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Pederson: Jaguars motivated by late 2023 slump

By meerna Jul11,2024
Pederson: Jaguars motivated by late 2023 slump

Jaguars coach Doug Pederson is optimistic that Jacksonville will learn from its mistakes after a disappointing 2023 season.

“This is going to burn for a long time until we start playing meaningful games and start playing in September,” Pederson said Wednesday when asked about his team’s late-season slump, according to NFL.com’s Michael Baca.

“But I think that’s the same fuel and motivator for our players, that the way we finished is not who we are, and no matter what you go through as a football team, everybody goes through adversity. There’s always going to be injuries, but you can’t make excuses. You’ve got to play football. So we’ve got to learn from that, roll up our sleeves in training camp, work hard and just take it one game at a time.”

The Jaguars were seemingly playoff favorites after starting last season 8-3. But Jacksonville lost five of its last six games as injuries sidelined key players, including quarterback Trevor Lawrence in Week 17. Lawrence returned for a pivotal game in Week 18, but the Jaguars ultimately lost to the Tennessee Titans and finished the season in ninth place in the AFC.

Pederson’s team lost its starting quarterback, Calvin Ridley, this offseason but added starters on both sides of the ball. Jacksonville used a first-round pick on wideout Brian Thomas Jr. and signed wideout Gabe Davis, center Mitch Morse and defensive end Arik Armstead, among others.

Pederson likes the supporting cast his team has assembled around Lawrence this season after signing the 2021 No. 1 pick to a five-year, $275 million contract.

“We have to integrate all of that,” Pederson said of the Jaguars’ 2024 acquisitions. “We have to be on the same page as we go into training camp, but I’m excited about those guys and how they’re going to fit in.”

“The most important thing is to work, cooperate and build camaraderie and team around our quarterback, which can help us all be successful,” he added.

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