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Some Jaguars players ‘are not thrilled’ with Urban Meyer’s coaching style: ‘They haven’t got off to a good start’

The Urban Meyer experiment is off to a rocky start in Jacksonville.

Meyer has faced a lot of criticism prior to the 2021 NFL season, from his decision to hire Tim Tebow as a tight end to his unwillingness to name the No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence as the starting quarterback for the Los Angeles. Jaguars. (Meyer finally confirmed what everyone else already knew Wednesday, telling reporters that Lawrence is at the top of QB’s depth chart.)

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Well, Jags fans, we have more bad news. During an appearance in Tuesday edition of “The DA Show”, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports told Damon Amendolara that some Jacksonville players are sharing half-hearted criticism about the former Florida and Ohio State coach.

“He’s got to change some things. He brought a lot of college-like things to the show, which I don’t necessarily agree with,” Prisco said. “And I’ve heard some of the players aren’t thrilled with him either, including having a mic on the field, one of his assistants on the field during practice with a boom mic, telling everyone to hydrate and hurry up and get to the court next period.

“So obviously it’s a work in progress. He’s been a good soccer coach everywhere he’s been. It’s very different when you recruit guys for your school and you have a lot of the best players, the five stars, of what what he’s trying to achieve. Build something. So it’s going to be a challenge. I’m not going to give up what he can do in his first two games. I don’t think that’s fair to him. I don’t think that’s fair to the quarterback. field. But they haven’t got off to a good start. “

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The Jaguars have struggled in the preseason, losing their first two games to the Browns and Saints, and the offense in particular has been a disaster. As Sporting News’s Jacob Camenker pointed out, they have as many 3s and outs as there are points during Lawrence’s eight drives. To make matters worse, rookie running back Travis Etienne will miss the entire 2021 campaign after sustaining a foot injury.

If Jacksonville can’t make significant improvements, the blame will fall on Meyer’s feet. The Jaguars main office has given him, as Prico put it, “carte blanche.”

“Of everything that changed inside the building, they added a lot of new things, cryotherapy, all kinds of things were added in that building at his request,” Prisco said. “He has the largest coaching staff in the NFL. He’s huge, so he got everything he wanted there. There’s a coach, a stretch coach, for every position when they stretch so everyone gets the proper stretch. The team has passed. and beyond what you have asked, now you have to win.

“And the problem is, he said he had the best of the best in his coaching staff. Clearly that offense is a disaster right now. They have no idea what they’re doing … They have problems. They have a week to fix them. , or a couple of weeks before the regular season. But right now, they don’t look very good. “

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