Trevor Lawrence bounded into the media room for his post-match information convention, a smile beaming from his face.
“Whoa,” he mentioned, in a mix of enjoyment and aid. An exhilarating end in London had simply seen the Jacksonville Jaguars finish their 20-game dropping streak.
It additionally handed the rookie quarterback and coach City Meyer their first NFL win, in a recreation each say they’ll always remember.
When Meyer took cost of the Jaguars he promised his crew can be “quick and fearless”. After an 0-5 begin to the NFL season, they lastly delivered towards the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Greater than three hours of motion got here down to 5 seconds, a passage of play which might change the course of the franchise which has made London their second residence.
What occurred throughout frantic finale?
With the rating tied at 20-20 with 20 seconds left and Jacksonville on third and 20 close to midway, extra time appeared probably.
However two fast, quick passes from Lawrence to Laviska Shenault abruptly gave the Jaguars a chance to finish the second-longest dropping streak within the Tremendous Bowl period.
After the primary go, Jacksonville referred to as a timeout instantly to cease the clock with 5 seconds left. In the course of the stoppage, Lawrence and Meyer confirmed they noticed Miami making ready to defend a Hail Mary try into the top zone so modified their subsequent play.
They received sufficient yards for a primary down and referred to as one other timeout with one second on the clock, permitting Matthew Wright to kick a game-winning discipline objective.
“We practise it each week, it is referred to as slider,” mentioned Meyer. “I had the official proper there and mentioned, ‘as quickly as he (Shenault) catches and goes down, timeout’.”
It was outstanding recreation administration from a brand new coach-quarterback partnership and a crew used to dropping. Not solely did they name the timeouts proper on cue however they executed the performs too.
“That took guts,” mentioned BBC pundit Osi Umenyiora. “No one anticipated this, no one thought the Jags would make calls like that.”
Lawrence defined: “It is a state of affairs that is onerous to arrange for, however all these reps in follow actually paid off. We mentioned we needed to win and we made the performs once we wanted.”
Meyer practising what he is preached
It is the second time in latest weeks that Meyer has practised what he is preached after introducing the “personal it” motto at Jacksonville.
After movies of him partying with a younger girl went viral, the legendary school coach apologised each publicly and privately.
The irony was that earlier this 12 months Meyer warned Lawrence to watch out earlier than his bachelor social gathering. Now Lawrence, who’s simply turned 22, was being requested to reply for the actions of a 57-year-old grandfather who has been married for 35 years.
The teenager took all of it in his stride, insisting he nonetheless respects Meyer, and the best way they secured this much-needed win exhibits belief and perception too. Lawrence even had his arm spherical Meyer’s shoulders as they watched Wright make the decisive kick.
Meyer added: “I mentioned ‘come right here, quarterback. Let’s watch this younger kicker attempt to drill a 53-yarder’. And he mentioned, ‘coach, we will win this regardless (in extra time)’. I get to educate a man like that, that is form of cool.”
Having the possibility to pick out a generational expertise equivalent to Lawrence with the primary choose of this 12 months’s draft was the principle purpose Meyer accepted the Jacksonville job. May they now rework the mindset of a crew that has a 13-41 file since dropping the AFC Championship recreation within the 2017 season?
“It has been powerful, we hate dropping,” mentioned Lawrence. “So to get a win, particularly in that trend, it feels good.
“We’re getting higher each week and I like the momentum we have now proper now. It is thrilling for positive.”
BBC pundit Jason Bell added: “Profitable is contagious. Now the Jags will play their subsequent video games figuring out they’re at all times in it, ‘we imagine in our quarterback and now we imagine in our coach’.”
Lawrence would relish London return
There’s rather more to being a franchise quarterback than excessive expertise, and Lawrence appears to have all of it.
He is persistently level-headed, humble and well mannered. From coping with questions on Meyer to chatting with Jason Bell for The NFL Present and charming the British media, he is a pure in entrance of a digital camera or a microphone.
With Jacksonville remaining dedicated to taking part in in London annually, they’ve a star with which to rebuild their model, who can develop into the brand new face of the franchise and the NFL within the UK. And it is a function he’d relish.
“To get my first win out right here in London, it is particular,” he mentioned. “It is unbelievable. The followers have been superior.
“I like that the Jags play this recreation, not less than one yearly, so I am excited to return again.”
The 60,784 that witnessed the compelling conclusion to Sunday’s recreation will probably be delighted to have him.