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Why Doug Pederson is the perfect coach for Jaguars

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Doug Pederson sent a postgame message to his players after the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 31-30 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, which affected the game slightly but was more focused on something he believed to be more important.

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Faith and dogma.

These are the main reasons the Jaguars coach said the team came back from a 27-0 deficit to win the wild card contest and advance to Saturday’s tag team game at the Kansas City Chiefs (4:30 p.m. EST, NBC).

“I’m proud of you for that,” Pederson told the players in the locker room, which was posted via video via the Jaguars’ official Twitter account. “You have faith in yourselves. You have faith in each other. … Faith is about understanding that you can get it done, and then, it’s done. It can’t happen, and then you have faith. That’s what faith is about, and you have it.” “.

The Jaguars have had to come from behind in five of their eight wins since November – including two 17-point deficits and a nearly four-time deficit they faced on Saturday. They have done it often and have not flinched and have a firm belief that they can do it again.

This is mainly due to the culture that Pederson has established – which has translated into victories. He was the perfect employee at the perfect time to save a franchise that has been one of the worst in the league for the past two decades. The last coach, Urban Meyer, left the team in shambles, but Pedersen pulled them together.

“We’re in this position right now because of him,” the linebacker said Josh Allen He said. “Because of the guys we brought in in free agency, but also because of the kind of feeling he brings us.”


Rent a Jaguar Pederson on February 3, 2022, 49 days after owner Shad Khan fired Meyer. The damage caused by Meyer exceeded the 2-11 record.

He also lost the locker room’s respect and confidence.

The players did not like Meyer’s treatment of them the way he treated his college players, using motivational tactics such as bringing in guest speakers, announcing the winners and losers of practice workouts, and holding multiple long meetings on the same day. Nor did the players appreciate the inconsistency in Meyer’s behavior or the fact that he publicly criticized players and assistant coaches in front of the team.

The players never knew what they were going to get each day, were unsure of the game plans and resented the fact that they weren’t treated like adults.

That’s why Pederson’s top priority after assembling the staff was building trust with the players and helping them recover from a dysfunctional 2021 season.

He didn’t do anything unusual. He treated the players the same way he had during his five-year stint as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles: with respect and like adults. He also made sure that it was consistent with his message, behavior and the way he treated them.

“I just wanted them,” Pederson said, “the most important thing was getting to know me.” “Really, not as a head coach but as a man, obviously in a head coaching role, but just to see how they can earn my trust is to be open and honest and transparent with them.

“I slowly started to gain their trust. As we got into it, I think that’s when maybe their tension eased off a little bit, they became more comfortable with who I was and who I was at the time, and it just starts to build. It just builds from there.”

Offensive coordinator Press Taylor said Pederson and the staff don’t know the full extent of the dysfunction within the organization, but it’s easy to see the way players were treated in the previous system had an impact because of the way they responded to Pederson. .

“You kind of see it still all year long they just appreciate things that we would say are just kind of the normal offense in the NFL, the locker room, whatever “. Coach and pass game coordinator.

“…we will treat you with respect, we will value your opinion, and we will make you a part of this thing… [Pederson] Creating that kind of two-way street is how we do things, and you can obviously appreciate being treated like that.”


There is a word The one that comes up a lot when players talk about Pedersen: consistency.

Pedersen is the same person every day. No matter what happens in practice or meetings and especially in games, Pederson’s behavior does not change. There is no better evidence than what happened in October then against the Chargers.

The Jaguars got off to a 2-1 start in September but went 0 for the month of October. All five losses were by one point, and when the month ended with a 21-17 loss to the Denver Broncos at London’s Wembley Stadium, the Jaguars were 2-6 and headed into another disappointing season.

Pederson’s behavior hasn’t changed during any of the ups and downs this season.

Recipient/Returner said: “Wonderful, calm and collected.” Jamal Agnew. We started hot. [he was the] Same person: cool, collected. We’ve lost five in a row: Awesome, Combined. He would say, “We have to pick up the urgency, but it hasn’t changed who he is.”

After turning the season around by going 7-2 and winning the South Asian Cup, the Jaguars’ first playoff game since 2017 got off to a terrible start. quarterback Trevor Lawrence He threw four interceptions and a punt rebound Chris ClaybrooksHelmet for another turnover – all in the first half – and the Jaguars trailed 27-0.

But Lawrence completed 18 of 25 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns in the second half (he had another TD pass just before halftime) and the Jaguars won in the second half. Riley Patterson36-yard field goal as time expired.

The cliché is that teams adopt the persona of their head coach, and that seems to be the case with the Jaguars, because Lawrence said they wouldn’t have made that five comeback if they didn’t stay as level-headed as their coach was.

Consistency, Lawrence said. “It’s the same person every day, whether we win or lose. We’ve lost five in a row, we’ve won however many of them back-to-back, it’s the same way every day, and I think that’s something we all have stood behind and we’ve kind of adopted that as players.”

Pederson said he always tried to be consistent in his way of dealing with players, the day-to-day duties of being a head coach and the way he behaved on the sidelines during the frenzy of the game. He was influenced by the coaches he played with during his 10-year career as a quarterback.

One of them was Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who also hired Pederson to be offensive coordinator in 2013 and will be on the sidelines on Saturday.

“Obviously he played, knowing what kind of training he liked and didn’t like,” Reed said.

“And so within his own personality, he brings it up in a friendly but demanding way about the players. I think that’s a positive thing. I was with him when he was a player and I was with him as a coach. It’s a good way about him.”

The Jaguars lost a Week 10 game against the Reeds in Kansas City, and they’re looking forward to Game 2.

The Jaguars’ biggest problem is finding a way to stop the Chiefs quarterback Patrick MahomesHe is a major candidate for the NFL MVP Award and led the league in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total QBRs.

The team will need that faith and belief in themselves to stop Mahomes, who has thrown for 1,022 yards, seven touchdown passes and three interceptions and rushed for another touchdown in three career games against the Jaguars.

Nothing seems out of the way for the Jaguars, though, as they have trailed in nine of their past 10 games – including by double figures in six – but have won seven of those nine games.

“All of those things that we’ve been through, and what they’ve been through, prepared us for moments like this,” Pederson said.

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