Chris Doyle resigns from Jaguars a day after taking the job

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One day after announcing Chris Doyle as their new director of sports performance, the Jaguars have announced Doyle’s resignation.

“Chris Doyle came to us this evening to submit his resignation and we have accepted,” Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. “Chris did not want to be a distraction to what we are building in Jacksonville. We are responsible for all aspects of our program and, in retrospect, should have given greater consideration to how his appointment may have affected all involved. We wish him the best as he moves forward in his career.”

Well, yes, the Jaguars should have considered the repercussions of Doyle’s hiring before he was hired.

It created an instant firestorm, with Meyer facing tough questions from the team’s beat reporters Thursday. It served as Meyer’s “welcome to the NFL” moment.

Doyle departed Iowa last summer with a $1.1 million separation agreement after he was accused of making racist comments and belittling players. He denied any “unethical behavior or bias” based on race.

Meyer defended the hiring and said he was unconcerned about what Doyle’s presence could do to the team’s ability to add free agents.

News of Doyle’s resignation came only a few hours after Fritz Pollard Alliance executive director Rod Graves took issue with Doyle’s hiring.

“His conduct should be as disqualifying for the NFL as it was for the University of Iowa,” Graves said in the statement. “Urban Meyer’s statement, ‘I’ve known Chris for close to 20 years,’ reflects the good ol’ boy network that is precisely the reason there is such a disparity in employment opportunities for Black coaches.”

60 responses to “Chris Doyle resigns from Jaguars a day after taking the job

  1. Ah. So this is how his NFL coaching career s going to go? Should be entertaining for everyone except Jags fans…

  2. Good Riddance, and good job by the Fritz Pollard Alliance for being the only legitimate force involved in NFL circumstances that actually stands up for people of color.

  3. Lol this urban Meyer NFL head coach and experienced is it bad to be a disaster similar to Nick Saban.

    He never even really worked with Myers in Utah 😂😂

    Good luck Trevor Lawrence

  4. A coach should have the control to hire who he wants. NOT the NFL. NFL does not own the team nor coach any players. This is a power game and the NFL will force teams to comply with their ideology, even if contradicts the owner, coaches and players beliefs.

  5. “A coach should have the control to hire who he wants. NOT the NFL. NFL does not own the team nor coach any players.”

    Nonsense. The nfl doesn’t have say in hires nor does the public. But, like free speech, there are consequences and responses to questionable hires or the things you say. Doyle “resigned” Iowa for racism. In a league where almost 70% of the players are black, it’s shocking that he was hired. Meyer is quickly learning that he’s no longer at a college where he’s a demigod and can control the media, cops, and the power of a major university to cover up crimes and ncaa violations. Never has there been a college coach who had so many criminals in a program in history, even worse than Nebraska or Miami

  6. The most shocking thing to me about this whole thing was that he made $800,000 a year as a college strength coach. Do assistants even make that in the NFL? Seems like a sweet gig and easy path to retiring as a multi-millionaire as long as you keep your behavior professional.

  7. “Who is the more dysfunctional organization, Texans or Jag’s?”

    The Chairman of the Chicago Bears announced after the season that winning isn’t everything – so it’s a close call between the Texans and Bears.

    Whether you like Meyer or not, he wins.

  8. Meyer took a break from coaching because of being in the center of controversy. His first job back in coaching he finds himself in the middle of more controversy. This guy is not only tone deaf, he’s blind too.

  9. Asking questions about the Doyle hire were more than fair. But are we now at a point where there will be no second chances? People are unable to learn from mistakes and change? That’s dangerous ground.

  10. This stinks. Before we attack this guy let’s remember Tyreke Hill is still in the league and so is Kareem Hunt.
    And even dog killer Michael Vick got another chance.

  11. Urban Meyer is just starting to realize he isn’t controlling the universe anymore. Wait until it dawns on him the best players available aren’t beating the easy path to his door either. Spurrier II.

  12. And so the Urban Meyer story begins in Jacksonville. Sorry Jag fans.

    On the flip side, he’ll likely only last 2-3 years.

  13. I’m not too sure the FPA should be uncorking bottles yet. My next step would be to take action against the Fritz Pollard Alliance for preventing me from pursuing employment based on innuendo. I had never heard of Chris Doyle, but he is now radioactive, and will never be offered another position. The story went viral.

  14. Kudos to Rod Graves for highlighting the ridiculousness of this hire, at least Doyle had the self awareness to fo the right thing.

