Urban Meyer has had a really rough start to the 2021 NFL season. Being winless is one thing, but he made himself a distraction with his actions over the weekend.
Thursday night, Meyer’s Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Cincinnati Bengals to drop to 0-4 on the season. Instead of leaving with his team, Meyer hung back to stay in Ohio and was promptly caught on video partying at his steakhouse in Columbus. The partying wasn’t the problem as video showed a woman giving him a lap dance.
On Monday’s episode of NFL Live, former NFL players Marcus Spears and Dan Orlovsky not only unloaded on Meyer, but called for him to be removed from his position.
“Shad Khan, you need to find you a new head coach,” Spears said. “It’s time for Urban Meyer to be dismissed and relieved of his duties. This is not the first distraction. This is not a visceral reaction to what Urban Meyer did, even though there needs to be one to that as well. He brought in a strength coach that had a racist history. He brought in Tim Tebow to play tight end, which he never did in the NFL before. This is a pattern that we’ve seen go on since Urban Meyer took over in Jacksonville…
“I played football nine years in the NFL. Every head coach I ever had said ‘don’t be the guy to take focus off of what we’re doing as a football team as we try to win games.’ It was a message that resonated throughout every locker room I’ve been. Shad Khan, you on the clock bro. It’s time for you to find a new head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.”
“Marcus you mentioned Trevor Lawrence, the young quarterback, I want to put myself in his shoes and talk to Urban Meyer as the coach: ‘It’s hard for you to lead me, when you can’t lead yourself. How can I sit here in the locker room and listen to you preach about culture when you do things like this. My success is completely dependent on your ability to lead our organization. If you can’t lead yourself to consistently make the proper decision, then how can I trust my career with you? … I agree I don’t want you as my head coach anymore’,” Orlovsky said from the perspective of Lawrence.
The 57-year-old apologized in a team meeting on Monday and also said multiple times it was stupid to put himself in such a compromising position.
“I just apologized to the team and the staff for being a distraction. It was stupid. So, I explained to everybody what happened and owned it. It was stupid. I should not have had myself in that position,” Meyer reportedly said Monday morning.
Now Meyer will be under a microscope to see how his team responds in their next game.