The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to trend in the wrong direction. Their latest embarrassment occurred on Sunday as they were shut out 20-0 by the AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans. Troublesome head coach Urban Meyer was out-coached by Mike Vrabel, a former assistant of his at Ohio State as the Titans recorded their first home shutout in more than two decades. The loss was Jacksonville's fifth consecutive defeat and dropped them to a lowly 2-11 on the year.
Meyer's Jaguars are a mess both on and off the field. BetOnline recently updated their odds regarding whether or not Meyer will coach the Jaguars in 2022. They are as follows:
- Yes (-140)
- No (EVEN)
We are somewhat surprised to find the odds favoring Meyer’s chances of being on Jacksonville’s sidelines for 2022. We don’t envision that being the case, given the unwelcome turmoil currently surrounding the franchise.
Much of the focus leading up to Sunday's game centered around Meyer's tiring antics in the locker room. A report from the NFL's Tom Pelissero detailed multiple unacceptable and unprofessional run-ins between Meyer, his assistant coaches, and players. When Jacksonville took the field, they were unable to shake the appearance of a franchise in disarray. They failed to score a single point on Sunday, generated just 192 yards of total offense, converted only 5-of-13 third-down attempts, and rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw an astounding four interceptions in yet another concerning performance by the rookie signal-caller.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan is known to be a patient leader, and perhaps BetOnline is considering his track record when calculating their odds. Khan’s first head coaching hire, Gus Bradley, was allowed to control the reins for four painful seasons despite compiling an astonishingly poor record of just 14-48. His successor, Doug Marrone, was in the lead coaching chair for an equal amount of time but failed to usher the franchise forward, eventually being fired after winning just 23 games in four seasons.
This situation is entirely different. Khan ultimately pursued and hired Meyer but must show the willingness to quickly move on from an error in judgment for the first time in his nearly decade-long tenure as Jacksonville's owner. Meyer has failed to prove worthy of deserving the patience Khan has showcased in his past dealings. Meyer continues to wreck relationships with the assistant coaching hires he had full control over. He continues to alienate his star players, including some of his most respected veterans such as wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. The seemingly growing disconnect between Meyer and everyone that surrounds the franchise is incredibly concerning and has reached a boiling point. Meyer continues to lose popularity with his players and coaching staff members. Meyer continues to surround Jacksonville with an amount of toxicity rarely seen before within an NFL franchise.
We have reached the point of no return. Khan must move on in the offseason.