So, let’s recap the past seven days for the Jacksonville Jaguars:
- A viral video involving head coach Urban Meyer and a woman who isn’t his wife dancing close to his lap.
- An apology.
- Another viral video that appeared to show Meyer touching the woman’s bottom.
- A public rebuke from owner Shad Khan.
- Rampant speculation about Meyer getting fired or resigning.
- Another apology.
- Even more widespread firing/resigning speculation.
Meyer and the franchise have been laughed at, ridiculed and criticized for nearly a week, so no one should be surprised that everyone — including the team’s players — is tired of talking about what happened and wants to move on.
I’m not sure he’s going to make it to Petrino Week. This is the kind of scandal that could be swept under the rug easily enough if the team was showing any signs of being competitive but…yeah.
Meanwhile, in uncomfortably prescient takes, from this Thursday:
The issue here is that the Seahawks don’t take backing Russell Wilson up seriously—they have really been tempting fate with Geno Smith for years—and their drafts are experimental art installations. They should take a break from drafting punters, running backs, and tackles they plan to move to guard in the middle rounds and start seeking potential answers to questions like “What happens if Russ tears his ACL?” or “What happens if Russ suddenly retires in a snit?”
“What will a team designed to be pretty good if Russell Wilson plays like a first ballot Hall of Famer and looks awful otherwise play like if you started Geno Smith instead”* is an interesting question, but alas with the NFL season having just ended we’ll never know. Go Kraken!
*The Seahawks traded two first round picks and gave the highest-ever salary to a player at his position to the guy wandering aimlessly around as a receiver turns an underthrown wounded-duck “500” ball into a 68-yard gain here. True story! Anyway it’s 11 AM somewhere.