The second City Meyer was employed to take over the Jacksonville Jaguars, sweeping modifications started. Whether or not with the teaching employees, group construction, observe operations or scheme, Meyer has been given the directive to revamp, revitalize and renew the Jaguars.
As Meyer places his fingerprints all around the membership, these are the gamers almost certainly to profit probably the most from the modifications that might be wrought by City Meyer as the brand new head coach of the Jaguars.
Ok’Lavon Chaisson and Josh Allen
There isn’t a lot immediately that City Meyer’s hiring will do for Ok’Lavon Chaisson and Josh Allen. Meyer primarily dictates minute teaching particulars and when he’s concerned immediately in scheme, it’s on the offensive facet of the ball. However the place Chaisson and Allen will profit is Meyer’s hiring of a brand new defensive coordinator (reportedly Joe Cullen).
Chaisson and Allen are defensive ends of a brand new trendy defensive fashion who’ve been shoehorned right into a throwback scheme for the previous two seasons (one for Chaisson). A brand new defensive coordinator will ideally play them in additional of a stand-up hybrid function, during which their ability units are finest used. Merely a brand new man in cost provides Chaisson and Allen a change; a change that may shortly change into for the higher.
The Jaguars and City Meyer have all however known as Lawrence by title when discussing their future at quarterback. Whereas Meyer might be studying the ropes of the NFL together with the Heisman finalist Clemson quarterback, there’s a litany of examples of what Meyer can do to assist a participant like Lawrence.
The coach is a confirmed quarterback developer. And whereas he instructed reporters he received’t be operating across the observe area “like a nut” any longer, it’s possible quarterback would be the place with which he spends probably the most time. The place is developed and crafted simply as a lot within the assembly room because the observe area and that’s the place Meyer shines. He understands the sport arguably higher than simply about some other coach in soccer. The breadth of data he can impart to Lawrence will vastly assist the rookie quarterback develop into his recreation.
Even when (when) the Jaguars draft Trevor Lawrence in April, it could behoove the membership to carry on to Gardner Minshew II. Having an skilled starter because the backup—and one which’s nonetheless younger at that—is a luxurious few groups are afforded. Having Minshew whereas Lawrence adapts is the very best form of insurance coverage. But when Lawrence is to be the long run and franchise quarterback that Jaguars proprietor Shad Khan hopes he may be, then Minshew will understandably need to transfer on and, possible, try and be a starter himself once more with one other group. Coaching and studying from City Meyer within the interim—in a lot the identical manner Lawrence will profit—might be the very best factor for Minshew’s future prospects.
The now third-year security has developed a persona as a tough hitter. He completed the 2020 season with 41 total tackles and none of them had been utilized with finesse. Wingard is even a little bit of an enforcer, keen to fly in scorching and make successful that may be heard within the stands.
Whereas Meyer is probably not instructing particular defensive approach, his previous defenses have all the time tailored this angle of being harder, stronger, nay meaner, than the person throughout from them. They’re by no means soiled (save one Brandon Spikes play that also defines a rivalry) however there’s a way of no concern regardless of the state of affairs. It’s a side of the group’s persona Meyer nourishes and encourages. And it’s one that can match Andrew Wingard’s fashion of play to a tee.
Whether or not it’s Percy Harvin or Curtis Samuel, an City Meyer offense has all the time been at its finest with a gadget participant. The offensive-minded coach by no means appears to be befuddled by these sort of abilities, as some coaches may be. As a substitute, he is aware of precisely when, the place and easy methods to use them.
With that in thoughts, if any participant ought to be probably the most enthusiastic about City Meyer’s hiring, it’s Laviska Shenault. The receiver/operating again/wildcat quarterback was utilized in a wide range of methods throughout his rookie 2020 season, to the tune of 619 all-purpose yards and 5 touchdowns with 58 receptions and 18 rushes. A hamstring damage stored him out of two and a half video games. He wasn’t wasted and Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden spoke week in and week out in regards to the effort to get Shenault the ball extra. However Shenault solely scratched the floor of what he can do with the Jaguars. If anybody could make the multi-tool offensive weapon a serious participant within the offense, it’s City Meyer.
Honorable Point out: DJ Chark
Competent and constant quarterback play main a reliable and constant offense is all DJ Chark wants…all of which Meyer is anticipated to convey.