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Look: NFL Player Takes Clear Shot At Former Jaguars Coach Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer, Jacksonville Jaguars

Former Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer

Week 12 was a memorable one for head coach Doug Pederson and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Entrenched as underdogs to Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville overcame a fourth quarter 19-10 deficit to spring the dramatic upset. 

Jags veteran safety Andrew Wingard spoke after the game, praising QB Trevor Lawrence and taking a shot at a surprising target. 

"I'm so happy for Trevor [Lawrence] because he had to deal with Urban Meyer last year," said Wingard.

Well, that escalated quickly. A valued voice in the Jaguars clubhouse since 2019, Wingard's words will have significant meaning for Lawrence and coach Pederson. 

Lawrence, who threw for three touchdowns on the afternoon- including a strike to Marvin Jones Jr. during the team's final drive- hasn't had the easiest sophomore campaign. And similarly, Pederson was hoping for better than a 4-7 start to his Jacksonville career following a storied tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles. But, if nothing else, each now knows definitively they have respect of their peers. 

The same can't be said of Urban Meyer, whose cameo appearance as an NFL coach was marred with failures. Meyer's dominant 187-32 lifetime record in the NCAA ran in stark contrast to his 2-11 stint in Jacksonville, getting fired for cause during the season and having the remainder of his five-year contract voided.

The Jaguars clubhouse clearly didn't enjoy the Meyer era, and the feeling was mutual. Earlier in 2022, Meyer appeared on the "Don't @ Me" podcast to discuss his ill-fated tenure. 

"It was the worst experience I’ve had in my professional lifetime," Meyer said, before adding "I went through that whole depression thing, too...It eats away at your soul."