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Urban Meyer says Jaguars ‘heartbroken’ over close loss

Urban Meyer

The biggest question surrounding Urban Meyer’s foray into the NFL was: how would he handle all the losing?

Meyer was used to dominating the college game. At Ohio State, he only lost nine games in seven seasons. In his first season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Meyer already has nearly half as many defeats.

On Thursday night in Cincinnati, Meyer’s Jags led 14-0 at the half but wound up losing 24-21 on a field goal as time expired.

Meyer looked heartbroken after the game and acknowledged the loss was “heartbreaking.” He also said his players were “heartbroken.”

Meyer also is confident that the team will turn things around and begin to win.

For now, Jacksonville is 0-4, which must be rough on the team and their first-year head coach.

Kliff Kingsbury’s horrific field goal decision burns Cardinals

Jamal Agnew kick six

The Arizona Cardinals attempted what would have been the longest field goal in football history on Sunday, and the end result was a touchdown for the other team.

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury for some reason had kicker Matt Prater attempt a 68-yard field goal with seconds left in first half. The kick came up short, as expected. The Jacksonville Jaguars had their kick returner, Jamal Agnew, waiting in the back of the end zone in anticipation of the kick not reaching the goal posts. That’s exactly what happened.

Agnew then broke a tackle and got a couple of great blocks en route to the end zone.

What was Kingsbury thinking? There was no way Prater was going to make that kick, leaving two possible outcomes — a missed field goal before the half or a free touchdown for the Jags. That was just an abysmal decision from the Cardinals coach.

Jaguars troll Falcons for copying their idea with message to fans

Arthur Smith

Urban Meyer addressed Jacksonville Jaguars fans with a somewhat unusual statement after the team’s second loss of the season, and the Atlanta Falcons apparently liked the idea.

Hours after the Jaguars’ home loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Meyer issued a brief statement to fans urging them to “hang in there with us.” Here’s what it looked like:

Then on Monday, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith made similar remarks to the media about his team’s 0-2 start. The Falcons shared the comments on Twitter in a very similar font to the one the Jaguars used for Meyer’s statement.

To summarize, what we have here is two 0-2 teams arguing over who did it first. That’s as sad as it gets.

Urban Meyer has message for Jags fans after second loss

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer has coached just two games with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he already feels the need to ask fans to not hit the panic button.

The Jags turned in another poor performance on Sunday, this time against a Denver Broncos team that is now 2-0 but not expected to be a playoff contender. After jumping out to a 7-0 lead early, Jacksonville managed just six points in the final three quarters en route to a 23-13 loss. Meyer released a message to Jaguars fans through the team after the game and urged them to “hang in there with us.”

Growing pains were expected from the Jaguars this season. They have a rookie quarterback and a coach who had no prior NFL experience. However, the Jags were dominated in Week 1 by a Houston Texans team that many expected to be the worst in the league in 2021. Trevor Lawrence has thrown five interceptions in his first two starts, and Jacksonville’s defense has looked nonexistent at times.

It’s tough to judge any team on two games, but there haven’t been many positive signs for the Jaguars. They’ve now lost 17 straight games dating back to last season. If they don’t get in the win column soon, the troubling reports we have heard about Meyer will only become more prevalent.

Urban Meyer responds to talk of him leaving Jaguars for USC

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer has coached just one game in his NFL career, but he is already facing questions about whether he could return to college. As you might expect, Meyer insists that is not happening.

Meyer was once again linked to the USC head coaching job after Clay Helton was fired earlier this week. On Wednesday, the 57-year-old told reporters that there is “no chance” he is leaving the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Meyer-to-USC rumors really took off on Monday when a Reddit account tweeted a joke that a lot of people took seriously. There was never any real chance of Meyer leaving the Jaguars after just one game.

Everyone cracked the same joke on social media after the Jaguars were blown out by the Houston Texans in Meyer’s first game on Sunday. Even if things don’t work out for Meyer in Jacksonville, it’s far too early to panic. He has put a lot of time and energy into his first NFL gig. It would make no sense for him to bail on it so quickly.

Jaguars own two more embarrassing records after latest loss

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The Jacksonville Jaguars had one of the most disappointing performances of any NFL team in Week 1, and they are continuing to rewrite the record books for all the wrong reasons.

With Sunday’s 37-21 loss to the Houston Texans, the Jaguars have now lost 16 games dating back to last season. Their defense has been historically bad during that stretch. Jacksonville has allowed three or more touchdowns and 24-plus points in each of its last 16 games. That is the longest streak in NFL history for both categories.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk also noted that the Jaguars are currently in a five-way tie for the 12th-longest losing streak in NFL history.

A lot has been made of Jacksonville beginning a new era with Trevor Lawrence and Urban Meyer, but their defense has been horrendous for quite some time now. Lawrence and Meyer weren’t responsible for any of last year’s losses, but the rookie broke an amazing personal streak with Sunday’s defeat.

