City Meyer was fired by the Jaguars after lower than one season as head coach. His tenure will go down as one of many worst within the historical past of the NFL. Not solely did Meyer battle on the sector, however his actions off it was burning the workforce to the bottom.
Ultimately the workforce determined sufficient was sufficient, pulling the plug earlier than the mounting injury might any extra hurt. So how did we attain this level, and what was each step alongside the best way that led to the collapse of Meyer in Jacksonville?
January 14, 2021: Jaguars rent City Meyer
The choice by Jacksonville to rent City Meyer got here rapidly, and earlier than the Jaguars had finalized the hiring of Trent Baalke as basic supervisor — who was nonetheless working in an interim standing.
Considerations over Meyer prolonged far past his soccer acumen, and into his departure from Ohio State. Previous to the beginning of the 2018 season Meyer was positioned on administrative go away following studies that the coach was conscious of spousal abuse allegations in opposition to assistant coach Zach Smith, and selected to disregard them till it turned clear the allegations would develop into public, at which level Smith was fired. Meyer was suspended for the primary three video games of the season after the Ohio State board of trustees discovered that he didn’t “uphold the values of the college.”
Following the 2018 season Meyer stated he was retiring from teaching attributable to well being considerations. This was just like how the coach left Florida in 2010, which got here shortly earlier than allegations had been made that Meyer created a “poisonous tradition” whereas on the college, and “broke” Florida soccer.
Regardless of these considerations, the Jaguars pressed ahead, touting his success in faculty and branding Meyer as the fitting man to steer their younger workforce.
April 29, 2021: The NFL Draft
Utilizing the primary choose within the NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars choose quarterback Trevor Lawrence from Clemson. Lawrence is broadly considered essentially the most polished professional prospect since Andrew Luck, and a can’t-miss expertise on the place.
Might 20, 2021: Tim Tebow
After every week of hypothesis the Jaguars signal Tim Tebow to a one 12 months, $920,000 contract.
Billed as a decent finish, the choice is nearly universally panned. At this level Tebow had not performed within the NFL in six years, and had no expertise taking part in tight finish. The transfer got here regardless of many succesful tight ends being in the marketplace, lots of whom had been youthful and extra expert that the best ceiling for Tebow on the place.
It was speculated that the one cause Tebow was signed was his prior relationship with City Meyer at Florida. As well as, the presence of Tebow was transformative for the Jaguars for the improper causes. At a time they wanted to be concentrating on putting in their new system and having the workforce gel, as an alternative there have been questions on Tebow’s presence. As well as, having a former quarterback on the roster who was a lightning rod for publicity took away from Lawrence’s takeover as workforce chief.
July 1, 2021: Jaguars break NFL guidelines
The Jaguars are considered one of three groups to be fined $200,000 by the NFL, and Meyer is fined $100,000 personally for breaching observe guidelines in violation with the NFL CBA.
August 17, 2021: Tim Tebow is launched
Tebow is minimize after a disastrous preseason outing through which it turned clear he had no enterprise taking part in tight finish within the NFL.
September 12, 2021: Week 1 is a multitude
A report from Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports activities releases hours earlier than the Jaguars’ first sport. The piece particulars considerations contained in the group that Meyer is rubbing gamers the improper approach, and already not making associates at each stage. There are already indicators he handles dropping poorly, his temperament is annoying gamers, and unfamiliarity with the NFL schedule is rubbing extra skilled veterans the improper approach.
Jacksonville goes on to lose 37-21 to the Texans, beforehand believed to be essentially the most dysfunctional workforce within the NFL.
September 16, 2021: Rumors of Meyer leaving start
City Meyer is pressured to reply questions on his future not even one week into the NFL season. Meyer’s title is talked about in relation to the USC job changing into open, with some speculating that Meyer’s penchant for bailing on unhealthy conditions and altering jobs might trigger him to return to school.
September 19, 2021: Jags lose once more, and develop into a meme
Jacksonville loses 23-13 to the Broncos in Week 2. A disappointing loss that would have been largely ignored, if not for Meyer and the Jaguars making a ludicrously overwrought assertion on Twitter.
September 22, 2021: Meyer appears overwhelmed
In his post-game press convention, Broncos coach Vic Fangio notes that Meyer spoke to him earlier than their sport and stated that the NFL is like taking part in Alabama each week.
“I don’t know City Meyer in any respect actually, I met him the opposite day, shook his hand earlier than the sport and after the sport and his remark to me was, ‘Each week it’s like taking part in Alabama within the NFL,’” Fangio informed reporters Wednesday.
The assertion, whereas seemingly innocuous sufficient, saps the boldness of followers.
September 26, 2021: Jaguars lose once more
This time it’s a 31-29 beat down in opposition to the Cardinals. Trevor Lawrence has the worst sport of his younger professional profession.
September 30, 2021: One other loss
On a brief week on Thursday Evening Soccer, the Jaguars lose to the Bengals 24-21. The slender loss is an indication of progress, however nonetheless underscores how Cincinnati drastically rotated beneath new management, however the Jaguars had been struggling.
