A day after his debatable hire, the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars said on Friday that the director of sports performance Chris Doyle has resigned from his position.
Jaguar’s head coach Urban Meyer conveys in a statement, “Chris Doyle came to us this evening to submit his registration and we accepted it. Moreover, Chris did not want to be an interruption to what we are building in Jacksonville. We are in charge of all aspects of our program. In remembrance of this, we should have given better thought to how his appointment might affect everyone included. However, we wish him the best as he moves ahead in his career.”
Chris Doyle was on the lowa staff from 1999 to 2019. However, he was on administrative leave by the school in June after several former lowa players accused him of racism. Hence, the university and Doyle parted their ways apart.
Nevertheless, the former Iowa coach’s resignation follows a counterattack from his tenure at the University of lowa.
Also, on Thursday, Meyer defended the hiring of Chris Doyle, saying he examined everyone and conveys, “I feel great about the hire.”
Moreover, Meyer conveys nothing that his relationship with Chris Doyle went back nearly 20 years. “We did a great job vetting that one.”
Meyer’s reaction to the racism suffered by Chris Doyle
Previously, Meyer coached at the University of Utah, and the University of Florida. Recently, Ohio State University hired him as a head coach by the Jaguars. They hired him in January after the team fired Doug Marrone.
Meyer conveyed he did not believe that the allegations of racism ascribed to Doyle at lowa would prevent Jacksonville from attracting free agents.
Moreover, on his administrative leave, he posted a tweet. The tweet conveyed, Allegations about this behavior are ‘not true’. Although, the tweet was deleted after some time.
Nevertheless, the Fritz Pollard Alliance released a statement blasting the Jaguars’ move:
An Executive director Rod Graves conveyed, “At a time when the NFL has failed to solve its problem with racial hiring practices, it is simply unacceptable to welcome Chris Doyle into the ranks of NFL coaches.”
Doyle’s departure from the University of lowa replicated a tenure riddled with poor judgment and ill-treatment of Black players. His conduct should be as disqualifying for the NFL as it was for the University of lowa.
Graves added that Meyer’s statement, about knowing Chris Doyle for close to 20 years, reflects the good old boy network. This is precisely the reason there is an inequality in employment opportunities for Black coaches.