Urban Meyer has some motivated enemies in the building

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While hairs possibly can be split regarding the details of the incidents allegedly involving Jaguars coach Urban Meyer in recent weeks, one fact cannot be denied. Meyer has multiple motivated enemies in the building, who are talking freely to reporters with concerns about the first-year head coach.

The dynamic first surfaced in the aftermath of Meyer’s misguided decision to remain in Ohio after a Thursday night game against the Bengals, an event that lit the fuse on a private airing of grievances regarding Meyer’s interactions with players and assistant coaches. Speculation ran wild that Meyer would soon be gone, and some within the facility were doing everything they could to throw jet fuel on the flames.

Things died down a bit after the Jaguars finally got a win in London, but the discontent lingered. As losses have piled up and pressure has mounted on Meyer, more and more bits and pieces have emerged — because Meyer’s in-house enemies have continued to talk.

That’s really the takeaway from Saturday’s report. The situation finally reached critical mass, to the point that the media conglomerate partially owned and operated by the Jaguars (and the other 31 teams) gave a green light to the posting of a collection of tidbits that paint an even more embarrassing picture about Meyer’s first season.

The biggest embarrassment, frankly, is that Meyer has alienated enough people on his staff that these things are emerging. Every team has moments of adversity and, at times, dysfunction. For Meyer, the constant drip-drip-drip has become a sudden firehose that undermines the authority and demeans the image of a man who is accustomed to being the unquestioned emperor of various college football programs.

It’s telling that the Jaguars referred requests for comment on the matter to owner Shad Khan’s personal spokesperson, who declined comment to NFL Network. To the extent that Meyer would benefit from a boost while mired in a bad spot, he didn’t get one from the guy who signs his checks. That could be a sign that Khan is indeed considering making a change after only one season.

Even if he doesn’t, it’s clear that Meyer needs to make some changes. He has multiple staff members who don’t like him, and who aren’t bashful about airing out dirty laundry. So either they need to go, or he needs to go. Or maybe they all need to go.

57 responses to “Urban Meyer has some motivated enemies in the building

  1. This reminds me of Varsity Blues .. Coach Kilmer (Meyer) lost the team and is exiting the locker room by himself.

  2. It may be best for Meyer to be gone, if they don’t run the loose lips out of the building, they will never turn things around. Do you not think that Bellichek or Saban over the years had people in their organizations hate them? They never spoke to the media because they would be gone.

  3. He will resign claiming medical issues, than take next years hot college coaching job. Trust me.

  4. Just a bad hire. Urban Meyer won in college sure, but wow look at his track record of developing nfl players, mainly at quarterback. Tim Tebow never was coached up for the nfl. He didn’t help Jones or Barrett and the best quarterback he claimed to have in college learned from his coach and had more fun clubbing than he did on the field

  5. This feels exactly like the Gruden situation, from a job security standpoint. He’s a goner, just a matter of when.

  6. The whole mess is ultimately Khan’s fault. How he could ever have thought it was a good idea to hire a clown like Meyer (whose issues were public knowledge) is beyond me. Shad has to be one of the dumbest rich guys around, and he should be thankful that Dan Snyder is around there to keep him from being labelled the worst owner in the league. And even Snyder’s team wins a game every once in a while. Khan should sell the team if he’s not going to make some type of effort to put a decent quality product on the field. The fans who spend their hard-earned money on Jags gear and tickets deserve better.

  7. mwcarolina says:
    December 11, 2021 at 7:45 pm
    Just a bad hire. Urban Meyer won in college sure, but wow look at his track record of developing nfl players, mainly at quarterback. Tim Tebow never was coached up for the nfl. He didn’t help Jones or Barrett and the best quarterback he claimed to have in college learned from his coach and had more fun clubbing than he did on the field

    Alex Smith?

