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

Urban Meyer

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.

Jaguars owner critical of Urban Meyer over viral video

Urban Meyer

The Jacksonville Jaguars may not fire Urban Meyer over the embarrassing video of the coach that went viral, but team owner Shad Khan clearly is not happy with him.

Khan issued a statement on Tuesday in which he described Meyer’s behavior as “inexcusable.” He said Meyer must earn back the trust and respect of the organization and that he is “confident he will deliver.”

Khan’s statement came not long after an anonymous Jaguars player blasted Meyer. The player said Meyer has “zero credibility” in the locker room and ripped him for the way he has handled all of the drama over the past several days.

The original video that featured Meyer went viral over the weekend. It showed a woman rubbing up against the 57-year-old coach, and Meyer appeared to have his arm serving as a barrier between him and the woman. However, another angle that surfaced on Monday was a much worse look for Meyer.

Meyer stayed in Ohio last week after his Jaguars lost to the Cincinnati Bengals to fall to 0-4 on the season. He has been criticized for not traveling back to Jacksonville with the team, though even his wife defended him on Twitter.

A report on Tuesday claimed the Jaguars met behind closed doors this week to discuss the possibility of firing Meyer. Khan’s statement indicates the team is sticking with its first-year coach, at least for now.

Jaguars player unloads on Urban Meyer, says coach has ‘zero credibility’

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer has been the coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars for only nine months, but it sounds like he is already in danger of losing the locker room — if he hasn’t already.

Meyer is currently dealing with a lot of negative publicity after a video went viral that showed a woman rubbing up against him at a bar in Ohio. According to a new report, Jaguars players do not appreciate the way Meyer has handled the situation.

Michael Silver of NFL.com said Tuesday that he was told by a Jaguars player that Meyer has “zero credibility” with the team. The player said he and his teammates were unhappy after Meyer canceled a team meeting on Monday so he could deal with the fallout from his off-field drama. The player also claimed the team burst out laughing after Meyer explained what happened between him and the young woman.

Shortly after Silver published those anonymous quotes, Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement. He called Meyer’s conduct “inexcusable” and said the coach must earn back the respect and trust of the team.

A previous report on Tuesday claimed the Jaguars met behind closed doors this week to discuss the possibility of firing Meyer. Khan’s statement seemingly indicates that the team has not gotten to that point yet but is unhappy with Meyer.

In the original video, Meyer appeared to have his arm serving as a barrier between his personal area and the woman. Another angle then surfaced on Monday that showed the 57-year-old coach being handsy with the young woman.

Meyer’s wife Shelley said she knew Urban was at a bar and that he deserved to blow off some steam after a tough loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday night. It’s unclear if she felt differently after the latest clip surfaced on Monday.

Meyer apologized on Monday for becoming a distraction to the Jaguars.

In addition to his actions at the restaurant, Meyer has also faced a lot of criticism for not flying back to Jacksonville with the Jaguars after their loss last week. He had some dramatic things to say after the team fell to 0-4 on the season.

Report: Jaguars discussing possibility of firing Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer has made headlines over the last several days for stories that have nothing to do with football, and it sounds like the Jacksonville Jaguars are very unhappy with their first-year head coach.

NFL analyst and former front office executive Michael Lombardi, who hosts “The GM Shuffle” podcast, said Tuesday that he was told by two Jaguars sources that the team has held closed-door meetings about Meyer this week.

Sports legal expert Michael McCann then speculated that the Jaguars could be discussing firing Meyer if he violated some sort of “morals clause.” Lombardi responded and said “that’s exactly what is being discussed.”

That, obviously, is not good news for Meyer.

Multiple social media posts and videos have surfaced since Saturday showing Meyer at his restaurant, Urban Meyer’s Pint House in Dublin, Ohio. The original video featured a woman grinding on Meyer, and it looked like Meyer had his arm blocking and serving as a barrier between his personal area and the woman. However, things got worse for the coach on Monday when a new angle appeared to show the 57-year-old getting handsy with the young woman.

Meyer’s wife Shelley said she knew Urban was at a bar and that he deserved to blow off some steam after a tough loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday night. It’s unclear if she felt differently after the latest clip surfaced on Monday.

Meyer apologized on Monday for becoming a distraction to the Jaguars.

In addition to his actions at the restaurant, Meyer has also faced a lot of criticism for not flying back to Jacksonville with the Jaguars after their loss last week. He had some dramatic things to say after the team fell to 0-4 on the season.

The Jaguars have completely tanked since this cursed tweet

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Once upon a time, the Jacksonville Jaguars were undefeated, confident and hungry for more wins.

That was all the way back in Week 1 of the 2020 regular-season following a 27-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Since then — since that cursed tweet — it’s been all downhill for the Jaguars. In fact, they haven’t won a single game.

After their 1-0 start last season, the Jaguars finished the year with 15 consecutive losses (1-15 overall). This season? Despite adding quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, they’ve started 0-4.

Combined, the Jags are 1-19 since claiming they weren’t satisfied with a single victory, including a Thursday night loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. And at this point, they’d give literally anything for a W.

That’s not likely to come in Week 5, however. They host the suddenly hot Tennessee Titans, a team they haven’t defeated since September of 2019 and have beat just twice since 2015.

Currently, the Jaguars are listed as 7.5-point home underdogs.

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.