Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Fired After Allegation He Kicked Player In Practice

Urban Meyer by no means match within the NFL.

His mottos. His strategies. Even his moods appeared to go in opposition to what’s thought of regular habits in a league full of professionals and grown males. He rubbed nearly everybody the flawed means: assistants, gamers and finally his bosses.

Meyer’s tumultuous tenure ended after simply 13 video games — and two victories — when the Jacksonville Jaguars fired him early Thursday due to an accumulation of missteps.

Urban Meyer did not regain the trust and the respect of the Jaguars, team owner Shad Khan said.
Urban Meyer didn’t regain the belief and the respect of the Jaguars, workforce proprietor Shad Khan stated.

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Owner Shad Khan made the move hours after former Jaguars participant Josh Lambo informed a Florida newspaper Meyer kicked him throughout follow in August. It was the most recent black eye — including to an already prolonged record of embarrassments — for the three-time nationwide championship-winning faculty coach who failed miserably to make the transition to the NFL.

“After deliberation over many weeks and a thorough analysis of the entirety of Urban’s tenure with our team, I am bitterly disappointed to arrive at the conclusion that an immediate change is imperative for everyone,” Khan stated in an announcement. “I informed Urban of the change this evening. As I stated in October, regaining our trust and respect was essential. Regrettably, it did not happen.”

Meyer joins former Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino as faculty coaches whose NFL careers flamed out in stunningly swift trend. Petrino resigned in December 2007 to take over at Arkansas. He was 3-10 on the time.

Meyer went 2-11 in his partial season, and the Jaguars actually began to unravel on the offensive facet of the ball following the workforce’s bye week. They averaged a measly 9.1 factors in Meyer’s closing seven video games, which ended with a five-game skid.

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will function Jacksonville’s interim head coach for the ultimate 4 video games, starting Sunday in opposition to Houston (2-11).

Meyer’s greatest points got here off the sphere, the place he tried to deal with an expert workforce like he was on a university campus. He splashed slogans and catchphrases across the facility, instilled gimmicks in follow and repeated his misguided perception that coaches coach for gamers and gamers play for coaches. He introduced in motivational audio system and saved blaming assistants for the workforce’s mounting losses as a substitute of the fellows really on the sphere.

One of Meyer’s most damning selections got here following a Thursday evening sport at Cincinnati in late September. He selected to remain behind with household as a substitute of flying home together with his workforce after which acquired caught on video the next evening behaving inappropriately with a girl at a bar in Columbus, Ohio. Khan publicly reprimanded Meyer then, saying he wanted to regain the proprietor’s belief and respect.

Bailing on his gamers confirmed simply how out of contact Meyer was with NFL norms. And it was simply considered one of many head-scratching decisions for the 57-year-old coach who discovered success at each faculty cease: Bowling Green (2001-02), Utah (2003-04), Florida (2005-10) and Ohio State (2012-18).

Meyer merely by no means made the right changes to the professional stage.


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