There were plenty of mistakes on and off the pitch during Urban Meyer’s brief period as Jaguars coach.
Perhaps none has been more memorable or high-profile, however, than when the former Jaguars coach was pictured dancing with a young woman who wasn’t his wife at a bar in Columbus, Ohio. .
It has drawn a double dose of scrutiny, from those who question the brutal optics that the leaked video and photos have shown the NFL community to question Meyer’s decision not to return home. him with his team after a Thursday night loss to the Bengals.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan called on Meyer to “regain confidence” in the franchise after the story broke, and he didn’t do much to achieve it until he was finally fired early Thursday morning. .
Meyer’s arrival turned the franchise into a national storyline week after week.
“In the past it was like you were, I quote, it’s like the lowly Jaguars, and everyone would leave you alone. Now, the scrutiny that we have is really something different. How much of it do we get on our own, or how much of it is deserved? Khan said before choosing to fire Meyer.
“Urban, he won wherever he is. It’s something he never dealt with. And when you win in football you make enemies, okay, and the only way to really deal with that is to win again. “
Here are some of Meyer’s other mistakes since retiring to try his luck in the NFL after years of domination in college football:
Hiring Chris Doyle
Meyer’s tenure with the Jaguars immediately got off to a rocky start, as he hired former University of Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle as director of athletic performance. In the past, Doyle has been accused of bullying and racist remarks towards black players. Due to a severe backlash, Doyle resigned the day after he was hired.
Violation of the no-contact rule
The Jaguars were sanctioned by the NFL in July for breaking the league’s no-contact rule during OTA practices. Meyer himself was fined $ 100,000 and the team tied up with two future OTAs for 2022 – now a problem for the next coach.
Signature of Tim Tebow
Almost a decade after playing in his last regular season game in the NFL, Meyer decided to give his former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow another chance, not as a flagman, but as a as a tight end. It didn’t go well. Tebow pulled off a preseason game, where his block was exposed and he failed to register a catch. It was largely a distraction for the team, and he was released in the first round of Cups.
Split up reps from Trevor Lawrence’s training camp
The Jaguars selected Trevor Lawrence first in the 2021 draft, considered by many to be the top quarterback prospect in years. Everyone knew he was going to be the starter – but Meyer decided to split the first team reps at training camp with incumbent quarterback Gardner Minshew. As you might expect, Minshew was traded to the Eagles towards the end of camp and Lawrence missed out on valuable reps. He struggled in his debut season at Jacksonville, having made just nine touchdowns for 14 interceptions with a 68.9 passer rating.
The Columbus bar incident
If you’ve been paying attention to sports this year, you’ve probably seen the video of a young woman rubbing Meyer’s knees at a bar in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer has become a national laughing stock and has reportedly held a number of meetings with the team’s players and staff, none of which were taken seriously.
“Benching” James Robinson
Star running back James Robinson fumbled in their loss to the Rams and was benched for several playoffs for an ineffective Carlos Hyde. Asked after the game, Meyer said it had to do with Robinson’s injury and turned the blame to running backs coach Bernie Parmalee, saying he made the decision. But Robinson returned to the game – and actually took the team’s last snaps, when they were down to 30. Robinson publicly questioned the decision in a radio interview, and Meyer later admitted it was a bad idea.
The NFL.com report
On the Saturday morning before Meyer’s sacking, a scathing report was posted on the NFL’s own website with various allegations against the head coach. Among them, he got into an argument with respected veteran Marvin Jones, and he called his assistant coaches “losers” and asked them to individually defend their resumes in a meeting. Meyer denied Jones’ allegation, but said he was “tough” on his coaches.
Kicking Josh Lambo
The kicker, so to speak, came in the form of a Tampa Bay Times report alleging that Meyer physically kicked Josh Lambo during a practice in August. “Hey dips, do your f-king kicks!” Meyer is said to have said prior to committing the act and allegedly showed no remorse when Lambo discussed the incident with him. Perhaps that was the last straw, as Meyer was fired early on December 16 after the report was released.