Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence praises Doug Pederson’s new leadership: He ‘boosts confidence in the team’
Trevor Lawrence made an unforgettable debut for the Jaguars, leading the NFL in interceptions as Jacksonville finished with the league’s worst record. The former No. 1 overall draft pick has much higher hopes for 2022, however, largely due to the changes he’s seen in both himself and the team’s leadership this offseason. . On Tuesday, Lawrence praised new coach Doug Pederson for fostering confidence in the locker room and said he’s grown in his own approach to the game.
“We’re headed for something special,” Lawrence said. “It was great, just the way (Doug) interacts with the team, the way he leads. I think personality-wise we’re similar. We get along well. Our behaviors are very similar. … Obviously he’s played quarterback, he’s won a Super Bowl as a player and as a coach, so he knows how to do it. He knows how to do it. I think that’s really important to have a leader like that. And just the energy he brought to building it was awesome, and really building that confidence of the team, he did a great job.”
Pederson is entering his first season as Jaguars head coach after being out of the 2021 campaign, while Urban Meyer lasted just 13 games in the role amid controversy on and off the pitch. Lawrence has never explicitly spoken about Meyer’s conduct during his rookie season, simply referring to the “drama” around his team, but the quarterback added on Tuesday that he personally seeks to be a better voice for the organization from this year.
“I think (last year) really taught me to stay the same every day, to be consistent,” Lawrence said. “Just my attitude, my work ethic, no matter how things go. I know what it’s like to struggle as a rookie. … Now in my sophomore year, I have a good feel for the schedule (and) I can really feel like I’m ready.”