Jacksonville Jaguars fans beginning to doubt Trevor Lawrence

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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The frustrated crowd of hundreds who remained in attendance near the end of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Week 5 tilt against the visiting Houston Texans were not vague in their disapproval. Their numbers were small, but their voice was mighty, and as the Jags’ offense continued to sputter with generational talent Trevor Lawrence at the helm, their voice collectively began to make an unmistakable sound.

They booed.

Maybe you were able to pick it up on your television in the background. Or, perhaps you were one of the few folks who witnessed it in person. Either way, it was clear the fans were not happy.

The only thing that remains a little unclear is exactly what they were booing. Were they booing the offense in general, the play-calling, or (gasp) Trevor Lawrence? No one can be certain, but it seems likely the target of their ire was the quarterback who was missing throws (again), making late decisions, and sometimes boneheaded turnovers (again).

It’s ok to have doubts about Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence

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Jacksonville Jaguars HC Doug Pederson and QB Trevor Lawrence (16) at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports /

It’s probably the first time Trevor Lawrence has ever been booed in his life by his fans. But, like it or not, the meager crowd in attendance was severely turned off by his performance, and let him know about it. The honeymoon is over.

And it wasn’t just the smattering of die-hard fans in the stadium. Radio shows have been taking call after call since the game ended from fans who are now officially in doubt mode or worse. Twitter has plenty of doubters as well.

Though radio hosts and writers may dismiss such fans as reactionary, those fans feel how they feel, and shouldn’t be disregarded out of hand. The uncomfortable truth is Jacksonville Jaguars fans are not naive about football, as some would suggest.

They know what they are looking at in most cases, and they are darn near experts when looking at less-than-stellar play given the hot garbage they’ve been forced to stare at for the vast majority of the last 20 years.

This fanbase knows what bad football looks like. It’s not all emotion beneath the surface of the growing contingent of nay-sayers in Duval county. There is still plenty of reason to remain optimistic about Trevor Lawrence (see below), but for the fans who have seen enough already, there are some troubling signs that may be fueling their rage-booing.

Local media is quick to point out that just two weeks ago, Trevor Lawrence was the Offensive Player of the Week, having just played one of his best professional games against the Chargers. In some cases, as with Tony Smith on Jaguars Today, they are literally pounding the table in defense of Trevor Lawrence.

"We should be critiquing Trevor Lawrence and what’s happened… He is responsible, primarily, for them having lost the three games that they’ve lost. Not completely 100% on his shoulders… (pounds table) he was the tenth ranked passer in the league heading into that game yesterday against Houston. Both of those things are true. – Tony Smith, Jaguars Today"

Smith is defending him, but also qualifying his defense. It’s the difference between defending Trevor’s long-term potential vs. his individual game shortcomings.