“Regaining Our Trust And Respect Was Essential” | Urban Meyer Out At Jacksonville In Under A Year

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The timeless adage says “everything ain’t for everybody.” The axiom rings true for the NFL tenure of fired former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer.

In under one year at the helm of the Duval County, Florida, football franchise, Meyer proved that not all college coaches can transition well into the NFL.

Urban’s Mey-jor Failure

From scandals to leading a reportedly toxic work environment, Meyer’s penchant for taking losses out on his team and staff created an extreme distrust that was irreparable.

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“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,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement released on Thursday.

“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. In the spirit of closure and recharging our players, staff and fan base, I will not comment further until some point following the conclusion of the NFL season.”

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Change Gone Come

Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is now the interim head coach for the rest of the season. General manager Trent Baalke will remain in place, according to Khan.

The Jaguars went 2-11, their 10th season with double-digit losses in the past 11 years. However, Meyer’s off-field issues plagued him until the very end.

History Of Mistakes

On Wednesday, according to reports, former kicker Josh Lambo alleged that Meyer kicked him in the leg while stretching in warm-ups before practice during the week of the final preseason game.

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Before that, Meyer hired former Iowa Hawkeyes head strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle to serve as Jacksonville’s director of sports performance. He was accused of making racist remarks and bullying Black players while at Iowa.

An external investigation by the Husch Blackwell law firm in the summer of 2020 revealed that Iowa’s Black players felt they were treated harshly.

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Gone Too Far

“In sum, the program’s rules perpetuated racial or cultural biases and diminished the value of cultural diversity,” the report said. “The program over-monitored players to the point that they experienced heightened anxiety and maintained a culture that allowed a small group of coaches to demean players.”

Doyle eventually left the program at Iowa on June 15 after the allegations surfaced and Meyer’s decision to hire him came with controversy. In addition, Doyle resigned from the Jaguars less than 48 hours after his hiring in Jacksonville.

Then a video of Meyer up close and personal with a woman at his Columbus, Ohio, bar made the rounds after the Jaguars had just dropped to 0-4 following a loss at Cincinnati, evidence that the coach didn’t fly home with the team after the defeat.

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Leader Of Team Discord

Additionally, according to reports, Jaguars receiver Marvin Jones Jr. left the team facility in reaction to Meyer’s criticism of the wide receivers. Meyer and Jones are said to have had a heated exchange at practice after the player’s return.

The tensions between Meyer and the organization because of his style of coaching and decisions created an almost immediate dysfunction. The NFL is not the college ranks, and Urban Meyer’s trial by fire ended in a blaze that Shad Khan decided needed extinguishing.


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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.