HC Doug Pederson deserves blame for the Jaguars subpar start to 2023
A head coach carries direct responsibility for a team's success and failure and Doug Pederson is no different. Throughout the first three games of the 2023 season, the Jaguars look out of sync. Even in their win over the Indianapolis Colts, they couldn't gain control of the game until late in the third quarter. The last two weeks, things haven't been much better. In fact, you could argue that they haven't gotten worse.
While players need to deliver, it's up to the coaching staff to put them in a position to execute. If they don't, they should then bench them and lean on the next man up. Simply, the Jaguars can't stand for mediocrity. Not after making the playoffs and winning the AFC South team.
Last year, the Jags showed what they were capable of doing and if most of the personnel from the 2022 season returned, their inability to come through should then fall on head coach Doug Pederson.
The good news is that Pederson recognizes that the team must do better moving forward and it all starts with him.
"We have to do better," Pederson told the media after the game. "Starts up front, starts with the offensive line on offense. Start for the defensive line of defense. It starts right there. Again, I'm gonna say this again, we need to coach better."
"We need to play better, we need to execute better. Whether we are reading our press clippings, we need to get out of our own way right now.
We need to evaluate ourselves, beginning with me. And we got to figure out how to win a game."