Urban Meyer’s timeline with Jacksonville Jaguars: fired after 13 games


Urban Meyer was fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars late Wednesday night by owner Shad Khan after a series of incidents that marked his tenure of exactly 11 months.

From the controversial hiring of former Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle – and his almost immediate resignation – to the incident at a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, with a woman and run-ins with her staff and players, Meyer’s time with the Jaguars was marked by one incident on and off the field after another.

His record was 2-11: two more losses than he had in seven years at Ohio State and just four less than six in Florida.

Here is a timeline of the major incidents that plagued Meyer during his time in Jacksonville:

Shad Khan: “I got it right”

January 14, 2021: Meyer is hired as the sixth full-time Jaguars coach by Khan after three seasons as an analyst at FOX Sports. Khan, who sued Meyer as soon as he fired former coach Doug Marrone, was excited about the hiring and said: “I get it right.”

Chris Doyle quits under pressure

February 11, 2021: Meyer hires former Iowa fitness trainer Chris Doyle despite accusations of racist remarks and intimidation during his time with the Hawkeyes. Doyle resigned less than 48 hours later after numerous protests, including a statement from the Fritz Pollard Alliance denouncing “A failure of Jacksonville Jaguar leadership.”

The Tim Tebow experience

May 20, 2021: The Jaguars signed former Nease High School and University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who won two national championships and the Heisman Trophy under Meyer.

Tebow was signed as a tight end after spending six years away from the game and never seemed comfortable in a position where the Jags desperately needed a playmaker. He was released after a preseason game.

Tim Tebow (85) scored the hit after a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on August 14.

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Jags fined by NFL

July 1, 2021: The NFL fined Meyer $ 100,000 and the Jaguars $ 200,000 for breaking league rules for contact during off-season practice. The Jags will also lose two OTA sessions this coming season.

Urban Meyer, subpoenaed team

July 14, 2021: The Jaguars and Meyer were subpoenaed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa over documents, electronic transmissions and other evidence relating to Doyle’s hiring and subsequent resignation . The subpoenas were among lawyers for former Iowa football players seeking evidence in their $ 20 million civil lawsuit for racial discrimination against Iowa.

Embarrassing video after loss

October 2, 2021: Video has surfaced showing a woman dancing in close contact with Meyer at the Columbus, Ohio restaurant he owns, a day after the Jaguars lost to the Cincinnati Bengals. Meyer stayed in Ohio rather than returning to Jacksonville with the team.

Khan described Urban Meyer’s conduct in the video as “inexcusable”, saying the coach “must win back our trust and respect”.

Meyer apologized to the team and his family, calling his behavior “stupid” for creating a “distraction”. A second video later surfaced, more clearly showing Meyer’s hand touching the woman’s back.

James Robinson bench

December 5, 2021: For the second week in a row, James Robinson, the Jaguars’ 1,000-yard rusher as a 2020 rookie, is on the bench for a long time fumbling. Robinson had lost just one fumble in two years leading up to the Atlanta and Los Angeles Rams games.

Over a two-week span, Meyer took turns blaming Robinson’s injury and turning back coach Bernie Parmalee for putting Robinson on the bench.

James Robinson chats with Urban Meyer ahead of a game on November 28.

The commotion in the building

December 11, 2021: An NFL Media report said there was unrest in the locker room and coaching staff over Meyer demanding that his assistant coaches defend their records, and a heated argument he had with wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., who was said to have left the stadium and refused to return until responding. Meyer took issue with the characteristics of his meeting with the staff and his conversation with Jones – the latter version confirmed by Jones in an awkward press conference on Wednesday.

Kicking Josh Lambo

December 15, 2021: Former kicker Josh Lambo revealed to the Tampa Bay Times and First Coast News that Meyer cursed and kicked him as he stretched before a workout.

When Lambo told Meyer never to kick him again, Lambo said Meyer’s response was, “I’m the head coach of the ball, I’ll kick you whenever I want. ” Lambo also said Meyer threatened him in the team’s dining room. easy to cut it. Meyer denied the incident in a statement.

Josh Lambo enters the field to kick off the Arizona Cardinals after missing an extra point attempt on September 26.

Urban Meyer fired

December 16, 2021: Khan fires Meyer and in a statement issued shortly after 12:30 a.m. ET said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season. “After several weeks of deliberations and a thorough analysis of Urban’s entire mandate with our team, I am bitterly disappointed to come to the conclusion that immediate change is imperative for everyone,” the statement said. . “I informed Urban of the change tonight. As I said in October, regaining our trust and respect was essential. Unfortunately, that did not happen. ”


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