Earlier than the abrupt firing of Urban Meyer after Josh Lambo went public with accusations in opposition to the previous Jaguars coach, mild-mannered rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence shared some uncommon criticism of the environment across the struggling franchise.
Forward of final Sunday’s recreation, a 20–0 loss to division rival Tennessee, Lawrence criticized Meyer and the employees’s lack of use of Jacksonville working again James Robinson, one of many crew’s simplest offensive gamers. He adopted that up on Wednesday, overtly discussing the “drama” surrounding the crew.
“You’re all the time gonna have some type of drama,” Lawrence mentioned. “I’ve discovered that the NFL is simply extra drama generally than school, regardless of the place you are at. However you are proper. There’s been loads. To your level, I do assume that has to change and that is one thing that we want to work on, for positive.
“So you may’t all the time be within the headlines. You simply acquired to go play soccer and that’s 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].”
Rather a lot, if not most, of that drama, stemmed from Meyer. Amongst his first hires, disgraced former Iowa energy coach Chris Doyle, did not maintain up to vital scrutiny final winter and was let go. In-season, Meyer had the bar video scandal, the reported beratement of his staffers, and eventually, the allegations from Lambo that Meyer kicked him.
Lawrence spoke to the media as soon as once more on Thursday and stopped in need of saying he was relieved to be previous the Meyer period and as a substitute mentioned it brings “readability” to the locker room.
“I would not consider you in the event you advised me that is how this yr was going to go,” Lawrence told the media. “. . . I believe it [the coaching switch] brings a bit of little bit of readability to the fellows within the locker room. I would not say aid, however I’d say simply carry some readability and a few route transferring ahead.
“, we actually need to go and end the season robust and to be sincere, it has been exhausting to final the final week with the whole lot occurring. And there is a number of issues being stirred up I believe by the skin, too. That did not assist [and] made issues loads worse, but in addition the whole lot that is occurring.”
He did have some form parting phrases about Meyer:
“I respect Coach Meyer and I actually admire the whole lot he’s executed for me. He’s one of many important causes I’m right here. He drafted me, so that can all the time be there, and I want him nothing however one of the best,” Lawrence mentioned.
He was additionally positive to reward interim coach Darrell Bevell, remarking on his stage temperament.
“He is very even keel,” Lawrence mentioned. ”All the time the identical particular person by no means will get too excessive or too low. That is one thing that I respect and that I can stage with. So I might say that is the most important factor that we want proper now. Somebody that is constant and simply to transfer ahead and push previous it.”
Lawrence will look to construct on a reasonably disappointing rookie season beneath Bevell. The Jaguars have 4 video games remaining, starting with Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET dwelling recreation in opposition to the Texans.
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