  8. 100% chance he has a covid cough for at least the last 3-4 games of the season with an early flight to nowheres ville

  9. down vote all you want but; it takes every coach 3 years to turnover a roster to get hos guys in. if urban is committed thats his move. stay the course and move on

  10. Looks to me like Kahn is gearing up to clean house again soon, perhaps including with Meyer. Now, Urban Meyer is a legend in Northern Florida from his UF coaching…indeed, he IS the emperor. But the Jags are likely to find out just as the Bucs did in bringing FSU’s Jameis Winston into Tampa…in hopes of sparking fan loyalty and interest…it doesn’t work for the NFL.

  11. Holy crap…. this sounds just like a hen house with all the clucking going on….unfortunately, until some games are won or the insubordinate individuals are shown the door(maybe BOTH) need to happen, things will continue in that downward spiral they all find themselves in….

  12. Hey let’s get rid of all our good players and then hire a college coach. When they go near winless the next year, let’s fire the coach and start all over again!!!! Recipe for success!!!!

  13. Meyer needs to stay at least until after January 2nd. That’s when the Patriots play them. We could use another Bye Week.

  14. FINALLY somebody pointed this out. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many leaks about one person during their first season of coaching. Somebody doesn’t like him and hasn’t liked him from the start.

    The way he’s moved has only given them material.

  15. “down vote all you want but; it takes every coach 3 years to turnover a roster to get hos guys in. if urban is committed thats his move. stay the course and move on”
    ___________

    Tell that to Mike Mularkey, Hue Jackson, Jim Mora, Cam Cameron, Bobby Petrino, Art Shell, Al Groh, Ray Rhodes, Joe Bugel, Pete Carroll (Jets version), Richie Petitbon and Lou Holtz

  16. Simple fix. Get rid of those NFL vets who are stuck in their ways and replace them with wide-eyed rookies through the draft who you can mold in your inage.

    Get rid of those recycled mediocre coaches and replace them with fresh new blood, like Josh Gattis.

  17. He’s not going to quit. He’s under contract. If. He quits he forfeits millions. There would need to be a settlement followed by a mutual parting. Or, Khan fires him and pays out his contract.

  18. One of the most important aspects for a college head coach is scouting. Good scouting can build and keep a solid program for years. Some of these heralded college coaches are exceptional at scouting. But that doesn’t translate to being successful in the NFL.

    If an NFL team is looking at hiring a college coach to be head coach. They are already in trouble. That means NFL coordinators hungry for a promotion have probably turned the job down. No smart NFL coordinator wants to get hired into a bad situation that can derail thier career. Well known college head coaches can come into the NFL embarrass themselves get fired. And even then some college program would be excited to throw gobs of money at them.

  19. I think NFL teams hire these college head coaches knowing they are transitional in nature. College coaches tend to draft well and in a couple of years the team has a nucleus of young talent. Making it an attractive spot for a qualified NFL coordinator looking to become an NFL head coach.

  20. So a big time college coach has a bad first year in the pros. Big deal. What was Jimmy Johnson’s first year in Dallas like? Seems that Meyer has already matched that.

  21. Meyer will get fired as soon as the Jaguars season ends. Meyer won’t quit and leave money on the table and Kahn is perfectly willing, and rich enough, to negotiate a buyout. If they had a good interim coach on hand Meyer would be gone already. You can bet, in the meantime, the Jaguars are putting together a super secret list if HC candidates. Jason Garrett, anyone? 😀

  22. You hate to jump to conclusions about a first-year head coach with a lousy roster, but it sounds like if he hasn’t lost the locker room yet, he’s very close to it. That’s the kiss of death, no matter where you are in the process.

  23. Much ado about nothing. So what if he danced with a stripper or yelled out his coaches ? He is having a bad year and will do better next year and still get paid.

  24. Just a bad hire. Urban Meyer won in college sure, but wow look at his track record of developing nfl players, mainly at quarterback. Tim Tebow never was coached up for the nfl. He didn’t help Jones or Barrett and the best quarterback he claimed to have in college learned from his coach and had more fun clubbing than he did on the field

    I think Meyer Is and idiot but it’s not his job in college to make players NFL ready. It was his job to win and provide the platform to the NFL. He did that’. His tactics worked for thst audience.

