Cris Carter opened up about the failing Jags and how he tried to help. He says that former coaches at Ohio State were “sitting ducks” when they interviewed him while Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer was involved in a national championship game.

The “jaguars gm” is a professional American football team based in Jacksonville, Florida. Cris Carter was hired as the general manager of the Jaguars in 2016. He resigned from his position on January 16th after losing a power struggle with head coach and owner Doug Marrone.

Hall of Famer Cris Carter Blasts Urban Meyer and Jaguars GM Trent Baalke for Discrediting His Attempt to Help Right the Ship in Jacksonville

Urban Meyer would want to forget about his short stint as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. From the start, it was a total catastrophe. The former college coach’s stay in Duval County was brief, but Cris Carter, a Hall of Famer, believes it didn’t had to be that way.

Meyer and Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke were chastised by the former Minnesota Vikings wide out for undervaluing his efforts to improve the team.

Urban Meyer and Trent Baalke are singled out by Cris Carter.

Cris Carter criticizes Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke and former head coach Urban Meyer

Cris Carter criticizes Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke and former head coach Urban Meyer Cris Carter, a former wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, watches a college football game between Florida State and Ole Miss | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer observes the Titans during their game | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Cris Carter played in the NFL for 16 years, mostly with the Minnesota Vikings. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013 after making the Pro Bowl eight times. Carter continues to work as an NFL commentator and is well-connected around the league despite his retirement.

Unfortunately, the Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t seem to value Carter’s opinion very much. The two-time All-Pro wide receiver recently appeared on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. The crew discussed the team hiring Doug Pederson as its new head coach when Carter went into a story about general manager Trent Baalke and former coach Urban Meyer.

“At Ohio State, Urban Meyer was my coach,” Carter stated. “He got the position in Jacksonville last year.” Urban and I have had lengthy discussions regarding my joining his support team.”

Meyer informed Carter that he liked the concept and that he should prepare a proposal so he could present it to Baalke.

He replied, “Urban loves it.” “He said, ‘We’re going to bring you up here in a few of weeks to meet the owner and Trent Baalke.’ ‘Trent nailed it,’ Urban phones me back two days later. He didn’t see your skill set, and he didn’t see the value you’d provide to the company.’”

Carter was not pleased with the answer. “I responded, ‘Well, Urban, I don’t know what you and Trent Baalke have been doing since 1987, but I’ve been affiliated with the NFL for the previous five decades.’ It wasn’t about getting a job as a coach. It was to back up the head coach, who had little experience with professional football.”

After the Bengals’ Week 4 defeat, Cris Carter said he would have recommended Urban Meyer to fly back with his players on the aircraft. He claims that’s only one of many errors he could’ve prevented.

The Jaguars’ head coaching search has been criticized by the Hall of Fame wide receiver.

Cris Carter has a long relationship with Urban Meyer, Trent Baalke, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was irritated by how they questioned his capacity to add value to the faltering organization.

The Hall of Fame wide receiver also has strong sentiments regarding Jacksonville’s new head coach, Doug Pederson.

Carter remarked, “I believe Doug Pederson is a good coach.” “I believe he is deserving of a position as an NFL head coach.” But, given the current political atmosphere, it’s difficult for me to have any good energy toward any franchise that would not consider or pass up an African-American in favor of another candidate.”

The Jaguars should’ve made it work with Byron Leftwich, according to the former receiver.

“He was a fantastic match,” Carter added. “What other offensive coordinator could come directly from New England, guide the Patriots to the Super Bowl, and then come back and give Tom Brady another year?” This is something with which I disagree.”

Cris Carter says he doesn’t intend to disparage Pederson, but he doesn’t believe the former Eagles coach will be an overnight success.

“I don’t believe we’ll be sitting here next year saying that this is the path to developing a champion,” he added. “I don’t believe they’ll be there.” I’ve got a lot of issues. There were three Black coaches when I left the league 20 years ago. What went wrong? “Are we moving backward?” says the narrator.

Is it possible for Jacksonville to turn things around in 2022?—GdNiN4dw

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In Urban Meyer’s first season as head coach, the Jaguars went 3-14. Trent Baalke saw something in Meyer that convinced him to hire him, but he was wrong.

After a 1-15 season in 2020, Jacksonville made just minor gains on the football field. One might easily argue that the 2021 season was made worse by the baggage carried with him by the former Ohio State coach. He was kicked from the squad and lost a lot of his colleagues’ respect.

Doug Pederson will have a difficult assignment in turning this club around. He won Super Bowl LII with the Eagles, but this is a different beast. Urban Meyer threw everything into pandemonium.

Pederson, on the other hand, has the coaching skills to help the Jaguars go ahead. Jacksonville is hoping that the new coach can aid in the development of rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence as he enters his second season. Throughout the 2021 season, the No. 1 overall selection struggled (3,641 yards, 12 touchdowns, 17 interceptions). Lawrence is a gifted actor, but Meyer let him down.

In 2022, Jacksonville lacks the talent to be a real threat. Doug Pederson, on the other hand, can help the Jaguars implement a much-needed cultural shift.

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