conclusion is reached through emotion rather than logic.
Folks just can’t wrap their head around the idea that the Jags could be good, even though the signs are there. Fans understand that good quarterback play equals wins. “But, somehow the Jags will mess it up,” they think. It’s an understandable fear. But, it is a fear… not a reasoned conclusion.
The second explanation is more concerning. It is entirely possible that while most fans and media envision a big second-year leap from Lawrence, they don’t really believe it. It’s something that they are telling themselves, that they want to believe. But, deep down, they haven’t seen it yet, and aren’t so sure.
The idea that Lawrence might not be what Jacksonville so desperately needs him to be is not something people are ready to say out loud, yet. They are being hopeful rather than predictive regarding Lawrence, but then just being realistic regarding the record.
Either way, fans and media who hold both positions probably aren’t being honest with themselves with one opinion or the other. So, as the beginning of training camp approaches, and Jaguars fans everywhere brace for new, bitter disappointment, take heart.
If you truly believe in Trevor Lawrence, there is every reason to expect the Jaguars to garner many more wins than the Vegas odds indicate. Like peanut butter and jelly, it just makes sense.