The Urban Meyer saga continues this week as the Jacksonville Jaguars try to focus on preparing for a divisional showdown with the Tennessee Titans.
However, Meyer sits atop the national headlines.
By now everyone who follows the NFL knows the story.
Meyer stayed behind in Ohio following the Week 4 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals and was filmed being danced on at a bar by a young woman.
This situation had to be addressed and he began with a weak apology on Monday.
He then reportedly apologized to the team, but not as a whole.
That reportedly changed Wednesday when he finally addressed the entire team over this embarrassing situation.
The fact this remains a story means the fallout from this distraction remains a distraction in itself.
This Will Continue All Week
This story is certainly not going away anytime soon.
And it would seem obvious that no matter the outcome of Sunday’s game, he will still have to address the matter in his postgame press conference.
Reporters simply cannot stay away from the topic because of how it has been handled.
He was obviously forced to address the viral video to reporters on Monday.
But a team-wide apology could have ended all the further discussion.
Instead, it took until Wednesday during a game week for Meyer to finally address his entire team about the distraction he has caused.
His job was in question and players had to be wondering if they could see him as their leader.
No one knows how the players are feeling, and an apology does not automatically change one’s mind.
The good news is that the players don’t seem to be focusing on Meyer, at least not publicly.
#Jaguars DE Josh Allen says “we’re locked in” when asked about how tough it was to prepare for the Titans this week with the distractions.
— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) October 6, 2021
He can continue to dig himself deeper while they just try to win a football game.
Desperately Needing A Win
Meyer needs his team to win Sunday.
That is plain and simple.
Urban Meyer, who apologized to the team as a whole on Wednesday and then to fans, said he did not consider resigning as Jaguars coach.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 6, 2021
The Jaguars are already off to an 0-4 start and all the negative focus now is on Meyer.
That is not what any coach wants and it is so mind-blowing to watch this all play out so soon in his first NFL season.
So are the lowly Jaguars truly facing a must-win in Week 5?
The team as a whole may not be, but Meyer could use the victory.
He looked way too dejected following last Thursday’s loss and that was already a bad sign for how he may be acting in the locker room.
Then came the dancing debacle and another loss may truly break him.
Meyer has a reputation for drawing attention to himself and nothing has changed from college to the NFL.
The fact we are talking about multiple apologies proves that.