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Video: Byron Leftwich not in the mood for questions about Jaguars job

Byron Leftwich

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is a rising star in NFL coaching circles. For that reason, it was perhaps inevitable that his name would be linked to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coach position, especially since he spent much of his career there.

Leftwich was asked about the Jaguars’ opening at his press conference on Thursday. He responded by getting up and laughing as he walked out, adding that he was “trying to win the division.”

Reporters had already been told the next question to Leftwich would be the last one, so it was not as if he was storming out prematurely. Plus, judging from the smile on his face, he found the exchange somewhat funny, unlike another prominent coach.

Leftwich played for the Jaguars from 2003 to 2006, and has reportedly been eyed for at least one college job. He’ll probably be asked about the Jacksonville job again before all is said and done.

Multiple Jaguars players sent same text message after Urban Meyer firing

Urban Meyer on the sideline

Urban Meyer was fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars early Thursday morning in a move that felt long overdue, even if he only coached the team for 11 months. Meyer quickly wore out his welcome with both players and his assistants, and some of them seemed happy to see him go.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network spoke with an agent who represents multiple Jaguars players. He asked the agent how his clients reacted to the Meyer news. The agent said his firm texted the players to let them know Meyer had been fired, and they all sent the same reply back — a peace sign emoji. In other words, “peace out.”

That is hardly a surprise. Meyer had plenty of issues with players during his brief time in Jacksonville. The final straw for him was when former Jags kicker Josh Lambo came forward with a story about how Meyer kicked him and berated him. There was also the report about Meyer having a huge blowout with veteran receiver Marvin Jones Jr. Meyer denied that the argument ever took place. Jones, however, confirmed there was some sort of issue.

Jaguars players are almost certainly looking forward to a fresh start.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer reacts during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Lambo said Urban Meyer was ‘completely unfit’ to lead Jaguars

Urban Meyer

Josh Lambo put the final nail in Urban Meyer’s coffin with the Jacksonville Jaguars when he came forward with a troubling story about the coach, but he says that one incident was part of a pattern of behavior for Meyer.

Lambo, who was released after Jacksonville’s first game of the season, said Wednesday that Meyer kicked him in the leg before a preseason game and told him to “make your f—ing kicks.” When Lambo challenged Meyer and told him to never kick him again, Meyer allegedly said he’s the head coach and will do whatever he wants.

In a later interview with First Coast News, Lambo explained that he decided to come forward after seeing the report about Meyer berating his assistant coaches. The free agent kicker says Meyer was “completely unfit” to coach the Jaguars.

“For me, I would say completely unfit and that is my observation from what I saw day in and day out for a lot of months this year,” Lambo said. “The way that he treats the guys in the locker room, there’s this pompous nature that he has that he can get away with anything.”

Lambo also mentioned how Meyer recently threatened to fire anyone who leaked information to the media. He said the coach essentially tried to do the same with him.

“He’s trying to shut everybody else up and he tried to shut me up once,” Lambo said. “I want to make sure it doesn’t happen again. … My observation of it was he couldn’t stand being challenged. His manhood, his pride and his ego were challenged, and so he threatened me.”

Jaguars owner Shad Khan initially looked like he was going to stand by Meyer, but he fired the coach shortly after Lambo came forward. Meyer is unlikely to ever get another shot in the NFL, and he may not want one.

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Urban Meyer fired as head coach of Jaguars

Urban Meyer in Jags gear

Urban Meyer’s NFL tenure went about as briefly and poorly as possible.

Meyer has been fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to multiple reports.

The news comes as the Jaguars have struggled through a 2-11 season, which is Meyer’s first with the team and first ever in the NFL.

Meyer’s job status seemed to be trending towards a firing over the last few months. Really, his tenure never got off to a good start.

To begin with, Meyer pulled off some personnel moves as if he were already an established, winning NFL head coach like Bill Belichick or something. He hired former Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle despite Doyle being pushed out by Iowa over racism claims. Then Meyer brought in Tim Tebow to play tight end before cutting him. Meyer was acting like he was a big shot who had the clout to do whatever he wanted, even though he had never won an NFL game.

