Doug Pederson has high hopes for the Jacksonville Jaguars after just one year as head coach.
After leading the Jags to an AFC South title with a 9-8 record, Pederson led Jacksonville to a wild card victory, overcoming a 27-point deficit to the Jags. Los Angeles Chargers before finally ending their season with a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round.
Jacksonville is trending up, and Pederson believes: «We’re close.»
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«I think the leadership is right. I think the main guys we have are right,» he told reporters during a news conference on Monday. «Look, it all comes down to continuing to work hard, just trusting each other. There’s consistency with the personnel. There’s consistency with the players. You look at some of these teams that are still playing and that’s what they’ve had.»
He continued: «That’s what it takes, that continuity and consistency. We’re more or less at the beginning of that.»
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The Jaguars will have a busy offseason with several players entering free agency, but Pederson said he hopes to retain as much of the team as possible to give him the quarterback. trevor lawrence the «continuity» you need.
«We look forward to trying to get as many guys back as we can. That was my message to those guys this morning when we got together as a team, that we’re trying to re-sign all of them. They were a big part of our success this season. It’s a credit to them those guys,» he said.
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«Those are conversations we have to have, and they’re going to be tough decisions and tough conversations. It’s hard to put a time frame on it. We’re going to do what’s best for the Jags and make sure we have the right people here. They’re the right kind of guys that we want, and we hope to try to at least have an impact by trying to re-sign ours.»