October 2, 2021: The video …
City Meyer begins trending after video emerges of him partying with a younger lady in an Ohio bar.
October 4, 2021: An apology
City Meyer points a public apology for changing into a distraction and displaying “unhealthy judgement” by leaving a dinner together with his grandchildren to go to a bar.
City Meyer apologizes for “being a distraction” to the Jaguars following a viral video of him at a bar that circulated over the weekend pic.twitter.com/13ZrcsbQ2R
— Sports activities Illustrated (@SInow) October 4, 2021
October 5, 2021: Studies, rumors and extra fallout
Regardless of Meyer’s declare that the locker room understood his rationalization, NFL reporter Michael Silver challenges that in a Twitter thread that indicated Meyer had misplaced the locker room, and gamers haven’t any respect for him.
In extra there are studies of quite a few “closed door conferences” occurring, the outcomes of that are a press release from Jaguars’ proprietor Shad Khan.
That afternoon Meyer saved his frequently scheduled radio present, including extra data to the scenario. The coach stated he needed to “regain the belief” of his gamers, indicating that preparations for the workforce’s sport in opposition to Tennessee can be primarily based extra on whether or not the gamers enable him to teach the workforce, fairly than him taking management.
Meyer on getting the workforce able to play the Titans: “I don’t consider that’s in my court docket. … The leaders on the workforce are going to make that call. It is determined by how a lot belief you’ve got constructed up with them, how we construction all the things this week and give attention to successful that sport. …
— Mark Lengthy (@APMarkLong) October 5, 2021
December 11, 2021: City Meyer is a “winner”
A report from Tom Pelissero of NFL.com outlines tensions which were constructing contained in the Jaguars throughout their most up-to-date dropping streak. Among the many report are tales of Meyer infuriating large receiver Marvin Jones to the purpose of him leaving the workforce, and the now notorious “I’m a winner,” remarks.
Meyer reportedly stated, in entrance of his gamers, that he was a “winner” and all his assistants had been “losers.” Not solely is that this clearly extraordinarily disrespectful, however was essentially the most salient instance of Meyer passing the buck and refusing to simply accept any blame for the product on the sector.
December 13, 2021: City doesn’t even know what’s occurring anymore
#Jaguars HC City Meyer was requested about Andre Cisco taking part in extra (once more). He stated “Cisco is taking part in somewhat bit extra, I consider, I don’t have his numbers in entrance of me”
Cisco performed 0 defensive snaps yesterday.
— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) December 13, 2021
Jaguars proprietor Shad Khan comes out saying the workforce wouldn’t make a hasty choice on the coach.
“I wish to do the fitting factor for the workforce. I wish to do the fitting factor for town,” Khan stated. “That, to me, is far more essential than simply appearing helter-skelter on emotion. I believe now we have a historical past of actually trying on the info after which actually doing the fitting factor.
“Gus Bradley was right here 4 years. Doug Marrone was right here 4 years. It was wins and losses and this can be a little bit totally different however, you understand, I’m going to replicate on all of that and do what’s the fitting factor for the workforce and the fitting factor for town.”
December 15, 2021: Kicking the kicker
Former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo, who was launched on October 19, spoke to the Tampa Bay Occasions, detailing his experiences with Meyer. Amongst particulars of his perspective and disrespect for gamers, there was one incident that jumped out.
“I’m in a lunge place. Left leg ahead, proper leg again,” Lambo stated. “City Meyer, whereas I’m in that stretch place, comes as much as me and says, ‘Hey Dips—t, make your f—king kicks!’ And kicks me within the leg. It definitely wasn’t as exhausting as he might’ve performed it (kicked), nevertheless it definitely wasn’t a love faucet. Honestly, I’d register it as a 5 (out of 10). Which within the office, I don’t care if it’s soccer or not, the boss can’t strike an worker. And for a second, I couldn’t consider it truly occurred. Pardon my vulgarity, I stated, ‘Don’t you ever f- king kick me once more!’ And his response was, ‘I’m the top ball coach, I’ll kick you each time the f—okay I need.’ “
Meyer additionally reportedly informed his teaching employees that they had been inept, and he had higher employees when he was in faculty.
Former Jaguars coach City Meyer informed Jaguars teaching employees, per league supply: ‘I had a greater teaching employees at Bowling Inexperienced. You guys are f—ng horrible.’
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021: Jaguars hearth Meyer in the midst of the evening
Shortly earlier than 1 a.m. ET the Jaguars introduced they fired Meyer, saying there was a necessity for “instant change.” Shad Khan broke down the choice in his announcement.
“After deliberation over many weeks and an intensive evaluation of the whole lot of City’s tenure with our workforce, I’m bitterly disenchanted to reach on the conclusion that a direct change is crucial for everybody. I knowledgeable City of the change this night. As I acknowledged in October, regaining our belief and respect was important. Regrettably, it didn’t occur.”
So ends one of many worst teaching tenures in NFL historical past. The Jaguars will now attempt to rebuild with a winner on the helm.