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After the Jacksonville Jaguars put an end to a volatile NFL coaching debut from Urban Meyer, reactions from within the team have thus far sounded relieved and trusting of a new direction under interim head coach Darrell Bevell.
One of the pillars of Meyer’s tumultuous stint in Jacksonville was the debut of Trevor Lawrence — whose bad start has frequently been chalked up to all the noise brought on by Meyer, or Meyer’s lack of compass with the rook.
Lawrence spoke with the media on Thursday and gave a firm vote of confidence for his new play-caller. Bevell became a name in the League as the offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks between 2011-17, then moving on to Detroit for two seasons as their OC and landing in Jacksonville this offseason.
“He’s very even keel,” Lawrence said in the interview. “Always the same person never gets too high or too low. That’s something that I respect and that I can level with.”
Without much subtlety directed at Meyer’s constant TMZ-worthy headlines, Lawrence was frank about how having a guy like Bevell grants players liberty from having to deal with separate storylines off the field.
Lawrence noted, “So I’d say that’s the biggest thing that we need right now. Someone that’s consistent and just to move forward and push past it.”
On the year, the Clemson product has tossed nine touchdowns, 14 interceptions and is completing 58 percent of his passes.
“I wouldn’t believe you if you told me this is how this year was going to go,” Lawrence admitted. ” … I think it [the coaching change] brings a little bit of clarity to the guys in the locker room. I wouldn’t say relief, but I would say just bring some clarity and some direction moving forward. …
“It’s hard to be focused and have all your attention and efforts going towards winning the game when there’s so many things going on.”
Jacksonville (2-11) has an easy remaining schedule to potentially escape as the third seed in the AFC South this year. They face the Texans, Jets, Patriots and Colts in their final four weeks.
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