Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after his first game as the Jaguars' interim head coach, Darrell Bevell met with the local media. Here are my top takeaways from his presser.
Schotternheimer Takes Over
Last week, Darrell Bevell alluded to the possibility of passing game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer taking over as the team's play-caller, but with Bevell installing the game plan prior to Meyer's mid-week firing, the staff decided Bevell would continue to call the plays in week 15. Moving forward, however, Bevell has turned over the playcalling duties to Schottenheimer, who will assume that role for the final three games of the season.
"It's his deal," said Bevell of Schottenheimer. "I'm turning it all over to him, so he'll put his own personality on it. It's not going to be drastic changes, but it will be his personality, and it will look different."
Schottenheimer called plays for the Seattle Seahawks from 2018-2020. Seattle ranked 12th in passing DVOA and 15th in rushing DVOA in 2020. Of course, that Seahawks team was stocked with talent at receiver. He's now tasked with getting Trevor Lawrence and this not-so-talented group of pass-catchers (droppers) back on track.
Darrell Bevell discussed the Jaguars' latest injury report as well. Starting strong safety Rayshawn Jenkins broke his ankle during the Week 15 loss to the Texans and is headed to the reserve/injured list. The 2021 free agent signing will be out for the remainder of the season.
In his place, rookie third-round pick Andre Cisco and second-year safety Daniel Thomas will rotate in and out for the time being.
"We basically did it by series," said Bevell. "Obviously, there's times when both of them are on the field when we go dime. But we'll continue to work in that fashion."
Starting left tackle Cam Robinson exited the game on Sunday and is day-to-day with a neck strain.
Carlos Hyde suffered a concussion in Week 14 against the Titans and remains in the concussion protocol.
Backup offensive lineman Will Richardson suffered a back strain late in the week and was not able to play against the Texans.
Darrell Bevell was asked about how rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence has handled everything that's taken place in 2021.
"The NFL season is hard enough," Bevell shared. "Being a rookie and playing the position he gets to play, there's a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. And anytime there's any distractions or any outside interference into that, it adds to that. I like the way he's handled it. He's been a true professional about it. He's continued to work and has been about his business every day, and I'm really proud of him; what he's done over this time that he's been here."
Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars travel north to take on the Jets in week 16.
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