Shad Khan: Urban Meyer “must regain our trust and respect”

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Jaguars owner Shad Khan apparently isn’t going to fire coach Urban Meyer, at least not yet. However, Khan clearly isn’t happy with him, either, in the aftermath of the controversy Meyer created over the weekend in Ohio, when he was photographed cavorting in a bar with women other than his wife.

“I have addressed this matter with Urban,” Khan said in a statement issued Tuesday morning. “Specifics of our conversation will be held in confidence. What I will say is his conduct last weekend was inexcusable. I appreciate Urban’s remorse, which I believe is sincere. Now, he must regain our trust and respect. That will require a personal commitment from Urban to everyone who supports, represents, or plays for our team. I am confident he will deliver.”

The strength of the statement comes from Khan’s unmistakable implication that Meyer has squandered the trust and respect of the organization. So how will he rebuild it? Can he rebuild it?

More importantly, can he successfully balance rebuilding trust and respect in an organization that currently has neither for him while also trying to win football games?

Frankly, this feels like a calculated effort to put enough heat on Meyer so that he will walk away. We’ll see if he does. I still don’t believe he’ll be back in 2022, if he even makes it to the end of 2021.

76 responses to “Shad Khan: Urban Meyer “must regain our trust and respect”

  1. Shad Khan: Urban Meyer “must regain our trust and respect”
    Translation: “If you want my trust and respect — let alone keep your job — then you’d better invite me to go with you next time.”

  2. Good Lord, Fire this turd right now. He lost the locker room after he hired that delta old strength coach. Mr, Khan please do the right thing.

  3. It’s just a matter of time before Trevor Lawrence wants out. It all starts with ownership.

  4. I don’t like Meyer, but at the same time this whole affair is none of our business if he’s cheating on his wife. That’s between the two of them. He should be gone because he’s a lousy coach and leader of men, but not because he has no marital integrity.

  5. Might not have to wait until the end of the season for URBAN DECAY headline in the New York Post

  6. Khan has a chance to dump Meyer and likely use lawyers to get out of a chunk of the money he’d owe him. But instead he does what he does best. Nothing.

    There’s a reason the Jaguars are the laughingstock of the league.

  7. I’m more interested in what made Khan think Urban was going to be a good hire? Find me one hardcore fan who isn’t from Columbus that thought this hiring was a good one

  8. BuckyBadger says:
    When is their bye week?
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    It depends on what you’re asking. Do you mean when do the Jaguars have a scheduled weekend off, or when do they say “bye” to Urban?

  9. He’s been a sideshow from the start, from complaining about free agency rules to hiring/firing a known abuser to signing Tebow to admitting to cutting players based on vaccination status and now this. How many scandals can a rookie coach endure before he wins his first game and still keep his job?

  10. Why is Urban Meyer’s personal life any of our business? If he wants to risk his marriage outside of game day, that’s his business. Let his wife decide how to deal with the situation. Don’t thrust it into the public spotlight as if we have any say in the matter. Judge him as the coach of the Jaguars and leave the rest alone.

  11. I love Jag’s but this is truly the worst fail in the world right now! Mr Khan he already lost the locker room, How can this guy tell any of his players what to do?

  12. Shad told Urban that he has got to learn that if you want someone other than your wife to grind her booty against you, go to a strip club where it is a professional transaction and there are no cameras filming.

  13. If the Jags were 4-0 this would be ignored. Just like Antonio Brown was signed by Buccs last year in the middle of a ton of legal and image issues because he was talented enough to help the team.

  14. “I am confident he will deliver.” The only person that matters in this decision is about the only one who is confident of this. No wonder the Jaguars aren’t respected.

  15. As a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan since 1976 I’m crossing my fingers the Jags can lose 7 more straight games and take the record of consecutive loses of 26 games by the 76-77 Bucs….One record WE DONT WANT ANYMORE!!!

