Spokesman: Jaguars owner waited after deciding to fire Urban Meyer | Business


JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to set the record straight over owner Shad Khan’s dismissal of struggling coach Urban Meyer.

A spokesperson for Khan told The Associated Press on Friday night that the decision to leave Meyer was made following Jacksonville’s 20-0 loss to Tennessee on Sunday. A conversation Khan and Meyer had in the locker room after that shutout – Meyer had little answer to the squad’s woes or how he planned to resolve them – sealed a decision Khan had been pondering for weeks.

“He was determined to wait until the end of the dates previously scheduled that week to make the announcement,” spokesman Jim Woodcock said. These appointments included a staff lunch and a Jacksonville media meeting, both to mark the 10th anniversary of Shad’s purchase of the Jaguars, as well as NFL meetings in Dallas on December 14-15. . “

The Jaguars ended up sacking Meyer early Thursday, hours after former kicker Josh Lambo accused Meyer of hitting him during practice in August. Relating that Tampa Bay Times report, which the Jaguars did not dispute, to Khan’s announcement made sense. But the Jaguars insist it was more of a coincidence than a causation.

“The announcement was made at 12:35 a.m. EST on Thursday, December 16 to give coaches and staff a fresh start when they show up at the stadium that morning,” said Woodcock. . “Contrary to mistaken assumptions and blatant reports widely spread, the sacking was not triggered by a single newspaper article late Wednesday afternoon regarding a claim made by a former player.

“To repeat Shad’s official statement, the decision was made” after weeks of deliberations and extensive analysis of Urban’s entire tenure with our team. “”

Meyer’s 11-month tenure was filled with mistakes and missteps, none more damning than Meyer staying after a game in Cincinnati in late September and being caught on video acting inappropriately with a woman in a restaurant / bar.

Khan began attending weekly team meetings following this incident.

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