Jaguars split with accused racist strength coach Chris Doyle
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2018, file photo, Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle walks on the field before an NCAA college football game between Iowa and Northern Illinois in Iowa City, Iowa. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer defended the hiring of former Iowa assistant Chris Doyle on Thursday, Feb. 11, 20201, by saying he vetted him thoroughly along with our general manager and owner. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)The Jacksonville Jaguars and embattled strength coach Chris Doyle parted ways Friday night, a few hours after a prominent diversity group assailed the team and called the recent hiring “simply unacceptable.”Coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke said Doyle resigned and they accepted. “Chris did not want to be a distraction to what we are building in Jacksonville,” Meyer and Baalke said in a statement. AdHiring Doyle rekindled memories of Meyer protecting assistant coach Zach Smith for years at Ohio State.
Urban Hire: Meyer returns to sidelines with NFL’s Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Urban Meyer has won everywhere he’s coached. Watch Head Coach Urban Meyer's introductory press conference presented by @thecsicompanies LIVE ⤵ https://t.co/6E6Q81BgJ8 — #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) January 15, 2021Meyer agreed to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, leaving the broadcast booth and returning to the sidelines after a two-year absence that followed another health scare. "Urban Meyer is who we want and need, a leader, winner and champion who demands excellence and produces results. “I’ve analyzed this decision from every angle — the time is right in Jacksonville," Meyer said in a statement. Khan is switching to a coach-centric model that could give Meyer final say in personnel.
Jaguars fire Marrone; owner Khan plans to be more involved
Now, after nine NFL seasons and little success on the field, the Jacksonville Jaguars owner is taking a more hands-on approach to fixing the franchise's most glaring problems. Khan is handling the search for his next coach and general manager mostly alone, with some help from Jaguars President Mark Lamping. “This time around, I think I have a much better sense myself,” Khan said Monday after firing coach Doug Marrone. “What's evaded the history of the Jags really has been a franchise quarterback,” Khan said. Khan kept Marrone in place after firing general manager Dave Caldwell in late November, but ultimately decided on a clean sweep.
Jaguars fire head coach Doug Marrone after 15 straight losses
Doug Marrone of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field on September 13, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)The Jacksonville Jaguars fired coach Doug Marrone on Monday, a little more than 12 hours after ending the season with a 15th consecutive loss. But Khan gave Marrone another chance to make Jacksonville a playoff contender for the second time in four years. “I am committed and determined to deliver winning football to the city of Jacksonville,” Khan said in a statement. It’s unclear whether Khan will hire a general manager or a coach first.
Jaguars open training camp with young, rebuilt roster
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (6-10)CAMP SITE: Jacksonville, FloridaLAST YEAR: Jaguars lost injury-prone QB Nick Foles on first series of opener and then benched him for good three games into return from broken collarbone. Rookie QB Gardner Minshew was pleasant surprise he went 6-6 in place of Foles and earned shot to show performance wasnt fluke. Growing locker room issues became public when NFLPA publicly bashed personnel chief Tom Coughlin in December, leading to his dismissal. PANDEMIC CHALLENGES: Florida ranks second in the nation in number of COVID-19 cases, increasing likelihood that issues will arise during Jacksonvilles training camp. CAMP NEEDS: With 12 draft picks and 16 second-year pros, Jaguars among NFLs youngest teams.
Minshew, Jaguars close out season with 38-20 win over Colts
JACKSONVILLE – This much seems certain for the Jacksonville Jaguars: Minshew Mania will continue into 2020. Gardner Minshew turned in his best performance in two months, throwing for 295 yards and three touchdowns and leading the Jaguars to a 38-20 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday. The rookie closed out Jacksonville's disappointing season by strengthening his case to be the team's starting quarterback next season. Minshew and the Jaguars (6-10) certainly made Marrone look good in the regular-season finale for both teams. Jacoby Brissett fumbled on consecutive drives, ending any chance Indianapolis had to end the season with consecutive wins.
Jaguars fire Tom Coughlin
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars made a major move on Wednesday night, firing executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin. Owner Shad Khan released a statement: “Within the past hour I informed Tom Coughlin that he was being relieved of his duties as Executive Vice President of Football Operations of the Jacksonville Jaguars, effective this evening. I thank Tom for his efforts, not only over the past three years but for all he did from our very first season, 25 years ago, to put the Jacksonville Jaguars on the map. General Manager Dave Caldwell and Head Coach Doug Marrone will each report directly to me on an interim basis. The team fined former defensive end Dante Fowler more than $700,000 for issues related to that.