Urban Meyer fired by Jaguars

Less than one year into his NFL head coaching stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Urban Meyer has been fired.

Meyer was fired Wednesday evening and Darrell Bevell will serve as the team’s interim head coach for the remainder of the season, Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement.

Jacksonville is 2-11. 

“After deliberation over many weeks, and a through 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 said in the statement. 

Urban Meyer has been fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

Meyer’s firing comes on the heels of a nonstop spate of controversy in 11 months as head coach. The chaos was punctuated this past week when NFL Network dropped a bombshell report of sweeping discord surrounding Meyer inside the franchise. That was followed by former kicker Josh Lambo alleging in a Tampa Bay Times report that the coach kicked him during practice this season.

A league source told Yahoo Sports that Khan had a series of meetings with Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke following Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans, discussing the direction of the team and the viability of continuing with Meyer at the helm. After weighing the results of the season through Sunday — and amid multiplereports suggesting discontent inside the franchise and locker room — Khan ultimately came to the conclusion that Meyer hadn’t been able to regain his footing as a leader following a less-than-flattering video of him was taken in a bar following a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in October.

While it was believed Khan had the right to fire Meyer for cause after that incident, he ultimately chose to put him on what was effectively a “probationary period.” During that time, a league source said Khan monitored the team’s performance on the field and how the staff inside the building continued to interact with Meyer, as well as the…


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