Many expected the Houston Texans to be the worst team in football this season. It’s never wise to overreact in Week 1, but the Jags could give them some serious competition in that department.

Report: Urban Meyer has already had issues with Jaguars players, coaches

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer will be watched closely in his first NFL season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and it sounds like the college coaching legend has already run into some problems while making the leap.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Sunday that there is pessimism around the NFL about Meyer’s ability to adjust to coaching at the professional level. The 57-year-old is said to have had “repeated issues” with members of his coaching staff and Jaguars players this summer. One of the problems has been the reported disconnect between members of Meyer’s staff that have NFL experience and those who don’t.

“He has everyone looking over their shoulders already,” one source told La Canfora. “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.”

Meyer apparently wanted to treat preseason games more like regular season games, and he even admonished his staff over preseason losses. Some coaches were given the impression that their jobs are not secure because of the team’s performance in meaningless games.

Meyer lost a total of 32 games in 17 seasons as a college head coach. He lost just nine in his seven years at Ohio State. Learning how to lose will be his biggest challenge in the NFL, and that is something he acknowledged right after taking the Jaguars job.

It didn’t take long before people started making the same joke about Meyer when the Jaguars struggled during the preseason. Of course, it was the preseason. Meyer will be judged based on how Jacksonville does in games that matter. He’s not expected to lead the team to the playoffs immediately, but he may need to work through some in-house issues in his first year.

Jaguars release statement addressing Urban Meyer’s vaccination comments

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer made some candid remarks about roster cuts this week that led to the NFL Players Association opening an investigation, and the Jacksonville Jaguars have now responded to the controversy.

Meyer told reporters on Tuesday that everything was considered when deciding which players to keep on the 53-man roster. He said that process included “is he vaccinated or not?” and that vaccination status was “certainly in consideration.

On Wednesday, the Jaguars released a statement that insisted no player was released based on vaccination status alone. However, the team admitted that “availability is one of the many factors taken into account when making roster decisions.” You can read the full statement below:

You can interpret that any way you want. While it’s likely true that no player was cut strictly due to vaccination status, all teams have to take it into consideration. The NFL has much stricter protocols for unvaccinated players compared to vaccinated players. Unvaccinated players have restrictions related to more frequent testing, mask-wearing, meal-eating, and more.

Does that mean Trevor Lawrence would have been cut if he were not vaccinated? Of course not, but it was reportedly a factor in at least one notable player’s release.

The NFLPA could be angling for a discrimination lawsuit, but they knew the implications the vaccine-related protocols would have when they agreed to them.

NFLPA investigating Jaguars over Urban Meyer’s vaccination comments

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer may have been too honest with the media on Tuesday.

Meyer spoke with reporters about the Jacksonville Jaguars’ moves on roster cutdown day. He said that they took a player’s vaccination status into consideration when making decisions.

“Everyone was considered,” Meyer said. “That was part of the [considerations such as] production, let’s start talking about this, and also is he vaccinated or not? Can I say that that was a decision maker? It was certainly in consideration.”

Perhaps Meyer should not have said that.

The NFLPA said on Tuesday that they are investigating the comments.

The NFL has much stricter protocol for unvaccinated players compared to vaccinated players. Unvaccinated players have restrictions related to more frequent testing, mask-wearing, meal-eating, and more. The vaccination status of one notable player reportedly was a factor in his release too.

The word has been going on for a while that unvaccinated players were at a disadvantage. Whether someone admitting on record that vaccinations were a factor leads to repercussions remains to be seen. It seems like a discrimination lawsuit could be in play, but the NFLPA agreed to the vaccine-related restrictions this year.

Urban Meyer discusses risk of starting Trevor Lawrence as rookie

Trevor Lawrence

Starting games as a rookie quarterback in the NFL is one of the most challenging things to do in sports, and the Jacksonville Jaguars will soon learn if Trevor Lawrence is up to the task. Head coach Urban Meyer has no problem acknowledging that the situation is delicate.

Prior to his team’s exhibition game against the Dallas Cowboys, Meyer was asked about the risk of starting a rookie quarterback. He gave a candid response.

All rookies experience growing pains, and they tend to be more exaggerated with quarterbacks. There have been countless times where rookie QBs struggle and never seem to get their confidence back. Lawrence has all the makings of an NFL franchise cornerstone, but Meyer is right that the Jaguars still have to put him in positions to succeed.

Lawrence turned in his best performance of the preseason on Sunday, as he completed 11-of-12 passes for 139 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. One throw in particular on Jacksonville’s first drive (video here) had to have Jags fans dreaming of making deep playoff runs.

Like with any other rookie, Lawrence’s performance this season will depend upon how quickly he can bounce back from his mistakes.