Because the losses pile up and the disappointment mounts this season, simply bear in mind this used to be what City Meyer sought after.
After successful all over he went in school, the problem of the NFL used to be just too nice to withstand. By no means brief on self assurance, Meyer used to be positive he may be successful the place such a lot of different nice school coaches have failed.
And perhaps he’ll, ultimately. Up to now, regardless that, he seems to be as overmatched as the ones others did.
Unsightly because the ranking would counsel, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 37-21 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday used to be in reality worse. This used to be no longer the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Kansas Town Chiefs the Jaguars had been taking part in. Meyer wasn’t matching wits with Sean Payton or Invoice Belichick.
However David Culley, who used to be additionally making his debut as an NFL head trainer, had his crew extra in a position to play than Meyer did. The Texans had been extra arranged, extra productive and, maximum unexpected of all, extra disciplined than Meyer’s Jaguars.
The Jaguars had 10 consequences, double that of the Texans. They couldn’t make stops after they had to, and even in what would have gave the impression the most simple of eventualities. The Texans were given the ball at their very own 31 with 37 seconds left within the first part, and so they nonetheless controlled to attain.
With Tyrod Taylor as their quarterback.
“We’re nonetheless a piece in development, as you spot,” Meyer mentioned after the sport. “I didn’t await that nowadays.”
That’s his task, regardless that. This task that he sought after.
There is not any denying Meyer is a brilliant trainer. You don’t success into 3 nationwide titles. However the NFL is an absolutely other recreation than school.
Excluding the bowl recreation and perhaps the convention championship, Meyer may well be assured that he had the easier roster. That’s no longer the case within the NFL, and by no means with the Jaguars.
That suggests there is not any margin for error. Ignored tackles right here, consequences there, unhealthy selections via Trevor Lawrence all over – they’ll price you in techniques they wouldn’t have within the school recreation for the reason that line between maximum NFL groups is so skinny.
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“That’s the beauty of this recreation. It’s no longer like we need to make a secret move name or coverage name. It’s simply paintings,” Meyer mentioned. “That’s the best factor in regards to the recreation of soccer, move out and paintings. And that’s what we will do.”
However there additionally must be a reputation that the NFL calls for a special formulation for good fortune, and Meyer can’t function as he did when he used to be at Ohio State or Florida or Utah. Not anything he has carried out thus far has proven he acknowledges that.
He employed a power trainer, Chris Doyle, who’d been accused of racism and bullying at Iowa via greater than a dozen avid gamers, maximum of them Black, and used to be surprised when he were given pushback. He introduced in Tim Tebow, who hadn’t been within the NFL for 6 years, and attempted to transform him to a decent finish, an experiment that went in addition to everybody however Meyer and Tebow predicted.
He additionally drew the ire of the NFL when he mentioned the Jaguars took vaccination standing into consideration when making roster cuts. A trainer and basic supervisor could be silly to not imagine that, given the aggressive benefits being vaccinated supplies, however you’ll be able to’t say it publicly. Certain sufficient, the Jaguars needed to do injury keep watch over, simply as they did after Meyer employed Doyle.
All of those rising pains are fixable, as are the Jaguars’ errors Sunday. However this is going to require Meyer to recognize he doesn’t have the entire solutions, and he’s by no means carried out the rest that might point out he’s in a position to that roughly humility.
“I’ve been warned for a very long time this can be a marathon, no longer a dash, so loosen up, loosen up – no longer loosen up however onward, soldier, transfer on,” he mentioned. “Let’s move Monday and get again to paintings.”
Meyer does no longer take dropping neatly, and he’s prone to end this season with extra losses than he had in seven years at Ohio State (9). Perhaps much more than the 15 video games he misplaced in six years at Florida.
The Jaguars play the Denver Broncos subsequent week, adopted via the Arizona Cardinals. (If Chandler Jones may do what he did to Ryan Tannehill, consider what’s in retailer for Lawrence.) There’s additionally a date with Russell Wilson in Seattle in Week eight, and one with Belichick in Week 17.
There have been already jokes and rumors Sunday afternoon about Meyer going again to the school recreation, and the ones will handiest building up if the season disintegrates. However it used to be Meyer who sought after the problem of the NFL.
If it is going badly, he has handiest himself responsible.
Observe USA TODAY Sports activities columnist Nancy Armour on Twitter @nrarmour.