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Look: Jaguars may have gotten away with huge late-game blunder

Jamal Agnew finger

The Jacksonville Jaguars came within millimeters of committing an unforgivable mistake late in their game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday — or did they?

Trailing 20-17 in the fourth quarter, Jacksonville’s defense came up with a big stop around midfield to force a punt. Jaguars return man Jamal Agnew initially decided to let the ball bounce, but he appeared to change his mind and try to field it. Fortunately for the Jags, the ball bounced over Agnew’s hand and into the end zone.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores challenged the play, and for good reason. Replays showed that the ball may have grazed Agnew’s finger, but the play stood as called. Here’s a look at it:

That could have gone either way. It certainly didn’t look like there was any space between Agnew’s finger and the ball, but you can understand why the call on the field was not overturned.

The Jaguars retained possession and put together a field goal drive to tie the game at 20-20.

If you remember, Agnew is the same player who made an incredible play for the Jaguars on special teams earlier this year (video here). He got just plain lucky with his ill-advised decision on Sunday.

Watch: Trevor Lawrence made bold claim about Dolphins on sideline

Trevor Lawrence celebrates

The Jacksonville Jaguars entered Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins with zero wins in five games, but it would appear that Trevor Lawrence’s confidence remains intact.

The Jaguars moved the ball with relative ease on their first offensive drive in London. They probably would have scored a touchdown had it not been for a brutal dropped pass on 3rd down at the Miami 22-yard line. After they settled for a field goal, Lawrence was shown on the sideline telling teammates and coaches “they can’t stop us.”

Here’s the video:

Not surprisingly, Lawrence was proven wrong almost immediately. The Jaguars went three-and-out on their next two offensive possessions.

It’s good to see the optimism from Lawrence, but Jags fans aren’t going to care until their team gets into the win column. If defenses truly couldn’t stop Jacksonville, perhaps the insane goal Urban Meyer set for the offense wouldn’t be quite as laughable.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) gestures after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Urban Meyer’s practice schedule to blame for Jaguars’ struggles?

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have not looked good through the early part of the season, but they’ve been at their worst in games during the second half. Is that Urban Meyer’s fault, too?

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, some Jaguars players believe the team’s practice schedule has been an issue dating back to training camp. Players have reportedly complained that there is not enough recovery time and that the practice schedule is not appropriate for getting through a lengthy season.

“Just ask anyone down there about how the players feel on game day,” a source told La Canfora. “They have dead legs. It’s become a real problem. It’s not just one or two guys. It may sound like an excuse, but to the players it’s real.”

Heading into Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins in London, the Jaguars had been outscored by 45 points in the second half of games. Some on Meyer’s staff reportedly feel that the team is worked too hard at times and that the practice schedule would be better suited for a college season, which is much shorter than the NFL’s 17-game season.

Even before Meyer made headlines for the video of him getting cozy with a young woman, there was plenty of talk about him not being an effective NFL coach. He recently set a ridiculous goal for Jacksonville’s offense, and some felt that showed how out of touch he is with the professional game.

Has Urban Meyer lost the Jaguars’ locker room?

Urban Meyer

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan said recently that Urban Meyer needs to work to earn back the trust of his players. The more we hear, however, the more it sounds like Meyer may have never had it.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic wrote on Thursday that sources told him they don’t believe the recent embarrassing headlines created by Meyer have caused the coach to lose the locker room. Those sources believe Meyer “never had the locker room” in the first place.

Why? Apparently veteran players have not responded well to Meyer’s coaching style. That isn’t exactly a surprise, as Meyer had no NFL coaching experience prior to this season. College coaches often have a difficult time relating to NFL players, and that may be what has happened with Meyer in his first year in Jacksonville.

The report meshes with what we recently heard from an anonymous Jaguars player and two player agents. The player blasted Meyer and said he has never established credibility since he was hired by Jacksonville. The agents claimed Jags players view Meyer as a “fraud” and couldn’t believe the coach chose to remain in Ohio two weeks ago after the team lost to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Meyer has faced plenty of criticism since a video surfaced of him getting cozy with a young woman at a bar. But when the dust settles from all of that, the biggest question might be if he was even the right person for the Jaguars job to begin with. It sounds like there is a lot of skepticism about that, too.

Urban Meyer has ridiculous goal for Jaguars offense

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-5, but you wouldn’t know it based on the goals Urban Meyer is setting for his offense.

On Monday, Meyer floated a statistical target for his offense — he wants to see them reach 250 passing yards and 250 rushing yards in the same game.

To say that’s ambitious is an understatement. Even the best offenses struggle to do what Meyer wants here. The 2019 Baltimore Ravens, who set the 16-game single-season team rushing record, only achieved the feat once that season. Meyer’s team hasn’t come all that close, as the 198 team rushing yards they posted Sunday was easily their best mark of the season.

This is one of those instances where it almost seems that Meyer still thinks he’s coaching Ohio State, not a winless NFL team. It’s unlikely to help his apparently sagging reputation among his players, not to mention with fans and the rest of the league.

Agent says Jaguars players view Urban Meyer as a ‘fraud’

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Urban Meyer desperately needs to lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to a win in Week 5, as it sounds like the first-year head coach is in serious danger of losing the locker room — if he hasn’t already.

Meyer has created negative headlines for his 0-4 Jaguars since a video of him getting cozy with a young woman went viral last week. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, several Jags players already had “fractured” relationships with Meyer before the embarrassing video surfaced. Some players then felt betrayed by the coach when he chose not to fly back with the team following their tough loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Both players and coaches have been unhappy with Meyer’s handling of the fallout. One Jaguars staffer told La Canfora it was “gutless” of Meyer to not speak with the entire team until Wednesday. An agent for a Jaguars starter said he is shocked Meyer kept his job.

