Urban Meyer debacle is a lesson in accountability for Jaguars

Accountability starts at the top.

That’s a theme Jaguars owner Shad Khan needs to trumpet and embrace now, if he happens to wonder why the wheels seem to be falling off so fast as his team limps along with another big L.

Khan hired Urban Meyer for the job of injecting life into one of the league’s worst franchises, and the decision is backfiring to major proportions. Not only was Jacksonville crushed again on Sunday, falling to 2-11 after losing 20-0 at Tennessee, but the optics are even worse after an NFL Network report over the weekend tore a bit more into Meyer and portrayed him as a loose cannon who’s in over his head.

No, it’s not time for Khan to cut bait and declare that an experiment that we’ve seen before – turning over an NFL franchise to a successful college coach! – has run its course again.

If he truly believes in his conviction for hiring Meyer as much as I think he does, Khan needs to stick with him – for now. But the accountability meter is spinning, both for Khan in assessing why he hired Meyer in the first place and for Meyer, given his enormous power (and a franchise quarterback in Trevor Lawrence) and ultimate responsibility for the on-field results.

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Head coach Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at Nissan Stadium on December 12, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.

This task was supposed to be arduous, even though the smooth, ultra-confident Meyer expected a pile of W’s by now. Surely, Chip Kelly, Bobby Petrino and Steve Spurrier convinced themselves that they could transition that college winning into NFL victories, too, before the reality check.

Yet what’s surrounded the Jags in recent days is exactly what comes with losing, as the NFL Network report tapped unnamed people who said Meyer blasted assistant coaches…


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