Jan 2, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars interim head coach Darrell Bevell watches from the sideline as they take on the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars to interview interim coach Darrell Bevell

Interim head coach Darrell Bevell has an interview with owner Shad Khan to remain the leader of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bevell said Monday, one day after the Jaguars ended the season with an upset of the Indianapolis Colts, that Khan let him know he would be one of the coaching candidates interviewed to replace Urban Meyer.

Meyer was fired Dec. 16 and Bevell was named interim head coach after a late-night call from Trent Baalke, the team’s general manager who was retained for next season.

It’s the second straight year Bevell was tasked with seeing out the end of a season as an interim coach. Last season, he replaced Matt Patricia for the final five games of the Detroit Lions’ season.

The Jaguars also secured the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Jacksonville selected quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the top pick in the 2021 draft.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer against the Tennessee Titans during first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars fire Urban Meyer after allegation of kicking player

Hours after the latest allegation of misconduct was levied against Urban Meyer, the Jacksonville Jaguars ended the head coach’s brief, controversial and unsuccessful stint, firing him Wednesday night.

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was installed as the Jaguars’ interim head coach.

Earlier Wednesday, former Jaguars All-Pro kicker Josh Lambo alleged that Meyer kicked him in the leg while cursing him out during a preseason workout session. Meyer responded to the report by saying, “Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is completely inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses to refute his account.”

Still, it was the latest black mark for Meyer, with reports surfacing in the past week that he got into a shouting match with wide receiver Marvin Jones after criticizing the receivers group and that he called members of his coaching staff “losers.”

This follows an incident in October when he was seen on videotape with a young woman, who wasn’t his wife, dancing close to him. A second video, released later, appeared to show him touching her bottom.

After a 20-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans dropped the Jaguars’ record to an AFC-worst 2-11 in Meyer’s first season on the job, the head coach denied calling his coaches losers, and he downplayed the incident with Jones. He said anyone who was leaking information would be fired.

Instead, it was Meyer who was fired.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement Wednesday night, “After deliberation over many weeks and a thorough analysis of the entirety of Urban’s tenure with our team, I am bitterly disappointed to arrive at the conclusion that an immediate change is imperative for everyone. I informed Urban of the change this evening. As I stated in October, regaining our trust and respect was essential. Regrettably, it did not happen. …

“In the spirit of closure and recharging our players, staff and fan base, I will not comment further until some point following the conclusion of the NFL season.”

Khan also gave a vote of confidence to general manager Trent Baalke.

The Jaguars lost more games this year than Meyer dropped in seven seasons at Ohio State, where he was 83-9 from 2012-18.

Meyer, 57, won two national championship (2006, 2008) while in charge at Florida, and he added another national title with Ohio State in 2014. He owns a 187-32 record as a college head coach counting his time at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State, but he had never worked in the NFL before this year.

Bevell, 51, has been an offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions before landing that position under Meyer in Jacksonville this year. He was the Lions’ interim coach for the last five games of the 2020 season, leading Detroit to a 1-4 record.

–Field Level Media

Sep 29, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell looks on during the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

WRs coach Prince to serve as Lions’ head coach temporarily

COVID-19 protocols will keep interim head coach Darrell Bevell away from the Detroit Lions on Saturday.

The Lions are promoting Robert Prince to the head-coaching role for the Week 16 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sean Ryan, the Lions’ quarterbacks coach, will take over for Prince as the primary offensive playcaller in the game.

The Lions have been short on the coaching staff since the firing of Matt Patricia on Nov. 28. Bevell was promoted from offensive coordinator to interim head coach, and on Monday the team fired special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs.

Prince, hired by Jim Caldwell to join the Lions in 2014, has never been a head coach; Ryan has never been a playcaller.

Bevell said on Monday he was at risk of missing the game along with multiple coaches due to COVID-19 tracing. He pointed to the team’s recent travel to Nashville to play the Titans. The area is exploding with new positive cases.

“Obviously this was something that we had to plan for,” Bevell said Wednesday. “So there are contingency plans, and each and every time something happens, we’re making adjustments to that. I still think we’re gathering more information.”

The Lions also have had to make changes on the defensive side of the ball as coordinator Cory Undlin, defensive line coach Bo Davis, linebackers coach Ty McKenzie and defensive backs coach Steve Gregory remain in isolation under COVID-19 protocols.

Assistant coaches Evan Rothstein will call the plays on defense and David Corrao will serve as linebackers coach. Tony Carter will coach the defensive backs and Ty Warren will take charge of the defensive line.

–Field Level Media