Nobody’s predicting Urban Meyer to go 20-0 and win the Super Bowl in his first year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But one NFL insider is feeling baffled by some of the moves Meyer is making as he tries to get his tenure started on the right foot.
On Friday, CBS NFL insider Jason La Canfora said that Meyer is continuing to draw “sideways looks from execs, coaches and cap gurus” for some of his recent moves. Among the most critical are the decision to trade star linebacker Joe Schobert to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the ill-fated Tim Tebow experiment.
But the biggest issue La Canfora found is Meyer’s handling of the QB battle between rookie No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence and veteran Gardner Minshew. La Canfora called it “beyond odd” that Meyer is allowing Lawrence to split reps with Minshew.
Ultimately, La Canfora concluded that Meyer appears to be trying to do too much. He described Meyer’s recent moves as “another sign of potential concern.”
Via CBS Sports:
Urban Meyer continues to draw sideways looks from execs, coaches and cap gurus around the league. Giving away accomplished linebacker Joe Schobert to the Steelers and eating salary in the process is a head scratcher, the Tim Tebow thing was always nutty and the charade with declaring a starting quarterback is more trouble than it is worth.
There were concerns among some on that roster that Tebow was there to be a locker room spy, they continue to make unconventional (to say the least) transactions and pretending that Gardner Minshew might unseat Lawrence — even if it’s to attempt to boost the veteran’s trade value — is baffling to many. Sacrificing starting reps for the first overall pick — long seen as a generation talent — to split it with Minshew is beyond odd. It has the feel of a college coach trying to do too much and this transition is challenging enough on the surface. Another week, another sign of potential concern.
Jason La Canfora is hardly the only NFL insider who is less than impressed by Urban Meyer’s work so far. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum has been critical of the former Florida and Ohio State coach from the get-go.
It’s not hard to see why people are skeptical of Meyer so early into his tenure. He’s getting ready for his first year in the NFL at any level. He was never a player or an assistant before getting the job despite being one of the greatest college head coaches ever.
Is Urban Meyer really raising red flags with some of his recent moves?
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