Doug Pederson explains why Trevor Lawrence reminds him of Brett Favre

Lawrence didn't impress in his rookie season but his coach believes he will be just fine.

by Dzevad Mesic
Doug Pederson explains why Trevor Lawrence reminds him of Brett Favre

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson is seeing some similarity between Trevor Lawrence and Brett Favre. Lawrence, the first overall pick of the 2021 NFL draft, didn't really impress in his rookie season. In his first year, Lawrence went 3-14 as he threw for 3,641 yards, had 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

But Lawrence faced lots of adversity during his rookie season, but he stayed calm. Pederson, who was once a backup to Favre in Green Bay, said he saw that characteristic in former three-time NFL MVP Favre. "He's such a mature young individual.

Nothing really fazes him. Honestly, Brett, he kinda reminds me of you that way," Pederson said on "The SiriusXM Blitz with Brett Favre and Bruce Murray,'' per CBS Sports. "Nothing really fazed you when things got a little sideways.

You were always the same yesterday and today and that's the way Trevor is. Trevor doesn't get too high, doesn't get too low and I think that's a great quality to have in a quarterback."

Pederson praises Lawrence's maturity

After drafting Lawrence and hiring Urban Meyer as their head coach, the Jaguars were hoping to build a team that would win multiple Super Bowls.

But Meyer's off-court incidents and him failing to get on the same page with the team heavily impacted the Jaguars' play last season. After just 13 games, Meyer was fired by the Jaguars. Lawrence maybe didn't impress statistically in his rookie year, but Pederson noted that the quarterback wasn't really in a healthy environment.

"I think what has impressed me the most is just the maturity level with him. How he's survived a year as a rookie with everything surrounding him that took place and how he was able to handle that," Pederson said. "I think now, stability around him with the team, with the coaching staff, but you see the maturity, you see the leadership in the locker room, you see what he's been able to do even with the new additions to the offense and even to the team.

That, to me, is kind of the one thing that stood out to me. You see the athleticism, you see the arm strength on tape, but when you get to know him and the kind of person he is. That part of it, his leadership, I think caught all our attention." The Jaguars open their season by playing the Washington Commanders on the road.