It feels like yesterday when Urban Meyer was in charge of the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, it’s been more than seven months since they pulled the plug on the controversial head coach.
Since moving on from Meyer, the Jags have undergone many changes. After a detailed search that lasted several weeks, they hired Doug Pederson as their head coach and spent the following months making upgrades to their roster.
The Jaguars will report to training camp on July 24th and will face off against the Las Vegas Raiders in the Hall-of-Fame game on August 4th, so it feels like a good time to take a look at all the moves Jacksonville made since the start of the offseason.
The Jaguars are coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history
It’s true that the Jaguars have had worse years in terms of wins and losses but it’s hard to quantify how much harm Urban Meyer caused during his dysfunctional tenure. Not only was the head coach clueless but he also didn’t know how to lead the team and his poor people skills came to light during his short stint in Jacksonville.
Meyer was involved in several controversies, including but not limited to not flying with the team after a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4, allegedly kicking Josh Lambo, ordering the benching of James Robinson, and later pointing fingers at running backs coach Bernie Parmalee, and getting in quarrels with the staff he handpicked.
With Pederson at the helm, the Jags are undergoing a healing period and had a relatively uneventful offseason, which is probably what they needed after Meyer’s hectic tenure.