Former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer was fired early Thursday morning, owner Shad Khan announced. In early January, Meyer signed a five-year contract with the Jags. Unfortunately, he lasted only 13 games of the regular season in his first year. In 13 games, Meyer went 2-11 and had numerous controversies in the process. To his define, many believe this may have not been a fair assessment of Meyers due to the innate ability of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Coming to no surprise, the Jaguars weren’t great on all sides of the ball. However, they primarily struggled on the offensive side of the ball. In the second half of the season, many hoped that the Jags would find their rhythm offensively. Especially with Meyer’s running the show, rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been struggling all season but shockingly in the second half. Jacksonville’s offense averaged 9.1 points in Meyer’s final seven games, per FOX Sports .
Jaguars owner thoughts on the matter
While the owner of the Jaguars has issued a statement relaying to Meyer’s termination, in the meantime, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be taking over. Bevell will serve as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ interim head coach for the remaining four games of the season.
Khan released the following statement in announcing the coaching change:
“Darrell Bevell will serve as interim head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars for the balance of the 2021 season. Darrell succeeds Urban Meyer. After deliberation over many weeks and a thorough analysis of the entirety of Urban’s tenure with our team, I am bitterly disappointed to arrive at the conclusion that an immediate change is imperative for everyone. I informed Urban of the change this evening. As I stated in October, regaining our trust and respect was essential. Regrettably, it did not happen.”
“… In the spirit of closure and recharging our players, staff, and fan base, I will not comment further until some point following the conclusion of the NFL season.”
A Statement from Shad Khanhttps://t.co/lyW8mY7J3S
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) December 16, 2021
This all shortly took place after Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo spoke to a Florida reporter and emphasized Meyers kicked him during practice. This was an additional controversy upon his very hefty list within 13 games. Meyer’s been proven not to be the greatest of guys, however, disrespecting Lambo a Jaguar staple was a bit too far.
"Urban Meyer, while I'm in that stretch position, comes up to me and says, 'Hey Dips–t, make your f–king kicks!' And kicks me in the leg," Josh Lambo told @NFLSTROUD, speaking publicly for the first time.https://t.co/JpvfN1N9dw
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) December 15, 2021
The history of college coaches that jump to the NFL
Meyer was one of many coaches that came from the NCAA level to the pros and didn’t open out. The numbers and history aren’t on the college coaches’ side. Meyer most certainly didn’t do himself any favors with his antics on and off the field. He recently hired a strength coach, Chris Doyle, who previously was accused of racist and prejudiced behavior.
The turning point seemed to come when Meyer chose to stay behind with his family instead of flying out with the team. He later was seen in a bar with a woman acting inappropriately which raised several red flags. Although, Meyer found success at every college stop, recording 187-32 with three national championships and seven conference titles. He remains to be another statistic of history.
College HCs jumping to the NFL haven’t fared overly well… pic.twitter.com/UiOrl8NfER
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 16, 2021