Those in the know in NFL circles had to be shocked when the Jacksonville Jaguars hired Urban Meyer.
He got the job over a list of more qualified candidates as the Jaguars tried to be creative to turn the franchise around.
They are already looking for a new head coach after 13 games this season.
Meyer is out and is the top story of the day Thursday.
ESPN’s Louis Riddick, who has worked in NFL front offices, went on for several minutes about just how bad of a job the head coach did in what was a golden opportunity.
.@LRiddickESPN did not hold back on Urban Meyer.
"This is the biggest failure of leadership, on the part of a coach, probably in the history in the NFL. … As far as his career in the NFL, it's over. It's done." pic.twitter.com/dCUCgU7cWT
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) December 16, 2021
Riddick opens up by saying Meyer is the biggest head coaching failure in NFL history and only speaks the truth from there.
Louis Riddick Only Speaking Facts
Everything Riddick says in his three-minute diatribe is spot on.
He notes how Meyer got this job over a list of qualified candidates and did not earn the job at all.
Perhaps the most accurate point from Riddick is how he says Meyer made this job all about himself.
He never put himself in the backseat to let Trevor Lawrence, or only players for that matter, shine.
Urban Meyer signed a five-year contract with the Jaguars in January 2021. He didn’t make it to the one-year mark.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 16, 2021
Meyer cast blame elsewhere whenever possible and basically lost trust from the organization after only a few games because of his infamous bar video.
Riddick could have easily gone on for much longer because Meyer’s long list of drama from this year alone is so much to take in.
The most unfortunate point from Riddick is how he says he feels bad for Jaguars owner Shad Khan.
Khan runs a lowly franchise and really did try to make a splash with the Meyer hire.
Ultimately, he was duped about who Meyer is as a person.
Riddick joins so many other ripping into Meyer and all of it is deserved as the coach’s NFL career should be over.
Yet while Meyer is likely done in the NFL, a college football program may always welcome him back.
That sport is a whole other world compared to the NFL.