Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer looks to the scoreboard as the Jaguars make their final drive of the fourth quarter. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, October 10, 2021. The Jaguars trailed at the half 24 to 13 and lost with a final score of 37-19. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] Jki 101021 Jaguarsvstitans 41

Since the videos of photos of Urban Meyer in his Ohio restaurant went viral a few weeks back, there have been plenty of reports about how Jacksonville Jaguars players feel about their head coach.

Early on we saw lots of damning reports of players laughing or scoffing at Meyer for the way he apologized to the team. He and quarterback Trevor Lawrence didn’t appear to be on the same page. And some reports have shared that players have “lost any respect” they had for Meyer.

However, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, that would be hard because “sources close to several players suggested the coach never had the locker room.” Howe added that “Meyer’s hard coaching style hasn’t rung with veterans the way it would with college athletes.”

It probably doesn’t help that Meyer is publicly setting goals for his players that seem impossible for even the best NFL teams to achieve. It’s unlikely that a team that doesn’t trust or respect him is going to put much stock in lofty goals or care if they don’t reach them. Understanding the difference between coaching in college and the NFL is something it sounds like Meyer hasn’t figured out.

Meyer continues to catch a lot of flak for his apology over the incident as well as the fact that he chose not to travel with the Jaguars back from Ohio. It’s hard to believe anything short of winning football games is going to make things better for him. And even then, if he doesn’t have the respect of the players on the team, what does it even matter?

[The Athletic]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.