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A timeline of Urban Meyer’s calamitous Jaguars tenure

The Urban Meyer era in Jacksonville lasted only 13 games. (John Mccoy/AP)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars fired coach Urban Meyer early Thursday morning after a disastrous tenure that lasted only 13 games. It’s not too hard to suss out the reasons: The Jaguars were terrible on the field, and Meyer was terrible off it. He now joins the pantheon of successful college football coaches who were utter failures in the NFL.

Here’s a look at the most notable moments from Meyer’s brief stint in the league:

Urban Meyer knew every trick to college success, but you can’t fake it in the NFL

Jan. 14: After just one playoff appearance in the previous 13 seasons, the Jaguars hire Meyer as their head coach despite his complete lack of NFL experience, reportedly choosing him over established NFL candidates such as Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris and Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.

“This is a great day for Jacksonville and Jaguars fans everywhere,” Jacksonville owner Shad Khan said a written statement. “Urban Meyer is who we want and need, a leader, winner and champion who demands excellence and produces results. While Urban already enjoys a legacy in the game of football that few will ever match, his passion for the opportunity in front of him here in Jacksonville is powerful and unmistakable.”

Feb. 12: The Jaguars hire Chris Doyle, who had been accused of mistreating players and making racist comments while at the University of Iowa, to be their director of sports performance. After the ensuing backlash, Doyle would resign the next day, with the team saying in a statement that he “did not want to be a distraction to what we are building in Jacksonville.”

April 29: With the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, the Jaguars select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

May 10: The Jaguars sign Tim Tebow — a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Meyer at Florida, helping him and the Gators to two national titles — even though he had not played an NFL game in nearly nine years. Making the move even more perplexing, the Jaguars signed the then-33-year-old to play tight end.

July 1: The NFL fines the Jaguars $200,000 and Meyer $100,000 for offseason workout violations. (The Dallas Cowboys, 49ers and their head coaches also drew fines for similar violations.)

Aug. 17: The Jaguars release Tebow in their first round of mandatory preseason roster cuts. He played only 16 snaps in one preseason game.

Aug. 31: At a news conference, Meyer says the Jaguars considered players’ vaccination status while making roster decisions, drawing the ire of and an investigation by the NFL Players Association. The next day, the team would release a statement saying no players were cut because of their vaccination status.

Sept. 12: The Jaguars are barely competitive in Meyer’s NFL debut, losing, 37-21, to the similarly woeful Houston Texans despite being three-point favorites.

Oct. 4: Meyer apologizes after a video of him closely interacting with a woman who was not his wife surfaces on the Internet. The video, filmed at one of Meyer’s restaurants in Ohio, was taken one day after the Jaguars had lost a Thursday night game to the Cincinnati Bengals, and Meyer did not fly home with the team after the game (breaking with NFL protocol).

“[Meyer] must regain our trust and respect,” Khan said after that incident. “That will require a personal commitment from Urban to everyone who supports, represents or plays for our team. I am confident he will deliver.”

From October: Urban Meyer’s control, like his Jaguars tenure, is already wavering

Oct. 17: Jacksonville earns the first of its two wins under Meyer, beating the Miami Dolphins, 23-20, after Matthew Wright kicks two field goals of at least 53 yards in the final 3:40 of the game.

Dec. 11: NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that Meyer had “multiple run-ins with players and other coaches in recent weeks” and had called his assistant coaches “losers.” Meyer admits to the latter in an interview with Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer. Nonetheless, at this point Khan reportedly still planned to bring Meyer back in 2022.

Dec. 12: The Jaguars lose, 20-0, to the Tennessee Titans, gaining only 191 yards in what would be Meyer’s final NFL game. In his last two games, Jacksonville would lose by a combined 57-7.

Dec. 15: Former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo tells the Tampa Bay Times that Meyer belittled him and kicked him in the leg on the field during a preseason practice in August.

Dec. 16: The Jaguars fire Meyer, with Khan saying in a statement that he was “bitterly disappointed to arrive at the conclusion that an immediate change is imperative for everyone.”