After the Jacksonville Jaguars Week 4 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, a video of head coach Urban Meyer in an inappropriate situation went viral. He addressed the incident in his most recent sitdown with the local media.
Meyer says he apologized to the team and the staff for getting himself in that position. He added that he stayed in Ohio after the team’s loss. They went to have dinner, and a big group asked him to take pictures. They tried to pull him out to the dance floor and concedes that he could have acted differently.
"I just apologized to the team and the staff for being a distraction. Explained everything that happened and owned it. Should not have myself in that kind of position."
Last Saturday, the video in question popped on social media. It depicted a woman, who wasn’t Meyer’s wife, dancing close to his lap. The fact that the Jaguars head coach apologized for his actions goes on to show that it wasn’t the best look and that he might have been in the wrong. Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem like the issue will be hovering around TIAA Bank Field, as the chatter about the situation has wavered. Here’s Meyer’s exchange with the media, in case you want to watch it.
The video of Urban Meyer shouldn’t hurt the Jaguars in the long run.
Even though the video was trending on social media, the national media didn’t make a big fuzz out of it for the most part. This is a bit puzzling since it’s picking on Meyer has become a popular thing to do. Whether there’s a head-coaching opening at the collegiate level, or he asks his players to stay hydrated, there has been no shortage of reasons to criticize him.
On the other hand, as bad as Meyer’s actions might have been last weekend, it’s a private matter and it doesn’t directly affect the team. Indirectly? Sure, anything that gives others a reason to talk about can be. In this case, the head coach talked to his players one-on-one and all the leaders, and it seems like it won’t have any long-term ramifications.
Later in the context, Meyer said Jaguars players are focus despite the fact that they lost on Thursday Night Football. He added that their priority is to prepare for the Tennesse Titans, as the AFC South is within ‘striking distance’. And that’s the right approach. He put himself in a bad situation and has to face the repercussions. He doesn’t have a time machine to change things, so he can do nothing but turn the page, and get ready for the Week 5 matchup.
The Jaguars are still looking for their first win of the 2021 season. However, they showed promise in the last two weeks and may have a shot at beating a 2-2 Tennesse Titans team that suddenly looks vulnerable. The Jags have their work cut out but at least, it doesn’t seem like they will have to worry about the video.