The mental aspect of football is sometimes underlooked but it helps players focus and deliver when it matters the most. That's why it's often common to see them trash talk to try to mess with their opponents' heads. And while Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence has improved in many ways since the end of the 2021 season he needs to work on his trash-talk game.
The Jags recently posted a clip on social media of Lawrence engaging in trash talk with their opponents. The video also shows his teammates saying it needs a little work and giving him a failing grade for it, "I'd probably give him an F", running back Travis Etienne said.
Lawrence isn't alone though. There are other quarterbacks that come across as awkward when either trash talking or giving motivational speeches. For example, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis questioned teammate Joe Flacco's passion for the game because he wouldn't show as much emotion as him. Similarly, former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning's calm demeanor made for some bland speeches, according to teammate Michael Strahan.
In the end, Flacco led the Ravens to a Super Bowl win while Manning won two championship rings during his stint with Big Blue, so it might not matter that they weren't the most vocal players in their respective teams. Here's the clip of Trevor Lawrence attempting to trash talk.
No doubt the Jacksonville Jaguars are Trevor Lawrence's team
Trevor Lawrence was voted team captain in consecutive years and there's no reason to think he'll get the nod for the third time in 2023. His trash talk might be talking but his teammates recognize his leadership skills.
Lawrence, the No. 1overall pick in the 2021 draft, had a rough rookie season but improved considerably under the tutelage of head coach Doug Pederson last year. Back when Pederson got hired, he said that he needed to start over with the young passer and one of the areas he focused on was how he carries himself as a professional and as a leader.
Going into Year 3, nobody question's Lawrence place as the leader of the Jaguars, and all things considered, it doesn't matter if his trash-talking game needs refinement. What's important is that he's shown the ability to win games on a consistent basis. And if Jacksonville makes a deep playoff run, who cares if he's not an All-Time trash talker? His teammates certainly don't mind.
The Jacksonville Jaguars recognize Trevor Lawrence's value, that's why they've built the best possible team they could around him. Heading into Year 3, he's ready to take his place as one of the top quarterbacks in the league.