Jaguars CB Shaquill Griffin: HC Urban Meyer ‘knows how to win’

Shaquem Griffin #49 and Shaquill Griffin #26 of the Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Shaquem Griffin #49 and Shaquill Griffin #26 of the Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars knew they needed to add a few playmakers to the roster after finishing 1-15 in 2020, so they took advantage of the vast amount of cap space they had at their disposal this offseason and signed a few playmakers in free agency. Among those players is cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who recently joined The Jim Rome Show to talk about Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer and an incident involving his brother Shaquem when he signed his three-year, $44.5 million deal.

Jim Rome asked Griffin what his early thoughts were on playing for the former Florida and Ohio State head coach. The cornerback said he’s playing for a coach that knows how to win, and pointed out that Meyer is one the winningest coaches ever in college football history (he has the third-best winning percentage).

Griffin told Rome that Meyer believes in something special and believes in the Jaguars, ‘that’s the best part about it, he believes in it, I believe in it too’, which is why he made the decision to play for him. He later said he’s glad Urban gave him an opportunity to show his work and mentioned that he was excited to play for him, that it was a no-brainer.

Later in the conversation, Rome asked Griffin if it was true that his twin brother Shaquem had thrown up when he heard the news he had joined the Jaguars. He confirmed the incident and added that the excitement was there, which is proof of the mutual love the brothers feel for each other.

The Jacksonville Jaguars added a playmaker to their secondary.

The Jags needed a starting cornerback that could line up opposite of sophomore C.J. Henderson and they found him in Griffin. A third-round pick in 2017’s draft, the Central Florida standout has appeared in 57 games with 53 starts and has logged 249 total tackles, nine tackles for a loss, 48 passes defensed, and six interceptions over his four-year career.

Meyer said before free agency started that the Jaguars wanted to revamp the secondary this offseason, so it wasn’t surprising to see them sign Griffin and bring back Sidney Jones and Tre Herndon. The head coach said after free agency the team feels good about their cornerback group after, so it’s fair to say they accomplished their goal.

While the work isn’t over, the Jags should feel good about the upgrades they made in free agency. Although they can keep adding talent to their secondary in the 2021 NFL Draft, they won’t have to worry about addressing the cornerback position early with Griffin on the roster.