Just two weeks into the 2021 NFL season, the discouraging 0-2 start of the Jacksonville Jaguars has prompted a public message that some are calling an apology from first-year head coach Urban Meyer.
"Hang in there with us, we're going to get better," the Jaguars' tweet reads. "The only thing about Jacksonville and the 904, go to sleep knowing there's not going to be any group working harder to get this thing flipped."
Perhaps the hopes that No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence would turn around a franchise with only 12 wins since 2017 have deflated. In its two losses this season, Jacksonville has been outscored 60-34 and Lawrence has thrown for more interceptions (five) than touchdowns (four) while completing 42 of 84 passes for 450 yards. The defeats at Houston and against Denver have extended the Jaguars' losing streak to 17 games.
While it’s not the start Meyer envisioned, he knows it can only go up from here. Losing is something that he nor Lawrence are used to or even take lightly.
During Meyer's 17 years of head coaching on the collegiate level, he only lost 32 games. Lawrence, a three-year starter and 2018 national champion at Clemson, never lost a regular-season game in high school or college. However, they knew what they were walking into in Jacksonville, which had three straight losing seasons before their arrival. The Jaguars finished 1-15 in 2020 but got the top pick to draft Lawrence.
Fans in Jacksonville are used to seeing bad football, but they haven’t felt the need to trash their team online. Meyer’s plea comes before they got the chance to do so. It certainly got people talking on Twitter, but it might not have been the convincing move Meyer was seeking.