Urban Meyer was seen dancing with a woman at an Ohio bar after not leaving with the Jaguars.
Meyer told reporters he apologized to the team and didn’t want to be a distraction.
Meyer’s job appears to be in jeopardy, as it has been reported that he is losing the locker room.
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Urban Meyer’s job as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars may already be in jeopardy four weeks after the start of the NFL season.
The Meyer Jaguars are 0-4, and it has been reported that he’s struggling to adjust to the NFL and is losing his temper with the staff.
Things got worse last week. Meyer stayed in Ohio to visit family after the Jaguars lost to the Cincinnati Bengals in a last-minute winning field goal. According to ESPN’s Michelle Steele, that alone is a rare event – she couldn’t find any evidence that a head coach hasn’t left with his team since Bill Parcels with the New England Patriots after the 1997 Super Bowl. team.
However, over the weekend, a video emerged of Meyer at his Columbus restaurant, Urban Meyer’s Pint House, sitting at the bar as a young woman danced near his knees. Another video appeared to show Meyer touching the woman’s buttocks. Both videos have gone viral.
Meyer spoke to reporters on Monday and said he apologized to the team and his family.
“I just apologized to the team and staff for being a distraction,” Meyer said, via ESPN’s Michael DiRocco. “Just stupid, so I explained everything that happened and recognized him. Just stupid. I shouldn’t put myself in that kind of position.”
Meyer said a group of people at the restaurant were taking photos with him and trying to get him to the dance floor. He said he should have left.
Meyer also said he was concerned the videos would affect his reputation with players.
“I’m worried about that. I have a very good relationship with our players… So to say I’m worried, yeah, I’m worried, but I just have to do well.”
Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement on Tuesday calling Meyer’s actions “inexcusable” and saying Meyer needs to restore his trust with the team.
It is not known whether Meyer will survive the incident, the latest in a chaotic start to his NFL coaching career.
NFL reporter and former Patriots executive Michael Lombardi reported Tuesday that there are “behind closed doors” discussions around the team and that things could get “ugly”.
It looks like Meyer lost the Jaguars locker room. Former NFL reporter Mike Silver tweeted on Tuesday that a Jaguars player said Meyer had little credibility among the players in the first place. Another told Silver the team started laughing after Meyer apologized for the Ohio incident.
On “NFL Live,” former NFL defensive end Marcus Spears called on the Jaguars to fire Meyer.
“I played football for nine years in the NFL. Every head coach I’ve ever said, ‘Don’t be the type to focus on what we do as a football team as we try to win games, “” Spears mentioned. “It was a message that resonated in every locker room I know of.
“Shad Khan, you are on the clock, my brother. It’s time for you to find another head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. “
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