The Jacksonville Jaguars dropped to 0-4 on Thursday evening, falling to the Cincinnati Bengals 24-21. “Heartbreaking” was the phrase utilized by each rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence and first-year head coach City Meyer to explain the evening, and it is an correct descriptor. The Jaguars misplaced two starters to damage, blew a 14-0 lead within the second half and the loss tied for the second-longest NFL shedding streak within the Tremendous Bowl period.
A silver lining from Thursday evening was that the No. 1 general choose within the 2021 NFL Draft put collectively a formidable efficiency. Lawrence threw for 204 yards, and likewise rushed for 36 yards and a landing. He confirmed command of the huddle and made some spectacular throws downfield. He was a lot sharper than Joe Burrow within the first half.
In his postgame press convention, Lawrence admitted that this loss stings, however on the identical time the previous Clemson star identified that this Jags crew is getting higher.
“We’ll should regroup just a little bit, this one hurts,” Lawrence stated. “14-0 at halftime, come again out and simply by some means come out on the fallacious aspect of it, that is powerful. However we’ll bounce again, I’ve little doubt. I do know what we’re manufactured from, simply seeing how we have dealt with the primary three weeks.
“However rattling. I actually need to get a win with these guys as a result of we have been working so laborious and put ourself within the place the final two weeks actually even in opposition to the Broncos, had an opportunity too. Simply gotta end. It is collectively, it is everyone. It isn’t one aspect of the ball or something like that. It is simply all of us ending. We’re getting there. I am not even going to say, ‘It’ll take time’ or no matter. We’re proper there, and also you guys have seen it the previous few weeks.”
Coach Meyer took this loss extraordinarily laborious, and it was evident in his postgame press convention. He was requested about shedding D.J. Chark and A.J. Cann to damage throughout the course of the sport, however nonetheless being in place to come back out on high by means of the primary two quarters. Meyer’s response became how irritating the evening was for his crew — how irritating the whole season had been up up to now.
“It is devastating — heartbreaking,” stated Meyer. “Often I am not fallacious about stuff like that, that I simply see a superb crew in there. I see good guys, I see good hearts, I see guys that work. And I advised them I am not fallacious. I am not fallacious about that stuff. This crew goes to win some video games.”
Meyer did not attempt to make any excuses for what occurred on Thursday evening. He was requested once more if this loss was extra irritating due to how shut his crew was to its first win.
“That is a heartbroken locker room,” stated Meyer. “So we gotta get them again, they get just a few days off after which clearly prepare for the Titans … there are good folks in that locker room although.
“You create your individual breaks and you realize, I’ve stated this from Day 1 is that the core of this crew is sweet gamers and I believed we introduced in some good gamers and we’re getting higher every week — we’re getting higher every week. Simply sickening that you simply did not win that factor. However like I advised you, I am not fallacious about that, I am not fallacious about these guys in that room. They’re gonna hold swinging as laborious as they presumably can.”
The NFL has confirmed to be a unique world for the school soccer legend. Meyer went an astounding 187-32 throughout his profession as a school head coach, however is now 0-4 as an NFL head coach. His physique language and his phrases on Thursday evening confirmed he was devastated by the loss. He even blanked on a reporter’s query and apologized as a result of he stated his head was “spinning.” Some will take that stereotypical coach-speak phrase as one thing extra, as Meyer’s teaching profession has been marred by well being points. He left each the College of Florida and Ohio State citing stated well being points. The opening of the USC job hasn’t performed the surface noise any favors both, and Meyer even tried to place rumors to mattress a few weeks in the past, saying he is dedicated to the Jaguars.
Some will take Thursday evening’s loss and the next press convention as one more reason why Meyer is not lower out for the NFL. However then there are others who noticed that postgame press convention and walked away considering Meyer really cares about this crew and this job. It looks like his easy presence will proceed to be the headline with regards to this Jaguars group, and that will not change till they’re successful. Regardless of the loss, the Jaguars had been near clinching that first “W.” And that deserves to be a takeaway from Thursday evening as nicely.