The final nail in the coffin of City Meyer’s disastrous tenure in Jacksonville was a story by Rick Stroud in the Tampa Bay Situations in which the coach was accused of kicking his previous kicker, Josh Lambo. Stroud explained on Monday that he was threatened by Meyer’s legal team in advance of publishing that piece.
Showing on the “Rich Eisen Clearly show,” Stroud mentioned that the Jaguars had been aware of the incident considering that Lambo reported it to the franchise in August when it occurred.
“Nobody is disagreeing the party transpired,” Stroud claimed. “It’s just to what degree. If we’re conversing about how challenging he kicked a man, that is not a fantastic argument on his behalf.”
Stroud went on to demonstrate the mentality of the team when he was looking for confirmation of the kicking incident.
“When I did the story, they have been in disaster method in Jacksonville,” Stroud mentioned, “I experienced a lot of conversations with them. They begged me to maintain the story until 4 o’clock. I got a statement from their authorized counsel to start with. I got a threatening letter from [Meyer’s] legal professional about publishing the tale devoid of selected info. We waited for their assertion.”
On a abide by-up dilemma from Eisen, Stroud reiterated that the issue wasn’t no matter if Meyer experienced kicked Lambo, but how tough.
“They wished to present up a couple gamers, but only off the history, to corroborate not that he did not kick [Lambo], but the degree of which he kicked him,” Stroud said.
“It’s humorous, mainly because for the duration of this total drip-drip-drip system, every person was working with resources. ‘Who are these people today? If I catch him he’s gone tomorrow.’ You hear this things from the Jaguars organization. Then when their guy’s under fireplace, they want to supply up unnamed resources and gamers that will back again the mentor, which is wonderful other than that this was a male who confirmed adequate braveness to set his identify on the incident and was eager to talk on the document.”
Lambo, who was released right after lacking all 3 of his discipline-aim makes an attempt this time, characterized the kick from Meyer as a “five (out of 10).”
Stroud wasn’t acquiring the organizational rationalization that the crew experienced now prepared to fire Meyer ahead of his tale broke, since if that was the case why allow him video game strategy by the center of the 7 days?
Apart from Jimmy Johnson, who stated that Meyer was “backstabbed” by his assistant coaches, Meyer has experienced couple defenders through this ordeal. Rex Ryan, former mentor of the Expenses and Jets, said on ESPN above the weekend that Meyer — a extremely prosperous college or university mentor — was not geared up to mentor in the “men’s league” that is the NFL.