Then things didn’t get much better once the season began.

Meyer didn’t fly home with his team after a Thursday night loss and was photographed with a blond girl at a bar. Then you had No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence disagreeing with Meyer. Then there were reports about conflicts within the staff. Then there was his bad body language. And on Wednesday came the capper: former kicker Josh Lambo accused Meyer of not only bullying him, but actually kicking him.

On top of all this, the Jags were 2-11 and not showing many signs of improvement.

Jacksonville’s owner appeared to be ready to stand by Meyer, but Wednesday’s report likely was the tipping point.

Based on his body language, the firing comes as a relief for Meyer, who seemed to be miserable and mentally checked out.

Photo: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars owner has telling quote about Urban Meyer’s future with team

Urban Meyer

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan has insisted he is not going to make any rash decisions about Urban Meyer’s future with the team, but the head coach might not be feeling like his job is all that secure in the wake of Khan’s latest remarks.

Khan spoke with reporters on Monday about all the negative headlines his team has generated this season. He said he is not going to act “helter-skelter on emotion.” Khan also noted that he stood by former Jaguars coaches Gus Bradley and Doug Marrone for several years when things weren’t going well, but he the Meyer situation has been different.

“I think we have a history of looking at the facts and doing the right thing,” Khan said, via Mark Long of The Associated Press. “Wins and losses, this is a little bit different. I’m going to reflect on all of that and do what’s the right thing for the team and the right thing for the city.”

It’s notable that Khan said “this is a little bit different.” Past Jaguars teams have piled up losses, but there was never the media frenzy that has followed Meyer. Khan hinted that he will take that into account.

“What concerns me is obviously wins and losses,” Khan said. “But, hey, we’re sitting here, we haven’t had a lot of wins. What’s different about this thing is you have losses and you have drama. In the past, it was like, you were, ‘It’s like the lowly Jaguars’ and everyone left you alone. Now, the scrutiny we have is really something different.”

No one expected Meyer to turn things around for the Jaguars in his first NFL season. That said, there have been plenty of concerning moments that reflect poorly on the coach. Khan has no choice but to take those into consideration.

Some of the scrutiny Meyer has faced is probably unfair, but that might not matter to Khan. If the situation has gotten as bad behind closed doors as some say it has, the Jaguars will need a change sooner rather than later.

Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars owner had message for coaches about media leaks

Shad Khan smiling

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been left reeling after allegations regarding Urban Meyer’s treatment of his players and staff leaked. A new report indicates that coaches who may have leaked information that was the source of the report heard from ownership. The message from ownership seemed to echo Meyer’s.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan addressed the team’s coaching staff in person after the report about Meyer went public on Saturday, according to NFL reporter Josina Anderson. While Khan expressed his support for the coaching staff, he made clear he disliked the report going public and warned coaches against leaking stories to the media.

This might not have been the message Jaguars coaches were hoping to hear. While it wasn’t quite as blunt as Meyer’s message on Sunday, it doesn’t sound like Khan’s message was particularly encouraging, either.

Meyer reportedly called his assistant coaches “losers,” which Meyer essentially confirmed himself.

Such a message is especially jarring coming from Meyer, who has won just two NFL games as a head coach. The assistants probably would have liked more backing from Khan than they may have received.

Photo: Oct 17, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan (Shahid Khan) watches from the sidelines during an NFL International Series game against the Miami Dolphins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Could Urban Meyer be fired after Week 15?

Urban Meyer

It would be an understatement to say that Urban Meyer’s first NFL season has been a rough one, but Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan has given no indication that he is on the verge of firing the coach. According to a new report, that could change if the Jags lose in Week 15.

Tony Pauline of spoke with people close to the situation in Jacksonville who believe Meyer “could get fired this week.” The Jaguars will host the Houston Texans at home on Sunday.

“If the Jaguars lose to a terrible Houston team next Sunday, I don’t see him surviving,” a source told Pauline.

Jaguars assistant head coach Charlie Strong has been mentioned as a potential candidate to replace Meyer. If the Jaguars lose on Sunday, there’s a belief that Strong could step in as interim head coach, presumably with a chance to land the full-time job during the offseason.

