ACKSONVILLE – This hasn't been an easy five months.
But the time since joining the Jaguars absolutely has been productive for Brian Schottenheimer – and that time has been eventful, too.
"We've gotten so much covered; it's been a whirlwind for sure," he said.
Schottenheimer, hired in January as the Jaguars' passing-game coordinator, recently joined senior writer John Oehser for this week's episode of the O-Zone Podcast. Schottenheimer spoke as Jaguars 2021 Minicamp presented by Baptist Health drew to a close last month and covered multiple topics, including the development of rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence and installing a new offense with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Head Coach Urban Meyer.
"It's been a lot of hard work, but you see all of the things we've done and we've accomplished," Schottenheimer said. "We've upgraded the roster. We feel great about the playbook and how we're going to be able to use those pieces to attack defenses.
"It's been really an eventful but an awesome couple of months."
And make no mistake:
Schottenheimer, a former NFL offensive coordinator who has worked with Pro Bowl quarterbacks such as Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers in a 20-year NFL coaching career, is absolutely pleased with the early development of Lawrence.
"The talent's there," Schottenheimer said of Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. "The No. 1 thing I would say that jumps out at me is his ability to process information. It reminds me so much of Philip Rivers when we had him (Rivers) as a rookie in San Diego. Some guys are able to process a lot of information. That's what Philip was. Philip would admit he's not nearly the athlete that Trevor is, but Philip was so quick with his ability to read and process and gather information.
"That's the first thing that has jumped out at me with Trevor – is he's able to see coverages and process movement keys – things that tell him where the ball is supposed to go. When you can process that quickly and you have the athletic frame he has, it's a really good combination."
Schottenheimer also echoed what Bevell and said earlier in the offseason – that Lawrence's approach off the field has shown professionalism beyond expectations of a rookie.
"He's incredibly mature," Schottenheimer said. "He's all ball when he's here. He leaves. He studies. He loves it. He really wants to be a great player. He has that. Sometimes people look at him and say, 'Well, he doesn't play with a fire and brimstone attitude.' … Andrew was very much like Trevor: matter of fact, going to do my job and do it at the highest level. He's so professional, so mature. You don't have to ask him twice to do things He's truly an awesome guy to coach and develop."
To hear the entire O-Zone Podcast with Schottenheimer, please click HERE.