Urban Meyer fired as head of Jacksonville Jaguars

Hello, Urban.
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Most of the time, the things you think will go wrong don’t go as you hope. We all have the urge to watch something burn, even if only for a short time, but we rarely get the burning wreck we seek. Many times we get the conclusion, but not the show in between.

So I guess we have Urban Meyer to thank, who gave us this fiery crash as we dared not dream of when it was announced that he would become the manager of the Jaguars. We all thought it could happen. After all, this was yet another college coach not only testing the pros, but also doing it with the lowest franchise the NFL has to offer. We all hoped it would fail badly because frankly we needed the entertainment, Meyer needed a karmic kick in the ass for a while, and honestly do you know any Jaguars fans? That’s right, so you shouldn’t feel sorry for anyone.

Meyers was obviously fired a few days after a report than him kicked footballer Josh Lambo during the pre-match periods of a preseason game, according to Lambo. The chef’s kiss? Lambo saying that Meyer said: “I’m the head ball coach! I’ll kick you when the fuck I want! ” I bet players really increase their respect when you declare yourself a “ball coach”. It sure makes them feel like they’re in step with the modern game. Justifying kicking your players because of who you think you are … you can’t really write shit like that. According to Lambo, Meyer also called him an “idiot”.

Meyers, of course, says Lambo got it all wrong.

“Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is completely inaccurate and there are eyewitnesses to refute his account,” Meyer told the Tampa Bay Times. “(General manager) Trent (Baalke) and I have met with him on multiple occasions to encourage his performance, and this has never been relieved. I have fully supported Josh during his time with the team and wish him only the best. “

The alleged kicking incident comes in the wake of Meyer trying to sell his coaches along the river, because nothing can be his fault. And then there was the feeling of a woman in a bar who wasn’t his wife, calling herself an “idiot asshole”.

There have been Like this many embarrassing momentities.

It’s rare to see someone who deserves his world crash around him, actually his world crashes around him like it did last night.

It’s funny how every week you’ll hear some analysts talk about how college and pro game plans and schemes are getting closer and closer to each other, like the RPOs we see with each team and the like. Yet so few coaches seem capable of navigating both worlds. Given how games have evolved towards each other, it can’t be game planning that these guys are getting.

So, it has to be something else. And clearly that’s how they handle their players. Guys like Meyer and Nick Saban, another loser pro, are used to opening doors and watching talent arrive. And because of the stature of the programs they are leading, instead of creating, and the competition for every seat on the team and the promise of getting to the pros for the kids, they can behave as they want and the players are helpless. They need the scholarships and the initial places in those schools too much. They call it coaching, but it’s all about bullying. They get the best coordinators available thanks to the money the schools have. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t a time when Meyer and Saban weren’t good coaches, because they got to these points. But now? They are basically CEOs.

You can’t be that guy in the pros, because the coach is never the most powerful person around (except maybe in New England). Trevor Lawrence could have had Meyer fired anytime he wanted, but that’s no longer necessary now that owner Shahid Khan has done the deed.

“After many weeks of discussions and an in-depth analysis of Urban’s entire tenure with our team, I am bitterly disappointed to come to the conclusion that immediate change is imperative for everyone.” Khan said in a statement last night. “I informed Urban of the change this evening. As I said in October, regaining our trust and respect was essential. Unfortunately it didn’t happen ». Attacking coordinator Darrell Bevel will take over as interim head coach.

In the NFL, players can simply turn to the press which is not as submissive as the media would be in a college town. The media from Tuscaloosa or Columbus or Gainesville are happy to kneel at the coach’s feet.

From the moment he showed up in Jacksonville, Meyer acted like he was a gift. He is not. He hasn’t shown shit at this level, and his players have known it since Day 1. When you’re someone like Meyer, whose results have all come to college level, when you get to the pros, all those successes, in the agent’s words. K of the MIB, “… at the moment, they mean exactly fuck.”

And now it’s all over.

We know Meyer is not a good guy. Sometimes they get what’s coming to them. Let’s savor this.

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