The Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the most active NFL teams and one of the most improved in free agency. While the New England Patriots might’ve made the most splash signings, the Jags made the most moves. Someone who was caught off guard about how hectic these last few days were was head coach Urban Meyer.
Meyer said in his latest sit-down with the local media that he didn’t like nor agree with how free agency is conducted. He described it as ‘awful’ and added that back in his days, teams had the chance to bring in players, meet with them, and finding out whether they were a good fit or not.
Later in the conference, Meyer said he doesn’t believe free agency should be the way it is and thinks it’s not a good business. Also, the former Florida and Ohio State State head coach mentioned that he didn’t feel the ‘recruiting element’ of the process, and the bottom line was whether the Jaguars would pay the free agent or not.
The Jacksonville Jaguars did what every NFL team does in free agency.
Meyer’s comments about free agency are a bit surprising. While it’s refreshing to see head coaches speak honestly and go off script, his comments are odd. He says he was surprised things weren’t done the old way, but it’s not as if nobody told him what to expect and how to prepare for the frenzy that comes with free agency.
In Meyer’s defense, when you have a new job, you’re going to run into situations that you’ve never encountered before, but he’s making it sound as if he set a table for two but nobody showed up for dinner. Although Meyer is not complaining (blatantly), he did compare free agency to college recruiting in a way that is reminiscent of a man that is speaking glowingly about his ex-girlfriend while comparing him to the new one.
In the end, the Jaguars did a good job in free agency even though Meyer didn’t like the process. Most position groups received an upgrade and this Jacksonville team is in better shape than it was after the 2020 season.