The Athletic‘s Jayson Jenks and Mike Sando published the report, which shines a light on different aspects of the situation.
Meyer said he conducted a six-month deep dive on the NFL, but The Athletic reports that multiple sources said the former head coach was unfamiliar with star players around the league, including 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel, Seahawks safety Jamal Adams and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, a three-time NFL defensive player of the year.
“Who’s this 99 guy on the Rams?” Meyer asked one staffer during the season, according to a source. “I’m hearing he might be a problem for us.”
The report details that not long after veteran receiver John Brown signed with the Jaguars as a free agent, he ran the wrong route in practice. Brown, who is from Florida, and rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence ran through the route again after practice, and Meyer walked up to the pair.
“Hey, Trevor, you’ve got to slow it down for him,” Meyer said, according to sources, per The Athletic. “These boys from the South, their transcripts ain’t right.”
The former head coach seemed to have crossed the line from tough and obsessive win-at-all-costs to belittling, demeaning and leading by fear.
“The most toxic environment I’ve ever been a part of,” a veteran member of the football operations staff said. “By far. Not even close.”
Meyer admitted in an interview with OutKick’s Dan Dakich that he made contact with Lambo but denied kicking him.
The Athletic full report can be read here.
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