Trevor Lawrence Blasts Urban Meyer and the Jaguars’ Mishandling of James Robinson: ‘He’s Got to Be In the Game’

The Jacksonville Jaguars have endured an embarrassing first season with Urban Meyer at the helm. From the controversy to the poor on-field product, the 2021 NFL season has been a failure. Jacksonville’s coaching staff has made some questionable decisions throughout, but its latest is head-scratching. Even Trevor Lawrence can’t stand by and watch the Jags waste James Robinson’s talent.

The Jaguars played James Robinson sparingly in Week 13

When Travis Etienne Jr. suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason, it became abundantly clear that the Jaguars’ backfield belonged to James Robinson.

The Illinois State product enjoyed a breakout 2020 season as an undrafted rookie. Robinson rushed for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns on 240 carries. He also recorded 49 receptions for 344 yards and three more scores.

Even with Robinson’s production in 2020, he entered the new season with an entirely different coaching staff. Urban Meyer and company don’t seem to be as high on the 23-year-old as others, even with rookie Trevor Lawrence under center.

Robinson’s usage has been sporadic in the first season under Meyer. His best game came in a Week 5 loss to the Tennessee Titans. He rushed for 149 yards and one touchdown.

Jacksonville hasn’t fully committed to the run, though. Robinson hasn’t carried the ball more than 18 times in a single game. The game script does play a part, as the Jaguars are often playing from behind.

The Jags appeared to bench Robinson in the latest game against the Los Angeles Rams. The second-year running back saw just 26 offensive snaps and eight carries in the loss.

Trevor Lawrence sent a message to Urban Meyer about the running back’s usage

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence talks to head coach Urban Meyer
Trevor Lawrence of the Jacksonville Jaguars speaks with Urban Meyer during game against the Los Angeles Rams | Harry How/Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars relegated James Robinson to garbage time against the Rams. The chances of this team winning games are usually already slim, but not putting your best players on the field makes them even smaller.

Many people took notice of Robinson’s bizarre usage, including starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Clemson product sent a message to Urban Meyer and the coaching staff in a recent press conference.

“I’m the one that’s out there,” said Lawrence. “I see all the pieces moving, see the whole picture. The bottom line is James is one of our best players, and he’s got to be on the field. We addressed it, and I feel like we’re in a good spot.”

The rookie signal-caller admits he’s doesn’t really know why his running back was on the sideline.

“I honestly don’t even know everything that went into it,” he added. “The coaching decisions, I don’t really get into that. But I voiced my opinion. James is one of our best players, and he’s got to be in the game. I think we’re all on the same page, so there’s no confusion there.”

Robinson has fumbled in back-to-back games, but the Jaguars simply don’t have a better backfield option. Lawrence knows that to be true.

The rookie quarterback calling out the head coach is not a good sign for Meyer’s future

It seems like Trevor Lawrence has more say in Jacksonville than Aaron Rodgers did in Green Bay before the 2021 season.

The No. 1 overall pick doesn’t like what he’s seeing right now. This is a 2-10 football team, but Lawrence still wants to win some games. Urban Meyer doesn’t seem to be on the same page.

Lawrence has experienced the typical rookie learning curve in his first season in Jacksonville. With a young quarterback under center, it’s the team’s job to make life easier by putting him in a position to succeed. Leaving your best running back on the sideline to watch idly is doing the exact opposite.

The 22-year-old quarterback challenging the coaching staff speaks volumes. You don’t see players questioning Bill Belichick or Mike Tomlin. Meyer never really seemed to have a good grasp on the locker room or coaching in the NFL.

In the NFL, the head coach must command respect with their leadership and coaching decisions. The former college coach has done little to inspire confidence at the next level.

The issue is bigger than just James Robinson. It’s more about Urban Meyer not knowing what he’s doing.

With Jacksonville already so bad, better days have to be ahead. However, you have to feel sorry for Trevor Lawrence if he has to run it back with the same coaches in 2022.

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