Urban Meyer has all but worn out his welcome with the Jaguars already but now a former player says that the head coach kicked him after a preseason mistake.
Many people expected the reports that Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer berated his assistant coaches and called them “losers” might end up being the straw that broke the camel’s back, especially given the coach’s barroom behavior and a litany of other bad looks for him and the Jags — and that’s before we get to the fact that the team isn’t winning games.
Yet, Week 14 came around after the report and Meyer was on the sidelines. Now, though, there is another claim against the Jaguars head coach that continues to make him look unemployable.
In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, former Jags kicker Josh Lambo claims that Meyer kicked him during warmups after the former All-Pro in Jacksonville had missed a kick in the previous preseason game.
Urban Meyer kicked Jaguars player for missed kicks, per report
The incident Lambo describes sounds far more like a schoolyard bully than an NFL head coach.
Lambo claims that Meyer consistently called special teamers derogatory names but the kicker was not bothered by that. In warmups before an August preseason game, though, Lambo was in a lunge position when, in his words, said Meyer walked up to him and said, “‘Hey Dips–t, make your f–king kicks!’ And kicks me in the leg.”
Though the kicker says that the kick was about a 5-out-of-10 in terms of how hard it was dealt to him, Lambo (and anyone with a brain) would agree that a head coach should never behave in that manner.
To make the matter worse, Lambo spoke up and said for Meyer not to kick him, to which the head coach reportedly replied, “‘I’m the head ball coach, I’ll kick you whenever the f–k I want.'”
Meyer quite clearly appears to be someone on a power trip that doesn’t know how to win football games or build a quality, fruitful culture in the NFL. And frankly, the sooner the Jaguars put him out of a job with all that has come about him, the better.