JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — If the Jaguars are going to show issues round and begin successful video games and competing for the playoffs, the drama that has engulfed the franchise has to cease. That is from a very powerful particular person on the roster: quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
“You are all the time going to have some type of drama. I’ve realized that the NFL is simply extra drama on the whole than school, regardless of the place you are at,” Lawrence mentioned Wednesday. “However you are proper. There’s been quite a bit. To your level, I do assume that has to vary and that is one thing that we have to work on for positive.
“So you possibly can’t all the time be within the headlines. You simply acquired to go play soccer and that is the place we’re making an attempt to get and I’ve little doubt we’ll get there, however for positive [it has to change].”
Practically the entire drama has revolved round head coach City Meyer. It ramped up final weekend after an NFL Community report that receiver Marvin Jones Jr. yelled at Meyer and left the power for a bit and that Meyer referred to as his assistant coaches losers throughout a gathering. Meyer denied the report following Sunday’s 20-Zero loss at Tennessee, however that has been removed from the one occasion of drama because the season began.
Meyer was caught on video behaving inappropriately with a lady who wasn’t his spouse at his restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, within the days after the crew’s loss in Cincinnati on a Thursday evening. There’s stress between Meyer and his assistant coaches. At sure instances, Meyer has not realized which gamers are on the sphere. And there was the James Robinson fiasco: He was benched for 19 and 20 performs, respectively, in consecutive weeks after a pair of fumbles, and Meyer mentioned he did not understand how lengthy Robinson was on the bench and that it was greatest to ask operating backs coach Bernie Parmalee.
Earlier than the season there was the hiring and fast resignation of director of sports activities efficiency Chris Doyle (who reached a separation settlement with Iowa within the wake of allegations that he made racist feedback and bullied Black gamers), the signing of Tim Tebow, the fake competitors between Lawrence and Gardner Minshew II for the beginning job, and the NFLPA saying it might examine Meyer and basic supervisor Trent Baalke after Meyer mentioned vaccination standing was one of many issues they thought-about when making remaining cuts.
Add in the truth that the Jaguars’ offense has been horrible because the bye week — averaging 9.1 factors per sport — regardless of having a generational expertise in Lawrence, and it solely heightens the adversity.
Lawrence’s remark Wednesday is the second time he is responded publicly to the upheaval. He mentioned final week, after Robinson’s second benching, that the operating again must be on the sphere as a lot as potential as a result of he is one of many crew’s greatest gamers.
Lawrence mentioned it is simply a part of him rising into his management function as a 22-year-old rookie.
“Clearly there’s been loads of drama,” he mentioned because the Jaguars (2-11) started preparations for Sunday’s dwelling sport in opposition to Houston (2-11). “Like, no matter has precipitated all the things, who even is aware of at this level, however there’s been loads of drama and for me I feel it is essential to be truthful. However with that, you possibly can’t say all the things that is in your thoughts. It’s important to have a filter and you have to watch out.
“I’ve loads of appreciation for all these guys in there that’ve been working to attempt to get this factor proper and it hasn’t been straightforward. So I’ve loads of appreciation for the gamers, for the coaches, for everyone. … Clearly you possibly can’t, like I mentioned, all the time say precisely what’s in your thoughts, however the reality is in there someplace all the time with me, so that is what I attempt to do.”
Jones tried to diffuse a few of the stress earlier Wednesday when he downplayed the incident with Meyer that he mentioned occurred 2½ weeks in the past after he grew upset with the coach’s criticism of the receivers — particularly that they battle to win one-on-one matchups and do not achieve sufficient separation.
“There was one thing that was delivered to my consideration that I did not like too effectively,” Jones mentioned. “I approached him about it and we talked and we dealt with it like grown males. And that is all I’ve to say about that.
“… If you lose, you are all the time going to be the focal point in a unfavorable approach. That simply is what it’s.”