Jaguars HC Urban Meyer dismisses report of rift with coaching staff
Those that thought the Jacksonville Jaguars would beat the San Francisco 49ers had their hopes shattered after losing 30-10. This was arguably the Jags’ worst loss of the season, as they were outmatched in all three phases of the game. And a report early Sunday should have been a sign of things to come.
Hours before the game, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Urban Meyer wanted to simplify the offense and add some of the ROP elements that helped Trevor Lawrence succeed at the collegiate level. La Canfora added the Jaguars head coach has clashed with his staff, often in front of players.
After the game, Meyer told the local media he hadn’t seen the report but refuted it, saying he has high expectations but would not cross the line.
"I am very transparent that I’ve always been. We have high expectations and when someone’s not performing well, we have hard conversations. But that’s the game of football, so that report is incorrect."
Now, disagreement is going to take place when a group of people has different ideas on how to reach a common goal. Every now and then, things are going to get heated, and it’s up to Meyer to call out his coaching staff if they aren’t delivering results. On the other hand, that shouldn’t happen in front of his players.
There are times and places to give feedback and doing it in front of the players is not it. That’s like going to the retail store and seeing the general manager berate the employees in front of the customers. You pull the man to the side, let him know what’s happening, and discuss a course of action.
Also, the Jaguars’ haven’t played well in recent weeks. While some of that falls on the players, the coaching staff, at least on the offensive side of the ball, must shoulder some of the blame. However you look at it, the results just aren’t there.
With that in mind, don’t be surprised if the Jags’ coaching staff undergoes changes next offseason, For the time being, here are a few more takeaways from the Jaguars’ loss to the Niners.