Jaguars Director Of Sports Performance Chris Doyle Resigns

A day after joining the Jaguars staff, Chris Doyle has announced his resignation. The Jaguars announced last night that the embattled coach has resigned as their director of sports performance.

“Chris Doyle came to us this evening to submit his resignation and we have accepted,” said a statement from Jaguars coach Urban Meyer and GM Trent Baalke. “Chris did not want to be a distraction to what we are building in Jacksonville. We are responsible for all aspects of our program and, in retrospect, should have given greater consideration to how his appointment may have affected all involved. We wish him the best as he moves forward in his career.”

The hiring led to immediate backlash after it was announced on Thursday. During his time as the strength coach at the University of Iowa, Doyle was accused of making racist remarks and belittling players, and he left the school with a $1.1MM separation agreement last summer. Doyle has continued to deny any “unethical behavior,” while Meyer indicated that Doyle’s presence of his staff wouldn’t be an issue.

On Friday evening, the Fritz Pollard Alliance denounced the Jaguars and Meyer for the hiring, noting that Doyle’s “conduct should be as disqualifying for the NFL as it was for University of Iowa.”

“Urban Meyer’s statement, ‘I’ve known Chris for close to 20 years’ reflects the good ol’ boy network that is precisely the reason there is such a disparity in employment opportunities for Black coaches,” their statement said (via ESPN’s Michael DiRocco).

Doyle had been with Iowa since 1999, and he established himself as one of the highest-paid strength coaches in the country. Following his ouster, he received 15 months salary and benefits from the school.

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  1. The Mistake of Giving Eugene Melnyk a Liver Transplant

    Good riddance! Probably realized that he couldn’t hide his racism for long and this was preferable to an inevitable firing. He made a career out of bullying college kids, but now he would have to deal with adults who have the ability and autonomy to stand up to him.

  2. DarkSide830

    Urban’s out of touch. this is just the first bag of fuel for the dumspter fire.

    • rondon

      The same guy who recruited Aaron Hernandez at Florida and covered up one incident after another. He’s aware of what he’s doing. He just doesn’t have Florida or Ohio State to cover his a–… New ball game.

      • DarkSide830

        out of touch in the sense that he thinks he can get away with this stuff without people realizing and caring

    • lmao I can’t wait to see this completely blow up. Feel bad for Jags fans.

  3. fathead0507

    But we have a sitting President accused of Sexual Assault .. but hey #BelieveEveryoneEvenIfItsFalse

    • The Mistake of Giving Eugene Melnyk a Liver Transplant

      Fathead,

      I think you made a mistake and forgot what website you are logged into. This isn’t 4chan.

    • Footballguy5

      Biden sexually assaulting women doesn’t have anything to do with this. Biden being a total racist does tho. That’s a fact. Go watch ALL the recordings. Hes a proud segregationist. If it’s fine for the president..why not this guy?

      • DarkSide830

        because he’s an elected official and Doyle wasnt. doesnt make it fine, but unless he does something now worthy of impeachment it doesn’t matter until the next election.

      • forwhomjoshbelltolled

        If misinformation gets you to at least publicly pretend that racism is bad, that’s at least a small first step.

    • maximumvelocity

      If you are going to insist on making dumb political comments on a sports blog, it should be noted that the previous president had multiple sexual assault allegations, and was literally fined for racial discrimination against African Americans.

      • fathead0507

        Fined?? Lol.. ok .. funny trump wasn’t considered racist until he became president.. meanwhile the current one put laws into place to lock them up and the VP kept them in jail longer for free labor ..

        • forwhomjoshbelltolled

          The federal government sued him and the father who gave him all of his money for racial discrimination in 1973.

          FTR, 1973 was before 2017.

    • BuckarooBanzai

      … and former president with multiple filed cases as a co-defendant for sexual misconduct and statutory rape: his co-defendant being one Jeffrey Epstein.

      Guess you missed the whole “Stones & Glass Houses” thing

  4. Corey P

    The Jaguars as a whole, as well as Meyer, have made a sham of the entire process in regards to minority hiring.

    There were Rumors that Meyer was the guy, the next week the Jaguars conducted interviews of minorities simply to appease the Rooney Rule, then hire Meyer. Since then Meyer has done nothing but hire all of his white college buddies for jobs.

    Then this happens with Doyle and the Jaguars official response is, “yeah, we didn’t really think that through”…well yeah, no $#iT!

  5. forwhomjoshbelltolled

    That darn cancel culture…once again violating the First Amendment rights of people with bad interpersonal skills to be racist on the job.

    • DarkSide830

      you’re really equating this to cancel culture? you really call bring up common knowledge about an event that happened less then a year ago the same thing as what is commonly associated with cancelling people. please. cancel culture is vicious and predatory. this was just a function of reasonable people having resonable expectations for others and the fact that this dude clearly came nowhere near upholding those expectations.

      • I think he’s being sarcastic. He called Doyle a ‘racist’ with ‘bad interpersonal skills’, so I don’t think he’s defending him.

    • maximumvelocity

      The 1st Amendment protects you from government interfering with your speech. The NFL is a private company that has every right to dismiss people they find objectionable.

      • Chester Copperpot

        I don’t give a crap about whoever this coach is, but our society has to stop insisting free speech has consequences. If speech has consequences, like losing your livelihood, it’s no longer free. After all, you were free to say whatever you wanted in Nazi Germany, there were however, consequences to that speech. We’ve adopted a completely distorted view recently, and it has to end.

        • ron swanson

          So yelling racist things at your players shouldn’t have consequences?

        • I give no fox

          Since when has the 1st amendment been a safe space for racists? You have your facts very wrong. Your words have consequences and always have. No one can prevent you from expressing your opinions, however you are responsible for them. You can walk into your boss’ office tomorrow and tell him to F off and no one can censor you or take you to court. Your employer, however, can terminate you.

        • BuckarooBanzai

          I think I agree with you. The best way to get me on board 100% would be an example.

          I know! Go to the movies and yell “FIRE!”

  6. ghostrobot

    This is a good start but it isn’t enough. We must root out systemic racism that has bored itself into the NFL and NBA. Any player caught having uttered any racial epithet or slur must be immediately expelled from the league, also any player who has pointed out race as a relevant factor in human differences, whether it be via press conference, on the court play, or tweet must at the very least be immediately terminated, imprisoned, and re-educated. It’s not enough to simply be anti racist, we must fight in the streets as long as racism and bigotry rear their ugly head.

    • Does your rule count for all races or only caucasians? Because otherwise a whole lot of songs and radio stations need to be banned. If they’re bad words, which they certainly are, then they are bad for ANYONE to use

  7. maximumvelocity

    You all really should have turned off comments for this thread.

  8. MileHighFan

    This is the same group that wonders why Eric Bieniemy didn’t get hired as a head coach.

    • Ak185

      This is not like Bienemy’s case at all. If no other minority coaches had been hired, I could get it, but they were. Culley in Houston in particular came out of nowhere. Something seems to scare teams off with Bienemy in particular. I think it’s pretty odd honestly. I’m kind of curious at this point as to what it is.

      Does anyone know whether or not the guy actually mentioned in the article did what he was accused of? Or what it was specifically (outside of the vague “racist comments”, which has a pretty wide definition today)? Just asking because I’m unfamiliar-has he actually been found guilty as per some sort of investigation or accused and severed? If it’s true, there’s no real 1st Ammendment defense applicable. Or any real defense.

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