Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer apologized on Monday for a viral video that showed him mingling with a young woman who was not his wife following the team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Meyer’s first season in the NFL has been a disaster so far and the “distraction,” as he put it, might have pushed things to a whole new level.
Meyer’s apology seemed to deflect blame to the other people at the bar and also raised questions about whether or not he was actually out with his family before the events in the video. He still says that owned what happened and talked to his players as well as the Jaguars’ ownership about it.
Regardless, members of the NFL media who have been following Meyer certainly had some thoughts about the video, the apology, and what might come next for the embattled coach.
New on @TheNFLWire: Since the Jaguars hired him, Urban Meyer has done nothing but prove that he's not capable of the leadership by example and impulse control required by NFL teams of their head coaches.
Once has to wonder when the experiment will end. https://t.co/9ZFCcPrbOa
— Doug Farrar ✍ (@NFL_DougFarrar) October 4, 2021
As a man who lives in Columbus Ohio @OfficialAJHawk
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) October 4, 2021
Big-time college football coaches have to be the most insulated, coddled people in America. Urban Meyer lost four NFL games and he's stumbling around like Nic Cage in Leaving Las Vegas.
— Tom Ley (@ToLey88) October 4, 2021
Regardless of what Meyer will say on this matter, it’s a terrible look, writes columnist Gene Frenette. This will not help a fan base to be convinced that Meyer is the answer for turning around a franchise saddled with a 19-game losing streak. https://t.co/hRVvS0V0Rz
— Florida Times-Union (@jaxdotcom) October 4, 2021
Things are not looking good for Meyer in the eyes of the people who cover the league and fans in general. It was assumed that the Jaguars would struggle this season and it would take a while for Meyer to find his footing in the NFL. However, given all of the drama and distractions surrounding his short stint already, and with a spotlight this bright on every move he makes, it does make you wonder just how long Meyer is willing to deal with it all when there are much easier times to be had working in TV studios or even on college football sidelines.