NFL like ‘playing Alabama’ every week

Is Urban Meyer in over his head?

The Jaguars head coach, who is is 0-2 in his first NFL season, apparently referenced to Broncos coach Vic Fangio about how tough it is in the big leagues.

“His comment to me was, ‘Every week is like playing Alabama in the NFL,’” Fangio said of his interaction with Meyer in Week 2, when the Broncos defeated Jacksonville, 23-12. “That’s it. Everybody’s capable of beating everybody in this league.”

Meyer — who went 186-32 as a college head coach and won three national championships — isn’t accustomed to losing. Before making the leap to the NFL, he spent seven years as head coach at Ohio State, where he never lost more than two games in any season.

And Meyer knows from experience that Alabama is considered to be the top college football program in the country.

Urban Meyer is experiencing a unfamiliar feeling in the NFL.
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When asked if the Jags’ 0-2 start is a “coaching issue” as opposed to a “talent issue,” Meyer said, “It’s an ‘us’ issue. We have to make some plays and do a lot of things better as a team.”

Meyer’s rebuild in Jacksonville, led by rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, is off to a slow start.

On Sunday, Lawrence — whom the Jaguars selected No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft — completed 14 of 33 passes for 118 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

The performance followed the Clemson product’s Week 1 struggles in a 37-21 loss to the Texans. He threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns, with three interceptions.

Meyer has 15 more games this season to turn things around. The Jaguars host the 2-0 Cardinals on Sunday.