First-year NFL coach City Meyer made a comment in regards to the league that is certain to get a kick out of Alabama followers and elicit groans from the Jaguars trustworthy.
Meyer, the embattled coach of 0-2 Jacksonville, reportedly informed Denver coach Vic Fangio on Sunday that the NFL is “like taking part in Alabama” each week. Fangio recalled the anecdote Wednesday when talking to reporters forward of the Broncos’ assembly with the Jets.
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Meyer’s quip got here after his crew misplaced 23-13 to the Broncos:
“I don’t know City Meyer in any respect actually, I met him the opposite day, shook his hand earlier than the sport and after the sport and his remark to me was, ‘Each week it’s like taking part in Alabama within the NFL,'” Fangio informed reporters Wednesday.
“And that’s it. Everyone’s able to beating all people on this league.”
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That is not what a fan base starved for achievement needs to listen to from their head coach, particularly one with such a profitable monitor document at applications equivalent to Ohio State, Florida and even Utah. However therein lies the issue: Meyer has not had a clean transition from the school sport, the place he might simply out-recruit opponents and easily beat them along with his crew’s huge benefit in participant measurement, pace and general expertise.
In faculty, Meyer loved teaching a number of NFL-caliber gamers, whereas most of his opponents had significantly fewer. Now, all people is an NFL-caliber participant, and Meyer’s teaching capacity has but to make up the distinction. The extent of parity is larger within the NFL, the place, as Fangio famous, “all people’s able to beating all people.” That has but to bode nicely for Meyer, even with quarterback Trevor Lawrence — thought-about the No. 1 general decide since early in his profession at Clemson — operating his offense.
Experiences out of Jacksonville recommend Meyer’s teaching fashion is “unhinged,” one which gamers “aren’t thrilled” to expertise. Contemplate additionally that Meyer is already breaking NFL guidelines, introduced on former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow to check out as a decent finish and had head power and conditioning coach Chris Doyle resign shortly after asserting his hiring, and it is no marvel Jacksonville is 0-2 in 2021.
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That 0-2 skid is the primary time for the reason that 2013 faculty soccer season that Meyer has suffered consecutive losses; that yr his squad misplaced to Michigan State within the Massive Ten championship and Clemson within the Orange Bowl. This yr’s begin led to the Jaguars making an ill-fated social media put up telling followers to “cling in there” with the crew … in Week 2 of the season.
Jacksonville has seemed dysfunctional not solely in its first two video games this season but additionally within the preseason, the place the crew shortly grew to become the butt of NFL jokes. So the place do Meyer and Co. go from right here? For starters, they host the 2-0 Cardinals. In the event that they lose to Arizona, it is going to mark the primary time Meyer has misplaced three straight video games since 2010 when his Florida crew misplaced to LSU, Mississippi State and … you guessed it: