The Jaguars fired former coach Urban Meyer for reasons early on Thursday, according to a report from ESPN – means the organization intends to retain the remainder of his 5-year contract, estimated at $10 million to $12 million annually.
According to sources close to the situation, Jacksonville did not fire Meyer for any incident (his dismissal came shortly after former All-Pro kicker Josh Lambo accused him of kicking him). him in the war). Rather, it was the culmination of a number of problems both on and off the pitch, including before the season even started.
A spokesman on behalf of Jaguars owner Shad Khan told Related press on Friday that the decision to fire Meyer came after the Jaguars’ 20-0 loss to the Titans on Sunday. According to the AP, Khan had a post-match meeting with Meyer in the locker room during which the coach had few answers on how to fix the team’s problems.
That said, Khan wants to wait until meetings later in the week to announce Meyer’s firing.
Spokesman Jim Woodcock told the AP: “They were determined to wait until the end of their previously scheduled appointments that week to make an announcement. “Those appointments include a staff luncheon and meeting with the Jacksonville media, both to celebrate Shad’s 10th anniversary of buying the Jaguars, on Monday as well as NFL meetings in Dallas on the 14th and 20th. December 15th.”
Meyer’s shooting ended the Jaguars’ disastrous and embarrassing experiment, one that not only saw Meyer fail on the field (the Jaguars led 2-11 under his lead) but also suffered shameful off-field controversies.
That started before the season even started when Meyer hired former Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, who was let go at Iowa after he faced accusations of divisive behavior racism and abuse. Doyle officially “resigned” just days after he was announced as part of the Meyer staff. Other issues include Tim Tebow’s tight ending story; Offseason workout violation; a video shows him dancing with a woman in an Ohio bar; accuses his coaching staff of being losers; and accused of kicking Lambo.
That doesn’t even include decisions on the pitch, including the overgrowth of No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence, facing off against James Robinson in a failed attempt and mistakenly asserting safety. of rookie Andre Cisco played in a game where he had no defensive snaps.
Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will serve as interim coach following Meyer’s dismissal.