City Meyer’s tumultuous NFL tenure ended after simply 13 video games and two victories when the Jacksonville Jaguars fired him early Thursday due to an accumulation of missteps.
Proprietor Shad Khan made the transfer hours after former Jaguars participant Josh Lambo advised a Florida newspaper Meyer kicked him throughout follow in August. It was the newest black eye, including to an already prolonged listing of embarrassments, for the three-time nationwide championship-winning school coach who failed miserably to make the transition to the NFL.
Meyer joins former Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino as school 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 aspect of the ball following the staff’s bye week. They averaged a measly 9.1 factors in Meyer’s last 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).
“After deliberation over many weeks and a radical evaluation of the whole lot of City’s tenure with our staff, I’m bitterly upset to reach on the conclusion that a direct change is crucial for everybody,” Khan mentioned in an announcement. “I knowledgeable City of the change this night. As I acknowledged in October, regaining our belief and respect was important. Regrettably, it didn’t occur.”
Meyer’s greatest points got here off the sphere, the place he tried to deal with an expert staff like he was on a school 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 staff’s mounting losses as an alternative of the grown males really on the sphere.
One in every of Meyer’s most damning choices got here following a Thursday night time sport at Cincinnati in late September. He selected to remain behind with household as an alternative of flying residence along with his staff after which bought caught on video the next night time behaving inappropriately with a lady 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 certainly one of many head-scratching selections for the 57-year-old coach who discovered success at each school cease: Bowling Inexperienced (2001-02), Utah (2003-04), Florida (2005-10) and Ohio State (2012-18).
Meyer merely by no means made the correct changes to the professional degree.
Lambo’s declare seemingly proved an excessive amount of for Khan, who two days earlier mentioned he didn’t need to make an impulsive resolution on the coach’s future.
“What’s totally different about this factor is you will have losses and you’ve got drama,” Khan mentioned then.
The Jags had far more drama than victories.
Lambo offered the newest when he advised the Tampa Bay Instances that Meyer kicked him whereas he was stretching at the beginning of a follow. Lambo, the staff’s place-kicker to open the season, mentioned he advised Meyer “don’t you ever (expletive) kick me once more” and mentioned the coach responded, “I’m the top ball coach, I’ll kick you every time the (expletive) I need.”
Meyer launched an announcement via the staff denying the incident occurred the best way Lambo described it.
“Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is totally inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses to refute his account,” Meyer mentioned.
Lambo mentioned he reported the kick to his agent, who contacted the Jaguars’ authorized counsel the next day.
“Jaguars authorized counsel certainly acknowledged and responded instantly to the question made by Josh Lambo’s agent Friday, August 27, 2021,” the Jaguars mentioned in an announcement. “Counsel provided to talk with Josh, or to help Josh in talking with teaching or every other soccer personnel, if he was snug along with her sharing the knowledge. Any suggestion in any other case is blatantly false.”
Lambo was launched after he missed his first three field-goal makes an attempt to begin the season.
Lambo’s allegation got here on the heels of an NFL Community report which mentioned Meyer created stress with a number of run-ins with gamers in addition to assistants he allegedly referred to as “losers.” Citing unidentified sources, the report detailed a heated alternate between Meyer and veteran receiver Marvin Jones that stemmed from Meyer criticizing receivers by saying they weren’t profitable sufficient one-on-one matchups or getting sufficient separation.
“I’d simply say this: There was one thing that was delivered to my consideration that I didn’t like too properly,” Jones mentioned Wednesday, his first public feedback because the report was revealed Saturday. “I approached him about it and we talked and we dealt with it like grown males. And that’s all I’ve to say about that.”
Jones denied threatening to depart follow over the argument.
“I imply, shoot, if you lose, you’re all the time going to be the focus in a destructive means,” Jones mentioned. “That simply is what it’s. That’s all I’ve to say.”
Different points for Meyer:
- He employed energy coach Chris Doyle in February regardless of accusations of racist conduct after which needed to let him go a day later due to a pending lawsuit.
- Jacksonville was fined $200,000 and Meyer docked $100,000 on July 1, a punishment that stemmed from an early June follow wherein the league deemed receivers and defensive backs had an excessive amount of contact throughout 11-on-11 drills.
- Meyer signed 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow to play tight finish, an experiment that ended with Tebow trying misplaced within the preseason opener in opposition to Cleveland.
- Meyer held a pretend QB competitors between Trevor Lawrence, a generational prospect, and Gardner Minshew in coaching camp. Meyer and normal supervisor Trent Baalke traded Minshew to Philadelphia, the place he’s a backup to Jalen Hurts.
- The NFL Gamers Affiliation launched an investigation after Meyer mentioned vaccination standing factored into the staff’s roster choices.
- He repeatedly mishandled working again James Robinson, permitting the staff’s most constant offensive participant to get benched twice following fumbles and botched attempting to clarify why Robinson bought pulled and the way lengthy he remained on the sideline.
All of the drama turned an excessive amount of for Lawrence.
“I do suppose that has to vary and that’s one thing that we have to work on for positive,” Lawrence mentioned Wednesday. “You possibly can’t all the time be within the headlines. You simply bought to go play soccer, and that’s the place we’re attempting to get, and I’ve little doubt we’ll get there.”