Urban Meyer facing latest backlash after he reportedly called assistants 'losers' in meeting
Urban Meyer is facing the latest round of backlash following a report that documented a meeting where he called his assistant coaches “losers” while he described himself as a “winner.”
The culture around the Jacksonville Jaguars organization was documented in a report from Tom Pelissero of NFL.com. It is apparent that in the midst of a 2-10 season, Meyer’s repeated public comments shifting blame to players and coaches have exacerbated frustration in the building with his hard-charging and sometimes condescending approach is wearing thin.
Months of tension surrounding Jaguars coach Urban Meyer has boiled over with multiple run-ins with players and other coaches in recent weeks, sources say, renewing questions in league circles about whether Meyer’s stay in Jacksonville could end after just one tumultuous season.
Some examples include:
- Receiver Marvin Jones — one of the locker room’s most respected and mild-mannered veterans — became so angry with Meyer’s public and private criticism of the receiver group that he left the facility until other staff members convinced him to come back and had a heated argument with Meyer during practice.
- 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.