Losing isn’t fun and the Jacksonville Jaguars should be ticked off after dropping games in back-to-back weeks. However, not everything has been doom and gloom for the Jags and one of their bright spots has been the play of right guard Brandon Scherff, who’s quickly become a mainstay of their offensive line and has helped mentor his young teammates.
Scherff met with the local media following Jacksonville’s Week 5 loss and said he’s trying to do for his teammates what other Washinton Commanders players did for him when he was a rookie.
I’m just trying to do what — I know I’ve said this before — like Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Shawn Lauvao, Morgan Moses, all those guys did for me”, Scherff said. “If I had a question as a rookie coming in, you think you’re gonna get not hazed but you have little room to talk, so I just told you, if you have a question, ask it. Don’t be afraid to ask. There are no stupid questions because we all have to be on the same page in order for us to collectively do our job for everybody behind us.”
Scherff then went on to praise Jaguars rookie center Luke Fortner, whom he describes as a heck of a player, “he’s really smart, he’s done a great job and we’re just happy that he’s there for us”.
A first-round pick by the Commanders in the 2015 NFL Draft, Scherff signed a three-year deal worth $49.5 million in free agency. So far, he’s avoided injuries and has started every single game. During his seven-year stint in Washington, he made the Pro Bowl five times and earned a First-Team All-Pro designation. Here’s his whole exchange with the media.
Brandon Scherff will be invaluable during the Jaguars’ losing streak
The Jaguars have hit a speed bump and are currently riding a two-game losing skid following wins in consecutive weeks. Yet, Scherff isn’t panicking and instead thinks they can turn things around.
“Just continue to stick with the plan. We’ve been in every game that we’ve lost. So just go back look at the film, which we did, and don’t get down. We have 12 more games, so just continue to stick with the plan. It’s all about sticking together. That’s what it is. And that’s what we’re going to do”, Scherff said.
All things considered, Scherff is taking the right approach. The Jaguars need to get back to work and fix those mistakes that played a role in the losses. Also, the Jaguars have plenty of time to right the ship, as Scheff alluded.
Should there be a sense of urgency in the locker room? Certainly, but it’s too early to start talking about next season when you take into account that the Jags have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball and all their losses this season have come by eight points or fewer.
The Jaguars will next play the Indianapolis Colts. They already beat them once this year and a win in Indy would be a sign they have what it takes to turn things around.