The Jaguars fell to 2-11 with their 20-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. They were not expected to be good this year, but the off-field drama has been even more concerning than the product on the field.

According to Pauline, Meyer has “lost everyone in the building” including players, coaches and staff. A report on Saturday made similar claims.

Meyer looked totally checked out after the Titans loss. The Jaguars would have to eat a ton of money if they fired him after less than a year, but you have to wonder how ugly they are willing to let the situation get.

Photo: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Titans laughed at Jaguars over comical blooper at end of game

Jaguars receivers on the ground

The Jacksonville Jaguars fell to 2-11 on the season after being shutout 20-0 by the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. They had a play at the end of the game that reflected their season.

Receivers Laviska Shenault and Laquon Treadwell landed on top of each other while crossing. Shenault slipped and fell, causing Treadwell to try and hurdle him. But Treadwell ran into Elijah Molden and fell.

Titans Pro Bowl safety Kevin Byard said he had a laugh over the situation.

“I was laughing, to be honest. At the end of the game, guys running into each other. I don’t want to say too much on it, but I was talking trash to them a little bit. It’s tough for them boys over there,” Byard said after the game, via Mark Long.

The Jags have had a long season and it’s not getting much better. Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence was intercepted four times and went 24/40 for 221 yards. Their running game wasn’t much better as they had eight yards on eight carries.

Urban Meyer issues threat to source of Jaguars leaks

Urban Meyer in a Jaguars jacket

The Jacksonville Jaguars were blown out again on Sunday, and Urban Meyer could not have looked more defeated after the game. However, the coach did feel fiery enough to issue a threat related to the recent stories that have come out about him and the team.

After his team’s 20-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Meyer was asked what can be done to fix the compounding issues the Jaguars seem to have. He made reference to Saturday’s report about the dysfunction between him and his players and coaching staff. Meyer called it “garbage” that information is being leaked. He said any member of the team who acts as a source will be fired on the spot.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network published a report on Saturday that outlined some of the issues Meyer and the Jaguars have had in recent weeks. He wrote about an alleged argument Meyer had with veteran wide receiver Marvin Jones. The report also claimed Meyer has called his assistant coaches “losers” and challenged their resumes. Meyer has since confirmed that he’s hard on his coaching staff, though he denied calling them “losers.” He also said the argument with Jones never happened.

Meyer was so disgusted after Jacksonville’s loss on Sunday that he barely shook Mike Vrabel’s hand (video here). He also gave a one-word answer when a reporter pointed out how bad the Jaguars’ offensive line has played.

It’s hard to imagine things getting much worse in Jacksonville.

Photo: Joseph Maiorana-USA Today Sports

Urban Meyer surprisingly confirms one piece of bombshell report

Urban Meyer on the sideline

Urban Meyer was the subject of an unflattering report on Saturday, and the Jacksonville Jaguars coach has surprisingly admitted that some of what was written is true.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network wrote on Saturday that Meyer has had numerous run-ins with players and coaches in recent weeks. The coach reportedly had an argument with Marvin Jones that led to the veteran wide receiver storming out of Jacksonville’s team facility. Meyer is also said to have challenged his assistant coaches by calling them “losers” and asking what they have ever won.

On Sunday, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports said he spoke with Meyer about the report. Meyer denied that he had a heated argument with Jones, but he admitted to ripping into his assistant coaches.

“That part he denied, but there’s another part also that he got after his assistant coaches and Urban didn’t deny that part,” Glazer said. “He said, ‘Yes, absolutely. I’m hard on my coaches. I get on them.'”

There’s nothing wrong with a head coach reprimanding his assistants. The problem is the way Meyer reportedly went about it. Meyer has just two wins as an NFL coach, but Pelissero said he “(challenged) each coach individually to explain when they’ve ever won and (forced) them to defend their résumés.” That’s a concerning approach, especially for a coach who has only won at the college level.

Even with Meyer’s surprising admission, it does not sound like the Jaguars are prepared to make a coaching change at this time. Should Meyer wind up on the hot seat, we know of one surprising candidate to watch.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer reacts during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports