Lawrence on going to Jacksonville : ‘I think it’s a great fit’

When the Jacksonville Jaguars secured the number one over pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, there was no doubt that former Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence would be their guy, and on Thursday night in Cleveland, it became official. The Jaguars selected Lawrence with the number one overall pick. 

Jacksonville has been searching for a franchise quarterback, and now it appears they have found one in Lawrence. 

 “I couldn’t be more excited; I think it’s a great fit,” Lawrence said via a video conference. “This is going to be a really fun year, and just know that once I get there, all my focus, all my attention is to making us the best we can be, so thank you, guys.”

Lawrence, who never lost a regular-season game and won a national title at Clemson, is also excited to get working with Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer, who also hopes to have a successful transition from college to the NFL. 

“First of all, with Coach Meyer, I got a great feel from just talking to him on the phone, and obviously, I’m excited to get down there and be in person with the guys and coaches and all that,” Lawrence said. “The biggest thing is that he’s a winner; you’ve seen he’s done that his whole career, so I’m really excited to be a part of that.”

At this point, it appears Lawrence could be the starter for Jacksonville in Week 1. When asked if he expects to be the Week 1 starter, Lawrence said the following:

“My mindset always going in is that I’m going to earn everything that I get, so coming in, I don’t have any expectations from anyone else other than myself,’ he said. “I expect to perform well and to adjust quickly, and be ready to go, and that’s something I expect a lot out of myself, so that’s where I’m at mentally. From there, like I said, it’s just about earning – I think the biggest thing is – the respect and trust of your teammates. Without that, it doesn’t really matter what you expect going in; you’ve got to earn that first. I’m just going to take it step by step, but like I said, I’m going to do everything in my power to prepare, to be the best I can be, and put us in the best chance to win.”

There is hope in Jacksonville with Lawrence in the mix, and if he’s who many think he could be, the Jaguars should have success like they never had before for years to come.

Jaguars’ Khan: ‘What’s evaded the history of the Jags, really, has been a franchise quarterback’

After the Jacksonville Jaguars finished the 2020 season 1-15, it was clear that the team was going to make a change at the coaching position. On Monday, the team fired head coach Doug Marrone. In five seasons, Marrone went 23-43, including one playoff appearance.

The team fired GM Dave Caldwell back in November, so now the Jaguars are in the market for a GM and head coach.

Last season, Khan decided to bring back Caldwell and Marrone. On Monday, Khan was asked if that was a mistake. According to Khan, he has no regrets.

“Not at all. No, I don’t, and I’ll tell you why,” Khan said about bringing Caldwell and Marrone back in 2020. “When I sat down with them after [former Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations] Tom [Coughlin] ‘s departure, both of them expressed a desire that they want to be able to demonstrate what they can do working together. Also, as I mentioned earlier, we had serious issues with the team, so who better to help clean it up [than] who were part of that, really creating the mess. That would include me. So it was the three of us really need to join hands.

“You want to win but you want to set the foundation, and that was how do we help the players who don’t want to be there exit, and exit with the right value for the Jaguars? Then who are the players, maybe veterans, how do we identify them who’d be better off going someplace else and it would bring salary cap and draft picks we could invest in new players. That was done earlier, or last year, this season and then some of the capital obviously we have for the future. They played a role but we’re not where we would be where we could sustain or extend them.”

Jacksonville has an appealing situation. They have cap space. According to Overthecap.com, Jacksonville has $77 million in cap space. Also, Jacksonville has the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which means they probably can get their franchise quarterback in Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence or Ohio State’s Justin Fields.

 “Well, I certainly think there’s a huge amount of interest in this, much more so than the last time around,” Khan said. “And I also look at really—we’re in a much different, and I would say a better position today than we were a year ago. A little over a year ago, as you well know—and I think you reported—we did have team disharmony, and we were—for lack of a better word—salary cap hell.

“I think today; I frankly thought that we would do better. We won six games last year [2019], but you know, certainly, we have a lot of salary cap availability along with the draft picks and obviously the number one pick. But what’s evaded the history of the Jags, really, has been a franchise quarterback. And I think what’s unique, certainly, is that we have the ability now to make a choice, and it’s going to define the franchise moving forward.”

There were reports that the Jaguars had interest in former Florida and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, Khan addressed those rumors on Monday.

“I’ve known Urban(Meyer) over the years through Big Ten and what have you,” Khan said. “But we have not spoken to anyone about this job or even, obviously, interviewed him. I mean, this is something—just made the decision this morning. So, you know there is—and I’ll leave it at that.”

Finding a franchise quarterback is never easy, and Jacksonville has not had one of those in a long time. Now, with a chance to draft Lawrence or Fields, the future could be very bright in Jacksonville. But before that, they must find a GM and coach, which will be a big decision for this team going forward.

Jaguars clinch number one overall pick in 2021 NFL Draft

In life, there are silver linings to everything, including losing 14 straight games, which the Jaguars have done after losing to the Bears 41-17 at TIAA Bank Field in the team’s home finale on Sunday. Jacksonville(1-14) trailed 13-10 at halftime, but were outscored 28-7 in the second half.

After the Jets win over the Browns, the Jaguars have clinched the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which means, if he declares, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence will be a member of the Jacksonville jaguars.

Jacksonville have been looking for a franchise QB for years, and  now, they may have finally found that guy. The Jaguars will have a new GM after dismissing Dave Caldwell in November and will probably have a new coach, so them having the number one pick, makes the Jaguars coaching position very attractive.

It’s been a struggle in Jacksonville after the team went 10-6 and made it all the way to the AFC title game. Since that season, the Jaguars are 12-35. They tried with Blake Bortles, Nick Foles, and Gardner Minshew, now if things fall into place, it’s time to try it with Trevor Lawrence!

Jaguars’ Minshew: ‘I don’t think anybody really expects much of a 1-12 team’

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew is a starter again for the team as they prepare to travel to Baltimore to battle the Ravens(8-5) on Sunday. Jacksonville(1-12) is looking to snap a 12-game losing streak. 

The second-year quarterback replaced au ineffective Mike Glennon last week in Jacksonville’s loss to the Titans. Minshew saw his first action since he injured his thumb back in October. Before the injury, Minshew started the first seven games for Jacksonville.

“I mean going into the week, I was kind of expecting it, ready to roll,” Minshew said on Wednesday about being named the starter against Baltimore. “[I’m] just glad to be back in the saddle.”

Being 1-12 and on a 12-game losing streak, Minshew believes there is no pressure on this team at this juncture of the season.

 “I wouldn’t say there’s a ton of pressure right now,” Minshew said. “I don’t think anybody really expects much of a 1-12 team, but we expect a lot of ourselves. We’re going to go out there, try not to let what’s going on this season determine what happens these next three games. We’re going to go try to have a lot of fun, make the most of them, put some good stuff on tape.”

There’s a good chance Minshew won’t be in Jacksonville next season. At this point, the team still has an outside chance at getting the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but for that to happen, they have to keep on losing and hope that the Jets(0-13) find a way to win a game. At this time, due to strength of schedule(Jaguars having an easier strength of schedule), if the Jaguars and Jets end up with the same record, Jacksonville will get the number one pick, which means they probably get Lawrence if he declares for the draft. 

So, Jacksonville has a lot to play for at this point of the season, and if things go their way, maybe they will get that franchise quarterback they have coveted for many years.