Thursday, December 8

Jaguars Urban Meyer Charged With Kicking Player; that’s another potential hit against him



The accusation sounds terrible: Urban Meyer kicked an NFL player. Former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo said he was the target and that it happened before an exhibition game last August. He said he filed the claim now because of recent negative stories about Meyer. In Lambo’s mind, Meyer is a bully to be dealt with.

Meyer said Lambo was not telling an accurate story and there are witnesses who can prove that, but he also did not deny that he put his foot on Lambo’s leg.

So does this become what convinces Jaguars owner Shad Khan to kick Meyer after a terrible season and a lot of bad press?

Lambo told the Tampa Bay Times in a story published Wednesday Meyer kicked him during warm-ups before the Jaguars’ preseason final against the Cowboys. Lambo had not made a field goal attempt during the first two weeks of preseason. Meyer, Lambo said, kicked him as he stretched and then gave him this encouragement: “’Hey, Dips, do your fucking kicks.’ ‘Lambo rated the kick a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10 for forcefulness.

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Lambo, a seven-year NFL veteran, said he told Meyer not to kick him anymore, adding his own obscenities, but Meyer responded immediately. “‘I’m the head coach, I’ll kick you every time I want to,'” Lambo quoted Meyer.

The two men spoke again the next day at the team’s facility, Lambo told the Times. He said Meyer told him that he should have waited until the two of them could speak in private. Lambo also said Meyer threatened him with his job, saying the kicker was “the first player I ever let him talk to me like that in my career, and if you do it again, you’re gone.”

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Not surprisingly, Meyer hasn’t been scolded by a player before; Until this year, he had only trained college athletes. The power dynamic completely leaned towards him.

Lambo told his agent, Richard Irvin, about the kick, and Irvin informed the Jaguars legal team. The Jaguars confirmed to the Times that they learned of the incident on Aug. 27 and said they offered to set up meetings directly with Lambo or between Lambo and the coaches. Lambo said he did not recall having the opportunity to do so.

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Meyer, in his non-denial, said the incident never came up during subsequent conversations he and general manager Trent Baalke had with Lambo as Lambo continued to struggle to kick.

“Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is completely inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses who refute his account,” Meyer told the Times.

The Jaguars finally cut Lambo three games in the regular season after he missed all three of his field goal attempts and two of seven extra points. Jacksonville lost all three games.

Less than a week after Lambo was released, Meyer was caught getting down to business with a woman other than his wife at Meyer’s restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer stayed in Ohio instead of flying back to Jacksonville with the team after their Week 4 loss to the Bengals.

The negative press has not stopped. Last weekend, NFL Media reported that Meyer had a heated exchange with wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. (Jones later minimized the conversation) and insulted his assistants as “losers” (Meyer said the “loser” part was “inaccurate” but also threatened to shoot leakers “in seconds” in the future). The comment about the leaks prompted Lambo to speak, he told the Times.

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“Some of those guys are my guys, and the staff members I’ve developed incredible relationships with over the past five seasons,” Lambo told the Times. “He threatened all of them for telling the truth. And that’s a bully, and people need to speak out against bullies.”

Khan told reporters Monday that he was willing to give Meyer more time to make the Jags winners, in keeping with his patient nature.

“I want to do the right thing for the team. I want to do the right thing for the city. That, to me, is so much more important than just acting out of control. I think we have a history of really looking at the facts and then really doing the thing. correct, “Khan said.

The facts are already there for Khan. His team is 2-11 under Meyer. Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence hasn’t had a good season. Team sources past and present are portraying the freshman coach as a bully who shoots power and ego. Now there is an accusation of physical abuse.

Khan has plenty of evidence that he should stop being patient.




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