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Former Pro Bowl Linebacker Jonathan Vilma Explains How Different Levels of Jacksonville Jaguars Players Will React to Urban Meyer Scandal

Former NFL linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been a vocal critic of Urban Meyer and his handling of the Zach Smith scandal. Vilma, who is currently a co-host on SiriusXM NFL Radio, says that there are three levels of reaction from players in the Jacksonville Jaguars locker room.

The urban meyer nfl is a scandal that has been going on for a while. Jonathan Vilma, former Pro Bowl Linebacker of the New Orleans Saints and now Jacksonville Jaguars, explains how different levels of players will react to this situation.

There are plenty of current and past NFL players who are speaking out about the Urban Meyer issue these days. Jonathan Vilma, a former New York Jets and New Orleans Saints linebacker, is the latest to weigh in on the national debate. The former Miami Hurricane has been involved in a number of tense locker-room incidents. He discussed how he believes Jacksonville Jaguars players at all levels are responding to their head coach’s misdeeds.

Jonathan Vilma is well-versed in the ills of locker rooms.

(L-R) Jonathan Vilma of the New Orleans Saints, who recently weighed in on the Urban Meyer scandal, walks on the field during a timeout in the game against the Washington Redskins during the season opener at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana; Head coach Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of an NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium on September 30, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jonathan Vilma and Urban Meyer (L-R) | Chris Graythen/Getty Images; Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Jonathan Vilma was a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker in the NFL, with a 10-year career. He was a fantastic player who was just a step or two behind Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, and Patrick Willis, the real greats of his age.  

The Miami Hurricanes were his college team, and he was a South Florida native. The University of Utah is known for its large personalities. Vilma was on a lot of teams, and she was on a lot of them. Ed Reed, Sean Taylor, Vince Wilfork, Clinton Portis, Kellen Winslow, and Jeremy Shockey all shared a locker room with the linebacker in college.

Vilma went to one of the most notoriously dysfunctional organizations in sports, the New York Jets, as the No. 12 overall selection in 2004. The linebacker’s time with the Green Bay Packers has its ups and downs. He did, however, have two consecutive 4-12 seasons with the Jets in 2005 and 2007. Last season, the team was led by Eric Mangini, who was only in charge for a few months.

Vilma was moved from the Jets to the Saints in 2008, and throughout his six seasons in New Orleans, he was largely effective on the field. The only issue was that he found himself in the heart of the BountyGate controversy involving Gregg Williams.

Vilma has spent time in some crazy locker rooms, which makes him the ideal guy to comment on the Urban Meyer controversy.

Vilma described how various kinds of Jaguars players might respond to the Urban Meyer controversy. 

On the Ryen Russillo Podcast, Jonathan Vilma discussed players’ responses to the Urban Meyer controversy with Ryen Russillo.

“Tell me how you guys in the locker room would speak about your coach in real life,” Russillo said. “Who’s married, we watched a video of a female grinding on him, and he owes you an apology.” On top of that, you’re 0-4 on the season.

Vilma then adopted a multi-pronged approach to the problem. He predicted that various kinds of athletes in the locker room would respond differently.

The former linebacker began with the team’s lowest-ranking members:

If I’m a bubble player, I’m not going to say anything. I’m going to get up early tomorrow. I’m going to get my a** to work, practice my buttocks off, and make sure I’m still on this squad the following Monday.

Jonathan Vilma on the response of bubble players to the Urban Meyer controversy

He then explained how mid-level players, who aren’t in danger of being cut but may not be on the Jaguars next season, reacted:

I mean, I’m cracking jokes all day long, right? If I’m paid and already checked out, 0-4, already checked out. Cracking jokes is what we do in the locker room.

Jonathan Vilma on the response of mid-level players to the Urban Meyer controversy

Finally, he highlighted the experience of team leaders who have a stake in the franchise’s success:

Now, if I’m a captain and a leader, and I’m truly trying to right this ship, I’ll probably make one huge joke in front of everyone, and Urban will just have to laugh it off, and then we’ll go on.

The Jaguars’ response to the Urban Meyer controversy, according to Jonathan Vilma

Vilma’s explanation is a fascinating peek inside an NFL locker room and how different players respond to various circumstances.

Meyer is being mocked by the Jaguars players.

At practice, Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars broke the huddle with “GRIND!” before bursting out laughing. Sunday is either going to be a great day or a terrible day. pic.twitter.com/1959hP8rMR

October 7, 2021 — Will Brinson (@WillBrinson)

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ players are laughing at their head coach, according to NFL writer Michael Silver.

Silver cited unnamed Jaguars players in a tweet dated October 5, just after the Urban Meyer controversy broke. “We stared at him like, WTF?” one stated after Meyer’s less-than-thorough account of the events of the night in question. Everyone began to die laughing as soon as he departed. And he was well aware of that.”

Two days later, footage of the Jaguars leaving a huddle by everyone screaming “Grind!” surfaced from practice, which seems to be a barely disguised allusion to the lady at the bar grinding on Coach Meyer.   

It remains to be seen if these jokes are the start of the mending process or an indication that the former college coach has totally lost his team’s respect.

On Sunday, you’ll get another chance to play armchair psychologist with the Jacksonville Jaguars’ psyche. That’s when the Tennessee Titans, the team’s division foe, visit.

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