Josh Lambo sues Jaguars over hostile work environment created by Urban Meyer: report
Former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo is suing the team and seeking his full salary for last season, plus damages for emotional distress following his accusation of being kicked by former coach Urban Meyer, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.
TB Times writer: Meyer’s lawyer tried to keep Lambo story quiet
The Tampa Bay Times writer who wrote the story about Urban Meyer kicking former player Josh Lambo said he received a threatening letter from Meyer’s lawyer before the story was published, just hours before Meyer was fired by Jaguars owner Shad Khan.
Spokesman: Jaguars owner waited after deciding to fire Meyer
The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to set the record straight about owner Shad Khan's firing of embattled coach Urban Meyer. A spokesman for Khan told The Associated Press on Friday night that the decision to move on from Meyer was made following Jacksonville's 20-0 loss at Tennessee on Sunday. A conversation Khan and Meyer had in the locker room after that shutout — Meyer had few answers for the team's woes or how he planned to fix them — sealed a decision Khan had been mulling for weeks.news.yahoo.com
Jaguars fire Urban Meyer after 13 games, countless missteps
Meyer's tumultuous tenure ended after just 13 games — and two victories — when the Jacksonville Jaguars fired him early Thursday because of an accumulation of missteps. Owner Shad Khan made the move hours after former Jaguars player Josh Lambo told a Florida newspaper Meyer kicked him during practice in August. It was the latest black eye — adding to an already lengthy list of embarrassments — for the three-time national championship-winning college coach who failed miserably to make the transition to the NFL.news.yahoo.com
Russell Wilson, Travis Kelce among NFL Man of Year nominees
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) talks at the end of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Seattle's star quarterback Russell Wilson and Kansas City's standout tight end Travis Kelce are among the 32 finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)In a year impacted by a pandemic and social unrest, NFL players have spoken out and stepped up. “The 32 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominees remind us that even in the face of adversity, players continue to raise awareness and use their voice and platform to positively impact their communities. “Being nominated as the Chiefs' Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year is one of the greatest honors of my professional career,” tight end Travis Kelce said. As an organization captain, he directs a team of active NFL players who are committed to using their platform to help address the clean water crisis.
The Latest: Quarterbacks drafted No. 1 shine around NFL
The Latest on Week 10 in the NFL (all times EST):___8 p.m.From Kyler Murray magic to Alex Smith’s latest milestone, it was quite the day for quarterbacks selected first in the NFL draft. The Cardinals beat Buffalo 32-30 on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Kyler Murray to DeAndre Hopkins with 2 seconds left, dropping the Bills record to 7-3. Brees was shaken up on a sack in the second quarter when Kentavius Street landed on him. 1 pick Joe Burrow, threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jakeem Grant with 58 seconds left in the first quarter. Cole had scored on a franchise-record 91-yard punt return in the second quarter.
Jaguars halfway home to another high pick, potential reboot
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In what could be his final two months on the job, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone is making changes. They’re halfway home to another top-five draft pick and probably another significant reboot. Then again, since the Jaguars face the toughest schedule of anyone in the second half of the season, it might not matter. They play three divisions leaders (Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Tennessee), three second-place teams (Baltimore, Chicago, Indianapolis), plus Cleveland (5-3) and Minnesota (3-5). WHAT’S WORKINGRunning back James Robinson has four touchdowns in three games, further establishing himself as the team’s most consistent player.
Good news for Jaguars: Kicker Josh Lambo returns to lineup after hip injury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars had a good-news, bad-news afternoon on the injury front. Kicker Josh Lambo will make his return to the field on Sunday after missing a month with a hip injury. Jacksonville used four different kickers in his absence and that void was noticeable on a weekly basis. The loss of Jones hurts the defensive line rotation. Jacksonville also called up rookie tight end Ben Ellefson from the practice squad, released kicker Jon Brown and defensive end Josh Mauro.
Josh Lambo getting close to a return from injury for Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Kicker Josh Lambo has been designated to return from the Jaguars injury list, providing some hope that one of the most inconsistent positions on the team will soon get an upgrade. Coach Doug Marrone said Monday that he felt good about Lambo getting back out on the field in practice this week. Since Lambo went on the injured reserve list on Sept. 23 with a hip injury, the Jaguars have gone through a cycle of kickers with erratic results. Lambo has been superb since signing with the Jaguars in October 2017. He is 74 for 78 on field goals in that span, including a perfect 44 for 44 in games at TIAA Bank Field.
Fixing, not firing, is the path Jaguars coach Doug Marrone is focusing on
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Doug Marrone doesn’t see big changes making a big difference for the struggling Jaguars. If there were a change to make, Marrone said that he’d gladly be willing to make it. But the issues plaguing the Jaguars have been so widespread week to week that there’s not one simple fix to get things turned back around. A day after the Jaguars' fifth straight loss, Marrone said that there aren’t clear-cut personnel changes that would help. Marrone said that the team is trying to put players in the best position possible but knows that the losing skid opens him up to skepticism.
Porous D abounds: Lions-Jaguars could be high-scoring affair
The Lions (1-3) rank last in the league in rushing yards allowed, giving up more than 170 yards a game. The Jaguars (1-4) are near the bottom of every major defensive category, including 30th in total yards and last in yards per play. The teams are among a group of seven allowing more than 400 yards and about 30 points a game. So when they meet in Jacksonville on Sunday for the first time in eight years, it should be an ideal matchup for a high-scoring affair. “There’s a lot of respect for him in our building and from us as a coaching staff," Wash said.
