Urban Meyer is out as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach and can probably by no means work within the NFL once more after allegations that he kicked a player, belittled his coaching staff and created a fair worse tradition in Jacksonville. But the previous head coach sees one other downside that led to his exit.
In a prolonged interview with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Meyer apologized to Jacksonville for not getting the job achieved and denied Josh Lambo’s allegations that he kicked the veteran kicker in August. But the 57-year-old school teaching legend additionally cited a altering tradition within the United States and soccer as a motive why issues didn’t work out.
- Urban Meyer teaching report (NFL): 2-11
When requested by Rapoport if his model of teaching can work in right this moment’s trendy world, both within the NFL or school, Meyer steered gamers and coaches are “so fragile” that his methods would possibly now not work.
“I think college has changed quite a bit, too. Just society has changed. You think how hard you pushed. … I believe there is greatness in everybody and it’s the coach’s job to find that greatness however you do that. Positive encouragement. Pushing them to be greater, making them work harder, identifying flaws and trying to fix [them]. I think everything is so fragile right now. And that includes coaching staffs. When I got into coaching, coaches weren’t making this kind of money and they didn’t have agents. Everything is so fragile where it used to be team, team, team. I remember talking about it in a staff meeting three days ago. I got into this profession because I had the greatest high school coach and it was all about team. All about the huddle.”
Meyer is among the most completed coaches within the historical past of school soccer and his success in an trade the place student-athletes don’t have a gamers’ union or actual energy allowed him the liberty to function nevertheless he wished.
But he rapidly realized that doesn’t exist within the NFL, with gamers backed by a union and much more highlight put onto issues NFL coaches do.
A month into turning into the Jaguars head coach, Meyer employed Chris Doyle because the workforce’s director of sports activities efficiency. It got here lower than a 12 months after the previous school power and conditioning coach was dismissed from Iowa after a number of gamers spoke out about Doyle utilizing racist language towards them and treating them otherwise based mostly on their race. Facing fast criticism from NFL analysts and the Fritz Pollard Alliance, Meyer defended the rent and his vetting course of.
That similar vetting course of helped Meyer construct his first NFL teaching workers, the identical coaches who he reportedly called “losers” and demanded they defend their resumes in the course of the 2021 season.
The Meyer bar video drew consideration and resulted in all the locker room dropping respect for his or her head coach and mocking him when he wasn’t within the room. But it additionally highlighted Meyer’s lack of expertise for the extent of preparation NFL head coaches put into their jobs, which incorporates finding out movie on flights dwelling as a substitute of stress-free at a close-by bar.
But Meyer’s poor remedy of gamers, most frequently achieved to these he may seemingly get away with doing it towards, proved much more expensive.
There’s a risk Meyer coaches once more in school, given the extent of desperation at many packages. But the salaries for the highest-paid coaches in college football are skyrocketing, and student-athletes at the moment are profiting off their identify, picture and likeness. If that’s an excessive amount of for Meyer, teaching and management of younger males aren’t for him.