After the Jacksonville Jaguars’ disappointing loss to the Houston Texans in Week 1, talk about head coach Urban Meyer potentially bolting to USC surfaced. The very first thing Meyer did when he spoke to the local media Wednesday was putting the rumors about his potential departure to rest, “There’s no chance. I’m here, committed to try to build the organization”.
However, the presser didn’t stop there and Meyer went on to talk about several topics, including Jacksonville’s Week 2 opponent, the Denver Broncos. The Jaguars head coach described the Broncos’ defense as well-coached and highlighted their fundamentals and their physicalness at the line of scrimmage. Later in the sitdown, Meyer mentioned something that might not sound like something relevant at first but it will important during his tenure in Jacksonville.
"And I’m very transparent with our players, and [have] a lot of respect for these guys. I have not wavered on that so we all have to do just better, getting ready to go and playing better."
Meyer has been criticized for many things, such as undermining his coaching staff, losing his temper, or offering Tim Tebow a roster spot in training camp. However, one thing he has been accused of is not being a straight shooter with his players. The former Ohio State head coach is still making the transition to the pros and there are many things he will need to change in his approach but you don’t hear reports about him having a bad relationship with his players.
Moving forward this will be key as the Jaguars are in the early stages of a rebuild. Meyer can’t lie to players or he will quickly lose them. If he can get them to buy into his program, he will have an easier time implementing his vision, which in turn should translate into the Jaguars winning more games.