  25. I really hope they let Meyer go sooner rather than later. Lawrence already has a lot of pressure and he now has to lobby for having the better players around him. He shouldn’t have to explain to the head coach that maybe they should keep one of their best offensive weapons in the game… Which is troublesome, because all year it seems Meyer has been more than willing to take Robinson out of games for lesser but more familiar talent. Add to this Meyer deflecting blame for his constant blunders and distractions and you simply have a case of a person who clearly doesn’t belong in the NFL. It’s maddening that Meyer got a chance over so many others and handled it like an entitled man child.

  26. Urban is finding out like Saban did that winning a lot of college games with loads of talent means nothing in the NFL where you actually have to be able to coach and lead.

  27. IMO, Tom Coughlin remains the root of all the current Jaguar problems. He was hired in 2017 to be Kahn’s knowledgeable, steady hand at the helm and to work with then GM David Caldwell to run the Jags. Say what you want about Caldwell, he got them into the AFC Championship Game and was beaten by the Patriots and the refs. Coughlin proceeded to destroy that team, overriding Caldwell on draft picks (bust-out Taven Bryan, for one) and alienating star players (Fournette, Ramsey, for two). When he was done, he and Caldwell were both fired and Doug Marrone, not an A level coach anyway, was left with nothing and also was eventually fired. Along comes smooth-talking Meyer and GM Baalke (how does he even have an NFL job?) and the waste of space QB coach Schottenheimer. Thanks, Tom, if you were any good at your job, we wouldn’t be in this mess.

  28. Jacksonville should hire Kansas City OC Eric Bieniemy as head coach next. He should be able to develop the young Trevor Lawrence and revolutionize the offense. Also hire Scot McLoughan as GM. He was instrumental in improving the San Francisco, Seattle and Washington teams years back.

  29. prophessor4 says:
    December 11, 2021 at 8:20 pm
    down vote all you want but; it takes every coach 3 years to turnover a roster to get hos guys in. if urban is committed thats his move. stay the course and move on
    ——————————————————————————————————————
    I’m sure you also think Matt Patricia just needed those 5 more games of his third season ias HC of the Lions to complete the team’s turn around.

  30. the hire made sense from a publicity standpoint but this is such a fascinating situation. you bring in the guy who brought national championships to the area collegiately. you bring in the former qb of that team albeit for a few weeks. you draft the best (arguably) qi of the draft number 1 overall. but college success almost always never translates to nfl success quickly. surrounding yourself with underwhelming coaches and then alienating them surely doesn’t help. and then undermining your rookie qb who is gaining a lot of power within the org is basically the death blow. love urb, but if he’s so much of a winner, then be a winner in the atmosphere that you can be the best at. he’ll be fired and the jags may even look into if it’s for cause to get out of not paying him.

  31. The Jaguars, and everyone associated with them, have been losers for many years. That’s how they got the #1 pick. Urban Meyer has been a winner for many years. You could say that losers are enemies of winning. That’s why they lose. Urban was brought in to clean out all the losers, and bring in winners. You don’t convert losers to winners. You replace losers with winners. You can’t win with the current front office. It’s being run by the greatest B.S. artist in the history of the NFL. A guy with a history of drafting some of the biggest busts and character guys in history. The coach can’t clean up that kind of mess. Totally toxic.

  32. “ Urban Meyer has some motivated enemies in the building”

    Nope. He has one motivated enemy in the building: Shad Kahn. Laying groundwork for firing with cause.

  33. Horrible NFL coach, but bullet proof for two reasons: 1. Kahn doesn’t want to admit Meyer has been a bad decision. These owners have MONUMENTAL egos, and no way does this millionaire want to admit he made a mistake THIS

  34. …THIS bad. And 2. $100,000,000 is a LOT of money to lose, even for a guy like Kahn ($50,000 buyout if he fires Meyer and at least another $50 million to replace him). And who would want that job now? Too bad Lawrence can’t request a transfer or a trade already.

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