By: Frank Cannistra
For 33 years, Urban Meyer served as the standard for collegiate football coaching, sporting a 187-32 record as a head coach throughout his tenure. In just four weeks as an NFL coach, Meyer has lost all four games he’s coached, squandered his team’s trust, endangered his family life and subsequently found himself on the hot seat faster than any head coach in recent memory.
Videos surfaced of the 57-year-old at a bar dancing and doing other questionable things with women seemingly much younger than him. Meyer, who is married with 3 children, has come under massive scrutiny for the videos, leading to even more speculation about how close Meyer could truly be to getting fired.
Meyer’s time in the NFL had gotten off to a relatively bad start even before his off-the-field issues started coming into play. He and the number one overall pick, Trevor Lawrence, have yet to secure a win, currently sitting at a lowly 0-4. Throughout the first few weeks of the season, Meyer has been caught seemingly off guard at how difficult it is to win in the NFL, leading many to believe the legendary NCAA coach will be a one-and-done at the NFL level.
Meyer held a press conference to address the situation and apologize for what happened. In the apology, Meyer said that a group of girls asked him for a picture and that he “should’ve just left after that.” Meyer’s apology seemed thoughtful and sincere, but an anonymous member of the Jacksonville Jaguars went on record saying that Meyer had “lost the clubhouse” and now has “zero credibility.”
Analysts and former players have speculated that the players’ loss of trust has less to do with what he was doing, and more to do with the fact that Meyer didn’t travel with the team following a loss. He instead chose to party while the rest of the team recovered.
It seems like quite a high hill for Meyer to climb to regain his team’s trust and try to set things right. He does seemingly have his wife’s support in the matter despite the implications one may think this incident would have on his personal relationships.
“We all make mistakes-we are all sinners. If you think you aren’t? Then cast the first stone,”
said Meyer’s wife Shelley.
It’s a bit of a convoluted message on her part, but all in all, it seems like she has her husband’s back, at least publicly. Meyer’s wife proceeded to delete her Twitter account moments after she sent out the message of support.
A good amount of media members are calling for Meyer’s job following the report, calling the incident disrespectful and accusing the legendary college coach of not being able to handle the big-time [the NFL]. As of now, though, the Jaguars are standing ground on their coaching decision.
“I appreciate Urban’s remorse, which I believe to be sincere. Now, he must regain our trust and respect,” said Shad Khan, owner of the Jaguars.