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Trevor Lawrence gets more help from Jaguars with latest assistant hire

Trevor Lawrence celebrates

The Jacksonville Jaguars are clearly prioritizing Trevor Lawrence’s development with their coaching hires, even beyond head coach Doug Pederson.

The Jaguars are hiring another former quarterback in ex-Chargers coach Mike McCoy to serve as the team’s quarterbacks coach, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

McCoy went 27-37 in four seasons as head coach of the Chargers. Prior to that, he was a standout quarterback for Utah and also played in the CFL. That essentially means two former quarterbacks will be guiding Lawrence’s development, as Pederson has an NFL career at the position. That is an arrangement Lawrence is likely to be a fan of.

Lawrence is heading for his second season in the NFL, and he’s coming off a campaign with 12 touchdowns and a league-worst 17 interceptions. That helps explain why he was so invested in the coaching search, and why he’s probably quite happy about the outcomes of it.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) gestures after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence gives strong endorsement to Doug Pederson hire

Trevor Lawrence celebrates

Trevor Lawrence is clearly a big fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ hire of Doug Pederson as head coach.

Lawrence said he was “excited” and “relieved” to see the Jaguars bring in Pederson, and cited the coach’s experience as an NFL quarterback as a huge positive.

“He played the quarterback position, so he sees it through my lens more so than a lot of coaches that haven’t played the position,” Lawrence said in an interview with the team’s official website.

Lawrence being pleased with this hire is a pretty big deal from Jacksonville’s point of view. He took a strong interest in Jacksonville’s coaching search and even advocated for having some say in the ultimate decision. Whether that happened or not is unclear, but Lawrence is clearly pleased with the ultimate outcome.

Pederson spent ten seasons as an NFL quarterback, primarily as a backup with the Green Bay Packers. That experience can’t hurt when it comes to developing Lawrence.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) gestures after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence shares first reaction to Jaguars hiring Doug Pederson

Trevor Lawrence celebrates

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made their head coach hire, and it’s actually a respectable one.

The Jags on Thursday hired Doug Pederson as their new head coach. Pederson coached the Eagles for five seasons, winning a Super Bowl in the 2017 season.

Trevor Lawrence, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2021, is excited to get to work with his new coach. He shared his reaction to the Pederson hire over Twitter.

How far the Jags go, and how much they win, all hinges upon how well Lawrence develops.

Pederson succeeded with Carson Wentz as his quarterback in Philly. With some better offensive personnel in Jacksonville, the Jags should be in a good position to greatly improve from their 3-14 season.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) gestures after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick has notable praise for highly-touted rookie

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

Bill Belichick is not known for offering a lot of praise for players, particularly those on other teams. On Friday, the New England Patriots coach did offer a ringing endorsement to a rival rookie.

Belichick said Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence has improved throughout the season, and that the first overall pick has the chance to be “great.”

“I think he’s gotten more comfortable as the season’s gone on and gotten comfortable with the offense,” Belichick said, via Grant Gordon of NFL.com. “I’d say the offense has gotten comfortable with the things that he does best. Definitely, a good level of execution there. They did a good job last week against the Jets, mixing in different varieties of passes: quick throws, moving pocket throws, deep balls, third down conversions, red area plays. He’s pretty good at all of them and continues to get better. I think he’s had a good year and I think he’ll be a solid NFL player, maybe great. I don’t know, but he’s certainly made a lot of progress this year.”

Statistically, Lawrence definitely has room to grow. He has just nine touchdowns to 14 interceptions on the year, though he does not have a great amount of talent around him. The Jaguars certainly still believe in him judging from the role they’re planning to give him as they hunt for a new head coach. A Belichick endorsement certainly can’t hurt his stock either.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence makes request for Jaguars’ coach search

Trevor Lawrence celebrates

The Jacksonville Jaguars are facing a particularly important head coaching search, and rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence is taking an interest in the process.

During the broadcast of Sunday’s game between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars, broadcasters Andrew Catalon and James Lofton said on the air that Lawrence told them he would like to have a say in the hiring of the team’s next coach, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Lawrence said he would like “some role” in the process of finding Urban Meyer’s replacement, though he acknowledged that he was not qualified to make any decisions.

Interestingly, owner Shad Khan apparently agreed with Lawrence and said his rookie quarterback deserved at least some input in the hiring process.

Some might suggest that Lawrence is too young and inexperienced to deserve any say in the Jaguars’ hiring process. However, there’s no doubt that he is their franchise quarterback. The team has staked its future on the development of the first overall pick, and it’s pretty much essential that they get this hire right if they want to maximize Lawrence’s potential.

Lawrence has already shown a willingness to speak out and lead, even if it means clashing with coaches. No wonder giving him input makes sense to Khan and the Jaguars.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) gestures after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence calls out Jaguars coaches over James Robinson benching

Trevor Lawrence celebrates

James Robinson has been one of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ best players over the past two seasons, but some recent issues with ball security have resulted in him being benched for extended periods. Trevor Lawrence clearly does not agree with the disciplinary action.

Lawrence voiced his support for Robinson on Wednesday and told reporters the running back needs to be on the field as much as possible. The rookie quarterback said he expressed his concerns to Jacksonville’s coaching staff.

