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Urban Meyer out as Jaguars coach after 13 games

Urban Meyer is out as Jacksonville’s coach despite being with the franchise for less than a season. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the news Wednesday night, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan soon released a statement to confirm the dismissal.

“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. “As I stated in October, regaining our trust and respect was essential. Regrettably, it did not happen.”

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Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will step in as interim head coach, Khan added.

The Jaguars have accumulated a 2–11 record this campaign under his tenure, their only wins coming against the Bills and Dolphins. Meyer’s time with the franchise has been filled with drama, making headlines for his conduct both on and off the field.

In the latest headline, former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo told the Tampa Bay Times that the coach once kicked him during practice. He missed a field goal in both of his first two exhibition games and was stretching at practice while the team prepared to face Dallas in the final preseason matchup.

Drama has continued to engulf the franchise, and as quarterback Trevor Lawrence said earlier on Wednesday, per ESPN, it needs to stop. His remarks came hours before the Times report.

“So you can’t always be in the headlines. You just got to go play football and that’s where we’re trying to get and I have no doubt we’ll get there, but for sure [it has to change].”

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