Ron DeSantis lauds Jacksonville Jaguars’ Urban Meyer hire, Trevor Lawrence pick
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Florida’s Governor hasn’t had a lot of compliments for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the past, but new personnel moves hearten Ron DeSantis.

“There’s been a lot of big news in Jacksonville, to bring Urban Meyer into town as a coach,” raved the Governor, who volunteered his football perspective after a press conference highlighting vaccinations inside a local Wal-Mart pharmacy.

“I remember when they brought him in [to the University of Florida]. It wasn’t very long until they were the top program in the country, and obviously he’s done well other places too.”

The Governor wasn’t done. He noted that the Jacksonville Jaguars have the top draft pick, and attaboyed consensus thinking that Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence should be the selection.

“And then having the number one draft pick, I mean, you know, I think the kid from Clemson is going to be a great player. You know, we’ll see who they take, but that’s who I would take.”

“I think it’s going to be exciting here in Jacksonville going forward,” the Governor said. “And so we look forward to seeing how all this works out. But you know, just look. The Bucs went from, they had some good players but they were not even playoff caliber.”

“You make a couple of key changes, and granted you’re bringing the best quarterback of all time in, but you know, then the Super Bowl,” DeSantis summarized. “I think some of the key pieces are starting to fall into place for Jacksonville. and we’re really, really excited about it.”

The Governor’s read on Jacksonville Jaguars football is sunnier than it was just months ago, when he offered an offhand remark about the team’s attendance woes during the pandemic regular season.

“The Jags, they’re allowing fans. They couldn’t even sell out limited capacity, I think, partially, because some of the fans are concerned about some of the things we’ve been seeing out of the league,” DeSantis said in September, as he advocated for a full stadium Super Bowl that did not come to pass.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at


  • Frankie M.

    February 9, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Good to know Ron…said no one ever. Did anybody bother asking him when teachers can start getting the vaccine? Did he ever get around to reading that letter from the DCPS school board chair in between all of his SB media appearances and beer chugging?? I know football is #1. It’s not like we’re in a pandemic or anything

  • Sonja Fitch

    February 10, 2021 at 4:54 am

    Like who gives a rats ass?

  • Frankie M.

    February 10, 2021 at 9:48 am

    It’s not fair Ronnie! How am I supposed to chug my beer & wave my maga flag while wearing a mask at the bucs parade today?? #masknazis

    per espn…

    “[t]he boat parade will run on the Hillsborough River, which is along the downtown waterfront, and will begin Wednesday at 1 p.m. Fans will be able to view the parade at various spots along the river, and masks will be required.”

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