Four takeaways: Why abandon the running game against Texans?
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Jaguars gave up 30 points for the fourth straight game, and the offense didn’t pull its weight in a 30-14 loss to the Texans in Houston. Here are my four biggest takeaways from the game:Afraid of the running game? Too many times, the Jaguars had chances to run the ball in key situations and instead, they opted to try to trick the Texans. This is not a sign of confidence in the offensive line and running back James Robinson. Case in point, two plays in the third quarter with the Jaguars inside the Texans' 10-yard line.
Mixon's 3 TDs pace Bengals in 33-25 win over Jaguars
Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Jordan Evans (50) celebrates late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Cincinnati, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Bengals defeated the Jaguars 33-25. After linebacker Jordan Evans intercepted a tipped Gardner Minshew pass, the Bengals started on Jacksonville’s 40 and got nowhere, Burrow overthrowing an open A.J. The Jags added a field goal with 8 seconds left, but the ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful. He missed a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter but converted on four others, including a 50-yarder in the second half.
Jaguars waive Columbia grad Jernigan, sign kicker Hauschka
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars made a flurry of moves on Monday, including the release of former Lake City Columbia High star Timmy Jernigan and signing kicker Steven Hauschka. The roster activity picked up four days after the Jaguars were embarrassed on national television by the Dolphins, 33-13. The bigger news of the day was cutting Jernigan, a defensive tackle, who signed with the Jaguars last month. The Jaguars also touched up their kicking situation, releasing Brandon Wright and signing Steven Hauschka. Jacksonville signed kicker Aldrick Rosas and offensive lineman Jared Hilbers to the practice squad.
Fitzpatrick handles Jaguars again, this time with Dolphins
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick laughs with coaches as he comes off the field after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ryan Fitzpatrick handles the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as anyone in the NFL. Fitzpatrick completed his first 12 passes — a career high — as Miami scored touchdowns on its first three drives for the first time since 2011. Fitzpatrick also ran for 39 yards and a score, his 37-year-old legs looking as fresh as any in Miami’s backfield. “As a group we just didn't get it done,” said Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew, who completed 30 of 42 passes for 275 yards and two turnovers. The Jaguars have won two in a row against the Bengals, notching victories in 2017 and 2019.
Injuries hurting Jaguars: Kicker Lambo goes to IR; knee injury shelves Linder
Kicker Josh Lambo will miss Thursday night’s primetime game against the Dolphins and will be placed on injured reserve with a hip injury. Lambo will miss at least three weeks due to the injury designation. Starting center Brandon Linder will also miss the Miami game, coach Doug Marrone said on Wednesday. At TIAA Bank Field, Lambo has been automatic. He is 74 for 78 in his career with the Jaguars, including a career-long of 57 yards in 2018.
Too many mistakes: Jaguars fall on the road to Titans
Bad bounces, special teams mistakes and no Minshew Magic on Sunday meant a 33-30 loss on the road to the Titans. The Jaguars erased a 14-point deficit and tied things with just over seven minutes to play, only to see the Titans (2-0) emerge at the finish. According to ESPN, Minshew is the first quarterback in Jaguars history to throw three touchdown passes in three consecutive games. Much like they did early against the Colts, the Jaguars looked off from the outset against the Titans. Linebacker Myles Jack had a pass breakup on third down on the Titans' go-ahead drive, but was flagged for pass interference.
Jaguars players march to support Black Lives Matter movement
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jaguars players, front office staff, their family and friends joined their voices with others across the nation Friday when they marched in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. A crowd of about 300 demonstrators met up in front of TIAA Bank Field, most wearing black-and-white Black Lives Matter T-shirts. But for 41 years I’ve been a black man, so it’s very important that I use my platform to let everyone know that black lives do matter,” Wilford said. The movement since Arbery’s death and that of George Floyd in Minneapolis, has pushed the cause forward. That’s true history.”NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday also posted a video on social media condemning racism and the systematic oppression of black people.
Jaguars’ Josh Lambo hopes to kickstart dog adoptions
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Josh Lambo is doing his part to make sure as many dogs find a home as possible. On Friday, the Jaguars kicker announced on Instagram that he was partnering with Fur Sisters, a no-kill dog rescue shelter in Jacksonville Beach, to help dogs find their forever home. Lambo is offering to make it easier on people’s wallets if they adopt a new furry friend over the next week. Former defensive tackle Malik Jackson funded 181 pet adoptions in 2017. Another defensive lineman, Sheldon Day, adopted a terrier named, ‘Gloria,’ after she’d spent 359 days at the humane society.
Jaguars fall flat against Colts
The return of Nick Foles was supposed to be the launching point to the second half of the season. Instead, it put a stamp on just how much work lies in front for the Jaguars to become a competitive NFL team. The Jaguars (4-6) needed to close the season out strong to have a shot to reach the playoffs. The pair of 100-yard rushers marked the first time that the Colts had done that in franchise history. Brissett added a 5-yayrd rushing touchdown A 48-yard run by Williams on the following drive set up a Nyheim Hines 7-yard touchdown run and the blowout was on.