The Jaguars endured a home blowout loss this past Sunday, and the efforts on the football field were concerning.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been competitive in most of their contests this season but this past Sunday versus the San Fransico 49ers — all hell broke loose. First, the 30-10 scoreline in favor of the away team cannot happen at the NFL level. Niners dominated the time of possession and generated the NFL’s longest offensive drive since 2000.
How exactly did the Jaguars respond? With a three-play offensive drive that resulted in a punt. Talk about a sense of urgency or lack thereof. The Black and Teal possess a young team, but who in leadership emphasizes the importance of responding to San Fransisco’s tone-setting drive?
In addition, the defense allowing the swiss army knife in Deebo Samuel to takeover is equally unacceptable. Ultimately, their inability to score or stop opposing defenses is a reflection of the coaching staff.
The Jaguars’ woes on the field start with Urban Meyer.
From head coach Urban Meyer being out at bars to hiring assistant coaches with a history of using racial slurs, this team has been undisciplined from the get-go in 2021. On Sunday, the Jaguars produced eight penalties which cost the team 56 total yards. In addition, safety Rayshawn Jenkins committed an inexcusable penalty.
This occurred early in the second quarter when it was, at the time, a two-possession game. Subsequently, Jenkins was ejected and gifted the 49ers with a free 15 yards. Again, this is a player that Meyer and company brought in as a free agent this offseason. The front office must seriously consider whether or not Urban is truly capable of running this team.
The Jaguars must weigh the pros and cons of keeping Urban Meyer.
Despite Urban Meyer being in his first year as the coach of the Jags, there are not many positives one could say of what he has brought to the organization. Instead, there are eerie similarities between him and many of his recent predecessors in Jacksonville.
The combination of losses, undisciplined players, and lack of competitiveness versus beatable competition should be red flags of any NFL head coach regardless of how long they have held their position.
Moreover, with the amalgam of young talent with the likes of Trevor Lawrence, has Meyer shown enough to prove that he can maximize the skills of the standout young signal-caller? These are all legitimate questions that Jacksonville must address sooner rather than later. Otherwise, they will keep enduring the same cycle of disappointing results on the football field.