Saturday, October 23

Jaguars’ Urban Meyer says the NFL is’ like playing Alabama ‘every week

NFL freshman coach Urban Meyer made a comment about the league that is sure to excite Alabama fans and elicit complaints from Jaguars faithful.

Meyer, the beleaguered Jacksonville 0-2 coach, reportedly told Denver coach Vic Fangio on Sunday that the NFL is “like playing Alabama” every week. Fangio recalled the anecdote Wednesday when he spoke to reporters before the Broncos’ meeting with the Jets.

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Meyer’s joke came after his team lost 23-13 to the Broncos:

“I really don’t know Urban Meyer at all, I met him the other day, shook his hand before and after the game and his comment was, ‘Every week is like playing Alabama in the NFL,'” Fangio told reporters. on Wednesday.

“And that’s it. Everyone is capable of beating everyone in this league.”

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That’s not what a success-hungry fanbase wants to hear from their head coach, especially one with such a successful track record on shows like Ohio State, Florida and even Utah. But therein lies the problem: Meyer hasn’t had a smooth transition from the college game, where he could easily recruit opponents and simply beat them to his team’s huge advantage in player size, speed and overall talent.

In college, Meyer enjoyed coaching several NFL-caliber players, while most of his opponents had considerably less. Now, everybody he’s a player of NFL caliber, and Meyer’s coaching skills have yet to make up the difference. The level of parity is highest in the NFL, where, as Fangio pointed out, “everyone is capable of beating everyone.” That still doesn’t bode well for Meyer, even with quarterback Trevor Lawrence, considered the number one overall pick since the beginning of his Clemson career, leading his offense.

Reports from Jacksonville suggest that Meyer’s coaching style is “unhinged,” one that players are “not thrilled” to experience. Also consider that Meyer is already breaking NFL rules, brought in former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow to try out as a tight end, and strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle resigned shortly after announcing his hiring, and he’s not. No wonder Jacksonville is 0-2 in 2021.

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That 0-2 streak is the first time since the 2013 college football season that Meyer suffered consecutive losses; that year his team lost to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship and Clemson in the Orange Bowl. The start of this year prompted the Jaguars to make an unfortunate post on social media telling fans to “hang in there” with the team … in week 2 of the season.

Jacksonville has been dysfunctional not only in its first two games this season, but also in the preseason, where the team quickly became the butt of NFL jokes. So where do Meyer and company go from here? For starters, they host the Cardinals 2-0. If they lose to Arizona, it will be the first time Meyer has lost three straight games since 2010 when his Florida team lost to LSU, Mississippi State and … you guessed it:


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