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Coach speak: Jaguars 24, Colts 0


JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser examines Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson's postgame press conference following a 24-0 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in a 2022 Week 2 game at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville Sunday

  1. Whatever it takes. This was a weird one to analyze statistically. But Pederson following his first victory as the Jaguars' head coach didn't care about analyzing the statistics – nor did he care much about the offense's run-pass mix. "You do what it takes to win," Pederson said. The Jaguars, a week after running 18 times for a 6.8-yards-per-carry average while throwing 42 in a Week 1 loss at Washington, ran 37 times for just 2.6 yards per carry against the Colts Sunday. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence, meanwhile, had perhaps his most efficient passing performance in 19 NFL starts by completing 25 of 30 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. "Bottom line: You do what it takes to win," Pederson said. "If that means running it 37 times, or 47 times, 50 times or 10 times … you do what it takes to win the football game, right? It was good balance. Overall, it was great balance for us."
  2. Dominance in Duval. The Jaguars' victory Sunday not only marked Pederson's first victory as the Jaguars' head coach, but it also came in dominant fashion at home in the 2022 regular-season opener in front of 58,360. The Jaguars now have won two consecutive games at TIAA Bank Field, having beaten the Colts in the 2021 regular-season finale there by a score of 26-11. The Jaguars now have outscored the Colts, 50-11, in their last two meetings. "I thought we had a really good crowd today," Pederson said. "They got loud on a couple of defensive fourth-down in the second half. Listen: You get paid to win games. If you win, the fans show up. I'm a fan. I want to go watch a winner. I'll pay money to go see a winner. We have to win games. This was a great start today. There's a lot of football left. The crowd was excellent today. Hats off to them. They showed up today even after the rainfall there in the first half. Credit to them. Hopefully, we can keep going."
  3. Efficient day offensively. Pederson in his post-game press conference discussed what went into Lawrence's high-percentage, highly effective performance. With former Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley now coordinating the Colts' defense, Pederson said the Jaguars entered the game knowing patience and working receivers on short and intermediate routes could be key. Pederson said Lawrence executed the approach well. "A lot of it was by design," Pederson said. "We worked on that stuff in practice. We knew they would be sound in what they do and that they were going to be in the right spots, so we had to be in the right spots and be disciplined in the passing game. There are areas of the field you can get after, but the ball has to come out on time. They rally and tackle. I thought Trevor did a great job in that aspect – getting the ball out of his hand and getting it to the right spot. Guys stayed disciplined and executed."
  4. Impressive day. Pederson on the overall execution Sunday: "The guys took full advantage of a week of practice and understood the game plan. I challenged them to stay in their playbooks and know the gameplan inside and out, all three phases. They did that. When they do that, you can kind of see the execution on the field."
  5. Special honor. Pederson was awarded a game ball in the post-game locker room, honoring him for his first victory with the organization. "It's special," he said. "It's my first win, obviously, as the head coach here, but it's a team win. We celebrate as a team. I appreciate that, and it will definitely go on the mantle at the house, but my hats off to those guys in the locker room. They're the ones that did it. I didn't get hit, I didn't have to throw any passes or run the ball, so all credit to the team."
  6. A good start in the division. Sunday's victory gave the Colts a 1-0 AFC South record through Week 1, with the Colts now 0-1-1 in the division and the Houston Texans 0-0-1. The Colts and Texans tied in Week 1 while the other team in the division – the Tennessee Titans – did not play a divisional opponent in Weeks 1 and 2. "It's something we talked about this week," Pederson said. "The AFC South, it's a great division. It's only going to get better and stronger. This is a great football team today. It's going to be a different game next time we play them. In order for any team to get to the postseason, you've got to be able to win your division, so this was a great step in that direction."

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