Jaguars' Approach with Urban Meyer, Trevor Lawrence 'Very Dangerous,' Says NFL Exec

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 27, 2021

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

Trevor Lawrence entered the NFL with enormous expectations, but he has struggled through his first three games with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and his situation could be difficult to escape.

"You've gotta overcome Jacksonville," one NFL executive told Mike Sando of The Athletic. "There are a lot of things wrong down there. When you give the keys to a coach who has never coached at the pro level and he is also dictating personnel with a rookie quarterback, that is very dangerous."

Urban Meyer is in his first year as head coach after a successful NCAA career, winning championships with Florida and Ohio State. This hasn't translated to the NFL level just yet with an 0-3 start to the 2021 season.

Lawrence, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft, has thrown seven interceptions in his first three games. His 60.3 quarterback rating is second-worst in the NFL among players with at least 10 pass attempts, only ahead of No. 2 pick Zach Wilson.

Even with the quarterback's struggles, succeeding this season in Jacksonville was always going to be an uphill battle.

The squad went 1-15 last season with a defense that ranked 31st in both points and yards allowed. Without many changes on that side of the ball, the unit continues to struggle and currently ranks 28th in points allowed.

The offense does have some exciting weapons, including James Robinson, D.J. Chark, Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault, but the offensive line remains a concern. Lawrence was sacked three times in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals and suffered six quarterback hits.

Meyer still remains the franchise's biggest question mark as he continues his transition to this level.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported after Week 1 that Meyer has been "rubbing the Jacksonville Jaguars staff and players the wrong way." The coach reportedly lost his temper during even preseason losses.

There is plenty of time for the Jaguars to turn things around, but there are a lot of unknowns surrounding a rookie quarterback early in his career.