Urban Meyer Rumors: Jaguars Insiders Think Execs Will Have 'No Choice but to' Fire HC

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVOctober 10, 2021

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 24-21. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Urban Meyer's time as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars may be short-lived.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, many within the team "believe the damage done from Meyer's actions last weekend will end up dooming his tenure there and leaving ownership with no choice but to move on by 2022."

Jacksonville is off to an 0-4 start this season, and Meyer is under further scrutiny after a video showing a woman dancing on him in an Ohio bar spread across social media.

While the 57-year-old's job is still secure, his actions drew a statement from Jaguars owner Shad Khan that said he had to "regain" the team's trust after his "inexcusable" conduct:

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Meyer's decision not to fly back with the team following a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals made an already dire situation even worse.

La Canfora reported his "issues interacting with coaches and players, plus the low morale from a rocky preseason, were already significant problems even before the season began." What's more, he was "fighting for respect" in regard to his ability to coach in the NFL following the winless start.

Then, the video was released after Meyer stayed in Ohio instead of traveling back to Jacksonville with his team.

While the coach told reporters during his press conference he remained in Ohio to see his grandchildren and was out to dinner with his family when another group of people attempted to get him out on the dance floor, many with the team did not appreciate his response.

They "were further blindsided by Meyer's initial reaction to the images appearing on the internet, imploring the coaches to speak to the players about the situation, cancelling their Monday meeting and waiting until Wednesday to speak to the entire roster."

One agent for a player called the coach "a laughingstock in that locker room," while a Jaguars staff member said his response was "pretty gutless."

That echoes a previous report from Michael Silver of NFL.com:

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THREAD 1) The Urban Meyer situation in Jacksonville has reached a crisis point, especially in the locker room. One player told me, 'He has zero credibility in that stadium. He had very little to begin with.'

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3) Instead Meyer 'only apologized to position groups individually.' He portrayed the woman in the videos as a random person who was 'just there dancing.' Suffice it to say, his audience was highly skeptical.

The Jaguars are also staring at an uphill battle on the field. They face the division-rival Tennessee Titans on Sunday and have not won a game since their season opener in 2020. They showed some fight in the 24-21 loss to the Bengals, which the team could have built upon during the last week of practice.

Instead, Jacksonville's head coach has dominated the headlines.