Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer admitted the team was "devastated and heartbroken" following their Thursday Night Football loss. The Cincinnati Bengals kicked a field goal as time expired to hand the Jaguars a 24-21 loss and improve to a 3-1 record.
The Jaguars were up 14-0 and at the Bengals' 1-yard line near the end of the first half. The Jaguars failed to convert a fourth-and-1 as the Bengals escaped going down by three touchdowns. In the second half, the Bengals scored 24 points to claim a comeback win over the Jaguars.
The Jaguars now have a 0-4 record but coach Meyer believes they have a good team and a good group of guys. "It's devastating. Heartbreaking," Meyer said, per ESPN. "These guys. Usually, I'm not wrong about stuff like that.
I just see a good team in there. I see good guys. I see good hearts. I see guys that work, and I told them I'm not wrong. I'm not wrong about that stuff. "This team's going to win some games."
Meyer finding no excuses
Meyer acknowledged that the Jaguars have to find a way to win football games.
"There are no breaks," Meyer said. "I mean no disrespect, but you have to make your own. We don't look at it that way. I've said this from Day 1: The core of this team has good players. We're getting better each week.
It's sickening we couldn't win that game. I'm not wrong about the guys in that room. " ... That's a heartbroken locker room. We've got to get them back." For the first time this season, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence went without throwing an interception in the game.
"We'll have to regroup a little," Lawrence said. "This one hurts to be up 14-0 and somehow come up on the wrong side of it. We'll bounce back. ... Damn, I really want to get a win with these guys. "We've been working so hard and put ourselves in positions the last two weeks to win.
We just have to finish. It's collectively. It's not one side of the ball. We're right there." Meyer added: "We're going to keep swinging as hard as we possibly can." The Bengals have made a positive start to the season as they now own a 3-1 record.
"This was the first quarter of the season," Bengals coach Zac Taylor said of the first four games. "And right now, we’re up seven to nothing."