Jaguars' Marvin Jones Says He Had Conversation with Urban Meyer About WRs' Play

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 15, 2021

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 05: Marvin Jones #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars signals to fans as he leaves the field after a 37-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on December 05, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. denied a report from the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero that he left the practice facility after being angry with Urban Meyer's "public and private criticism of the receiver group" at some point in the past two weeks, though he did confirm Wednesday the two spoke about the situation.

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Jaguars WR Marvin Jones confessed he didn't leave practice but he did have a conversation with Meyer about how receivers were being perceived as a problem

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<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jaguars?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jaguars</a> WR Marvin Jones on the reports of him and Urban Meyer having a heated exchange. <a href="https://t.co/dRnHitWFt7">pic.twitter.com/dRnHitWFt7</a>

"I'll just say this: There was something that was brought to my attention that I didn't like too well," he told reporters. "I approached him about it, and we talked and we handled it like grown men. And that's all I have to say about that."

Pelissero noted a number of other instances of unrest and confrontation in his report, chief among them that Meyer "delivered a biting message that he's a winner and his assistant coaches are losers" during a staff meeting. 

Meyer denied the report in no uncertain terms:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer on fixing what's wrong: "What's the answer? Starting leaking some information or nonsense? That's garbage. ... If there is a source, then that source is unemployed. I mean, within seconds."

That report also suggested that Meyer ordered the benching of running back James Robinson after he fumbled in a 37-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Robinson only returned after rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence questioned the benching.

"Bottom line is James is one of our best players and he's got to be on the field and we addressed it," Lawrence would later tell reporters, "and I feel like we're in a good spot and the whole team, we're good."

But per Pelissero's report, several Jaguars "vented their frustration to Rams players after that game, sources say, reiterating a common complaint that Meyer—who had no prior NFL experience—doesn't treat them like adults."

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Going back to Oct and once again today, several NFL executives around the league have told me they don’t believe Urban Meyer will be coaching the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jags?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jags</a> next season. Says one NFC exec: “Why did they think it would work? I’m not sure there was ever a scenario where he’d succeed.”

Meyer's tenure looks increasingly as though it could be one-and-done in Jacksonville, though team owner Shahid Khan told reporters he wouldn't make decisions based on "just acting helter-skelter on emotion."

"I'm not impulsive," he added. "I learned that a long time ago with anything that's this important you don't want to be impulsive. You want to look at exactly what I know first-hand, what people are telling me and then collect that and do the right thing."

As for the 31-year-old Jones, he went from catching 76 passes for 978 yards and nine touchdowns a year ago to posting 54 receptions for 610 yards and three scores through 13 games. 

Some downturn in production isn't shocking, given that he's going from Matt Stafford to a rookie in Lawrence at quarterback. But Jacksonville's inept offense under Meyer, which ranks 30th in yards per game (303.1) and 31st in points per contest (13.8) has been a waning tide that lowers all ships.