Trevor Lawrence not concerned about offensive woes, says Jaguars must fix issue

• The Jaguars only managed to score 9 points vs. the Chiefs

• Trevor Lawrence says they must fix the issue

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) looks to the crowd during the first quarter.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) looks to the crowd during the first quarter. / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA

There are many reasons the Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Their inability to reach the end zone is one of them and Trevor Lawrence's less-than-ideal outing didn't help. On Monday, Lawrence met with the local media and said he's not concerned about the offense's poor performance but acknowledges that there's something they must fix.

"It's something we've got to fix, so it is an issue," Lawrence told the media when asked whether he was concerned moving forward. "We scored a lot of points last week but still didn't play to our standards and how good we can play and this week, not even close. Every play, every series, there's something we all can do better, really sloppy. I wouldn't say I'm concerned but it's something we got to fix, it's definitely an issue."

"We got all look in the mirror, be accountable, and be critical of ourselves. It's all of us, guys talked about after the game, there are plays that we all missed on different series, different plays, whatever it is. We got to make those plays. And that's what the good and great teams do, and we didn't do it today. I'm not concerned but we got to do it."

Lawrence's statline doesn't necessarily look bad. He completed 22 of his 41 attempts for 216 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. The trouble is when you dig into specific situations. He went 0-of-7 in the red zone, costing the Jaguars one touchdown and possibly two. Similarly, he and the offense managed a paltry 25 percent success rate in third downs. Simply, you aren't going to win many games when you can't deliver the goods in key downs.

To make matters worse, the defense did their best to contain the Chiefs' high-powered offense, limiting them to just seven points before halftime. The Jaguars had everything in place to win their second game of the season and instead fell flat.

The Jaguars and Trevor Lawrence and in a position to fix their offensive woes

There's no doubt Lawrence's timing was off against the Chiefs and he definitely played a role in the loss. That said, there's a reason to believe he'll bounce back against the Houston Texans in Week 3. For starters, he hadn't had such a bad outing since Week 8 of last season, when Jacksonville faced the Denver Broncos in London. In that game, he completed 58.8 percent of his attempts for 131 yards with one touchdown and two costly interceptions.

After that game, Lawrence went on to play like a top-10 quarterback. Following the loss to the Chiefs, he needs to play with a sense of urgency. The Jaguars entered the 2023 season with high expectations, so they'll consistently be under pressure to deliver. The good news is that there's enough talent in place in Jacksonville to turn things around, including Lawrence himself and a Super Bowl-winning head coach in Doug Pederson.

Even the best quarterbacks have a bad game every now and then, and the loss to Kansas City could be a reminder for Lawrence that he cannot afford to take his foot off the gas pedal and must consistently raise his level of play. Granted, it wasn't all his fault. The offensive line gave up 14 pressures and four sacks. Similarly, the play-calling was less-than-stellar and Jacksonville couldn't get the running game going.

The bottom line is that Trevor Lawrence must do his part every day, and the Jaguars will have a chance to win games as long as he does.

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