The Jacksonville Jaguars had enough of Urban Meyer.
That’s why they fired him 13 games into his first season as an NFL head coach.
He left the team in a messy situation because of his antics and ego.
Worst, his presence wasted the supposed progression of quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
The franchise hoped that the multi-titled college football coach would guide the rookie starter.
That ideal scenario did not happen, and Lawrence will have his second coach in his maiden season.
However, it’s not yet time to throw the white flag for him because of three factors.
3. He Has Had Some Good Performances
Yes, Lawrence has 14 interceptions compared to nine touchdowns.
But his stint so far as Jacksonville’s starter isn’t all that bad.
He did not throw a pick in four of his last six games and added some spot yards via their ground game.
The former Clemson standout also had a game wherein he completed 70 percent of his passes.
Excellent throw by Trevor Lawrence on 4th down pic.twitter.com/z5kyMjz2Yc
— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) December 6, 2021
Lawrence also went above the 60-percent completion rate in six games and had two games of at least 300 passing yards.
The number one pick in the 2021 NFL Draft also has two rushing touchdowns.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to find any positive note from his four-interception performance against the Tennessee Titans.
However, there’s a more encompassing reason for that meltdown.
2. Meyer Couldn’t Handle The NFL
Meyer blamed everyone but himself for the team’s failures.
He thought that what worked in college would be conducive in the pro game.
That’s why he lost the locker room when he tried to enforce an absolute rule to young professionals.
These men are not under scholarship anymore and might be earning more than him.
Ultimately, Meyer never proved that he’s one with the team.
Urban Meyer didn't get fired because of his bullying behavior. He got fired because the world found out. pic.twitter.com/xZP8u0frEx
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) December 16, 2021
Such drama can put their in-game strategy in jeopardy because it’s hard to win in the NFL with distractions.
With him gone, the Jaguars hope that interim head coach Darrell Bevell will provide the wisdom and guidance that their young quarterback will need.
Lawrence himself admitted that Meyer’s firing brings some clarity to the locker room.
While there’s an acknowledgment of Meyer’s turmoil, the Jaguars are by no means close to being competitive.
1. He Develops With The Team
Some Jaguars fans desire for Lawrence to perform better.
But that’s hard to do in a team sport wherein every player has a profound effect on the game.
Based on his output so far, he looks like the franchise quarterback they seek.
James Robinson and Travis Etienne could also become a potent backfield tandem that will relieve much pressure off him.
However, they need an upgrade in other positions, especially on the offensive line.
For all those worried about Trevor Lawrence, this is his life as a QB. Where do you go? pic.twitter.com/ms1wsgdqj4
— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) November 15, 2021
Lawrence has absorbed 25 sacks through 13 games, which is not a reasonable rate.
It doesn’t hurt to add pieces on their defense, too.
Jacksonville’s front office must make intelligent decisions through the draft or free agency.
Building the pieces around Lawrence is the only way to become competitive again.
Even talented quarterbacks need help to become successful in the NFL.