Jaguars don’t intend to pay former coach Urban Meyer remainder of contract, per report

The Jaguars fired former coach Urban Meyer for trigger early on Thursday, per a report from ESPN — which means the group intends to withhold the remainder of his five-year contract, estimated to be valued between $10 million and $12 million yearly.

According to sources shut to the state of affairs, Jacksonville didn’t hearth Meyer for anyone incident (his firing occurred shortly after former All-Pro kicker Josh Lambo alleged he kicked him throughout warmups). Rather, it was a fruits of a number of points that occurred each on and off the sphere, together with earlier than the beginning of the season.

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A spokesman talking on behalf of Jaguars proprietor Shad Khan advised the Associated Press on Friday that the choice to hearth Meyer was made following the Jaguars’ 20-0 shutout loss to the Titans on Sunday. Per the AP, Khan had a postgame assembly with Meyer within the locker room by which the coach had few solutions as to how to repair the workforce’s issues.

That stated, Khan wished to wait till conferences later within the week to announce Meyer’s firing.

“It was decided to wait till the conclusion of beforehand scheduled appointments that week to make the announcement,” spokesman Jim Woodcock advised the AP. “Those appointments included an worker workers luncheon and assembly with Jacksonville media, each to acknowledge the tenth anniversary of Shad’s buy of the Jaguars, on Monday in addition to NFL conferences in Dallas on Dec. 14 and 15.”

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Meyer’s firing ends the Jaguars’ disastrous and embarrassing experiment, one which not solely noticed Meyer fail on the sphere (the Jaguars went 2-11 below his management) but additionally endure embarrassing off-field controversies.

That began earlier than the season even started when Meyer employed former Iowa power and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, who was let go at Iowa after he confronted allegations of racist and abusive conduct. Doyle formally “resigned” simply days after he was introduced as half of Meyer’s workers. Other points embrace the Tim Tebow tight finish saga; offseason exercise violations; a video displaying him dancing with a girl in an Ohio bar; allegations he known as his teaching workers losers; and allegations of kicking Lambo.

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That would not even embrace head-scratching on-field choices, which embrace the botched improvement of No. 1 general decide Trevor Lawrence, benching James Robinson over a misplaced fumble and mistakenly claiming rookie security Andre Cisco performed in a recreation by which he had zero defensive snaps.


Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will function interim coach following Meyer’s dismissal.

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