  16. @ eagler927

    It was known it would be a Saban/Harbaugh style gamble, but hiring a coach that took the local university to a BCS title with hometown hero Tebow was a guaranteed formula to generate much needed buzz for the Jags.

    Whether intended or not, the sports world is definitely talking all things Jaguars now.

  17. Daddy Batz says:
    October 5, 2021 at 11:46 am
    Why is Urban Meyer’s personal life any of our business? If he wants to risk his marriage outside of game day, that’s his business. Let his wife decide how to deal with the situation. Don’t thrust it into the public spotlight as if we have any say in the matter. Judge him as the coach of the Jaguars and leave the rest alone.

    —————–

    I agree but when you are a public figure your personal life creeps into your professional life. He isn’t just an employee cleaning toilets with the Jaguars, he is the leader of their team. You personal decisions, like it or not, effect his ability to lead. When you leave your team behind to go out and party after going 0-4 it is a bad look and effects your ability to lead the team.

  18. If this was enough for the Jags organization to lose “trust and respect” for their coach of 4 games, then that is a really, really embarrassing hire for them.

  19. Just like everyone else who has had the chance to deal with Urban and his unacceptable behaviour Shad Khan has chosen to turn a blind eye. Since being in Jacksonville for a couple of months dude has proven who he is (started by hiring a known racist) and will always be. Urban try to find your soul as you sold it out decades ago. Is this the what the NFL meant when they said harassment of women is not tolerated.

  20. Daddy Batz says:
    October 5, 2021 at 11:46 am
    Why is Urban Meyer’s personal life any of our business? If he wants to risk his marriage outside of game day, that’s his business. Let his wife decide how to deal with the situation. Don’t thrust it into the public spotlight as if we have any say in the matter. Judge him as the coach of the Jaguars and leave the rest alone.
    ————————————

    Fair enough. Urban Meyer sucks as a pro football coach, and should go back to coaching broke college kids that he can muscle around.

  21. Meyer has looked like he’s been ready to move on for a while. It was fun to have the draft picks, but the NFL isn’t a league were you can have a good recruiting class and proceed to roll over a bunch of mostly mediocre Big Ten teams.

    He’s just learning it’s gonna be a long process that takes a lot of good coaching before Jacksonville is going to be competitive in a league full of Alabamas, and he’s not up to the task.

  22. The Jaguars, just a few years ago, were up 20-10 in the fourth quarter in the AFC championship game against the Patriots. Only a questionable call and a Brady comeback kept them from the Super Bowl. The level they were at and where they are now is perhaps the most precipitous decline in NFL history. Penthouse to the outhouse in no time.

  23. Shad Khan: Urban Meyer “must regain our trust and respect” is a nice way of saying that he is getting fired at the end of the season

  24. The lede is being buried with this story. The head coach, being paid millions, chose not to fly home with his (new) team after a loss (on national television). What more evidence do they need that this man isn’t fully committed to the job? The whole situation has “Bobby Petrino” written all over it. Khan should cut his losses before getting embarrassed on the scale Arthur Blank did with Petrino years ago.

  25. Meyer will not be back in 2022, unless the Jags go on a massive winning streak–which I don’t think they can.

    He will blame “health problems” again. And then take the USC job.

    Still about a 50/50 he pulls a Bobby Petrino and quits before the end of the year.

    Meyer lives in his own bubble in which he is confident every decision he makes is the right one, whether it is about football or life. And when he finds out he is wrong, he does not take it very well. I mean, he had convinced himself his WR coach back at Florida/ OSU did not have serious drug problems and apparently also was NOT abusing his wife over and over again. And refused to fire him for countless OTHER issues…so once he makes up his mind, he does not follow other people rules–unless forced.

    In that context, Urban trying to hire a disgraced strength coach makes sense. It might also explain why hired Darrell Bevell and Brian Schottenheimer to run the offense. Lets not forget all the Jets, Rams, and Seahawks fans (twice!) that are looking at Jags fans like …yeah..about your Number one overall pick….the OCs don’t have a great track record with young QBs.

