Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence said on Wednesday that the constant drama surrounding the team needed to change, and the Jaguars made a move to do just that when they fired head coach and head drama generator Urban Meyer a few hours later.
That won’t erase a record 2-11 or the string of embarrassing developments that marked Lawrence’s rookie year, but it will give the first round a better sense of what the future holds in Jacksonville. Lawrence called interim head coach Darrell Bevell someone who “never gets too high or too low” and said consistency is what the team needs right now.
“I wouldn’t believe you if you told me this year was going to be like this. . . . I think it gives the guys in the locker room a little bit of clarity,” Lawrence said via ESPN.com’s Michael DiRocco. “I wouldn’t say relief, but I would say bring some clarity and some direction that’s moving forward. You know, we want to finish the season strong and to be honest it was hard to keep up with everything that was going on last week. And there is also a lot of commotion from outside, I think. That didn’t help [and] made things a lot worse, but also everything that’s going on. It’s hard to be focused and have all your attention and effort to win the game when there are so many things going on.”
Lawrence was the first overall pick in the draft, and he entered the NFL with the expectation of immediate success. That hasn’t happened and the hope in Jacksonville is that cutting the drama away will see him grow into the kind of player the Jaguars thought they would get in the spring.