By Martin Rogers
FOX Sports Columnist 

“I won’t panic.”

That’s a part of what Trevor Lawrence was actually saying within the interview that despatched the National Football League universe right into a pre-draft sweat this week.

He was saying that when the turmoil comes – for an NFL quarterback, some form of turmoil all the time comes – he is not going to freak out.

That when it seems to be like a time when a traditional human being would get fearful or scared, or when issues aren’t going in line with plan (within the NFL, they by no means go precisely in line with plan), he is not going to fall right into a pit of despondency and fractured self-confidence.

That all of what comes subsequent — all of the stress, the challenges, teaming up with teaching grasp Urban Meyer, making an attempt to revitalize the fortunes of the Jacksonville Jaguars — just isn’t going to crush or dissuade him.

If we ever want a reminder of simply how a lot soccer issues to these of us who comply with it, it may be discovered within the peculiar, three-sided relationship amongst quarterbacks, the phrases they communicate and the NFL public.

Could or not it’s that each sentence uttered from the mouth of an NFL QB is extra carefully analyzed, extra fervently parsed and extra psychologically scrutinized than the passes they throw and the selections they make?

It typically appears that method. Never extra so than this week, when the all-but-locked-in No. 1 decide by the Jaguars within the upcoming draft gave an in-depth interview to Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg.

“I don’t have this huge chip on my shoulder, that everyone’s out to get me and I’m trying to prove everybody wrong,” Lawrence stated. “I just don’t have that. I can’t manufacture that. I don’t want to.”

He added: “I think that’s unhealthy to a certain extent, just always thinking that you’ve got to prove somebody wrong, you’ve got to do more, you’ve got to be better.” 

There was extra, however these had been the feedback that fluttered round within the gridiron wind and received caught in a couple of craws. The least beneficiant takeaways prompt that such expressions didn’t present sufficient depth, sufficient ardour, sufficient caring, sufficient fanatical, win-at-all-costs hearth.

On “First Things First,” FS1’s Nick Wright, who is a big admirer of Lawrence, admitted that Jags fans were probably hoping for more of a pep rally speech.

“My commentary here is less about Trevor Lawrence and more about the idea we are talking about: Can it be good to be unhealthy?” Wright stated.

“The most successful people typically are unhealthy, unbalanced and a little off. They aren’t super happy. They don’t have a great work-life balance. They are maniacally focused on their craft, which is, again, not how I would want any of my kids to lead their life. But if I’m a Jags fan … I kind of do want my guy to be maniacally focused.”

Such fan logic is flawed pondering and additionally a skewed narrative. A deeper take a look at the SI article — Rosenberg is an impressive author and instructed a broad, nuanced story – provides perspective.

Rosenberg interviewed Lawrence whereas the Clemson standout was enjoyable by a California seashore as sundown approached, spending some peaceable time along with his soon-to-be spouse (he and Marissa Mowry tied the knot final weekend) earlier than the craziness of NFL life started.

Is it uncommon that in such moments he would mirror on the actual fact that there’s extra to life than soccer?

Yet we should take a look at the steadiness, too, and the article included quite a few examples of simply how a lot Lawrence desires to win and simply how good he desires to grow to be.

He desires, in line with his highschool coach, to be the most effective who has ever performed crucial place, and he desires it so badly and has wished it for thus lengthy that nobody in his shut circle even bothers speaking about it. It’s simply assumed.

There’s your next-level fanaticism. It simply doesn’t include a snarl.

“I think to myself, ‘Why would he have a chip on his shoulder?’” Colin Cowherd said on “The Herd.” “Since he was 14, he’s been the best quarterback in the country. Nobody ever has doubted Trevor Lawrence. He doesn’t resent people because people have helped him.”

What QBs say provides us an opportunity to get to know them somewhat higher and presents a peek into the NFL window.

But like the remainder of us, quarterbacks don’t all the time really feel the identical method or say the identical factor from one week to the subsequent. We are usually not psychology consultants, and wow, how about this for an idea: It is price contemplating that everybody is wired somewhat in another way.

The finest strategy for followers is to benefit from the present and the circus round it, to digest all of the interviews, profiles and backstories that lead as much as the draft. But maintain them of their correct context.

And take a leaf from Trevor Lawrence’s mentality playbook: Don’t panic.

Martin Rogers is a columnist for FOX Sports and the writer of the FOX Sports Insider Newsletter. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.

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