Urban Meyer had an extremely unsuccessful season as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
During his time with the organization, the much-heralded former men’s chief managed to alienate his players and tick off his assistant coaches in ways never before seen.
But Meyer’s problems didn’t end with football.
Midway through his run, Jaguars head coach Meyer was filmed receiving a lap dance from an attractive blonde woman who was not his wife. Chaos immediately ensued, particularly when alternate angles of the incident showed precisely where he was pushing his hand.
This week, Meyer sat down with Dan Dakick on “Don’t @ Me” and offered some insight into his state of mind at the time of the incident.
“It was the worst experience I’ve had in my professional life,” he said.
“What really appealed to me, I almost don’t mean people accept it, I mean, you lose a game and you go on…I would be seriously talking to myself. I’ve been through all that depression too where I was staring at the ceilings and [think] ‘Let’s do everything we can’ because I really believed that we had a good enough roster to win games. I don’t think we did a great job.
“It eats your soul. I tried to practice saying ‘okay, it happens in the NFL’. At one point, the Jaguars lost 20 in a row. Think about it. 20 games where you leave the court where you lost. And we lost five in a row at one point and I remember I just… couldn’t function. I was trying to pull myself together, I was responsible for the team, obviously, and then we won two of three, and I really felt like we knocked this thing down.
Being depressed is certainly understandable. And that’s especially reasonable when you’ve spent the vast majority of your career up to that point winning.
That said, misfortune does not justify bad behavior. There’s a reason Meyer’s wife reacted the way she did when the video first surfaced. And that’s not to mention the allegations of inappropriate text messages and a worse unpublished video released later.
At the end of the day, Meyer’s run in Jacksonville was historically bad. Nobody can deny it. And based on the tone he’s been taking in his interviews lately, it seems like he understands that.
The pictures speak for themselves. https://t.co/IFDPbobPd8
– Game 7 (@game7__) January 23, 2022
Fortunately, being one of the best college football coaches of all time has its perks. There’s a reason he was literally fair tied to one of the best college football gigs around the second he had an opening.
At some point in the foreseeable future, Meyer will get another chance to do what he does best. What he will ultimately do when given this opportunity remains to be seen.
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