Trusted voice says Trevor Lawrence has great teacher in Doug Pederson
The Jacksonville Jaguars revamped Trevor Lawrence’s supporting cast this offseason but the biggest move they arguably made to help him was hiring Doug Pederson as their head coach. Analyst Bucky Brooks believes Pederson’s mentorship will be highly beneficial for the young passer.
Brooks recently appeared on The Herd and told host Colin Cowherd that Pederson has a high level of confidence and knows what he’s doing after winning two Super Bowls, one as a player and one as a head coach. He adds that Pederson knows how to talk to quarterbacks because he was one himself.
"He makes it very easy for the quarterback when you talk to Trevor Lawrence. Trevor talks about how Doug Pederson talks to him, like a teacher, not as a yeller and screamer as a coach. He just gives little nuggets that allow him to play games better. They have a cooperation, something that Trevor Lawrence said I didn’t that you could have that at quarterback, meaning he didn’t know that a quarterback could give input of ‘what I like, what I don’t lie, how we can build it’."
Coming out of college, Lawrence, was dubbed the most talented quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck, so drafting him No. 1 overall last year was a no-brainer for the Jaguars. However, the organization failed to surround him with enough talent and Urban Meyer didn’t have a plan in place to develop him, which led to an underwhelming rookie campaign. Here’s the clip in case you want to give it a look.
Doug Pederson will play a key role in Trevor Lawrence’s development
Even though Lawrence threw a league-high 17 interceptions and completed less than 60 percent of his passes, he displayed flashes of the talent that made him the top selection in last year’s draft. He made several jaw-dropping throws, the kind only a few quarterbacks can pull off, and showed what he was capable of doing in the season finale when the Jags knocked the Indianapolis Colts out of playoff contention.
In that game, Lawrence went 23-of-32 for 223 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. His 71.88 percent completion rate was a season-high. His touchdown pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. was one of his best ones of the year.
Lawrence should have that kind of performance more often under Pederson. The head coach said earlier this year that he’s helping him with his fundamentals and how to become the leader of the team. The former Clemson Tiger showed the talent and the ability to lead in his rookie campaign but Pederson will make him truly shine in Year 2.
While there’s still a long way to go before the Jaguars can become a legitimate playoff team, they no longer have to worry about the quarterback position with Trevor Lawrence at the helm. Also, they don’t have to worry about their head coach appearing in the headlines for the wrong reason now that Pederson is in charge.