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.