Urban Meyer’s first year with the Jacksonville Jaguars has not gone according to plan.
Off the field, his issues are a matter of public record. Several weeks back Meyer was caught on video in a bar getting pressed up on by a pretty young blonde woman. His wife did not originally react well to it, lashing out on social media. Then even an even worse video emerged, showing precisely where Meyer was putting his hand while the woman was dancing on him. Things seemed to be looking up for a hot second, only for another series of scandalous accusations to come out. Allegations were made about a series of improper texts and a third even more disturbing video. It remains to be seen what will come of those claims.
That’s all off the field, though. On the field, the Jaguars have struggled mightily on all sides of the ball. They rank in the bottom third of the league both offensively and defensively. Meyer has struggled to regain the trust of ownership and can’t seem to get his players to truly buy in.
This week, news emerged that all of Meyer’s troubles may finally be coming to a head.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, massive changes are on the horizon – particularly due to the ongoing struggles of rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
“There has been tension and turmoil within this staff since the offseason, with Meyer repeatedly making his displeasure with many position coaches known — often in front of players,” he wrote.
“Sources said it is inevitable that changes are coming to this Jaguars staff next season, with running backs coach Bernie Parmalee and receivers coach Sanjay Lal often on the receiving end of Meyer’s diatribes, and any concerns with Lawrence’s development could prove problematic for quarterback coach Brian Schottenheimer as well.”
Last week, Lawrence struggled badly against the Indianapolis Colts. In the first half he went 3-of-14 for 36 yards, only to finish with a mere 162 yards on 16-of-35 completions for the game.
So far this year Lawrence has recorded 1,983 yards with eight touchdowns and nine picks.
Lawrence’s most notable accomplishment in the past month has been his wife’s Halloween costume.
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 19, 2021
Obviously Meyer is feeling the heat – and justifiably so. There was some hope that Lawrence, based on sheer talent, would be able to rescue him, but obviously that hasn’t been the case.
Jacksonville is heading for a disappointing conclusion to the 2021-22 NFL season. That much is clear. What will the team do from there, though? Time will tell.