You only will need to look at the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2-10 report to know head mentor City Meyer’s first calendar year isn’t heading perfectly. But points are by some means even worse than they look, and it only looks to be getting worse.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Meyer’s perspective, tactic, and coaching design have led to “many operate-ins” with gamers and coaches in the latest weeks. He is reportedly berated his coaching employees, gotten into a public combat with a player, and gave an outsized punishment to just one of the team’s ideal gamers when supplying preferential cure to just one of his aged Ohio Condition players.
Meyer reportedly angers his personal gamers
Pelissero comprehensive many incidents that have reportedly taken place in Jacksonville just above the very last two months.
Meyer’s constant community and personal criticism of the Jags’ receivers reportedly led vast receiver Marvin Jones (who Pelissero calls “a single of the locker room’s most revered and delicate-mannered veterans”) to angrily storm out of the follow facility. In accordance to Pelissero, team customers experienced to persuade Jones to return. And after he did return, he experienced a “heated argument” with Meyer at practice.
Just last 7 days, Meyer chose to bench managing back James Robinson, who broke out in 2020 but has been handcuffed underneath Meyer. Adhering to the 37-7 reduction to the Los Angeles Rams, Meyer claimed Robinson was out because of to injury — an explanation that made no feeling since Robinson had returned to the match and gotten a several carries.
So why was Robinson genuinely benched? According to Pelissero, Meyer benched Robinson as punishment for an opening travel fumble. Replacing him was Carlos Hyde, who performed underneath Meyer at Ohio State and had also fumbled. This period Meyer has sometimes chosen enjoying Hyde, a journeyman, around Robinson. That appeared to be the scenario towards the Rams in 7 days 14, when Meyer reportedly had operating backs coach Bernie Parmalee quit Robinson from obtaining back into the video game.
Robinson only returned to the match immediately after quarterback Trevor Lawrence reportedly asked Meyer why one particular of the team’s most effective managing backs was not on the field. Following the match, Lawrence made it distinct that he supported Robinson and preferred him on the area as a lot as doable.
Meyer reportedly berates his coaches
Jags players reportedly complained about Meyer to Rams gamers following the game, stating the previous faculty mentor does not address them like grownups. But Meyer’s mindset has influenced not just the gamers. The coaching team has also reportedly felt his wrath.
Through a workers meeting, Meyer sent a biting information that he is a winner and his assistant coaches are losers, according to quite a few persons knowledgeable of the contents of the assembly, demanding each and every mentor separately to clarify when they have at any time gained and forcing them to defend their resumes.
There is far more. Prior to the time started, Meyer reportedly explained to his coaches after getting rid of consecutive preseason games that he was “sick of becoming ashamed and if the staff failed to get started winning instantly, some of them wouldn’t be close to for a 2nd calendar year.”
Meyer has not adjusted technique
The difficulties with Meyer started off just before the period experienced even commenced. He was fined $100,000 (and the Jags fined $200,000) for violating OTA procedures. The NFLPA opened an investigation immediately after he publicly stated that vaccination status factored into his roster selections. Once the time begun, Meyer constantly foisted blame on his gamers and coaches.
Then arrived the huge just one: Meyer did not go household with the group right after their 24-21 decline to the Cincinnati Bengals in October. As an alternative he stayed behind and was caught on movie at a bar with a young girl dancing pretty close to him. Which is two screw-ups for the cost of just one.
Meyer was nearly fired over the bar debacle. Owner Shad Khan chose to retain him, but introduced a assertion that amounted to a community reprimand. Khan built it distinct that Meyer experienced to perform to regain the rely on and respect of the gamers, coaches and workforce proprietor.
These new experiences show that Meyer has not adjusted his strategy and is continuing to rule with the very same self-centered iron fist he did at Ohio Condition. Several said that solution wouldn’t fly in the NFL, and Meyer seems to be proving them proper.
Will Meyer be fired at the stop of the 2021 season?
It truly is entirely feasible that Khan, immediately after evaluating the injury Meyer and his coaching design have prompted, does determine to fireplace Meyer after just just one year. But the latest history reveals that Khan is all about tolerance when it arrives to his head coaches.
Khan gave the two coaches that arrived prior to Meyer — Gus Bradley and Doug Marrone — sufficient time to determine points out, even when points had been dire. Bradley made it into his fourth season just before he was fired, compiling a 14-48 file along the way. Marrone, who had managed to get the Jags to the playoffs at one particular issue, was the head mentor for 4 entire seasons before he was fired with a 23-43 file.
Pelissero claimed that there is no sign that Khan is thinking about making a adjust at head mentor. But if points continue this way, it truly is doable that could modify.