The Jaguars didn’t give Trevor Lawrence much help in his rookie season
In one play or even one offensive drive, the Jags may very well have manufactured the momentum and confidence that they and their fans have been craving for so long. The question now is whether they can keep winning. Can they use this clutch moment to steer themselves toward more wins and become a consistently winning franchise? The answer is an emphatic yes.
This year’s Trevor Lawrence and his 2021 counterpart are two completely different quarterbacks. Even before the impressive win against the Ravens, Lawrence has consistently proven that he has evolved as a passer and leader of this team.
Last season, Lawrence often looked completely lost trying to adapt to the pro level. He never seemed to find that comfort level where he could consistently sit in the pocket, progress through his reads, and find the open man quickly and efficiently. He turned the ball over often, was not at all accurate at times, seemed to get easily frustrated, and did not look like a quarterback who was taken number one overall in the NFL draft.
There are many reasons why Lawrence had such difficulty adjusting to the NFL during his rookie season. He had perhaps the worst single-season head coach in NFL history Also, he had an offensive line that looked more like a swinging saloon door rather than a rigid wall of protection and was extremely limited in the number of playmakers he could distribute the ball to.
Due to a below-average defense and overall roster, Lawrence found himself constantly playing from behind. In hindsight, he deserves recognition for facing so much adversity in his rookie season. There aren’t many quarterbacks who could take that situation and give you great quarterback play, let alone victories.