The Urban Meyer era with the Jacksonville Jaguars has been a dumpster fire, to say the least, but he took it to a new low with some recent staff meetings
Using assistant coaches as a scapegoat is nothing new. Recently, Matt Rhule fired Joe Brady in an attempt to get some of the heat for the Panthers’ failed season off of him. The same happened in New York when Joe Judge fired Jason Garrett, who was the offensive coordinator with the Giants. Urban Meyer, however, decided to take it a step further.
The former collegiate coach has had a disastrous first season in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars and he found a way to make it even worse on himself. According to Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Meyer has had multiple run-ins with players and members of his coaching staff.
In those meetings, he apparently decided to remind them all that he’s a natural winner — and then reminded them all that they’re the losers.
So to sum it up, Meyer — who quits every coaching job he has when it gets tough — is the hero in his own story. He’s gone down to Jacksonville and done all he could to instill a winning culture whereas his assistants (most of whom he hired) have served as a proverbial anchor around his studly, winning ankles.
Sorry Urban, but we had Maury Povich pull out the lie detector and it determined all of that was false. The truth is, Meyer has been a problem since the day he got to Jacksonville.
His ego, which is larger than the entire state of Florida, has caused one problem after another. He frustrated the players in Jacksonville with his over-the-top attitude during the preseason and then it hit a boiling point when he decided to ditch his team to go rub shoulders — well, kind of — with some nice people in a restaurant he owns in Ohio.
Throw out the fact that his actions were awful when he has a wife at home, but as a coach, he should always fly back with his team. Leaving them to go do his own thing was just further proof that he puts himself ahead of the team.
That was also seen in these meetings. Rather than realize he has unreal expectations — like when he commanded they get 250 yards passing and 250 yards rushing every game — or that he needs to adapt to the NFL level of competition, he just put the blame on his staff.
Clearly, they can’t keep up with his awesomeness. Which is probably fine because it’s evident that every one of his assistants has a brighter future in the NFL than he does.