The Jacksonville Jaguars are an organization in complete disarray. Shad Khan and Trent Baalke brought in former college coach Urban Meyer to lead the ship. However, the experiment is failing. The drama continues to ensue, and the reports are getting worse. Players are reportedly speaking out on Meyer’s poor leadership and inability to coach in the NFL.
Players reportedly have strong feelings about Urban Meyer
NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero recently published a report, dropping bombshells about chaos within the Jacksonville Jaguars organization. The news has started a domino effect as more information surfaces about the broken home.
Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network released a story detailing the fallout within the Jaguars’ locker room. He reported that he had conversations with multiple people in the building, and the theme was pretty consistent.
Pauline revealed one player, in particular, had choice words about Urban Meyer’s failed first season in Jacksonville.
“He came in preaching values, family, and team,” said the unnamed player. “It’s been anything but since the start of training camp. He’s a phony and a hypocrite. We know who he is.”
Some in the locker room revealed that they don’t trust Meyer’s words or actions. Others believe that the head coach is holding back the development of rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
“They always put Trevor in a bad situation,” said another player.
With multiple people speaking out, you can’t chalk it up to them having a vendetta. Trouble has been brewing in Jacksonville from the jump, and signs point to it continuing through the end of the 2021 season.
The Jaguars have been a disgrace in 2021
The Jacksonville Jaguars head into Week 15 with an abysmal 2-11 record. They tie with the Houston Texans for the league’s second-worst record.
After an embarrassing 1-15 finish in 2020, the front office hoped for better days ahead under Urban Meyer. Well, the Jaguars have one more win than they did in 2020, so that’s progress.
Jacksonville selected Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but growing pains have gotten the best of the Clemson product in year one. The coaching staff also deserves a great deal of blame for his disappointing productivity.
The on-field product has been painful to watch for most of the season. Jacksonville ranks near the bottom of the NFL on both sides of the ball. Opposing teams lick their chops when they see this team on their schedules.
The Jaguars have made more headlines off the field than on it, which falls squarely on the head coach.
Meyer is reportedly having run-ins with players and coaches. Whenever he opens his mouth, he seems to make the situation worse.
As more news emerges by the day, it has become increasingly difficult to fathom Meyer coaching the Jaguars in 2022.
The front office must get Meyer out of Jacksonville
The Jacksonville Jaguars have just four games left on their schedule, and they come against the Texans, New York Jets, New England Patriots, and Indianapolis Colts. Losing all four could be a possibility, especially with the tension in the locker room. It’s time for the front office to start looking ahead to 2022.
Before arriving in Duval County, Urban Meyer had an extensive collegiate coaching career. He spent 17 years as a college football head coach between Bowling Green, Utah, Florida, and Ohio State.
However, as many coaches have learned over the years (Nick Saban, Chip Kelly, Greg Schiano), college success doesn’t guarantee NFL success. Meyer is learning that same lesson the hard way.
The first-year NFL head coach has displayed a level of immaturity the league hasn’t seen from a “leader” in some time. Questions already existed about him when the Jaguars hired him. His actions with this team only confirm them or make matters worse.
Did Meyer believe he could just behave however he wants and still have his team respect him? Every day, he must walk into a room full of grown men. Regardless of age, he should command respect as the head coach. Instead, it appears he’s lost all respect from players and coaches alike.
Shad Khan shouldn’t need a waiting period to think this through. The writing is on the wall. Considering Meyer is already a distraction, the Jaguars shouldn’t even need to wait until the season is over to fire him.