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Report sheds light on Urban Meyer’s future with Jaguars

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer has once again found himself at the center of the college coaching rumor mill, but apparently the Jacksonville Jaguars do not need to be concerned.

Meyer has no interest in taking another college coaching job, ESPN’s Michael DiRocco reports. The 57-year-old remains committed to the Jaguars and trying to build them into a contender.

Meyer is linked to most major college coaching jobs no matter what his situation is at the time they become vacant. That happened once again this week when Brian Kelly left Notre Dame for LSU, and you can understand why.

There is plenty of reason to believe Meyer would have interest in coaching the Fighting Irish. He described Notre Dame as his “dream job” over a decade ago. As recently as 2017, Meyer’s wife Shelly said coaching at Notre Dame would be one of her husband’s dream jobs.

Taking the Notre Dame job would be the perfect way for Meyer to leave the NFL, as he could point to the fact that he has openly admitted he would love to coach there. However, the stench from Meyer’s unflattering scandal in Jacksonville has already worn off. He may genuinely want to see things through, even if his “dream” college job is now available.

Video: Rayshawn Jenkins ejected for throwing punch at 49ers player

Rayshawn Jenkins throws a punch

Tempers flared during the first half of the San Francisco 49ers-Jacksonville Jaguars game on Sunday, and one player was ejected as a result.

Jaguars defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins got into it with San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings after a play in the second quarter. Jennings’ helmet came off during the skirmish, but he kept his cool. Jenkins did not, instead delivering an open-handed slap to Jennings’ face as players and officials came over to break up the fight.

Jenkins was ejected for throwing a swing. Here’s the video:

The act also led to a 15-yard penalty, which gave the Niners a first down after the Jaguars had come up with a big stop on third down.

Throwing a punch almost always leads to an ejection. This is not the first time we have seen it happen this season.

Jaguars coaches reportedly at odds over Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence celebrates

The Jacksonville Jaguars had hoped Trevor Lawrence would experience fewer growing pains in his first NFL season. The rookie’s struggles may lead to some significant changes within the organization when the year ends.

There has been disagreement among Jacksonville’s coaching staff over what offense Lawrence should be running, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. With Lawrence struggling to read defenses, Urban Meyer and some on his staff believe the No. 1 overall pick could benefit from the Jaguars implementing more run-pass option plays like the ones Lawrence ran at Clemson. Others feel that approach would come with a significant risk of injury.

Sources told La Canfora that frustration has been mounting between Meyer and his staff since the offseason. Meyer has supposedly expressed his displeasure with some of his assistants in front of players. Changes are expected, and it’s possible quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer could be shown the door as a result of Lawrence’s struggles.

Lawrence has thrown eight touchdowns all year compared to nine interceptions. He completed just 16 of 35 passes for 162 yards in last week’s 23-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Meyer has set some ridiculously high expectations for the Jaguars this season. He doesn’t want to hear anyone using a new system or a rookie QB as an excuse, but the team is clearly struggling with that. Time will tell if coaching changes help resolve some of the issues.

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 doubles down on high expectations for Jaguars

Urban Meyer Jags

Things have not gone well for the Jacksonville Jaguars so far this season, but Urban Meyer does not want to hear any excuses.

The first-year head coach made a clear statement on Monday about his expectations for the remainder of the season. He said the Jaguars’ play at this point cannot be chalked up to a new system or a rookie quarterback in Trevor Lawrence.

In short, Meyer doesn’t want to hear excuses. Considering the team is 1-5, it’s fair to read this as a criticism of their play so far. Meyer definitely isn’t grading on a curve.

Jaguars players seem to have found some other reasons to blame for their struggles this year. That won’t stop Meyer from maintaining some expectations that border on ridiculous. With upcoming games against the Bills and Colts, it won’t be easy.

Jaguars player had to unexpectedly deliver his newborn baby

Dawuane Smoot smiles

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dawuane Smoot helped the snap a 20-game losing streak on Sunday, but that wasn’t even close to the most impressive thing he accomplished this year.

Smoot’s wife, Aumari, went into labor early Tuesday morning. She and Dawuane quickly gathered their things and were headed out the door to the hospital, but their newborn daughter couldn’t wait. As Smoot told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, his wife fell to her knees and started giving birth. Dawuane had to deliver the baby while speaking with paramedics on the phone.

Fortunately, everything turned out well. Both Aumari and her new daughter, Ahlani Moon Smoot, are said to be doing well.

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time a professional athlete has had to deliver his own baby at home.

Smoot, 26, was drafted by the Jaguars in the third round back in 2017. He has appeared in all six games for the team this season and has eight tackles and 1.5 sacks. What a week it has been for him.

Twitter reacts to Urban Meyer getting first NFL win

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer finally got his first ever NFL win on Sunday, and the Jacksonville Jaguars coach deserved it with the call he made at the end of the game.

The Jaguars had the ball at the Miami 44-yard line on 4th-and-8 with the score tied 20-20 and just five seconds remaining. Rather than have rookie kicker Matthew Wright attempt a 61-yard field goal, Meyer had Trevor Lawrence and his offense line up in a Hail Mary formation. But there was no Hail Mary attempt.

With the Dolphins lined up in a deep prevent defense, Lawrence completed a quick 9-yard pass to Laviska Shenault Jr., who immediately went down and called timeout with 1 second left.

Wright then came on and made a 53-yard field goal to win the game. The execution had to be perfect, and it was. The Jaguars would have turned it over on downs had Shenault come up short of the first-down marker.

Thanks to the savvy play design, Meyer got his first ever win. The Jaguars also snapped a 20-game losing streak. Twitter had a variety of reactions:

And our personal favorite:

The Jaguars may have gotten away with a massive late-game blunder (video here), but all that matters is the final score. Meyer has finally generated a positive headline in Jacksonville.

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?

Urban Meyer Jags

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.