Urban Meyer came to the NFL with mixed opinions about how he would fare in the big leagues. When his brief stint with the Jaguars came to an end, no one was surprised.
Meyer was the head coach of the Jaguars for 13 games and his team had a 2-11 record by the time he finished with them. In his defence, there wasn’t all that much quality on the squad but he certainly didn’t help anything. In fact, he kept doing the exact opposite.
Earlier in the season, Urban Meyer was spotted at a bar dancing with a woman who wasn’t his wife. Not exactly the best way to start your time in the NFL. After that, reports surfaced that Meyer had kicked Josh Lambo and not long after that he was down in Jacksonville.
That seems bad enough as it is, but a recent report by The Athletic shows just how cruel Urban Meyer was and how toxic Jacksonville’s environment really was.
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Urban Meyer called off his former players
The Athletic revealed a lot about Urban Meyer and his time in the NFL. They reported that Meyer was unfamiliar with some notable players in the league such as Deebo Samuel, Jamal Adams and most notably Aaron Donald. Meyer was reportedly quoted “Who is that 99 guy in the Rams? I hear he could be a problem for us.” It’s pretty ridiculous for a head coach not to know the best defensive player in the league, but it gets worse.
Receiver DJ Chark was quoted as saying “The way he ran the ship, it was impossible to succeed.” This quote was in reference to Urban Meyer’s behavior, with an example being a statement during the preseason.And do you know what would happen if I cut you? They couldn’t get a job that paid more than $15 an hour.“
That statement angered one of the veteran players in the dressing room and he told The Athletic. “After that, I lost all respect for him.” said another player “It was the most toxic environment I’ve ever been in. By far.”
Another example of his tyrannical approach was when he lost his composure towards a player and was so harsh that he burst into tears at him. After that, Meyer slammed the door, leaving the remaining people to comfort the player.
While none of these rank, one of the worst by far is what happened to receiver John Brown. He had recently been signed with the team and spent some time with quarterback Trevor Lawerence after practice correcting a mistake. Seeing this, Urban Meyer insulted Brown because of his origins “Hey, Trevor, you need to slow down for him. Those southern boys, their credentials aren’t true.”
Urban Meyer never had to be ashamed of his actions
The only thing that could be considered worse than someone who always screws up is someone who never accepts that they screw up. Apparently Urban Meyer was just that. Receiver Marvin Jones was reportedly very upset when Meyer told the media that Receiver had driven the wrong routes, but Meyer denied it, even though players had video of him doing so.
Another example is when running back James Robinson fumbled with opponents’ possession, resulting in Meyer wanting him benched for the rest of the game. Since he is one of their best players, even Trevor Lawerence was confused. Of course, when asked about it after the game, Meyer said “You would have to ask Bernie (Running Back Coach), I don’t meddle too much. I don’t micromanage it.”
Of course, Urban Meyer did a cruel job as Jaguars head coach, and with this new report showing how toxic it was behind the scenes, it’s not hard to imagine why the players were relieved to have Doug Pederson as their new coach . With the toxicity gone, Jacksonville can now focus on becoming a real force in the AFC again.
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