Urban Meyer’s first year as an NFL head coach is going about as bad as many thought it would.
Their 2-10 record isn’t even the worst thing going on as NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Meyer’s attitude, approach, and coaching style have led to “multiple run-ins” with players and coaches in recent weeks. Meyer has reportedly berated his coaching staff, gotten into a public fight with a player, and gave a ridiculous punishment to one of the team’s best players while giving preferential treatment to one of his old Ohio State players.
“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 résumés.”
Just last week, Meyer chose to bench running back James Robinson, which had the RB calling him out over it.
Not only that, Trevor Lawrence came out in support of his running back over the benching.
Speaking of Lawrence, he decided to post on Twitter amid the reports about his head coach.
“Music on, outside noise off..Ready for Week 14 #TeamBose,” Lawrence wrote.
Lawrence reportedly confronted his head coach about the decision to bench running back James Robinson.
“Contrary to his public statements that it was injury-related, Meyer ordered Robinson’s benching after an opening-drive fumble in last week’s 37-7 road loss to the Rams, then had running backs coach Bernie Parmalee stop Robinson from re-entering the game, insisting Carlos Hyde (who played for Meyer at Ohio State) stay in. Only after Lawrence questioned Meyer on the sideline about Robinson’s absence was Robinson allowed to return late in the second quarter. (Speaking to reporters this week, Lawrence said: “Bottom line is James is one of our best players and he’s got to be on the field and we addressed it, and I feel like we’re in a good spot and the whole team, we’re good.”)
The only question at this point is how long it will take for Khan to realize that signing Meyer was a mistake and get the right coach in there to lead Trevor Lawrence to experts thought he would be in year one.