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Jaguars move quickly to end many of Meyer’s practice methods

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JACKSONVIL­LE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonvil­le Jaguars moved quickly to rid themselves of some of Urban Meyer’s non-traditiona­l methods Thursday.

There was no longer a motivation­al team huddle on the practice field. There was no longer an emcee with a microphone barking out directions for drills. There was no longer any use for catch phrases like “plus-two mentality” and “own it.”

The Jaguars embraced the not-so-subtle changes that followed owner Shad Khan firing Meyer after a 2-11 start that included countless embarrassm­ents on and off the field.

“It brings a little bit of clarity to the guys in the locker room,” rookie quarterbac­k Trevor Lawrence said. “I wouldn’t say relief, but I would say just bring some clarity and some direction moving forward.

“We really want to go and finish the season strong, and to be honest, it’s been hard to last the last week with everything going on. There’s a lot of things being stirred up by the outside, too, that didn’t help. Made things a lot worse. It’s hard to be focused and have all your attention and efforts going towards winning the game when there’s so many things going on.”

Meyer’s final week included: an accusation Wednesday that he kicked former player Josh Lambo on the practice field in August; confirmati­on that he got into a heated argument with receiver Marvin Jones after criticizin­g wideouts for not winning enough one-on-one matchups a few weeks ago; and a report that Meyer called assistant coaches losers while questionin­g their resumes.

With his fate seemingly sealed, Meyer bolted the facility hours early Wednesday and left assistants to handle the game plan. He didn’t check out and never checked back in with any of them.

The Jaguars and Meyer’s representa­tives then spent hours working out details of the coach’s terminatio­n agreement, eventually leading to the late-night news drop.

Lawrence and many of his

 ?? AP PHOTO ?? Urban Meyer’s tumultuous NFL tenure ended after just 13 games, when Jacksonvil­le fired him early Thursday morning because of an accumulati­on of missteps.
AP PHOTO Urban Meyer’s tumultuous NFL tenure ended after just 13 games, when Jacksonvil­le fired him early Thursday morning because of an accumulati­on of missteps.

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