2021 was supposed to be that year for Jaguars. Four years removed from an AFC Championship appearance featuring Head Coach Doug Marrone, BOY QB Blake Bortles, now Super Bowl champion Leonard Fournette and a star-studded defense, things have been quite rocky for Duvall County,
Since that loss against the Patriots, the Jaguars have gone 14-47. But this year was supposed to be different. They landed the first overall pick, and the covenant Clemson prodigy, Trevor Lawrence, and hired 3x National Champion coach, Urban Meyer. What could go wrong?
Well, Trevor Lawrence is not having that rookie of the year season everyone anticipated. He owns a 68.9 QBR rating with 2,735 yards, 9 TD’s, and 14 interceptions. The problems ran deeper than the quarterback. Urban Meyer seemed to be the problem, creating a toxic culture, an environment full of controversy and embarrassment, and now after 11 months and a 2-11 record, the Urban Meyer era is officially dead in Jacksonville. This came as no surprise, but what went wrong? Here is the full, tumultuous timeline of the Urban Meyer era in Jacksonville.
RIP in Peace. January 14th, 2021 – December 16th, 2021
January 14th, 2021: Jaguars hire former Ohio State Head Coach, Urban Meyer
Jaguars owner, Shad Khan, “found his guy.
Five Years, between $10M and $12M annually.
Chosen over Chiefs OC Eric Bienemy, San Francisco DC Robert Saleh (Jets HC), Falcons DC/Interim HC Raheem Morris (Rams DC), and Titans OC Arthur Smith (Falcons HC).
February 19th, 2021: Meyers hires former Iowa Strength and Condition Coach, Chris Doyle
Doyle had accusations of bullying and racist remarks while with Iowa.
Players speak out against the hire.
Doyle resigns 48 hours later
May 20th, 2021: Meyer’s brings in Tim Tebow, as a Tight End
Coached Tebow in Florida, where he won two BCS National Championships and a Heisman.
Tebow was released after one preseason game.
July 1st, 2021: NFL fined Meyer $100,000 for violating practice rules during organized team activities.
Initiated contact drills during off-season practices.
Jaguars fined an additional $200,000 and lost two OTA sessions
July 14th, 2021: Urban Meyer subpoenaed by the US District Court
Issued because of electronic transmissions and evidence related to the hiring of Chris Doyle.
In part with the $20 million racial discrimination lawsuit against Iowa
October 2nd, 2021: Meyer video captured at the bar with women dancing on the coach
Following a loss to the Bengals, Meyer was seen at a restaurant he owns in Columbus Ohio
Instead of leaving with the team, he stayed in Ohio, where a woman was dancing on top of Meyer and videos surfaced online.
An apology was issued and a conversation was had with the ownership.
December 5th, 2021: Former 1,000-yard rusher, James Robinson, was benched
After fumbling two games in a row, Robinson was benched by Meyers.
Meyers blamed Robinsons' struggles with his injury and the fact that the RB coach wanted a different variety for RB rotations.
December 11th, 2021: Locker room lost
NFL Media report says turmoil was brewing within the locker room.
Meyer was demanding assistant coaches to defend their record and losses.
WR Marvin Jones Jr. had a heated argument with Meyer that resulted in leaving the stadium.
December 15th, 2021: Former Kicker, Josh Lambo, says Meyer kicked him
News broke yesterday that Meyer cursed out Lambo and kicked him
“I’m the head ball coach, I’ll kick you whenever the fuck I want” - Meyer.
December 16th, 2021: Urban Meyer has been terminated
Darrell Bevell will serve as interim coach