The Urban Meyer era in Jacksonville, Florida is set to begin on Sunday afternoon.
The Jaguars open the 2021 season on Sunday against the Houston Texans. It’s Game 1 for Meyer, who is coaching in the NFL for the first time. The three-time national title-winning college football head coach took the 2019 and ’20 seasons off before un-retiring to accept the Jaguars job.
According to a Sunday morning report from CBS Sports, there is pessimism around the league regarding Meyer’s future.
CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports that Meyer has already had “repeated issues” in Jacksonville.
There have been repeated issues with other coaches on staff, with Meyer’s temper and lack of familiarity with the ebbs and flows of the NFL calendar rubbing the Jacksonville Jaguars staff and players the wrong way, the sources said. There is a disconnect at times between the members of the staff with extensive pro experience and those who lack it, and morale has suffered as the outbursts have continued. His fiery remarks to players and coaches after games have already struck many as bizarre.
Winning cures everything, though the Jaguars aren’t expected to do much of it in Year 1.
“He has everyone looking over their shoulders already,” one source told CBS. “He becomes unhinged way too easily, and he doesn’t know how to handle losing, even in the preseason. He loses it and wants to take over the drills himself. It’s not good.”
It’ll be interesting to see what happens moving forward, that is for sure.
Jacksonville will open the 2021 season on Sunday against Houston.