JACKSONVILLE, FL – The Jacksonville Jaguars fired Urban Meyer early Thursday, ending his short-lived tenure as head coach of the team following numerous headaches and controversies.
The move was made by owner Shad Khan just hours after kicker Josh Lambo, who was released by the Jaguars earlier this year, told the Tampa Bay Times that Meyer kicked him during a practice in August.
“After deliberation over many weeks and a thorough analysis of the entirety of Urban’s tenure with our team, I am bitterly disappointed to arrive at the conclusion that an immediate change is imperative for everyone,” Khan said, according to a statement on the team’s website. “I informed Urban of the change this evening. As I stated in October, regaining our trust and respect was essential. Regrettably, it did not happen.”
“In the spirit of closure and recharging our players, staff and fan base, I will not comment further until some point following the conclusion of the NFL season,” the owner added.
This season, the Jaguars amassed just two wins in 13 games, and have routinely been in the headlines for the wrong reasons since Meyer took over — following a prolific career in college football.
Khan said that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will serve as Jacksonville’s interim head coach.