A Heartbroken Urban Meyer After Jaguars Fire Him: ‘I Love Jacksonville. It’s One of the Reasons I Took This Job.’

Published 12/19/2021, 12:14 PM EST
Sep 30, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer reacts to a call during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


Urban Meyer had a word with the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport about being fired as head coach of Jacksonville Jaguars. In that interview, Meyers recalled the chain of events that led to his firing. He also revealed the times when people portrayed him in a bad light.

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The franchise ended the former Jaguars head coach’s tenure last week. In the recent exclusive interview with the NFL Network, the coach sounded apologetic. 

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Urban Meyer left Jacksonville Jaguars a message

“I just apologize to Jacksonville,” Meyer told Rapoport. “I love Jacksonville. It’s one of the reasons I took the job. I still think Shad’s a great owner. It’s heart-breaking. I just had a dream of it becoming a destination place with a new facility he agreed to build and some day to walk into that stadium where it’s standing room only. Because I know how bad the people of Jacksonville want it. So, I’m just heartbroken that we weren’t able to do that. I still believe it’s going to be done. It’s too good of a place.”

Meyers went on to talk about multiple incidents relating to him. One such incident was when he was accused of kicking former player Josh Lambo back in the preseason. Meyer recalled as he said that the altercation between them was not portrayed in an exact manner.

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“It was like, ‘Wait a minute, where is this coming from?'” Meyer said. “I’ve certainly made a few mistakes but those weren’t right.”

Furthermore, Meyer’s love for Jacksonville Jaguars and his love for owner Shaq prompted him to take up the job as the head coach of the franchise. And although his partnership with them didn’t go as planned, he still holds the love for his players and his friend Shaq.

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“I love our owner Shad, Shad’s a great man,” Meyer said. “Two reasons I took the job: One for him, the second reason was I loved Jacksonville and wanted to help turn around an organization that had been struggling.”

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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