In a move that was not too stunning, except it happened in the middle of the night, Urban Meyer was mercifully fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars only 13 games into his first season.
I thought Jaguars owner Shad Khan would give him at least a season or two to turn things around, but the amount of shit Meyer did off the field made hard for Khan for doing just that.
I mean, let’s count the ways:
Less than a month after taking the Jaguars job, Meyer hired Chris Doyle as director of sports performance. Doyle was longtime head strength coach at Iowa but reached a separation agreement in June 2020 after he had been accused of making racist statements and bullying and belittling Black players. Not even 24 hours later, Doyle resigned.
Meyer signed Tim Tebow to play tight end, a position the former Heisman Trophy winning QUARTERBACK had never played. Naw, that wasn’t a shitshow.
Two days after losing a Thursday night game in Cincinnati, a video of a woman dancing near Meyer’s lap goes viral on social media. Roughly an hour after Meyer’s news conference where he apologized for that behavior, another video emerged on social media that appeared to show Meyer touching what appeared to be the same woman’s bottom while he was sitting at the bar.
NFL Network reports that Marvin Jones Jr. had to be persuaded to return to the team facility after leaving in response to Meyer’s vocal criticisms of the wide receiver corps. NFLN also reported that Meyer called his assistant coaches losers during a staff meeting and asked them to defend their resumes. A league source refuted the report about the meeting to ESPN.
And then came the allegations from former kicker Josh Lambo that Meyer kicked him in the leg while he was stretching in warmups before a practice during the week of the final preseason game.
Meyer had to go, and has made himself damn near radioactive in terms of future coaching and perhaps TV opportunities. He has only himself to blame.