Urban Meyer’s explanation for Chris Doyle’s departure has fresh relevance

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The first dose of NFL reality for Urban Meyer came from the reaction to his effort to hire Chris Doyle to serve as the team’s director of sports performance. Many loudly questioned the move given the accusations of a history of racist remarks made by Doyle while working for the University of Iowa football program.

Meyer moved quickly to sever ties with Doyle. Meyer explained the decision by citing a desire to avoid distractions.

I saw the impact of the decision and the distraction it caused,” Meyer said at the time. “The most important part of the organization is and always will be our players, and I just — we both felt, we all felt, when I say both, Trent [Baalke] and myself, and then Chris Doyle felt it was best, that this team didn’t need [any distractions]. Everything’s going too well. We hired an excellent staff. We don’t need a distraction, and [to] move forward is the best interest of all.”

Although Doyle himself was the source of the distraction, Meyer caused the distraction by hiring Doyle. More recently, Meyer provides both the distraction and the cause of it. His reasoning from March has fresh relevance, given the ongoing situation in Jacksonville arising from Meyer’s Ohio misadventures.

The only difference, of course, is that “everything’s” not “going too well.” Some would say that’s all the more reason for Meyer to step aside and alleviate the distraction.

Owner Shad Khan suggested in Tuesday’s statement that Meyer won’t be fired. However, Khan’s strong language coupled with the team’s current uphill climb could make Meyer more inclined to tap out and walk away, like he previously did in both Gainesville and Columbus.

There were suggestions on Tuesday morning that the Jaguars were looking for a way to fire Meyer for cause, shutting off his entitlement to the balance of his contract. If he resigns, he gets nothing.

It’s possible that the Jaguars and Meyer will try to negotiate a partial loaf that gives him some of what he’s owed in exchange for walking away now. That’s the cleanest and easiest way for everyone to move on, if that’s where this is heading.

19 responses to “Urban Meyer’s explanation for Chris Doyle’s departure has fresh relevance

  1. Kahn should look in the mirror. Who brought this mess into town in the first place? Could have gotten any young coordinator to come in to coach Lawrence but you went with the hire that might sell tickets in the short term and didn’t do your homework.

  2. This feels like all media spin. I can’t imagine the players really give a hoot that their coach had a little dancing fun with some women that were giving him attention. Is it a little hypocritical, yes but its also innocent in that nothing bad happened. No fights, no groping, nadda. Sure it appears he had his hands on the stool where her butt rubbed up against them but thats between the coach and his wife. Sure the players might give him a hard time, in good fun but lose the locker room, idk. Maybe im missing something.

  3. People need to stop offering Meyer’s these huge contracts that make it impossible to turn down because he is more interested in the money than the job. He might as well resign because he will resign or be forced out of the end of the year.

  4. The Chris Doyle thing and this incident just let’s you see how this guy has been operating without impunity with these small college town media people that he could cut off access to the program. He could do whatever he wanted. The Smith saga at Ohio State proved that, and the way that UF team was behind the scenes was too. He’s been reckless but has cultivated this phony public persona over the years that the national media let him skate by with.

  5. This feels like all media spin. I can’t imagine the players really give a hoot that their coach had a little dancing fun with some women that were giving him attention. Is it a little hypocritical, yes but its also innocent in that nothing bad happened. No fights, no groping, nadda. Sure it appears he had his hands on the stool where her butt rubbed up against them but thats between the coach and his wife. Sure the players might give him a hard time, in good fun but lose the locker room, idk. Maybe im missing something.
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    Well, for starters, he should have travelled home on the plane with his team instead of staying behind in Ohio to go drinking at a bar and get lap dances from women young enough to be his granddaughter…

  6. Maybe a “director of coaches performance” would have been a far better choice?

  7. My 5 buddies and I looked forward to the Trevor Lawrence years but if Urban (who has done almost NOTHING right since he got here) stays, our season ticket money will buy us a boat next year instead.

  8. BREAKING NEWS- Doyle says “Meyer pulled out at the last moments”

    MEYER Said he was just filming new spots for “Hard Knocks”, Meyer asked if it indeed, was an HBO show.

  9. Last year on Fox, analyst Urban Meyer provided three reasons that teams struggle:
    1. Trust issues
    2. Dysfunctional Environment
    3. Selfishness

    Analyst Urban Meyer was 100 percent correct.

  10. I’m no Meyer supporter but canceling this guy for pics of him with some women(with their clothes on) in a public place is BS.

  11. Looks like Shad is trying to pull one out of the lil’ general’s playbook – those pics of Jay Gruden smoking somethin’ funny and cavorting with younger folk that were “leaked” on the interwebs.

  12. Proof that an NFL HC is going to be under 10x the scrutiny as any high profile college team. The world looks at the NFL differently and ownership wants it that way. With that they need their employees to represent the brand no matter where they are or what they’re doing. Sounds like he’s already losing the locker room, so it won’t matter how long the Jags try to make it work, Meyer won’t finish the season.

  13. As others have said – if the Jags weren’t 0-4 no one would be making this big of a fuss about Meyer. If Kahn wants to fire him he should just fire him – who cares about the money? Coaches get their full salaries most of the time anyway.

    Also as others have said, the worst look for Meyer is that he didn’t travel home with the team. Being an NFL HC is a brutal profession with little downtime. He should understand that. But also, Meyer just going out to a bar in Columbus wasn’t going to end well no matter what he did or didn’t do because many would be saying that he shouldn’t have stayed behind.

  14. This will happen when your QB’s salary eats up so much cap space. Tom Brady gave the Patriots a hometown discount so they could get better players on the team. Look what it got him. More rings then any player EVER.

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