It feels like we say this every week, but Urban Meyer has been an absolute train wreck of an NFL head coach and he can barely make it through his first season.
It got so much worse when former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo says he was kicked by Urban Meyer during pregame warmups before Jacksonville’s preseason finale against Dallas.
“I’m in a lunge position. Left leg forward, right leg back,” Lambo told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “… Urban Meyer, while I’m in that stretch position, comes up to me and says, ‘Hey Dips–t, make your f–king kicks!’ And kicks me in the leg.
“It certainly wasn’t as hard as he could’ve done it, but it certainly wasn’t a love tap. Truthfully, I’d register it as a five (out of 10). Which in the workplace, I don’t care if it’s football or not, the boss can’t strike an employee. And for a second, I couldn’t believe it actually happened. Pardon my vulgarity, I said, ‘Don’t you ever f–king kick me again!’ And his response was, ‘I’m the head ball coach, I’ll kick you whenever the f–k I want.’”
The following morning after the alleged kicking, Lambo said he was cornered by the head coach.
“He sees me and I’m by myself and he kind of cornered me and comes up to me and says, ‘Are you going to put a smile on that face?’” Lambo said. “I said, ‘I’ll smile if you’ll stop kicking me.’”
The first-year head coach denies that the incident happened the way Lambo describes it.
“Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is completely inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses to refute his account,” Meyer said. “(General manager) Trent (Baalke) and I met with him on multiple occasions to encourage his performance, and this was never brought up. I was fully supportive of Josh during his time with the team and wish him nothing but the best.”
Lambo was cut in October.
In 2021, he played in three games three games for the Jaguars and converted no field goals in three attempts and 5 of 7 extra points.