The Jaguars fired former coach Urban Meyer for good cause Thursday morning, according to a report from ESPN – meaning the organization intends to retain the remainder of its five-year contract, estimated to be worth between $ 10 million and $ 12 million annually.
According to sources close to the situation, Jacksonville did not fire Meyer for any incidents (his firing occurred shortly after former All-Pro kicker Josh Lambo alleged he kicked him during warm-ups). Rather, it was the culmination of various problems that occurred both on and off the field, even before the start of the season.
A spokesman who spoke on behalf of Jaguars owner Shad Khan told the Associated Press on Friday that the decision to fire Meyer was made following the Jaguars’ 20-0 shutout loss to the Titans on Sunday. According to the AP, Khan had a post-game meeting with Meyer in the locker room in which the coach had few answers on how to fix the team’s problems.
That said, Khan wanted to wait until meetings later in the week to announce Meyer’s firing.
“I was determined to wait until the conclusion of appointments previously scheduled that week to make the announcement,” spokesman Jim Woodcock told the AP. “Those appointments included a luncheon for employee staff and a Jacksonville media meeting, both to recognize the 10th anniversary of Shad’s purchase of the Jaguars, on Monday and NFL meetings in Dallas on Monday 14 and December 15 “.
Meyer’s firing ends the Jaguars’ disastrous and shameful experiment, one that not only saw Meyer fail on the field (the Jaguars finished 2-11 under his leadership) but also suffered embarrassing controversies off the field.
That started even before the season started when Meyer hired former Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, who was fired in Iowa after facing accusations of racist and abusive behavior. Doyle officially “resigned” a few days after he was announced as part of Meyer’s staff. Other topics include Tim Tebow’s tight end saga; offseason training infractions; a video showing him dancing with a woman in an Ohio bar; accusations that he called his coaching staff losers; and accusations of kicking Lambo.
That doesn’t even include head-scratching on-field decisions, which include the failed development of No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence, benching James Robinson on a loose fumble, and mistakenly claiming rookie safety Andre Cisco played. in a game he had played. zero defensive snapshots.
Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will serve as interim coach following Meyer’s dismissal.