Jaguars’ clowning of Trevor Lawrence can’t continue

Some Jacksonville Jaguars fans say they will dress up as clowns to attend Sunday’s season finale against Indianapolis. Yes, clowns. Hats. Silly noses. Big shoes. Make-up. Who knows what?

The move is designed to embarrass owner Shad Khan and serve as a protest of sorts for the team’s anemic performances of late, including its current 2-14, controversy-filled season.

Trevor Lawrence, the team’s rookie quarterback, won’t be among them, of course. You couldn’t blame him, however, if he was. He’s the one who has been most adversely impacted by this circus.

“I wouldn’t do that, but you know, fans feel how they feel,” Lawrence said this week. “We wanted to win a lot more games; so I get the frustration. Obviously we haven’t had much success this season. That’s frustrating for us as well.”

From the outside this looks like a lost season for Lawrence, which is part of what the fans are concerned about. The 2021 No. 1 overall pick after a storied career at Clemson, he is the franchise’s most valuable asset. Losing is one thing. Watching a potential star struggle amidst a sea of incompetence is another.

While no one thought Lawrence would lead the team to the Super Bowl, or even a winning record, no one thought it would get this bad. Even in the long annals of the NFL, who else has been forced to waste time answering questions about fans dressing up as clowns?

Lawrence has thrown just 10 touchdowns against 17 interceptions. ProFootballFocus grades him out as the 37th-best quarterbackin the league. His 6.0 yards per attempt ranks 31stamong qualified starters. His 58.9 completion percentage is 29th. He’s taken 31 sacks and fumbled five times. He’s second in the league in turnover-worthy plays, per PFF.

It goes on and on.

Yet at the same time, there are plenty of signs of potential. He’s 6-6 with a big arm and a lot of athletic ability. He can make throws all over the field, complete passes while on the run and, of course, sometimes just tuck and run…


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