Urban Meyer will have his work cut out for him as he makes the transition from college to NFL coaching. But Randy Moss is concerned with one thing in particular about Meyer’s sudden move to the pros.
During an ESPN broadcast on Sunday, Moss expressed some concern with how Meyer will adapt to being a leading community figure in Duval County, Florida. He feels that Meyer’s absence from college football in 2019 and 2020 allowed him to avoid dealing with major controversies such as the social justice movement and COVID-19.
More controversially, Moss said that crime and violence in Duval County may be an issue. This point has since been lambasted by Jaguars fans.
“I’m really anxious to see, with them being able to draft a guy like Trevor Lawrence, how will he fare coming into the league with Urban Meyer, he’s been off for some time,” Moss said. “Social justice, being out in the community, Jacksonville Jaguars, in the state of Florida, Duval County is not a good county to be in. I’m talking about the violence, not just the people, I’m talking about the violence and the crime in Duval County. When I look at Urban Meyer coming to this team, he has a lot to be working with and it’s not just the team. The Black Lives Matter, everything that’s going on with the COVID, there’s a lot of concerns going on. I just wish him the best of luck.”
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It is true that Meyer avoided the spotlight of being a football coach amid some of the most life-altering events many people have faced in decades. But then again, that same criticism could be made of almost every coach getting any new NFL or college job.
The social justice movement and COVID-10 pandemic could very well change the face of the NFL in ways we don’t even realize yet. It will be hard to really quantify exactly how the NFL changes in the long term.
But Urban Meyer built his reputation as someone who can completely change the culture of a football program.
If there’s anyone who can navigate the hurdles of a changing NFL – even in his first NFL job – smart money is on the three-time national champion.