Urban Meyer: Loss to Bengals “devastating, heartbreaking”

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The quest for the first victory of Urban Meyer’s NFL tenure will continue at least another week after the Jacksonville Jaguars were unable to close out a win against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

Despite holding a 14-0 lead at halftime, the Jaguars allowed the Bengals to get back into the game with touchdowns on their first drives of the second half. Evan McPherson then delivered a 35-yard game-winning field goal as time expired as the Jaguars fell to 0-4 with a 24-21 loss to the Bengals.

“It’s devastating, heartbreaking,” Meyer told reporters after the game. “Usually I’m not wrong about stuff like that that I just see a good team in there. I see good guys, good hearts. I see guys at work and I told them I’m not wrong about that stuff. This team is going to win some games.”

It was the second game in a row that the Jaguars had held a second half lead only to be unable to finish the deal. Jacksonville held a 19-10 lead against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday after a James Robinson touchdown with just over three minutes left in the third quarter. Arizona would score 21 straight points to end the game

“It’s heartbreaking. That’s a heartbroken locker room, so we’ve got to get them back,” Meyer said.

After a rough first two weeks of the season against Houston and Denver, the Jaguars have played better over their last two contests. Despite being winless, the Jaguars don’t seem to be a pushover. But Meyer is finding out that wins are far more challenging to come by in the NFL than they were in college.

19 responses to “Urban Meyer: Loss to Bengals “devastating, heartbreaking”

  1. Meyer was 0-3, at an away game, ahead by only two possessions in the first half and could have stretched it to three possessions in the final seconds, but…

    He didn’t take the easy 3 points.

    Urban Meyer would otherwise have had overtime for a chance to win.

    Rookie move.

  2. Not a fan of either team, but as an NFL fan who watched the game, these were two hungry teams where the team with a little bit more experience took the win.

  3. Bad coaching.

    Note to coaches: Field goals still count as points.

    17 to 0 would have broken the game wide open for the Jags. 3 possession game, all the momentum.

    Instead, 14 to 0 was a 2 possession game the Bengals could dig out of.

    Also correct me if I’m wrong, but part of the logic of going for it on 4th and goal in one yard to go is that if you Miss converting the touchdown but stop your opponent on offense they will punt it and you will get the field position

    That logic doesn’t hold up when it’s end of half and you’re not going to get the ball back

    I want to point at Urban Meyer, but I see NFL coaches forgoing field goals too often. Sometimes you take the points and run and keep the positive pressure and the momentum on


  5. Heartbreaking for the coach to give away the game with terrible strategic decisions and clock management, too (not taking points and poor use of time outs that could have forced Cin to punt in bad field position at end of half).

    So far Meyer seems unable to coach when he doesn’t have player superiority.

  6. Perhaps continuing to trade away most of your best players has something to do with it.

    Oh, and missing out on legitimate NFL talent by trying to force a 33-year old Tim Tebow into being your starting Tight End!

    The grass isn’t greener, Meyer, only the money is! College bacons!

  7. It should be heartbreaking, and Urban won’t waste time making changes. If you’re one of the offensive coaches, I hope you’re renting. Just saying. It’s not the 1960’s. Maybe Urban is calling the plays. I really don’t know.

  8. Old Urban should have stayed in college because he aint cutting it in the nfl.nobody will be surprised when Jax go 1-16 or 0-17 this year. last night they came out with fire in the first half and simply smoke in the second half,the flame completely extinquished on offense.pathetic.

  9. Bad coaching Urban. You aren’t getting the NFL yet. Should’ve taken the field goal. Bad coaching. And please stop with the “oh this is devastating and heartbreaking” stuff. This is the NFL not college. Man up….

  10. Going for it on 4th and one at the end of the half was not as bad a decision as people are making it out to be. You were on the road, Thu night, you have the home team on the ropes 14-0 and your offense should be able to get a 1 yard push into the end zone. You had all the momentum. Also keep in mind the Jags had a new kicker signed off the street 2 days before and even though it was close and he made the extra points so far I am sure that factored in. With all that being said as tempting as hammering home another TD and really pumping up your team I would’ve still gone the safer route and kicked the field goal. But Damn I was ready to jump up and down if they scored that TD!

  11. the play call on 4 and 1 was the only POOR CALL. DON’T GO TO THE SAME WELL 3 TIMES IN ROW AT THIS LEVEL URB.

  12. Wow. A lot of Urban haters here. First, the decision to go for the TD was the right decision. Virtually every HC in the NFL would have gone for the TD under the same circumstances and they would have succeeded 90% of the time. Now what was bas was the play call. Way too slow to develop. If he would have taken the FG, and the Jags lost say 28-24, all you Urban haters would be whining that he should have gone for the TD

  13. He was heartbroken, so he was consoling himself by having some blonde grind on his lap at a bar. Got it.

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