  26. “must regain our trust and respect”

    That second word. That’s the problem right there. Implies there was a point where they trusted and respected him in the first place. How is Khan the last guy to realize what a slippery guy he hired?

  27. The man didn’t fly home with the team “after a loss” so he could go get a lap dance.

    What more do you need to know ? He is trash.

  28. Bizzareslantpass says:
    October 5, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Fair enough. Urban Meyer sucks as a pro football coach, and should go back to coaching broke college kids that he can muscle around.

    ————————-

    Ummm… he coached at Ohio State. There are no “broke college kids” on that team.

  29. Meyer’s behavior over several years is much worse than some of the young players…college and pro. Most are way more mature and honest that he will ever be. What good is keeping him on if the players have no respect for him ?

  30. I wonder if he loses this weekend, the team captains go to Khan and say enough already. 0-5 would be the kiss of death. Khan cant just sit back and wait till Meyer has a ton of 1 picks

  31. BuckyBadger says:
    October 5, 2021 at 11:40 am
    When is their bye week?
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    For Meyer if he goes 0-5 its next week. Bye Bye

  32. I take it Kahn saw the video. I predict by game 8 Urban will be taking knees on the sidelines again. THIS stress he brought on himself. WHAT WAS HE THINKING? I’ll bet that announcers booth never looked better to him.

  33. bwdjr says:
    October 5, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    The man didn’t fly home with the team “after a loss” so he could go get a lap dance.

    What more do you need to know ? He is trash.

    ————————————————————–

    The part that bothered me most about this was the way he inserted his grandkids in this. Like the whole thing was him being a great grandfather, and then he was taken advantage of by these photo seekers. Newsflash: When you’re caught doing something detrimental to your family, don’t use them as a prop when you try to weasel out of it. If you want to be a leader of men, it starts with being a man yourself.

  34. In other words, we didn’t put the morals clause in the contract because I was so giddy to get him. For what reason, who knows.

  35. The USC rumors crack me up.

    They have FAR too many problems to bring in a guy with zero character.

  36. I’ve got more of a problem with him not flying back to Jax with the team. Huh?!? If it ain’t a 24/7 job for you in-season, then the job ain’t for you, period.

  37. It might also explain why hired Darrell Bevell and Brian Schottenheimer to run the offense. Lets not forget all the Jets, Rams, and Seahawks fans (twice!) that are looking at Jags fans like …yeah..about your Number one overall pick….the OCs don’t have a great track record with young QBs.
    ==========

    Bevell + Russell Wilson = 2 Super Bowls

  38. “The part that bothered me most about this was the way he inserted his grandkids in this. Like the whole thing was him being a great grandfather, and then he was taken advantage of by these photo seekers.”
    __________

    On the bright side, at least he didn’t outright blame his family this time around. His story to Ohio State following the Zach Smith scandal was that his wife had failed to pass along info about Smith’s abuse which is why Urban hadn’t stepped in to stop it.

  39. All you guys who say “his personal life is none of our business” or “we shouldn’t drag this into the public” are missing the point. It’s 2021, and I think we’ve all seen enough public implosions to understand that you don’t simply separate a personal failing from a professional one. Do you think a person who has no scruples in his marriage — the most sacred, personal commitment you can make — is going to make good decisions when it comes to doing what’s best for the team, for the players, for the organization? He has already demonstrated that he will not, by creating this distraction.

    Feel free to disagree with me, but if it was my team or business, I’m taking the high character guy with a track record of upholding standards on a personal and professional level every time.

  40. I’m hoping this is just stalling for time while both parties work out a face-saving way to part ways. Meyer gets the inevitable severance package, Khan avoids paying the full contract, and the team hopefully gets a serious individual into the role.

    Lawrence is too good of an opportunity for the team to waste any more time with a coach clearly not serious about this task.

