Trevor Lawrence and Urban Meyer Can Happily Say ‘Cheerio’ to Frustrating Records Their London Victory Erased

Regular season:

  • Trevor Lawrence, Urban Meyer, and the Jacksonville Jaguars finally ended a 20-game losing streak
  • The rookie quarterback and first-year head coach each made personal history in London
  • The Jaguars can finally start moving on all of Meyer’s off-field issues

No matter how the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2021 season ends, Trevor Lawrence and Urban Meyer can at least sleep soundly knowing they won’t become the first 0-17 team in NFL history. 

It took late heroics from practice squad kicker Matthew Wright and the Miami Dolphins’ overall ineptness for the Jaguars to snap a 20-game losing streak. A victory is a victory, however, and it’s the first for Lawrence and Meyer in the NFL.

Not only did the struggling duo ensure they won’t retire winless, but they broke two interesting NFL streaks at the same time. 

Lawrence became the first rookie quarterback to win in London

It took longer than Lawrence likely would have hoped, but he is an NFL winner. He joined New England’s Mac Jones, the Jets’ Zach Wilson, and Chicago’s Justin Fields as rookie quarterbacks to win a game this season. 

However, Lawrence did want no rookie quarterback had ever accomplished before Sunday: win in London. According to ESPN, rookie quarterbacks — including Wilson, who lost at Wembley Stadium in Week 5 — had lost five such games before the Clemson product invaded England. 

For his sake, Lawrence should hope he follows Derek Carr’s career path more than he does Blake Bortles or Gardner Minshew, all of whom lost in England as rookies. His solid performance against a 1-5 Dolphins team should raise some optimism in that regard.

The first overall pick completed 25 of his 41 passes on Sunday for 319 yards, one touchdown, and, most importantly, no interceptions in the 23-20 victory. After throwing seven interceptions in his first four games, Lawrence has avoided having any passes picked in two of his last three outings. Whether that’ll be enough to bring back those who wrote him off after all those turnovers is yet to be determined.

Meyer also became the first NFL head coach to win his first career game in London

Considering how tumultuous Meyer’s tenure with the Jaguars has been, it almost seems miraculous that he’ll manage to eventually leave Jacksonville with at least one win to his name.

At least for a few days, we can put the Tim Tebow experiment and the incident involving a woman in Ohio and poor strategic planning behind us. Let’s let the three-time national champion bask in victory and celebrate setting an interesting NFL record.

Through Sunday, the NFL has played 30 games in London, a fair amount of which involved first-year head coaches. None of those games ever featured a coach winning his first career game in London … that is, until Meyer watched Wright drill a game-winning 53-yard field goal.

If Meyer believed Sunday’s game felt like a “three-hour root canal,” we can only imagine that beating the Seattle Seahawks on Halloween would resemble emergency surgery.

Lawrence and Meyer can only hope the first win is one of many to come

In the era of the hot take, let’s bring some sensibility to the table. Meyer still has a long way to go before he can prove that he’s ready for life in the NFL. In our eyes, there’s no guarantee he’ll return in 2022 until he confirms it at some point in the coming months.

With that said, all it takes is one win to set a tone. Those same Dolphins started 0-7 in 2019 and wound up winning five of their final nine games. Jacksonville has looked more competitive at times in recent weeks, perhaps in large part because Lawrence has cut down on his turnovers.

Even in a weak AFC South division, the Jaguars almost certainly aren’t making the postseason this year. It’s too early to have any realistic expectations for next year, especially given the questions regarding Meyer’s future.

But for now, the Jaguars are 1-5, and their highly-anticipated quarterback/head coach duo finally lived up to some of the hype. Let’s see what they can do upon returning to America.

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