Former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer finished a manual that other NFL head coaches might not want to read.
The title is “How to Lose Your Job in 14 Weeks”.
His stint was so bad that there were too many infamous memories in such a short time.
Bobby Petrino can now smile because he no longer holds the distinction of worst NFL coaching stint.
Meyer had too many transgressions that he will not get another shot in the pros ever again.
Here are the worst instances during his short-lived tenure with the Jaguars.
3. Hiring Chris Doyle
This issue goes beyond football because Doyle mistreated African-American players.
Current and former players from the University of Iowa attested to the culture of racism and bullying that he fostered.
Meyer initially hired him as his strength and conditioning coach despite that issue, and his decision got much pushback.
Worst, Meyer defended his decision to hire Doyle by saying that he’s known Doyle for two decades and did a good job vetting that choice.
We knew how Urban’s tenure was going to go the minute he hired Chris Doyle.
— Mike Jones (@mjwh24) December 16, 2021
This hiring alone starts Meyer’s tenure on the wrong foot, and he had no choice but to let Doyle go.
It highlights how insensitive and tone-deaf he is with other peoples’ opinions.
That move alone should have triggered the Jaguars to raise the red flag regarding Meyer’s impending stint in Jacksonville.
2. The Josh Lambo Situation
Just when it couldn’t get any worse, former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo came out to share his encounter with Meyer.
It is a memorable story, but for the wrong reasons.
The former Jaguars head coach approached him during warm-ups and kicked him in his hamstring.
But that’s not all because Meyer verbally abused Lambo too.
Video of Josh Lambo speaking on the incident he had with Urban Meyer pic.twitter.com/UECPTwaHbV
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The kicker divulged the story recently because he didn’t want it to come from another source.
Lambo claimed that the whistleblower might be out of a job if the leak came out elsewhere.
This incident is a quintessential example of the high regard Meyer gives to himself.
He felt that he couldn’t do any wrong and even called out his assistant coaches because he proclaimed himself a winner.
Such antics made the players lose respect, and they laughed at his back after team meetings.
1. A Weekend At Cincinnati
Everything that could go wrong for Meyer occurred during Week 4 of the 2021 NFL season.
First, he lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-21.
Then, he did not fly with his team back to Jacksonville and opted to stay behind in Ohio.
Third, he was having a good time at his restaurant after losing to the Bengals.
Finally, videos of him flirting with a young woman that’s not his wife surfaced on the Internet.
The string of bad decisions is appalling, and the Jon Gruden issue buried this sequence of events.
But when the Gruden situation died, Meyer’s escapades resurfaced, and he never really apologized for the incident.
There’s no need for further explanation because it’s hard to top this series of head-shaking events.