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What Happens in Ohio, Does Not Stay in Ohio
The situation in Jacksonville is worse than originally thought. Urban Meyer’s reaction to his miscue seems to have lost him the Jaguars locker room.
Per Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated, here’s what Jags players had to say:
“He has zero credibility.”
“Everyone started dying laughing [at him], and he knew it.”
“It’s bad. I don’t know how he’s going to function.”
To make matters worse, Jaguars ownership said Meyer must “regain our trust and respect.”
Meyer dragged his quarterback into the mess. During his public apology, Meyer decided it was a good idea to bring up Trevor Lawrence:
“I remember when Trevor told me he was going to Vegas for his bachelor party. I was like, ‘My gosh, man. Be careful. Surround yourself.’ Because I’ve seen this happen.”
As the top-rated prospect since Andrew Luck, Lawrence probably has more power in the building than anyone other than the owner. And, given their history as public figures, maybe Urban should be asking Trevor for advice instead of dishing it out.
That statement, combined with canceling the team’s usual Monday meeting to deal with his PR mess, appears to have been the big sticking points with Jags players.
His tenure was off to a rocky start from the get-go:
In February, Meyer hired friend Chris Doyle to the coaching staff, who was dismissed from Iowa following allegations of racism. Doyle resigned a day after being hired.
This summer, Meyer was fined $100k for breaching the NFL’s OTA practice rules.
During roster cuts, he was investigated by the NFLPA for telling reporters he cut players based on their vaccination status.
Zoom out: The Jags are 0-4 this year and have lost 19 straight games since infamously tweeting “Just getting started” after their lone win of the 2020 season.
The good news for Meyer? The Southern Cal head coaching job, which he’s been linked to, is still available after the school fired its former head coach three weeks ago.
Might be time to send in the ole’ resume.
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