Stop us if you’ve heard this one before but Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer is making headlines for the way he’s running the team.
Saturday, NFL Network reported that Meyer has been involved in multiple heated incidents with Jaguars employees, one with a player and one with his assistant coaches. In one instance he got in an argument with receiver Marvin Jones and in the other he chastised his assistant coaches, calling them losers and asking them to run down their resumes to prove why they deserve to be there.
Also, Pelissero reported that what Meyer had to say publicly about why running back James Robinson was benched last Sunday was not correct and that he was personally involved in that decision.
On Sunday, Fox’s Jaz Glazer reported that he spoke with Meyer and that the head coach denied the incident involving Jones but did confirm that “I am hard on my coaches. I get on them.”
Glazer added that Meyer “still thinks he has the full support of ownership,” which is backed by an ESPN report that, per sources, Jaguars owner Shad Khan remains committed to Meyer as head coach in spite of all the headaches he’s been at the center of this season.
The Jaguars could have done a lot on Sunday to quiet critics by putting up a good fight against the Tennessee Titans. Instead, the Titans shut out the Jaguars 20-0, quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw four interceptions, and James Robinson carried the ball a total of six times for four yards. The look on Urban’s face after the game said it all.
LOLOL look at the handshake between Mike Vrabel and Urban Meyer.
Urban looks absolutely miserable. pic.twitter.com/RF0G3rDuC5
— Ben Stevens (@BenScottStevens) December 12, 2021
At the post-game press conference, it seems like the gloves are off on all ends. First, one reporter had no problem saying that Jacksonville’s offensive line “is getting their ass kicked every week,” to which Urban could only meekly respond… “Yeah.”
Plane is out of gas and not near an airport. Everyone just waiting to watch the crash landing at this point. pic.twitter.com/KxohNvYiww
— Ben Koo (@bkoo) December 12, 2021
Then, when asked what the answer is to fix the Jags, Meyer decided to use that space to respond to the reports from this previous week, saying that if he finds out who is leaking info to reporters, he will fire them.
Jaguars coach Urban Meyer on fixing what's wrong: "What's the answer? Starting leaking some information or nonsense? That's garbage. … If there is a source, then that source is unemployed. I mean, within seconds."
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 12, 2021
“What’s the answer?” asked Meyer. “Starting leaking some information or nonsense? That’s garbage. … If there is a source, then that source is unemployed. I mean, within seconds.”
To say that NFL folks on Twitter are not seeing eye-to-eye with Meyer about the state of things and who is to blame would be an understatement.
the source of the nonsense — with photographic evidence — has, in fact, been Urban Meyer … which makes this answer about perfect https://t.co/Xd76UFY4lL
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 12, 2021
The end of Fight Club except it’s Urban Meyer realizing the loser coach is himself.
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) December 12, 2021
In other words, "I LEAKED THAT STORY…PLEASE END THIS MISERY!!!" https://t.co/jrZb6q0aEw
— Andrew Hammond (@ahammFreePress) December 12, 2021
It’s always the source’s fault and never the leadership. https://t.co/2LUz4hbPZb
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) December 12, 2021
Get this man a Little Caesar’s pizza box and a golf cart. It’s time. https://t.co/VZjGqrgUje
— Jill (@jilldubs) December 12, 2021
It’s getting harder and harder to believe that the Jaguars will continue to employ Meyer come next season. Even more than that, it’s getting harder and harder to believe he would even want that.