Trevor Lawrence was part of an ignominious failure for the Jaguars in his debut, but he wasn’t the only rookie passer who suffered heavily in Week 1
HOUSTON – Make the debut in the NFL as a head coach is not always the best experience, and that’s what happened to Urban meyer and Arthur Smith, in their journey leading their respective teams of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Atlanta Falcons.
Neither team gave their best image in the first week of the 2021 season with losses to rivals such as the Houston Texans and the Philadelphia Eagles, called to be one of the worst in the season, and few things to rescue in his game.
Hence, Smith himself admitted that he had done a “very poor” job in preparing the equipment, after the Falcons they lost in their field by beating of 6-32 before the Eagles.
“It is true that there is a long season left, but I did not do a good job preparing them for the match in the first game,” he said. Smith.
The first time he was kinder to the debutants David culley in front of the Texans, Nick sirianni of the Eagles, and Brandon staley from Los Angeles Chargersas well as some newcomers to the league, but now in different settings.
It was the case for quarterbacks in their first starts with their new teams like Jameis winston of the New Orleans Saints, Tyrod Taylor from Houston, Teddy bridgewater from Denver Broncos, and Sam darnold from Carolina panthers.
As for the younger quarterbacks, it was a bad day after seeing how Trevor lawrence and Zach Wilson, the two highest overall selections of the university draw, plus the first round, Mac Jones, they all lost.
Jones of the New England Patriots had the best performance in the 16-17 loss to Miami dolphins. He was also much more helpful than Wilson of the New York Jets, who suffered greatly in the first half before falling in a 14-19 defeat in Carolina.
Lawrence, whose evaluation of his performance made him sound like an actor in a Broadway play about to close after one night, was part of that ignominious failure of 21-37 of the Jaguars on Houston.
“Losing is always hard, especially when you feel like you’re ready and have had a great week,” he admitted. Lawrence. “I really think we were ready and obviously we didn’t play well. It starts with me. I didn’t play well, sure, I did really bad.”
The other two first round passers, Trey lance from San Francisco 49ers, and Justin fields from Chicago Bears, each contributed touchdowns for their clubs.
The seven new head coaches this season combined to go 3-4 in the first week. Robert Saleh of the Jets saw his club run over by his former quarterback, Darnold, and by Christian mccaffrey, who was brilliant after a 2020 basically lost through injury.
Dan campbell, from Detroit Lions, saw his team fall into a deep hole before a surprising comeback, but an unsuccessful result, as they lost 41-33 to the 49ers.
The Chargers from Staley they won in Washington 16-20, in another surprise result.
The opening weekend of the season of the NFL it is always a challenge for the favorites.
That seemed extrapolated this year from the lack of preseason game appearances for so many regulars. Favorites or contenders screened as Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts and Green bay packers they were mediocre or worse.
However, contrary to that, it was the presentations of Winston, Taylor, Bridgewater and Darnold those that generated positive surprises.
Winston he was a magician to replace the legendary Drew brees, throwing for five touchdowns, the most of his career. Taylor did maybe as much as the man he’s replacing, Deshaun watson, could have done with his 291 yards and two touchdowns with the Texans.
Darnold threw to score and ran for one to beat the Jets. Bridgewater completed 28 of 36 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns, sharing the ball with nine receivers, in a win over the New York Giants.
Whereas, if there was a big loser in the debut of the first week of the NFL, this was none other than Meyer with the Jaguars, given the credentials with which he came to the league.
He lost the first season start of his head coaching career after entering the game after winning 17 consecutive starts as a college coach.
Meyer He admitted that the beauty of football is that you can’t fool anyone on the field and only with hard work can you change things and that would be what the team would do.