The Jacksonville Jaguars finally achieved a regular-season goal that not even Urban Meyer was able to screw up.
The Jacksonville Jaguars finally achieved a regular-season goal that not even Urban Meyer was able to screw up. They defeated the New England Patriots, 45-42, on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London. Read more in detail here: urban meyer nfl.
Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars have finally won a football game this season after five long and agonizing weeks.
It took a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean and a dreadful performance by the Miami Dolphins for it to happen. That doesn’t alter the fact that the Jaguars are now officially in the running.
Winning your first game as a head coach in the NFL is never easy, especially when you’re also dealing with personal problems (looking at you, Meyer).
The Jaguars prevailed by relying on a key philosophy.
The Jaguars have kicked a field goal for the first time this season.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) on the 17th of October, 2021
The Jaguars have failed to hit a field goal this season before their Week 6 game with the Dolphins in Miami.
Given the Jaguars’ poor start to the season, you’d think Meyer and the rest of the coaching staff would be eager for points at any opportunity. Instead, we witnessed a Jaguars squad that went to great lengths to prevent field goals.
Jacksonville only tried four field goals between Weeks 1 and 5. Per game, that’s less than one try.
With all of this in mind, Meyer seemed to undergo a philosophical change in London. The Jaguars attempted three field goals on the day, including a game-winning field goal as time expired.
During the victory, Meyer learnt a valuable lesson.
A coach’s first victory is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Meyer, on the other hand, must go above and above to ensure that this win remains imprinted in his mind for a long time. The polarizing head coach learnt an important lesson:
You may need to take the points on sometimes.
We might be looking at a totally different result for the Jaguars this weekend if Meyer had changed his mind about any of his team’s three field goal attempts. Field goals, as uninteresting as they are, were the difference between Jacksonville earning their first victory of the season and forcing OT.
It’s impossible to say what might have occurred if the game had gone to overtime. The Dolphins could have easily won the coin toss and marched down the field for a touchdown in a single possession.
To make things even more dramatic, Meyer’s original play plan had the Jaguars going for a hail mary rather than trying a last-second field goal (Pro Football Talk). The Dolphins took a timeout to give Meyer time to consider his options, and he eventually changed his mind in favor of the special teams ending.
Meyer’s first “good” choice as a head coach in the NFL led to his team’s first victory.
What does the future hold for the Jaguars?
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The Jaguars are expected to continue to struggle in the future. Their roster is just behind the times in comparison to the rest of the league.
However, Meyer and the rest of the coaching staff should take something away from Sunday’s victory against the Dolphins. They’re gradually figuring out what it takes to win in the NFL.
Given the Jaguars’ current situation, good learning experiences are the most they can hope for.
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