What did Randy Moss say about the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Nobody will bat an eye if you say the Jacksonville Jaguars were a bad team in 2020. After all, they finished the season with a 1-15. In fact, analyst and former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss of ESPN recently shared his views about the turnover the ‘Jags’ have recently gone through. Let’s just say his comments were bewildering.
Moss said in a recent roundtable for NFL Countdown that Jaguars’ new head coach Urban Meyer will have a tough challenge fixing the team. Some of Hall-of-Fame wide receiver’s concerns about Meyer are valid. Moss wonders whether Meyer’s success at the collegiate level will carry over to the NFL. Also, he says the head coach will have a lot to work with, not just the team, everything that is going on such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the social justice movement.
So far so good, however, Moss quickly jumps the shark and out of nowhere says Duval County is not a good county to be in due to the ‘violence and the crime’. He gives no context, he just says that violence and crime in Duval will make things difficult for Meyer.
Is Randy Moss’ criticism about the Jacksonville Jaguars and Duval valid?
Meyer will face most of the challenges a new NFL head coach would face. He isn’t the first one to make the transition from college to the pros, so Moss’ criticism would apply to pretty much any rookie head coach. On the other hand, his comments about Duval don’t make sense. Regardless of how violent or not Duval is, there’s no way its crime rates are going to affect the Jaguars’ ability to prepare for the 2021 season.
Moss makes it sound as if players are going to get mugged at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex or one day Meyer will show up to work and all the equipment will be gone. Simply, his views on Duval have no relationship with Meyer’s aptitude to fix the Jaguars. Maybe Moss visited Duval County once, didn’t have a pleasant experience, and wanted to get it off his chest.
Meyer certainly has plenty of work, but he’s the right coach to lead the rebuilding effort. He will face many roadblocks but violence and crime in Duval won’t be a factor. Some of Moss’ observations make sense but saying Duval is not a good place to be is head-scratching.