Urban Meyer’s first year in Jacksonville hasn’t exactly gone according to plan.
At 2-9 in the AFC South basement, the Jaguars’ rookie head coach talked Monday about problems facing the team. He pointed out that wide receivers were running the wrong routes and the Jaguars are currently at 2-9. Meyer spoke out about how rotating casts can impact the passing game.
“You’ve got a 22-year-old quarterback and you keep rotating receivers — no one’s fault, just guys get dinged, guys get hurt,” he said.
Trevor Lawrence, a rookie quarterback, has not had many offensive tools this season. This includes Travis Etienne Jr. running back and DJ Clark Jr wide receiver. After Jamal Agnew’s season-ending hip injury, tight end Dan Arnold was also injured this week by the Jaguars.
When asked Monday how concerned he is about the changing lineup possibly affecting Lawrence’s growth, Meyer said, “We have to fix it.”
“Am I concerned? Sure,” Meyer began. “Concerned about everything, but that’s the reality of the game of football. Timing and consistency are key to the success of the pass game. When you have — like I said, to no one’s fault — when you have two guys go down and you’re just kind of rolling through guys, it’s a little bit more difficult on a quarterback. So yeah, it’s a problem.”
Despite the issues, Meyer did sing Lawrence’s praises following Sunday’s 21-14 loss to the Falcons.
“I thought he competed his tail off,” Meyer said of the first overall pick.
Lawerence completed 23 out of 42 passes, for 228 yards and one touchdown. He also intercepted one pass. He and the Jaguars will face a desperate Rams team — 7-4 but losers of three straight — in Los Angeles on Sunday.
With the 2021 regular season winding down, it’s likely there will be some changes to the Jaguars this offseason. It remains to be determined if Meyer will still be available, but a league source said Meyer is likely to be. told ESPN On Tuesday, the coach stated that he has no plans to return to college following the opening of Notre Dame.