Despite his record after returning to the sidelines, Urban Meyer blamed a greater issue for his failed stint in Jacksonville. He said the coaching and players were acting ‘fragile,’ which caused him to take some time off during 2018 Season 1.
Urban Meyer is not a coach that likes to hold back his criticism. He was in Jacksonville for less than two years, but he has already blamed the Jaguars coaching staff and players acting “fragile.”
When it was announced that Urban Meyer will be fired as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, most NFL fans were wondering what would happen next. Meyer apparently vanished without a trace from the Jaguars’ practice facility, leading some to assume he might vanish from the NFL entirely.
However, such a scenario did not materialize. Meyer rapidly placed himself back into the media’s sights with shoddy apologies and hastily concocted justifications for why he failed to endure even a single season in the NFL.
During a departure interview with NFL Network, Urban Meyer made excuses.
The story that helped bring Urban Meyer down was released by NFL Network, and it featured specific claims that he denied. So… NFL Network is his first post-termination interview?
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Meyer was fired for a very specific reason by the Jaguars. He was a terrible head coach who was embroiled in several off-field and on-field squabbles. Meyer was creating an absolutely terrible work atmosphere in Jacksonville, from missing team flights to lounge out at college clubs to violently kicking players during practice.
When you consider that the Jaguars were 2-11 in Meyer’s first 13 games and that recent No. 1 overall selection Trevor Lawrence was becoming worse, it was a simple choice to fire Meyer.
The Jaguars’ since-fired coach, on the other hand, isn’t so sure. Meyer blamed many of his flaws on individuals around him behaving “fragile” in an interview with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
“I believe college has changed a lot as well,” Meyer said. “Justice in society has evolved. Consider how far you pushed yourself… I think that everyone has greatness inside them, and it is the coach’s role to help them discover it in whichever way they can. Encouragement that is positive. Trying to improve them by pushing them to be better, making them work more, recognizing defects, and attempting to remedy them.
“I believe everything is in such a delicate state right now.” This applies to coaching staffs as well. Coaches didn’t make this type of money or have agents when I first started teaching. Where it used to be team, team, team, everything is now so delicate. I recall talking about it three days ago in a staff meeting. I went into this field because I had the best high school coach in the world, and he taught me how to work as part of a team. The huddle is everything.”
Urban Meyer’s message is predictable.
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Meyer’s time in the NFL was cut short. The league, on the other hand, learnt a lot about the former college coach. He’s a power-hungry jerk with no sympathy — someone who can’t stand losing in the least.
Meyer was a winner in college, no matter where he went. Meyer worked with some of the best college football players in the world year after year due to the nature of college football recruitment. This isn’t to diminish his collegiate accomplishments. It was, however, certainly a less difficult job than coaching the Jaguars.
Meyer struggled in Jacksonville, losing early and frequently – and losing badly. As a result, he began criticizing the players and assistant coaches in his immediate vicinity. Meyer probably labeled these players “fragile” since they didn’t respond well to this teaching method.
In any case, it’s the message of someone who hasn’t accepted the reality that he failed. For Urban, it’s always someone else’s fault.
The Jaguars have quickly become a popular destination for HC hopefuls.
In Jacksonville, everything seem to be in disarray right now. This offseason, they should be able to lure some fascinating names.
They have a lot of financial room, a patient owner, and an excellent quarterback prospect who is just waiting to be developed into something great. In all honesty, it’s a perfect landing location.
Meyer’s inability to sort things out speaks volumes.
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