The prophecy was told.
The Urban Meyer era came to an abrupt halt on Thursday, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan decided to go from being the first-year head coach in just 13 games to a five-year deal with the Jaguars.
It comes in the wake of another controversy, this time involving former kicker Josh Lambo, who said Meyer kicked him during a preseason warm-up.
The constant drama has seemingly become a problem for Jaguars quarterback and child prodigy Trevor Lawrence, who has become increasingly vocal in recent weeks. That was especially evident Wednesday, when Lawrence told ESPN that the “drama” in the building must change:
“You’re always going to have some form of drama. I’ve learned that the NFL is more drama overall than college, no matter where you are.” Lawrence said Wednesday. “But you’re right. There has been a lot. For your point, I think that has to change and that is something we have to work on for sure.
“So you can’t always be in the headlines. You just have to go play football and that’s where we’re trying to get there and I have no doubt that we will make it, but sure.” [it has to change]. “
While there is no guarantee the drama will be fully resolved for the remainder of this season, there is no denying that Meyer, the match with the lighter fluid in the Jaguars 2021 season, was to blame for the myriad problems for the team this season. season.
Aside from the team’s largely uninspiring on-field performances, the team’s off-field controversies have persisted since Meyer’s hiring. NFL insider Aaron Wilson reports that Meyer had “alienated all three levels of the building – players, coaches, staff” in Jacksonville, which certainly indicates a dysfunction Meyer vowed to prevent.
League source: ‘Urban (Meyer) alienated the three levels of the building: players, coaches, staff. He told the coaches every week that he was going to fire his … ‘ And now Meyer is fired in his place.
– Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 16, 2021
That kind of environment would be difficult for any young quarterback to thrive, even one of the caliber of a former No. 1 overall pick. Now, Meyer is unemployed and the Jaguars have a chance to heal.
So Meyer won one more starter this season and, potentially, his last. That should be a relief to Lawrence.