Jaguars get beaten badly in Week 16: 3 takeaways from humiliating loss to Buccaneers

Dec 24, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) is sacked
Dec 24, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) is sacked / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Trevor Lawrence isn't right

Trevor Lawrence has shown he can play at a high level. He was one of the reasons the Jaguars made the playoffs last year and is set to be the face of the franchise for years to come. That doesn't exempt him from criticism though. He's played a big role in the last two losses, having turned the ball over a combined five times.

Lawrence lost two fumbles against the Baltimore Ravens, and added another one, along with two interceptions in Week 16. Simply, his subpar play has been a factor in the losing skid. He's not making good decisions and he's overthrown several passes. His throw linebacker Devin White picked off was particularly awful.

of So what's behind Lawrence's struggles? Plenty. He's not getting protection up front, and his low sack rate is masked by his ability to get rid of the ball quickly. However, he gets pressured at a concerning rate when he has to drop back and hold onto the football for more than 2.5 seconds. Simply, he doesn't have enough time to throw. Furthermore, he's sustaining injuries at an alarming rate this season.

First, it was a knee injury. Lawrence then sprained his ankle. And just last week, he suffered a concussion. Heck, he left the loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a shoulder injury. It also doesn't help that the Jaguars cannot run the football, which has seemingly led Lawrence to put the team on his shoulders and do more than he should.

Against the Ravens, he lost the football. He wasn't hit, he just dropped it. Maybe he felt pressured to make a play, but it looks like mentally — and physically — he's not in the right place. If he isn't healthy, the Jaguars need to keep him back, it doesn't make sense to expose him to further risk and compromise his health long-term. Also, the coaching staff needs to get to him and tell him that he doesn't have to win games himself.

It would most definitely help if other players pick up the slack, but at some point, Lawrence has to deliver. He currently isn't regardless of the circumstances.