Washington Post on Urban Meyer


The article entitled, Nobody believes Urban Meyer. That’s why he’s failing, lays it out in scathing language how Meyer has mismanaged his career from Florida to tOSU to the NFL.

I’m most thankful for what UM did for the University of Utah football program. Chris Hill hit a home run with his hire. But I am decidedly happy the only issues we and the U had to deal with, was his exit.


The good NFL coaches begin exchanges with the fundamental mind-set that their players want to be great — and if their effort flags it’s usually because they’re discouraged by poor working conditions or a boss they don’t trust. The phrase “locker room talk” is associated with crudity, and there’s no question that exists. But the conversational tone within a championship NFL organization is highly nuanced, too, and the best NFL coaches speak the truth — in a language of diagnosis and distinction, not excessive recrimination or blame-shifting. Above all, they understand that the best performances don’t come from demand but rather from mutual belief in one another’s work.

If Meyer has lost the Jaguars’ locker room, and it appears he has, it may be because he managed it with something close to disrespect for the professionals who inhabit it. He demands an extra two reps and then takes a night off in a bar. He preaches personal responsibility and then ducks his own. “I’m very demanding of our coaches and expect guys to be held accountable for their positions,” he said Sunday. Like he’s the only demanding guy in the building. Like he’s the only one with standards. Small wonder if the disrespect has become entirely mutual.

Let’s face it… him bailing on us was the greatest miracle we could have hoped for. Didnt have a crooked history (yet) at Bowling Green, so looked awesome for us. But once he got access to the money/fame/resources at FLA, his true character (or lack thereof) asserted itself. Plus we then landed Kyle as HC, and the rest is amazing history.


Glad we dodge most of his issues. That said, I can’t imagine that I’m the only one wondering when Jax will fire him. He seemed like an odd fit for them to start with, and reports coming from Jax make him seem even more out of place and out of touch.

I wonder if a few games into this year he figured this was going to take a long time to turn around, and implemented plan B - how can I get fired and collect a paycheck?

Urb will be let go after the last game of the regular season.

Coaching College vs the Pro Game is different. Urb had always been a college coach. Transitioning to coaching a room full of pros is a culture shift in and of itself. Spending time trying to prove “who is in charge” in that environment becomes an immediate career killer.

After hearing the comments from reporters who covered Urb’s exits from Gainesville and C-Bus. Both appreciated the hardware, buy both athletic programs we’re glad when he left. A report from C-Bus said Meyer’s leaving felt like a dark cloud had been lifted from the program.

I am sure he will reappear as a commentator for one of the College Football channels again. If he does, he will need to make sure he gets his ■■■■ tight because if a “Frank Gifford” type sex tape shows up, that dude will be toast in more ways than one.




Urban Meyer knew every trick to college success, but you can’t fake it in the NFL

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By Adam Kilgore


Yesterday at 9:48 a.m. EST|Updated yesterday at 2:56 p.m. EST

Every minute longer Urban Meyer remained the coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars only would have added to the damage he wrought over one offseason and 13 games. Jaguars owner Shad Khan did not do the right thing late Wednesday night so much as the only thing. Khan fired Meyer, ending an experiment that set back his franchise, threatened the development of first overall pick Trevor Lawrence and obliterated Meyer’s reputation.

Meyer packed a kaleidoscopic array of controversies, embarrassments and missteps into his 336 days as Jaguars coach. When you hire a strength coach with a history of alleged racist and abusive behavior, sign a 34-year-old minor league baseball washout as a tight end, publicly flirt in a bar with your name on it as a married man, demonstrate an ignorance of which of your players are actually getting in games and kick your kicker, you have covered the bingo card.

That off-field compendium doesn’t speak to just how overmatched the Jaguars were on the field. They are 2-11 and have been outscored by 83 points during their current five-game losing streak. The culture Meyer instilled produced a team that plays like it doesn’t want to be there.

The most damaging aspect of Meyer’s partial season — and the first thing the next coach must address — is how it affected Lawrence, the franchise’s best hope. The Jaguars provided Lawrence little talent and stale schemes. As he should have been learning, he regressed. Lawrence entered the league regarded as a generational talent, a can’t-miss prospect on par with John Elway or Andrew Luck. He has not surpassed 240 passing yards and has thrown just one touchdown since Week 8. On Sunday, he threw four interceptions in a 20-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

The singularity of Meyer’s failure suggests he is not just the latest college coach to fail in the NFL. If there is a familiar trait to his collapse, it might be that he did not understand himself or his task.

In the summer, Meyer told Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports that winning in the NFL was “the last mountain to try to climb.” Meyer seemed to believe he had climbed a lot of mountains. Really, he had climbed the same mountain in different ways.

In the early 2000s at Bowling Green and Utah, Meyer was a schematic innovator. He helped launch the spread-offense craze in college football that trickled up to the NFL: Andy Reid made it part of his offense after the Kansas City Chiefs acquired Alex Smith, who quarterbacked Meyer’s 2004 Utah team to an undefeated season.

By his Ohio State tenure, Meyer viewed himself as a culture creator who delegated X’s and O’s to his assistants. Meyer won because he was great at recruiting high school players and used an immense resource advantage to build some of the best facilities and staffs in college football. No one can dispute his towering success in college.

In the NFL, the advantages Meyer created in college evaporated, and his idea of winning culture was exposed as hollow. The debate between culture and scheme misses the point, anyway: You can’t pick and choose. Bill Belichick creates a culture of accountability and diligence and also can correct the right guard when he takes a false step on a trap block. The Baltimore Ravens possess one of the most solid and revered cultures in the NFL. In an interview in the spring of 2020, as NFL teams adjusted to working from home, Coach John Harbaugh discussed how he viewed the long hours of his work life.

“It’s a challenge every week just to keep your head above water, not to get blown out of the water by scheme and by ideas,” Harbaugh said then. “So you’ve got to be prepared, you got to be ready, and you got to work at it.”

Meyer was not prepared for what it took to win in the NFL. It cost the Jaguars their season and cost Meyer his reputation. Eleven months ago, Meyer was a respected television analyst and one of the greatest modern college football coaches. Now he’s the guy who sat on that bar stool in Columbus, the bully who berated his kicker, the dunce who thought Andre Cisco was playing when he wasn’t. Now he’s a punchline.

“As I stated in October, regaining our trust and respect was essential,” Khan wrote in a statement, referencing Meyer’s dalliance in the bar. “Regrettably, it did not happen.”


As an aside, the Jags say the fired Urban for “cause”, and they are refusing to pay off his contract. This one’s going to spend a lot of time in court.


The Urban Meyer recent legacy continues to look pretty weak. CSU fired Steve Addazio this week, who was highly recommended to them by Meyer, in no small part because of how he treated people in and around the program.

Addazio Out at Colorado State

As an aside, CSU is paying a lot of money to both Addazio and Mike Bobo before him, not to coach for them any more.

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