Urban Meyer was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons since the moment he took the head coaching job with the Jacksonville Jaguars early in 2021.
That was a bad omen from the start and he was ultimately fired after 13 games.
Meyer is now in a position of damage control as he tries to rebuild his reputation, again, and land a new job elsewhere.
Mike Vrabel was on Urban Meyer’s coaching staff at Ohio State pic.twitter.com/E5v0xfiQWd
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) December 12, 2021
The former Jaguars head coach conducted an interview with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and spoke on a variety of topics about his time in Jacksonville.
One quote in particular stands out because of what it says about Meyer.
“I think everything is so fragile right now. And that includes coaching staffs. When I got into coaching, coaches weren’t making this kind of money and they didn’t have agents. Everything is so fragile where it used to be team, team, team. I remember talking about it in a staff meeting three days ago. I got into this profession because I had the greatest high school coach and it was all about team. All about the huddle.”
This is telling for several reasons.
The incident that did Meyer in was him reportedly kicking kicker Josh Lambo before the season.
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 15, 2021
Assaulting a player is never a good look and allowed the Jaguars to fire Meyer for cause.
But leaks started to come out nonstop about how Meyer was tough to work with.
His team was losing, he was causing drama, and the leaks made sense.
So Meyer is now calling everyone fragile?
His hand-picked staff having agents is not the reason why they were mad about him reportedly calling them “losers” this year.
And it appears everyone on the staff was indeed about the team, while Meyer was about his own ego.
It is never a good sign to be in constant damage control.
The reasons for his firing were obvious and instead of being accountable, there is a ton of blame and deflection.
This may serve as a warning for college programs to avoid Meyer, as it seems unlikely another NFL team would give him a shot again.