IDIOT OF THE YEAR: The worst of 2021

5. Urban Meyer, who kicked the kicker and swiped the dog

Urban Meyer

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In 2021, after the franchise’s worst performance in its 26-year history, the Jacksonville Jaguars finally got serious. They used the first overall draft pick over quarterback Trevor Lawrence and got rid of coach Doug Marrone, who took them to an AFC championship game in 2018. Owner Shad Khan picked a big name to replace him: college football coach Urban Meyer. Big name to go with the Draft main pick, except the Khans made a giant mistake. For a rookie on a shoddy team, Lawrence was fine, but with Meyer they forgot the one rule of capitalism: unsuccessful organizations can’t ally with corrupt people.

There are a lot of rotten people who are fine in America. The people who manage the prison-industrial complex, the banking sector, which in the 1920s is still growing sued for discrimination, and hell, as it looks now, Donald Trump could become the only president besides Grover Cleveland to be ousted after a first term and then win again four years later.

Meyer isn’t the grossest person in America, but that’s like saying fudge is sweeter than ice cream – both can still ruin your teeth. He had his dream job at Ohio State, but he had to resign. How come? Why did he summarize a domestic abuser from his days in Florida.

Maybe three years after that fiasco, maybe Meyer, at 57, had learned his lesson. It quickly became clear that this was not the case, however, as the urban era began in Duval. He hired a strength coach who had been fired from Iowa – where he was the highest-paid strength coach in America – after being accused of making racist statements against his players. Meyer, a leader of professionals, decided to hire that person. Chris Doyle resigned less than 48 hours after signing with the team in February.

Instead of humbling himself and trying to train the Jaguars in order to build credibility, he continued to manage his team in a way that mirrored a saying from the great philosopher Eric Cartman: “Anyway, I’ll do what I want.”

Meyer brought in ESPN’s Tim Tebow and minor league baseball fame to play tight, a position he had never played before. Remember watching Tebow Attempt to to block in the preseason? College basketball players who converted to tight end struggled as they learned to block, ma yikes. Additionally, they can aim the balls in the end zone, which can help negate block fights.

Before the regular season, to help Meyer make cut decisions, he brought with him a system from his college days called “winners and losers. ” This evaluation process shows how many times a player wins and loses in one-on-one drills, a record Meyer should then consider in his cutting process, just as he arranged his depth chart in college.

Meyer’s logic behind this: “I believe in ‘what’s your record?'” He told ESPN’s Michael DiRocco. “Every man has a record. What is that? You are what your record is [is]. If you lose a lot but have a lot of potential, that’s not good.

“Right over the course of my career, I can give you one example after another [of players who] maybe they are a bit slow, but they just never lose. “

Yes, there were all the red flags, but the Khans were committed. They couldn’t fire this madman before the season started, so they just had to hope that Meyer would fit in with the game and wasn’t that goofy.

We all know how it turned out. Don’t go back with the team out of Ohio, have your picture taken appearing drunk and a woman who is not his wife dancing in his lap, spy dry on his quarterback to defend himself, coaches scolding, kicking footballers, and on the whole make absolutely no inventory of himself or his actions.

From day one in Jacksonville, Meyer approached work as Joe Clark in lean on me with a baseball bat. Except in that movie, Clark eventually learned that pissing off an entire city isn’t the best way to fix a bad organization. Meyer brought out so much nastiness in Jacksonville that even though the Jaguars doubled their winning total from last year with three games remaining, Meyer hasn’t even made it to week 15.

I hope all of you would-be capitalists out there have learned a valuable lesson from the mistake of the Khan family. If your organization is in a bad situation, now is not the time to put a corrupt person in a position of leadership, no matter how successful that person has been in the past. Your organization isn’t strong enough to handle such a person, and you will find yourself in a position where your organization is even more awkward than it was immediately after a 1-15 season.

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