Just like I wrote a couple of weeks ago, when I said fans and the national media should let Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew play quarterback and wait to decide if he is or is not the future of this franchise, maybe the national media should let this team play a few games before it determines that Trevor Lawrence or any other college quarterback is the answer to the success of this team.
After reading a story on ESPN.com by Seth Walder, I’m convinced that this is a football team isn’t going to get any kind of respect until it starts winning games.
Walder wrote a story based on analytics and predictions for the upcoming 2020 NFL season where he begged the question whether or not Laurence, who is still playing football at Clemson the last time I checked, is the answer to the Jaguars’ prayers following what is expected to be a dismal season.
There has been plenty of attention given to the Jaguars this off-season based on the moves the front office has made in releasing popular veterans and restructuring its roster to find a winning culture that has been suspect at best.
For the most part, the support for Minshew, who is entering his second season in the NFL, has been mixed. While you will see plenty of support for the former sixth-round Draft pick locally, the same cannot be said on a national level where many pundits believe he and the team will prove to be one of the worst in the NFL in 2020.
It’s a narrative Jaguars fans have come to know all too well. Different year, same situation. The thought of the team reaching the standards of 2017 has become an aberration. The over-the-top performance by the defense and Blake Bortles and the running game on offense was nothing more than a mirage.