The Jacksonville Jaguars were continuing to experience the firestorm from media members about the antics of head coach Urban Meyer.
There was no escape from the gauntlet because of the multiple video angles that came out on the Internet.
Meyer’s only option was to weather the storm was to admit his mistake since his actions are indefensible.
No matter how you look at the situation, it’s not a good image for a coach to abandon his team and have a good time, especially after a loss.
The conversation would be different if the Jaguars won in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Perhaps, anyone invested in the NFL wouldn’t bother to dig deeper because winning can compensate for any issue.
Instead, Meyer had to face barrage of questions about the incident and his commitment to the Jaguars.
But in a weird twist of fate, one head coach with a huge personality bumped off another from the court of public trial.
Jon Gruden Resigns
What’s weird is that Jon Gruden resigned due to emails found in an independent investigation on the Washington Football Team.
Yet regardless of the exchange happening a decade ago, the clock was ticking for Gruden when they came out.
There was no other option but to resign as Las Vegas Raiders head coach because his offense goes beyond the game.
The misogynistic and racist emails he sent to Washington general manager Bruce Allen were inexcusable and compromised his ability to lead an NFL franchise.
Source: Jon Gruden just informed his staff that he plans to resign as #Raiders coach.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 12, 2021
However, Gruden’s swift resignation spared the Raiders from further scrutiny.
Likewise, calls for his removal would have only gotten louder if he remained with the team.
While the Raiders averted further damage to their campaign and their brand, Meyer was able to get out of the spotlight for a moment.
Jaguars coach Urban Meyer says he likes the team's offensive identity right now. Adds that he wants "250/250," meaning 250 yards rushing and 250 yards passing.
(Checks schedule for Rutgers)
— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) October 11, 2021
The attention he attracted shifted to Gruden and the Raiders.
He can breathe easier because a more significant issue cast a bigger cloud over the league.
But once the Raiders’ controversy dies down, the Jaguars will be in the hot seat again.
Winning Is The Only Escape
Meyer will forever live with his actions that were caught on camera.
It will also take time before he can regain the trust of team owner Shahid Khan and his players.
Unfortunately, the only escape for Meyer is if the Jaguars suddenly became a good football team.
A string of victories will bury the issue into oblivion.
Sadly, the Jaguars are historically bad after losing their 20th consecutive game.
Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence has the skill set to thrive but is still learning the ropes.
Therefore, Meyer won’t shake off this controversy until he leaves the NFL.