Sun. Jan 29th, 2023

What a distinction a yr has made for the Jaguars.

This time final season, Jacksonville was extra nervous about who it could take first total within the 2022 NFL Draft because the franchise ended up with the No. 1 decide for the second time in as a few years. Now, the Jaguars are AFC South champs and the No. 4 seed within the AFC playoffs.

The Doug Pederson-led Jags will play the 5-seed Chargers at residence on Saturday night time. Followers are hoping the sport spurs a deep playoff run for a franchise that has been a lot maligned lately.

By no means was that extra true than in 2021 underneath the management of City Meyer.

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Meyer, who gained nationwide championships at Florida and Ohio State, did not final a single season with the Jaguars; his NFL teaching profession ended abruptly after going 2-11 in 13 video games. The crew went 1-3 after he was fired, which was nonetheless a greater profitable proportion (.250) than when he was employed (.154).

Meyer hasn’t left the game fully, nevertheless.

What’s City Meyer doing now?

Meyer returned to his earlier job as a school soccer analyst for Fox Sports activities.

The community quietly introduced his return on Friday, Aug. 19 — in any other case often known as a Friday information dump. Meyer was talked about solely briefly within the announcement:

“Massive Midday Kickoff returns with its authentic solid, Rob Stone, Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and City Meyer, collectively once more on the street this fall.” Fox Sports activities mentioned within the announcement.

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Meyer’s return to tv appears to have been welcomed by his former gamers, whose recollection of their time underneath him has been lower than flattering. Certainly, Jacksonville’s poor report underneath Meyer was just one side of his disastrous foray into the NFL.

He produced controversy after controversy in Jacksonville, amongst them: the hiring and consequent firing of disgraced power and conditioning coach Chris Doyle; not figuring out who Aaron Donald was; dancing with a girl who was not his spouse (after the Jaguars had left Ohio following a “Thursday Night time Soccer” loss at Cincinnati whereas Meyer stayed behind); and reportedly kicking kicker Josh Lambo.

Amongst different issues.

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The dysfunction in Jacksonville has resulted in quite a few former gamers — and crew proprietor Shahid Khan — sniping on the former coach. That features receiver Marvin Jones, who after serving to the Jaguars safe the AFC South title was requested whether or not Meyer left the crew damaged in his wake.

Marvin Jones on the notion the #Jaguars have been damaged after final yr with City Meyer.

“I believe one individual was damaged. It wasn’t us,” he mentioned.

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 8, 2023

Linebacker Josh Allen was barely much less pointed in his criticism of Meyer, whereas not mentioning him by identify. His rebuke of the previous coach was included in his description of what it was like attending to know Pederson:

It feels good to be a part of an expert locker room. Not solely within the locker room, however whenever you discuss to the coaches, it is a skilled setting. You have to hone in onto the main points. If you happen to’re not listening to the main points, it isn’t getting on you, it is telling you what is proper and what’s improper.

As guys, as grown males, we have to perceive that and he places it in a manner we are able to perceive and develop. He isn’t getting on us, he is letting us know what’s actual. He is speaking to us like grown males. And with that, nothing however respect, we wanna develop, we wanna be nice. And he has that respect in his resume.

Whether or not Meyer decides to aim one other teaching comeback stays to be seen, although it virtually definitely might be on the school stage, the place he acquired greater than just a little curiosity from colleges.

For now, Meyer can solely look on as Jacksonville makes the playoffs a yr after giving him the boot — if he watches in any respect.

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