Jaguars Assistant Coach Resigns After Diversity Group Calls His Hiring ‘Unacceptable’
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced the resignation of strength coach Chris Doyle on Friday night, not long after an organization promoting diversity in the NFL called the recent decision to hire Doyle “unacceptable”.
Doyle, whom the Jaguars announced to be hired on Thursday, left the University of Iowa football staff after several current and former Hawkeyes players last year, saying they promoted a culture of bullying and racism.
“Chris did not want to be distracted by what we are building in Jacksonville,” Jacksonville coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We are responsible for all aspects of our program and, retrospectively, should focus more on how his appointment has affected everyone. We wish him all the best in his career. “
Earlier on Friday, Fritz Pollard Alliance executive director Rod Graves, named for the first black head coach in the NFL, released a statement stating: “Doyle’s departure from Loya University led to poor decisions The tenure reflected and abused black players. His conduct should be as ineligible for the NFL as it was for the University of Iowa. “
Doyle, Iowa’s strength and conditioning coach, Reached a separate agreement With the university in June, two decades of work there ended.
Doyle’s hiring Jaguars, who are white, came under intense scrutiny of the NFL’s recruiting practices and questioned whether there were equal opportunities to hire minority candidates for coaching jobs.
“I’ve known Chris for 20 years,” Mayer said Thursday when he was questioned about hiring someone when he was accused of abusing athletes, especially black players. Doyle was the power coach at the University of Utah in the late 1990s, a few years before Mayer was hired as the head coach there.
“Urban Meyers’ statement, ‘I’ve known Chris for close to 20 years’,” Grave said in his statement, reflecting the good OLI Boy Network, which is why there is so much inequality in employment opportunities for Black coaches. “
Meyer, who won two college national championships in Florida and two as head coach at Ohio State, has not taken coaching since 2018 and has not worked in the NFL before. He officially appointed Doyle as Jacksonville’s director of sports performance, saying the decision was scrutinized at the highest levels of the franchise.
“We did a great job,” Meyer told reporters on Thursday.
During a news conference last week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he was not satisfied with the rate at which coaches of color are placed in the NFL, which has 32 teams.
“This was not what we expected,” he said of the diversity in the round of hirings after the 2020 season, “and it’s not what we expect to move forward.”
Nonvejes were two of the seven head coaches hired since the end of the regular season. Last year, one in five head coaching jobs went to a minority candidate, and a year ago, just one in eight.
According to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, over the past three years, 80 percent of head coaching jobs have gone to white candidates, although up to 69.4 percent of the NFL’s players have been made this season.
Last month, after the Jaguars hired Mayer and Baalke, who are both white, Graves praised the organization for interviewing several minority candidates and seeking input from the Fritz Pollard Alliance.
“I cannot argue that the process does not meet the standard of fair, open and competitive,” Graves Told The Florida Times-Union.
Doyle’s hiring, however, raised issues beyond the NFL’s commitment to diverse hiring.
Before Doyle left Iowa, a former Hawkeyes gave defenseman Emmanuelle Rugamba There are many examples Coaches condemning players with negative racial stereotypes. Rugamba said in a tweet that one day, after a black player left Doyle, the coach said, “Why are you roaming, which I think will put you back on the streets.”
James Daniels, a Chicago Bears offensive lineman and a former Hawkeye, Tweeted Over the summer: “There are many racial disparities in the Iowa football program. Black players have been treated unfairly for a long time. “
Doyle presided over an off-season workout in 2011 that resulted in hospitalization 13 players.