The Jacksonville Jaguars are off to a slow start the first year of head coach Urban Meyer’s tenure, losing their first four games of the 2021 season. However, they’re far from an isolated case. Most teams that start a rebuilding process struggle before they are able to turn things around. The Jags have a steep climb ahead of them, and wins won’t come often in 2021. However, a national talking head believes Meyer has them on the right path.
Colin Cowherd recently talked about the Jaguars and Meyer on The Herd. He says he’s watched them closely twice this year and states the obvious, that this isn’t a very good football team. On the other hand, he points out that they’re improving under the former Florida head coach and it will be a matter of time before they start winning some football games. He then goes on to explain why he thinks the Jags are off to a not-so-great start.
"Jacksonville has to gamble a lot defensively why because they can’t get any pressure of just rushing three and four guys, their special teams are average why the rosters incredibly thin especially on the back half of it."
Cowherd brings up the fact current Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores struggled in his first year at the helm (2019), losing seven straight games before the Phins finally beat a lowly New York Jets in Week 9. Miami ended up winning five games that season and racked up 11 victories the following campaign. The Jaguars could face a similar situation in 2021. Here’s the whole clip in case you want to watch it. He brings some interesting points.
Do the Jacksonville Jaguars have the right coaching staff?
Cowherd likes the players the Jaguars currently have but believes they need to acquire more difference-makers, “I like their draft last year, even the first-round pick, I’m fine with it”. The first-round pick Cowherd is referring to is probably edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, who has been mostly a non-factor in 2021. On the other hand, he’s not so sure about Meyer’s coaching staff.
"Between the Jags losing culture and the Jags being cheap and urban being 100% college guy. I don’t think he got the best people in the league, to apply for his jobs, I think his staff is very very average, do not love his offensive staff, and that could very well be his undoing."
That might be a matter of personal opinion though. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer are doing a good job of developing Trevor Lawrence. While the Jaguars aren’t an offensive powerhouse, they showed in Week 4 they can put points on the scoreboard. Ultimately, Meyer will make changes to his coaching staff if he deems it necessary.
It’s too early to give up on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Winning takes time in the NFL. The Jaguars had a few building blocks on the roster last season, but not enough to consistently win games. The team’s brass made upgrades to most position groups in both free agency and the draft but one offseason isn’t enough to hoard talent. Also, the Jags aren’t getting much production from their rookie class. That has certainly slowed down the process. If Jacksonville’s young players start contributing more, they will also get better.
Cowherd is right though. The Jags are showing steady progress. They couldn’t even line up right in the season opener and had a sketchy game plan. Every week, they have played better and have been more competitive. Against the Bengals in Week 4, they were one week away from winning their first game of the year.
It’s possible that the Jaguars will make changes for their coaching staff in the offseason. But for the time being, they will have to make things work with the one they have. Either way, they’re showing progress, which should turn into wins sooner rather than later.