  15. Why can’t staff get second chances like the players do who get third, fourth, fifth….etc. To be fair everyone regardless of color/gender should be evaluated and the best person should get the job.

  16. Like why was he hired in the first place? There are numerous coaches out there that don’t have his baggage that could do this job. This is a self inflicted injury.

  17. On the fence with this one. Players make bad choices and get 2nd, 3rd, 4th chances if they’re talented enough.

  18. I’m already laughing at how bad the headaches are going to be for Meyer. I give him two years at best and then his head explodes and he gives it all up again.

  19. sheetolay says:
    February 13, 2021 at 9:28 am
    so much for second chances.

    If misfortune is brought upon you and it’s out of your control or influence, you absolutely deserve a second chance. But there are too many more-deserving persons out there to fill executive positions like that. He had his chance, and he blew it by his own decision-making and behavior. Boo-hoo. Get in line.

  20. To all you the deserves a second chance crowd, no one is stopping the Jags from hiring this guy. But, to do so is to face the consequences. Would top free agents sign with them? Would any black players be happy working with this guy? So you have to decide if it’s worth it. I have to believe there are about 20000 trainers out there who could do his job so why hire someone who brings this kind of baggage? Only top players get away with deplorable behavior. If you are an average to below average player or coach you do not stay in the league with this baggage. I doubt this clown is irreplaceable.

  21. peteywheatstraw says:
    February 13, 2021 at 5:51 am
    Asking questions about the Doyle hire were more than fair. But are we now at a point where there will be no second chances? People are unable to learn from mistakes and change? That’s dangerous ground.


    I have no information about Doyle specifically or what he said so I’m not defending him in particular, but yes – there are no second chances anymore in today’s world and it’s terrible for us as a society. For those who want to cancel everyone for everything they’ve said or done in the last 40 years remember this – the pendulum always swings eventually. Given the vast overreaching that we are seeing now, I’d bet on this happening sooner rather than later.

  22. Maybe Urban is close behind Doyle. The NFL and other Franchises will not tolerate this “collegiate” attitude.

  23. I agree with all of the comments that, under the right circumstances, people deserve second, and even third and fourth chances. But it seems to me that a prerequisite for this would be some recognition and regret that you blew it during your first “chance.” Doyle’s public denials would seem to indicate that that hasn’t happened.

  24. He should not been hired. Why would you hire someone that thinks making comments about a person’s skin color or background is appropriate to use as a motivational tool. Those that are upset that he resigned are defending what? This behavior?

  25. Doyle should consider himself lucky. If he had acted around a pro athlete the way he did at Iowa, he would have gotten the crap beat out of him.

  26. Meanwhile, Andy Reid is waiting for the dust to settle so he can hire Britt back to a token position on his staff. Where was FPA and the rest of the woke media when that turd was slipped into the KC staff. Our society has gotten to the sad point.

  27. It’s possible that college strength coaches are being paid for more weight training. These persons are likely responsible for identify any illegal steroid usage and making sure that teams stay on the right side of compliance.

  28. Word have consequences. Take responsibility for it. Learn from it. He needs to educate himself on this issue and demonstrate understanding and empathy. Then he’ll get his second chance if he’s worth anything as a coach.

  29. Don’t be surprised if Meyer resigns before the season begins. He’ll cite health reasons…and in a few years he’ll resurface somewhere else where they’re dumb enough to hire him.

  30. The “accused” cracks above slay me. Dang near a hundred Iowa present and former players set out specific instances or racism, which were confirmed by an independent investigation and we’ve got folks making the accused without proof comments. Maybe take some time off from whining about cancel culture and look at an investigation that found actual supporting facts.

  31. Urban Meyers has never surrounded himself with quality people, from players to coaches. It’s just his MO. Once things don’t go Meyers way, he will resign and say it’s health reasons.

  32. It will be interesting to see if Meyer’s rah rah college coaching “style” will be as effective as it has been in college in trying to motivate grown millionaire MEN instead of kids trying to make it to the NFL. If he makes it in the NFL, which is off to a dumb start, he will have succeeded where other great college coaches haven’t, e.g., Lou Holtz, Spurrier, Saban, etc. The only college coaches I know of who came from college and have done well in the NFL are Pete Carroll and our own Jim Harbaugh. Both made it to the Superbowl and Carroll won one. I suspect Meyer will flame out just as the others did as well. This Doyle incident may take his arrogance down a notch or two. We’ll see.

  33. It’d be one thing if the guy was some incredible coordinator type who personally won games. But Urban stepped into it over a strength coach who isn’t any better than any other strength coach out there.

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