‘Come Back to Work’ – Urban Meyer Reflects on Opening Week Loss to Houston Texans

Published 09/13/2021, 11:38 AM EDT


There was great optimism surrounding Urban Meyer and his new-look Jacksonville Jaguars outfit ahead of the 2021 NFL season. The AFC South-based franchise finished at the bottom of their division last season. But they hoped to kickstart this campaign on a positive note, especially after the arrival of college football legends, Urban Meyer and Trevor Lawrence.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shouts on the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

However, things did not go as per plan for the Jags. Their first game of the season against Houston Texans ended in a disappointing 21-37 loss. Quarterback Lawrence finished the game with 3 passing touchdowns against 3 interceptions, throwing for 332 yards.

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But despite the setback, head coach Urban Meyer maintains he still believes in his young and determined squad.

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Speaking to the media after Sunday’s blowout loss to the Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Meyer reiterated that the season is still young and his team has everything to play for in the coming weeks.

“I don’t really know that word [shell-shocked] other than we’ve all got our a– kicked before. Let’s tighten up and go. I believe in that team. I believe in our staff. Come back to work. Going to earn your captain’s stripes and leadership stripes as a coach and leaders on the team. But I believe in those guys.”

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“It’s inexcusable the things that need to be fixed. Three preseason games you’d think we’d have that fixed, so that’s something that we’re going to … I would guesstimate you would not see that again. That’s inexcusable,” Meyer said after the game via ESPN.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – AUGUST 14: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws a pass before a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field on August 14, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

All eyes will be on former Clemson Tigers shot-caller Trevor Lawrence in the coming weeks. The 2021 NFL first overall pick has an immense weight of responsibility on his shoulders.

He will need to adapt to the pace of the NFL if the jags intend on making the playoffs in 2021. Watch this space for more.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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