JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson left no doubt Wednesday:
The 2022 season isn’t over yet. Far from it.
“I still believe everything is right in front of us; we still have goals,” Pederson said Wednesday morning as the Jaguars (3-7) prepared to play in the AFC North. -leading Baltimore Ravens (7-3) at TIAA Bank Field Sunday. at 1 p.m.
The Jaguars, after losing 27-17 to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11, had a bye last week. They are currently in third place in the AFC South behind Tennessee (7-3) and Indianapolis (4-6-1) – and this week’s players are back hearing Pederson’s opinion that winning the AFC South and advancing to the postseason is permanent.
“We treat this like a new season,” Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence said. “This group has been very good, very focused, we have never lost sight of what we are trying to do, there have been bumps in the road. along the way, it’s a tough game, but it never loses sight of what’s inside. before us and what we can achieve this year.
“That’s one of the things that this team has done really well, is to keep that thing and keep it in the front of our minds, for sure for seven games. -a date.
“Do your best every day, put us in the best position to win and see where we are.”
“We have a seven-game streak,” Pederson said. “Yes, we’ve put ourselves in a little bit of a hole and we’re climbing out of that hole, but seven games … it’s a new season for us. It’s a special year.”
Pederson on Wednesday spoke broadly about what the Jaguars need to do to improve over the final seven games. He said the Jaguars will likely facilitate a defense that has struggled at times in coverage and forcing the quarterback. He also said the Jaguars need to improve in the red zone and eliminate turnovers that have hurt them there this season.
“We have to clean up some of the things that hindered us in the first half of the year, but just focus on us,” he said. “Those are the areas we have to improve and maintain.”
The Jaguars currently rank ninth in the NFL in total yards and 19th in points.
“You see the red zone is bright — the turnovers in the red zone,” Pederson said. “That takes points off the board, despite the number of fouls we’re in a good position and we played well off the tee, those things really hurt you. Losing at soccer games.”