Urban Meyer explains what it means to be “elite”

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New Jaguars coach Urban Meyer has said that he’d hire an “elite” coaching staff. He recently was asked to expand/expound (actually either works) on his interpretation of the term.

“You’re going to hear the word ‘elite’ all over the place around here,” Meyer said, via Jaguars.com. “Elite is hard. I take a little bit of offense when I hear people use that word loosely. I’ve been fortunate to be around elite. You see some of the high draft picks, some of the great players we’ve been around. Those are elite players. I’ve also had elite coaches. I take that word very seriously.

“There’s a term we’re going to use. ‘The edge’ is where average stops and elite begins. The greatest way to visualize that is practices. The first five practices in training camp your body’s fine, your mind’s fine . . .  everything is good. But what about after practice five? What about after practice 15? That’s when your body starts shutting down on you a little bit and fatigue starts to take over. What does the average player, the average coach, do at that time? They step backwards. What do elite people do? They push right through that edge. I like to say the edge is where average stops and elite begins. That’s what I looked for in my coaching staff. In free agency and then draft, that’s what we’ll look for in players.”

As to free agency, where skilled college recruiters can employ their skills of persuasion to professionals, Meyer already has been working on his spiel/shpiel (actually either works).

“We’re having a serious conversation about a facility here, a brand-new facility,” Meyer said. “I’ve put together a sports performance team that I expect to be the best in the NFL. You’re talking about Jacksonville, Florida . . .  no state tax and all of the above . . . weather. I want this to be the destination place in the National Football League. Obviously, money plays a huge role, but if those start to get close. We want to go to Jacksonville. Why? Great place to raise a family, great place to live, great weather, great tax situation – and oh by the way: We have the best facility and the best support staff and best sports performance team in the NFL. That’s the vision. That’s the dream I have.”

Meyer’s dream could help turn around what has been, in most recent years, a nightmare for the Jaguars and their fans. With plenty of cap space to burn, the Jaguars could try to make a big splash in March before adding quarterback Trevor Lawrence in April.

29 responses to “Urban Meyer explains what it means to be “elite”

  1. Oh Urban, the term elite is overused so your overusing doesn’t count even though you think people use it too loosely? Contradiction said within, i am guessing, 10 seconds of one another. Amazing how people really do not hear themselves or what they are saying

  2. If he wants to make Jacksonville a destination place for free agents, he has to convince his boss to stop the yearly excursions to London. Players don’t mind traveling to Europe to play once every 3-4 years, but not yearly. Of course, they have to consistently win too.

  3. If J’ville doesn’t win they will call Urbs elite until he explodes. Or quits again.

  4. Jacksonville is a great place to live?

    Maybe but the few times I’ve visited the humidity makes me drop one of the Ls in the name.

  5. No state tax. Jacksonville just share with the other states how this works. No free lunch. Florida is paying for government through other means such as sales and property tax or elimination of some government functions. Here in texas we learned that meant not having reliable power when it’s cold. We also say on roads, but in turn pay that money to private corporation to build them. Maybe in the future your company runs the police force too.

  6. Elite…Tom Brady, Patrick mahomes, Aaron Rodgers. Josh Allen, maybe. And everyone else.

  7. Love this. Urban/TLaw. Oh baby all these years of getting peppered by clowns for supporting this team. All of you haters are gonna learn soon enough and then choke on Duuuuvvvaaallllll.

    And for all the clowns in NY, CA, etc. Jacksonville (especially the beaches) are an absolute dump. Do not under any circumstances think about moving there or FLorida in general. Please stay in your current state and wait for things to improve. Thank you (signed a Jax Beach resident)

  8. You don’t go from average to elite. You go from average to above average, and then to really good, and then elite. But none of that matters. Urban Meyer is getting ready to draft an elite QB. It’s a QB league, and he might have the best QB to come out of college in 25 years. Urban is going to be a genius, and he can use whatever terms he wants to use, and we’ll all worship every word he says.

  9. The only reason why the St. Johns river flows north is because Jacksonville sucks.

  10. I get the feeling from this guy that he’s kind of a snob/jerk (actually either works).

  11. Oy Vey what a blowhard. How bout you go win some games first? 2-14 is coming Sorry Jag’s fans.

  12. Meyer keeps spouting about the taxes in Florida. Doesn’t all the games played in London kind of wipe out whatever benefits are gained from Florida?

  13. assjag904 says:
    March 7, 2021 at 4:34 pm
    Love this. Urban/TLaw. Oh baby all these years of getting peppered by clowns for supporting this team. All of you haters are gonna learn soon enough and then choke on Duuuuvvvaaallllll.

    And for all the clowns in NY, CA, etc. Jacksonville (especially the beaches) are an absolute dump. Do not under any circumstances think about moving there or FLorida in general. Please stay in your current state and wait for things to improve. Thank you (signed a Jax Beach resident)
    —————
    Nobody from up north is moving to Jax. Don’t worry.

  14. If they don’t win right away watch how quickly this “elite” staff gets thrown under the bus and replaced by some “even more elite” guys.

  15. Have the Jags ever had just one elite player? I honestly couldn’t think of any. Not to be mean but the ring of honor is even pretty bad. Brunell and Taylor? Yikes.

  16. “vavikingfan says: March 7, 2021 at 6:26 pm: “Elite” is so overused it’s now the new average.”

    Don’t forget “genius.” It’s been so overused for 50 years no one pays attention to it. You win a ballgame and the coach is a genius. Ho hum.

  17. I hear you @robfromamarillo….I guess all those clowns in their rusted whips with steeler stickers clogging my streets were born here. Seriously though all, just stay out of this dumpy, dirty, crime trodden cess pool called Jacksonville. In particular again the beaches. This place stinks and there is pollution everywhere. Enjoy the amazing, fantastic, vibrant city you currently reside in and love every minute. Just don’t move here (or Florida) please.

  18. I dare say nobody is looking at Jacksonville’s coaching staff and elite in the same sentence. Some of the choices are serious head-scratchers. By about the time they lose their sixth game in a row Urban will suddenly come down with some elite health condition that gives him an excuse to quit like he’s done before.

  19. The hatred of Urban is so strange. Is it because he won a lot? That he’s good at his job? He doesn’t owe anyone anything. The guy won a national championship the last 2 places he coached. He is wired different. Someone above said he will be the next Greg Schiano? Really, you are comparing one of the greatest college coaches of all time to…Greg Schiano? Go lay down and think about what you said.

  20. “The hatred of Urban is so strange. Is it because he won a lot? That he’s good at his job?”
    ________

    What is strange is posts like this that pretend to have no idea why people would think poorly of the guy. Like his oddball departures from both Florida and Ohio State due to some unclear malady that required no treatment and allowed him to almost immediately return to the same stressful jobs he had to just quit, the repeated scandals, his frequent self-serving comments. (Remember him bragging about doing a Bible study with Aaron Hernandez? That one didn’t age very well.) He literally blamed his wife for the Zach Smith situation because there were texts where she said she’d tell Urban about things but he proceeded to tell Ohio State that he’d never heard anything from her at all but that he’d have put a stop to all the problems if she had told him.

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