It’s not easy to be an elite NFL coach. Many former professional players and college coaches have tried to make this step but failed miserably. In 2021, Urban Meyer took over as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Instantly, the football world sat up and reached for their buckets of popcorn.
With his .854 win percentage (via Sporting Reference), Meyer enjoyed extraordinary success at the college level. He led the Florida Gators and the Ohio Buckeyes to glory but attracted a lot of negativity along the way. That’s why many critics believe that he’ll fail spectacularly in the NFL. Let’s take a look at 20 reasons why this will be the case.
20. Urban Meyer Simply Brings Chaos
It’s not fair to say that Meyer causes problems everywhere he goes, but chaos seems t0 follow him nonetheless. In 2010, he walked out on Florida after the Gators went into meltdown. Over six seasons there were 30 players arrests as well as a lockerroom drug problem (via Bleacher Report). The old mantra says that boys will be boys, but that’s taking it a little too far.
Then there were accusations of roster manipulation. Meyer also departed Ohio State with a cloud over his head. This was after his assistant coach Zach Smith’s domestic abuse record came to light. Of course, Smith cast a stain on Meyer by association. The head coach knew about the allegations but kept them quiet and didn’t discipline Smith.