There is a lot wrong with the Jaguars, but Urban Meyer wants to crack down on one problem above all else: leaks.
Meyer was asked Sunday about how to fix the team after its 20-0 loss to the Titans. The coach admitted that he didn’t know the answer, but he expressed disdain for leaks that have come out of the organization in recent days.
“What’s the answer? Starting leaking some information or nonsense? That’s garbage,” Meyer said, per SI.com’s Albert Breer. “If there is a source, then that source is unemployed. I mean, within seconds.”
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It sure sounds as if Meyer would fit well in politics, but would such a procedure work in an NFL locker room? Probably not, especially given that numerous issues have plagued Meyer during his first season in Jacksonville.
Most recently, an anonymous source spoke to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero about a staff meeting during which Meyer supposedly insulted his assistants. The source said Meyer referred to himself as a “winner” and his assistants as “losers” after Jacksonville’s rough start to the season.
During a staff meeting, Meyer delivered a biting message that he’s a winner and his assistant coaches are losers, according to several people informed of the contents of the meeting, challenging each coach individually to explain when they’ve ever won and forcing them to defend their resumes.
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Meyer strongly denied the report Sunday in his press conference.
“Calling someone a loser, that is inaccurate,” Meyer said, per Jacksonville television station WJXT. “I have high expectations of our coaches.”
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Meyer’s seat would appear to be growing ever hotter as the NFL season winds down. The 2-11 Jaguars have scored just 64 points in their last seven games and rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence hasn’t played as well as many expected. The first overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft threw a career-high four interceptions against the Titans.
Yet Meyer doesn’t appear to be in imminent danger of losing his job. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports that Jaguars owner Shad Khan plans to “stay the course” and keep Meyer for another season.