In Jacksonville, things are already jacked up.
Urban Meyers Jaguars’ tenure got off to a bumpy start, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, as coaches and players seem to disprove the head coach’s scratchy behavior in preseason, training and meetings during the first year.
La Canfora reports that Meyer’s temper allowed “red flags” early on as head coach, with some questioning his ability to last a season given his summer squabble with the team.
“There is sometimes a gap between those on the staff with extensive professional experience and those who lack it, and morale has suffered as the outbreaks have continued,” says La Canfora. “His fiery remarks to players and coaches after the games have struck many as bizarre.”
La Canfora reported, citing sources, that Meyer had threatened the job security of his employees after the losses in the previous season and “downgraded coaches”. Meyer struggled to figure out the timing of the installation and other NFL planning elements, causing delays and further difficulties for the coaching team.
Jacksonville members also resent Meyer’s seemingly control freak demeanor, with Meyer taking over exercise drills if not done to his exact specifications and expectations. There are also questions about Meyer’s handling of NFL staff with the team, according to La Canfora.
“He’s already showing everyone over his shoulder,” a source told CBS. “He gets unhinged far too easily and doesn’t know how to deal with losing, even preseason. He loses it and wants to do the exercises himself. It’s not good.”
As a longtime and incredibly successful college head coach, Meyer is making his foray into the NFL sphere this year, his first as Jacksonville head coach. With the Jaguars’ hiring of Meyer and the election of child prodigy Trevor Lawrence as No. 1 overall, they signaled a new era in Jacksonville football.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have got off to a good start for everyone involved.