Trevor Lawrence has encouraging message for Jaguars fans after loss to Chiefs
Trevor Lawrence was good but not great in the first half of the 2022 season. But a switch flipped after the loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 8 and he raised his level of play to help the Jacksonville Jaguars finish 9-7, win the AFC South title and earn a postseason berth. While the Jags’ amazing turnaround came to an end with a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs, Lawrence has an encouraging message for fans.
After the loss to the Chiefs, the sophomore quarterback got to social media to thank everyone for their support and let everyone know the Jaguars will be back, “Tough night. Thank you to everyone that was with us on this ride. We will be back. #DUUUVAL”
Lawrence told the local media after the game that he was feeling both crushed and proud. He also said he’s confident this isn’t the last time you’ll hear of the Jags.
“I don’t really have the word right now”, Lawrence said. “[I’m feeling] equal parts crushed that we’re done playing, the road ends for us this season, and equal parts proud of what we did. It’s hard to feel that part right now because you put so much into it, you dedicate everything you have, our whole building for six months to get these opportunities to come up short. It stings”.
“Just like I said, you worked so hard to get here and nobody thought we were gonna be here. We had our shot, that’s what hurts, so we’ll be back. I’m confident in that, and this is more the beginning than it is the end of something. This is just getting started for us. We got a taste of it and the guys are already hungry to get this opportunity again, but it doesn’t take away the steam, Lawrence said”.
Losing isn’t pleasant but you could argue Lawrence is taking it well. As a matter of fact, he was filmed waiting for his teammates to congratulate them after the loss. That goes on to show he might not be feeling the greatest right now but he isn’t losing perspective and knows good things await for him and the Jaguars.
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence will keep getting better in 2023
Trevor Lawrence at times in his rookie season but Urban Meyer held back his development. He made a huge leap under Doug Pederson’s tutelage in 2022 and should continue to get better next season. This will be his second year in the same system, and it looks like there won’t be many changes made to the coaching staff. That kind of continuity should benefit him immensely.
Moreover, Lawrence’s supporting cast might be better in 2022. The Jags could lose a few key contributors in free agency such as tight end Evan Engram, wide receiver Zay Jones and right tackle Jawaan Taylor in free agency. On the other hand, Calvin Ridley will join a wide receiver corps that already includes Christian Kirk and Zay Jones. Similarly, Walker Little can take Taylor’s spot in the lineup.
The Jaguars’ season ended on a sour note but Lawrence and right to feel optimistic about the future. As he noted, this could be the beginning of even better things.