I think Urban Mayer, who is closing the deal with the Jaguar, knows what he is doing.
I think he understands that he won’t get 15 first-round picks every four years or so, the way he did in Florida and Ohio, which allowed him to stack the deck and make it 90% of the competition. Didn’t run with him.I think he understands that losing five games in a year is a good season in the NFL, coming from an environment where a single loss could be the end of the season (see: 2009 Florida, ’15 and ’18 Ohio State)
I think that’s all because I know how deeply he studies the NFL and how his views on it are colored with realistic perspectives on team-to-team spaces in Professional And all of that happened when he and I spoke last spring about his NFL research.
“The best thing I do, I call a lot of our former athletes,” he said. ‘Tell me about culture, tell me about team meetings, tell me about expectations, work ethic, responsibilities, I have an idea, but what’s amazing to me is when I hear the media and the fans and even others. It was said that the reason they lost was because they had bad players. That’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard in my entire life. I mean, they are NFL players.
“There are no bad players in the NFL, now you have some superstars, some might not be suitable, they might have character flaws, maybe something happened. But how do you use the word ‘bad player’? And I heard that it was an excuse. ‘Hey, he’s a bad defender.’ What are you talking about? Because I heard it and I used to get angry when they said that about our players. I heard someone say: ‘Alex Smith is a bad player.’
“He was the best thing I had been in when he left Utah. Then I will do my homework and find out what it is. Not a bad player for sure. There are some organizations that win every year. There are some organizations that just can’t win. But they have better players than other organizations because they draft before them every year, every year. So I challenge everyone that. ‘When you say they are bad players, what do you think?’ They are not bad players. ”
Mayer had just begun to explain what he saw. it Is.
“Culture and criteria,” he continues, “there are two things you have to do. Number one: Develop and implement a culture in your organization. And it has to be cultural: This is a non-negotiable method.… and one more thing is the acquisition of talent. How did you get talent? What are your criteria? Are everyone on the same page? And what I found out is the winner. Those who fail to win, that’s it.
“It’s not if they’re running in zones or playing in a stretch or three-level pass versus a cross. I know everyone thinks it is, not interestingly fun, but that’s not why some teams win. You walk into the locker room and you know why they won. And you talk to your players who are in those organizations and you know why they won. Because the head coach and the GM and everyone are in tune with the culture and talent acquisition. ”
see? Everything is there A very clear perspective on the difference in NFL talent from one team to another and from one player to another. Knowing how competitive the league is And a well developed commentary on what separates a great coach and a team builder from the league in which wins are made for those who own a margin.
Meyer is up for the NFL challenge because he knows what the challenge is.
So you can save the question of whether he will get it, whether he won’t have Percy Harvin being covered by an insurance salesman anytime soon, or Joey Bosa being blocked by a man with a professional financial future he does. The above feeling about what it takes to win in the NFL can fully show you why the recruiting process is Meyer’s process – with respect for what he believes he needs to win from all the research. So he did.
That’s why he didn’t just reach out through Rolodex to organize a coaching team. It also supports staff in areas such as strength and conditioning and player development to create a holistic program and go beyond running cover-3 vs. man. It’s almost certainly the same as for the upgrade request. Facility is so important – he knows how much to ask players to invest and wants to make sure he can show his investment in them.
And honestly, it’s what the Jaguars want. Jacksonville is not a nasty guru to win. The organization needed a top-down home cleaning, just as Buffalo did when Sean McDermott and Brandon Bean arrived in 2017.That meant getting rid of what the staff at the team. One long-time working person calls it “culture 9 against 5” indoors, and can actually only be achieved by taking things down to the stud like McDermott and Beane do.
Preferred more than a coach; Change agent required That’s where Meyer is everywhere he’s gone, even shaking up the identity of bluebloods such as Florida and Ohio, where some argue all tweaks to turnover are enough. Meyer took the two programs to the next level with results.
But does that mean it will work 100% or not? It’s not.Because while Meyer’s NFL Feasibility FAQ is easier to answer than you might think, others aren’t – and no, it won’t be as easy as Meyer’s launch. His old program to expand the maniac’s nothing short of win stats (187–32, and lost two or fewer in 12 of his last 15 coaching seasons).
That started with the difficulty of his program, demanding the way Nick Saban was (which was not an NFL feat) and Bill Belichick (who was). The key? The key was how quickly he was able to deliver results to older players, how Saban exploited the Dolphins players after Miami picked Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees and the losses it made on the other hand, Belichick won. His second year in the Super Bowl in New England, which gave him a license to point to a trophy case if anyone has complained.
This goes back to Meyer’s constant pushing for his coach in Columbus: Theory above testimonyAt the college level, Meyer had a testimony at the NFL, he didn’t, he had a theory, and he had to sell it and get a testimony before his message was bland, which was a battle against the old-school coaches who drove hard in the NFL.
Further, there will be components and acquisitions of his employees. I suspect he will be the trigger, and he’s more of a culture set than the creator of the project during this time in his life. But he has principles of what he wants to do and how to get there, and he will have oversight of the offense, even if he’s not in the weeds. He wanted to know why the play was performed, as he wanted to know why drills were needed in practice, and the answer couldn’t just because that’s what coaches always do.
That’s why it makes sense to see titles like former Texas coach Charlie Strong, former Rutgers coach Chris Ash, Utah Morgan Scalley defense coordinator and Colorado State coach Steve Addazio (and support team names like Ryan). Ohio State Stamper) in the pipeline for a job with Meyer.They’re going his way and will know what’s to come. But a lot of people who know Mayer warn that he’ll need an experienced NFL coach on the team for it to work and how those people adapt to the program will be key.
Then there was Meyer himself, he was 57 years old, his health problems were real. They originally appeared during the 13–1 years in Florida and reappeared during the 13–1 campaign in Ohio, which raised questions about how he would deal with the first 6–10 years in Jacksonville, where It will mark a five-year game update per year.
“Four and one with games on the line, that is his way of life,” said one of his former assistants.
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That brings us back to the truth – that way, he is 100% what Jacksonville needs someone to shake up the ethical building, punch all the time that affects football forever. By purchasing a Meyer, they get a guy who doesn’t give up and fits the Jaguars who see they need it.
In fact, during a talk about the NFL in April, Mayer said something that directly addressed all of that when I asked if there was a show that he especially liked.
“The New Orleans Saints because we have a lot of players out there and they all say the same thing. It’s like our coaching practice. It’s very competitive Every day is a competitive situation.“And then I talked to the other people, I talked to one of them and they never had a team meeting. What is the program culture? He said, I don’t know, we just showed up and went to our location meeting. It’s incredible “
Jacksonville won’t have that problem any longer.
That doesn’t mean Meyer was a huge success. But is the beginning