“You can’t make morality a central theme of your leadership message, and then do this,” the agent told La Canfora. “It undermines everything. You can’t be holier than thou and do as I say and then do this. You don’t get up from something like this. These players see right through him. I can’t believe they didn’t fire him.”

An agent for another player said his client views Meyer as a “fraud.”

“He is a laughingstock in that locker room right now,” the agent said. “(My client) said he’s a con man. They think he’s a fraud. How do you not fly home with your team?”

That is consistent with the way an anonymous player blasted Meyer earlier in the week. It could be that there are a few players who want the coach fired, but either way that is not a good sign for a head coach in his first NFL season.

A lot has been made of the embarrassing Meyer videos. However, one former NFL coach doesn’t even think that is the most shocking part of the whole ordeal.

Urban Meyer has been ‘put on notice’ by Jaguars?

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The signals out of Jacksonville for coach Urban Meyer are already worrisome just four games into his tenure.

Meyer has become embroiled in controversy after video emerged of a young woman rubbing up against him at his bar in Ohio. Beyond questions about his personal life, some were confused as to why Meyer didn’t fly home with the rest of the Jaguars after the team’s Thursday loss to Cincinnati.

All of it has raised questions about Meyer’s future in Jacksonville already. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, appearing on “The Rich Eisen Show” Wednesday, suggested that Meyer has been “put on notice” by the Jaguars, specifically by owner Shad Khan.

“I haven’t heard any change in his job status,” Rapoport said. “I think the remarks by Shad Khan were extremely noteworthy. I honestly can’t remember an owner really saying anything like that. That was a very strong public rebuke, and it was not off the cuff.

“He is still the Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coach, but I would say very clearly been put on notice.”

Khan’s statement, which you can see by clicking here, was incredibly critical of Meyer, and explicitly said the coach must regain his “trust and respect.” Rapoport is right that there’s not a lot of precedent for a public statement like that.

There is no indication that Meyer’s job is in danger, and he made clear Wednesday he was not even considering resigning. By at least one measure, however, his future looks quite murky.

Urban Meyer answers questions about his marriage, resignation talk

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Urban Meyer met with the media once again on Wednesday to address the negative attention he has brought to himself and the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the coach insists he is not going anywhere. Neither is his wife, Meyer says.

Meyer was asked by reporters if he has considered resigning, to which he emphatically replied, “no.” The 57-year-old then fielded a personal question about his wife Shelley and their marriage. He described this week’s incident as a “speedbump” for them.

Many people have criticized Meyer for not flying home with the Jaguars following their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday night. He said the decision was one he cleared through general manager Trent Baalke and that he felt it would be an opportunity “for everybody to clear their head.”

Obviously, the decision was the wrong one. Meyer ended up going viral for a video that showed a young woman rubbing up against him at his bar/restaurant in Ohio. His wife defended him on Twitter, but it’s unclear if she felt the same way after a new angle surfaced on Monday that showed Meyer getting handsy with the woman.

Meyer concluded his Wednesday press conference by apologizing to Jaguars owner Shad Khan, the players and fans. He also held a team meeting earlier that morning to address all of the drama. You can read more about what was said in that meeting here.

Here is what Urban Meyer said to Jaguars players in team meeting

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Urban Meyer has created negative headlines for himself and the Jacksonville Jaguars over the last several days, and the first-year head coach took a step toward trying to earn back the trust of his players on Wednesday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media says Meyer addressed the Jaguars in a team meeting early Wednesday morning. The 57-year-old apologized to his players and coaching staff and expressed regret for embarrassing both his family and the team.

“Meyer was, from what I understand, honest and pretty forthright,” Rapoport said. “He expressed remorse and asked for forgiveness from his team. He basically took responsibility for what he did. He told his team he believed in them and loved them and said he cares about two things, really — football and family. He says he embarrassed them both.”

Meyer obviously needed to address the team. One anonymous Jaguars player said Tuesday that the coach tried to do that already and completely botched it. The team had better hope Meyer’s Wednesday speech was better received.

A video went viral over the weekend that showed a woman rubbing against Meyer at his bar/restaurant in Ohio. Meyer appeared to have his arm serving as a barrier between him and the woman, but another angle that surfaced on Monday was a much worse look for him.

Many people pointed out that it was baffling for Meyer to not travel back to Jacksonville with the Jaguars after their tough loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday night. His own wife defended him over the decision, but it’s tough to remember any situation quite like it in the NFL.

Oddsmakers paint grim picture of Urban Meyer’s future with Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars do not appear to have any plans to fire Urban Meyer in the near future, but the gambling community believes it is only a matter of time before the coach loses his job.

With the Jaguars off to an 0-4 start and Meyer now creating negative headlines off the field, the 57-year-old has become the overwhelming favorite to be the next NFL head coach who gets fired. According to SportsLine, the odds of Meyer being the next coach fired are -200. That means you would have to bet $200 to win $100. New York Giants head coach Joe Judge is a distant second at +700.

The odds definitely have more to do with what has happened off the field than on it. Meyer was +800 just last week as the first head coach to be fired, behind both Judge and Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy. The Jaguars have since lost a tough road game to the Cincinnati Bengals, but the odds shift isn’t about that.

A video that went viral over the weekend showed Meyer at his restaurant in Ohio with a young woman rubbing up against him. It looked like the coach had his arm serving as a barrier between him and the woman, but a new angle on Monday looked a lot worse for Meyer.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement on Monday calling Meyer’s behavior “inexcusable,” but he said Meyer will have an opportunity to earn back the team’s trust. One troubling report makes it seem like Meyer has already lost the locker room.