Urban Meyer by no means match within the NFL.
His mottos. His strategies. Even his moods appeared to go in opposition to what’s thought of regular habits in a league crammed with professionals and grown males. He rubbed nearly everybody the mistaken means: assistants, gamers and finally his bosses.
Meyer’s tumultuous tenure ended after simply 13 video games — and two victories — when the Jacksonville Jaguars fired him early Thursday due to an accumulation of missteps.
Urban Meyer didn’t regain the belief and the respect of the Jaguars, crew proprietor Shad Khan mentioned.
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Owner Shad Khan made the transfer hours after former Jaguars participant Josh Lambo informed a Florida newspaper Meyer kicked him throughout apply in August. It was the most recent black eye — including to an already prolonged listing of embarrassments — for the three-time nationwide championship-winning faculty coach who failed miserably to make the transition to the NFL.
“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,” Khan mentioned in a press release. “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.”
Meyer joins former Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino as faculty coaches whose NFL careers flamed out in stunningly swift vogue. 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 crew’s bye week. They averaged a measly 9.1 factors in Meyer’s remaining 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).
Meyer’s greatest points got here off the sphere, the place he tried to deal with an expert crew like he was on a school campus. He splashed slogans and catchphrases across the facility, instilled gimmicks in apply 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 crew’s mounting losses as a substitute of the blokes truly on the sphere.
One of Meyer’s most damning choices got here following a Thursday night time recreation at Cincinnati in late September. He selected to remain behind with household as a substitute of flying residence along with his crew after which acquired caught on video the next night time behaving inappropriately with a girl 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 faculty cease: Bowling Green (2001-02), Utah (2003-04), Florida (2005-10) and Ohio State (2012-18).
Meyer merely by no means made the right changes to the professional degree.