When the Jaguars determined to hearth head coach Urban Meyer 13 video games into his NFL tenure, there weren’t many voices across the NFL who expressed shock that such an end result got here to fruition. Depend former coach Rex Ryan amongst those that noticed this coming.
Throughout a phase on Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN, Ryan eviscerated Meyer’s try to coach within the NFL, saying he knew the three-time nationwide champion wouldn’t achieve success within the skilled ranks and telling the 57-year-old to go back to teaching in college.
“That is the perfect of the perfect. It’s not simply the perfect gamers, it’s the perfect coaches within the nation,” Ryan stated. “There’s solely 32 of those jobs proper right here … that’s what occurs to these college guys.”
The Jaguars went 2–11 beneath Meyer, together with losses in his final 5 video games. His transient tenure was mired by off-the-field drama and division throughout the workforce and training employees, which led to the workforce reportedly terminating Meyer for trigger.
Ryan stated he had a dialog with Meyer earlier than the season during which he tried to clarify to him the added challenges of teaching within the NFL in contrast to college, however thought Meyer didn’t take his recommendation to coronary heart.
“It’s not that you’re simply taking part in Alabama each week, which is the case. He didn’t pay attention, I knew he wasn’t listening,” Ryan stated. “He advised me about recruiting, I’m going, ‘Recruiting? That’s a picnic.’ You’re going to go discuss to a child and discuss soccer and discuss to their mother and father and have a meal and all that stuff, nice. I’m speaking concerning the grind. Your job as an NFL coach is to put your gamers in the perfect place doable to achieve success. That’s your job…(gamers) respect that, they respect your work ethic.”
Ryan, who was a head coach within the NFL for eight seasons with the Jets and Payments, provided yet another piece of recommendation for Meyer ought to he need to proceed his teaching profession.
“I knew he’d get out-coached, he did. Go back to college where you belong,” Ryan stated. “And I’m sorry, I respect him as a college soccer coach, however I knew this was going to occur.”
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