“Bottom line is James is one of our best players and he’s got to be on the field and we addressed it, and I feel like we’re in a good spot and the whole team, we’re good,” Lawrence said, per ESPN’s Michael DiRocco. “Whatever may have happened, I honestly don’t even know everything that went into it.”

Lawrence added that he does not to meddle in coaching decisions during the game. He did, however, express his displeasure in Robinson not being on the field at times over the past two weeks.

Robinson sat for 20 consecutive plays after he fumbled against the Los Angeles Rams last weekend. He was benched for 16 straight plays when he lost a fumble against the Atlanta Falcons the week before. Carlos Hyde also fumbled against L.A., but he was back on the field on Jacksonville’s next drive.

Urban Meyer said he doesn’t micromanage the decisions of his assistant coaches during games but that he will become more involved going forward. The head coach seemed to agree with benching Robinson, though.

“If you lay the ball on the ground and you come out for a few plays, and then it’s up to the position coach and whatever to put you back in whenever that’s time,” Meyer said. “And that’s not (just) James. That’s whomever. When the ball goes on the ground, you come (out).”

Robinson has averaged 4.6 yards per carry through his first two NFL seasons. He rushed for over 1,000 yards last season and has 678 this year. He has also scored seven rushing touchdowns this year, which matches his total from 2020.

You can understand why Lawrence wants Robinson on the field, but it’s somewhat surprising that a rookie quarterback publicly criticized his coaching staff on behalf of a teammate. That’s not going to do anything to change the perception that Meyer has had some locker room issues in his first season with the Jags.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) gestures after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Watch: Trevor Lawrence appeared to twist Jalen Ramsey’s ankle

Trevor Lawrence tackles Jalen Ramsey

Trevor Lawrence had to make a tackle early in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, and he may have gotten a bit carried away while doing so.

Jaguars running back James Robinson fumbled early in the first quarter. Jalen Ramsey scooped the ball up and began running the other way, but Lawrence was able to stop him. While tackling Ramsey, Lawrence appeared to gator roll and twist Ramsey’s ankle. You can see the play below:

Another angle shows Ramsey slamming Lawrence’s head toward the ground, but he was obviously reacting to the way Lawrence tackled him.

It’s unclear if Lawrence actually twisted Ramsey’s ankle, but he definitely appeared to give an extra roll after bringing the Pro Bowl cornerback to the ground. We all know what happened the last time a rookie quarterback grabbed someone by the ankle. Don’t be surprised if Lawrence has to answer some questions about the tackle.

Jaguars coaches reportedly at odds over Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence celebrates

The Jacksonville Jaguars had hoped Trevor Lawrence would experience fewer growing pains in his first NFL season. The rookie’s struggles may lead to some significant changes within the organization when the year ends.

There has been disagreement among Jacksonville’s coaching staff over what offense Lawrence should be running, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. With Lawrence struggling to read defenses, Urban Meyer and some on his staff believe the No. 1 overall pick could benefit from the Jaguars implementing more run-pass option plays like the ones Lawrence ran at Clemson. Others feel that approach would come with a significant risk of injury.

Sources told La Canfora that frustration has been mounting between Meyer and his staff since the offseason. Meyer has supposedly expressed his displeasure with some of his assistants in front of players. Changes are expected, and it’s possible quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer could be shown the door as a result of Lawrence’s struggles.

Lawrence has thrown eight touchdowns all year compared to nine interceptions. He completed just 16 of 35 passes for 162 yards in last week’s 23-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Meyer has set some ridiculously high expectations for the Jaguars this season. He doesn’t want to hear anyone using a new system or a rookie QB as an excuse, but the team is clearly struggling with that. Time will tell if coaching changes help resolve some of the issues.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) gestures after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence suffers apparent ankle injury against Bills

Trevor Lawrence hurts his ankle

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence suffered an apparent ankle injury during Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lawrence had his right lower leg area inadvertently stepped on by a teammate just after he threw a pass late in the first half. He initially looked like he would be able to stand up, but the training staff came out after he remained down. You can see a video of the play below:

Lawrence was helped off the field and taken straight to the locker room. He was replaced by CJ Beathard.

The Jaguars and Bills were tied 6-6 at the time Lawrence left the game. He had played well to that point, completing 11 of 15 passes for 80 yards.

Watch: Trevor Lawrence made bold claim about Dolphins on sideline

Trevor Lawrence celebrates

The Jacksonville Jaguars entered Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins with zero wins in five games, but it would appear that Trevor Lawrence’s confidence remains intact.

The Jaguars moved the ball with relative ease on their first offensive drive in London. They probably would have scored a touchdown had it not been for a brutal dropped pass on 3rd down at the Miami 22-yard line. After they settled for a field goal, Lawrence was shown on the sideline telling teammates and coaches “they can’t stop us.”

Here’s the video:

Not surprisingly, Lawrence was proven wrong almost immediately. The Jaguars went three-and-out on their next two offensive possessions.

It’s good to see the optimism from Lawrence, but Jags fans aren’t going to care until their team gets into the win column. If defenses truly couldn’t stop Jacksonville, perhaps the insane goal Urban Meyer set for the offense wouldn’t be quite as laughable.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) gestures after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports