Tierney: Urban Meyer calling Jaguars' loss devastating 'too collegiate'


Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer looked emotionally drained following the team's gut-wrenching road loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night. So much so, he called the game "devastating" while with reporters, and said the ending left his head "spinning."

Tiki and Tierney discussed Meyer's comments and Jacksonville's 19th straight loss during Friday's show.

"Devastating. Heartbreaking. That's what you say when you're coaching in college and a kid you've coached for three of four years rips up his ACL and isn't able to finish his senior season," Tierney said. "That's devastating. That's heartbreaking. That's what you say when you lose at the gun in a conference championship, and a collective of young men you've nurtured and recruited won't have a chance to pursue that championship endeavor...

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"The easy thing is to knock him around like a piñata. The less common thing to say is, for a team that's not very good, they're pretty much competitive in every game... I think he's doing a decent job, despite no wins. But I don't think that's the right approach. 'Devastating, heartbreaking' is too collegiate. And he carries losses heavily, because that's what happens in college..."

Jacksonville finished the first month of the regular season with an 0-4 record. It happened to take four years for Meyer to lose as many games at Ohio State. Although the Jaguars were close to victory against Cincinnati -- they led 14-0 at halftime -- the wheels came off in the second half, as the Bengals scored 24 points and won on a 35-yard field goal as time expired.

Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence played the best game of his young career, according to Meyer. The Clemson product completed 17 of 24 passes for 204 yards with one rushing touchdown and no turnovers. But he lost a reliable target in receiver D.J. Chark, who suffered a broken ankle early in the first quarter. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Lawrence is now 31-2 in his college and NFL career when leading by 10-plus points.

Jacksonville (0-4) will host the Tennessee Titans (2-1) in a Week 5 matchup on Sunday, Oct. 10. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Jaguars have just a 2-percent chance to reach the playoffs.

Tiki and Tierney's complete thoughts on Meyer and the Jaguars can be accessed in the audio player above.

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