3. Doug Pederson’s personality is the right fit for the Jaguars.
Tom Pelissero’s recent report of tension building doesn’t paint a favorable picture of Urban Meyer and how he interacts with his players and his coaching staff. The Jaguars head coach refuted claims of him calling his assistants losers and getting into a heated argument with wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr.
Nevertheless, this isn’t the first time reports have surfaced about Meyer’s interpersonal skills or lack thereof. Often, he’s pointed fingers at his coaching staff and the players for the team’s losing ways instead of holding himself accountable. Meyer says he likes to be honest and set the bar high for his assistants but one thing is to have high standards and another one is being an a**hole. You can both be caring and demanding at the same time, these character traits aren’t exclusive of each other and Doug Pederson possesses both of them.
Pederson knows players are smart and can smell phonies. Here’s something he said early in his tenure as the head coach of the Eagles in the distant year of 2016.
"I just try to be open and honest with (the quarterbacks), and all the players, so at least they know where they stand. Players are smart. That locker room knows. So don’t hide anything. Eventually, the dust is gonna settle."
The Jaguars need someone with emotional intelligence to get them on the right path. Someone who isn’t afraid to accept mistakes instead of throwing his assistants under the bus. Pederson is that man and he’s currently a free agent. It’s not a given Shad Khan will move from Meyer this season or next year, but if he does, he must have Pederson on speed dial.