  41. The Jaguars’ dismantling of a championship roster is the most impressive thing Jacksonville has ever done. Just 3 years ago this team was “that team” that you really didnt want to encounter in the playoffs. An offense that was sufficient, and a defense that just beat you up and made you earn every inch. Then they had a fire sale for no apparent reason, fired all of the people that assembled the championship caliber roster, and started over. Why?

  42. Ah, yes, one of the few organizations I, as a Bears fan, can feel superior to, demonstrating why I can.

    I mean, good culture doesn’t mean you win championships, and bad culture doesn’t mean your team automatically sucks, but you can’t put together a winning team by putting people in charge who clearly don’t command the respect of professionals by doing the right things. It’s not even about being moral, although that’s a very good thing. If you can’t be taken seriously, you have nothing. You’re a clown and everybody knows it. Waiting to fire him is just delaying the inevitable and wasting time.

  43. Daddy Batz says:
    October 5, 2021 at 11:46 am
    Why is Urban Meyer’s personal life any of our business? If he wants to risk his marriage outside of game day, that’s his business. Let his wife decide how to deal with the situation. Don’t thrust it into the public spotlight as if we have any say in the matter. Judge him as the coach of the Jaguars and leave the rest alone.

    **************
    He’s public figure. His personal life is of public interest. He’s the face of a multi-million dollar enterprise. It comes with the job.

  44. Urban M parties pretty erotically with other people doing the same thing. Pretty common behavior among adults in football and other sports, I would think. A coach not flying home with the team after a loss? I haven’t heard that since Pats HC Bill Parcell. After a SB loss.

  45. Holmgren’s frozen ‘stache says:
    October 5, 2021 at 1:17 pm
    It might also explain why hired Darrell Bevell and Brian Schottenheimer to run the offense. Lets not forget all the Jets, Rams, and Seahawks fans (twice!) that are looking at Jags fans like …yeah..about your Number one overall pick….the OCs don’t have a great track record with young QBs.
    ==========

    Bevell + Russell Wilson = 2 Super Bowls
    ***************
    Wilson went to the Super Bowls despite Bevell. He is terrible! But, as often happens, he knows somebody who gives him a soft landing. There’s way too much of that in the NFL. Nepotism, buddy-ism. Call it what you want. Too many fail up- job after job.

  46. Wilson went to the Super Bowls despite Bevell. He is terrible!
    ==========

    Top 10 offense 4 years in a row. (2011-2014)

    All they needed to be, paired with that great defense.

  47. Nick Saban made it through 2 seasons. Urban may not finish one.

    On the other hand, I want to see him finish just to have an 0-17 stain on his resume forever

  48. Daddy Batz says:
    October 5, 2021 at 11:46 am
    Why is Urban Meyer’s personal life any of our business? If he wants to risk his marriage outside of game day, that’s his business. Let his wife decide how to deal with the situation. Don’t thrust it into the public spotlight as if we have any say in the matter. Judge him as the coach of the Jaguars and leave the rest alone.
    ______________

    Urban himself “thrust it into the public spotlight”. He chose to pursue this conduct IN A PUBLIC PLACE.

  49. Just put Eric Bieniemy’s name on speed dial and call him when KC loses in the playoffs. Do NOT promote an assistant coach and award him when the team wins 4 or 5 games.

  50. I’ve seen it suggested here that Meyers personal life has no bearing on his job and thus we should not criticize him for these personal mistakes. I’m sorry that rationale does not apply for a person in the public eye, their job is in the public eye literally. And as a coach, or leader his credibility, and his ability to lead those people and enforce rules and discipline are relevant. Add in the man’s contradicted himself a couple of times and can’t seem to get out of his own way his credibility is strained. And that, effects anyone in a job and even more so a public one. This isn’t the neighbors down the street gossiping about someone stepping out on their wife, this is, and has been public. Criticism is fair in this case. IMO

  51. Poor Urban, Southern Cal opened up a year too soon. Kelly isn’t leaving Notre Dame any time soon.

    At this rate, maybe he’ll pull a Petrino instead of pulling a Saban.

    The third round of “health issues” coming soon.

  52. If you don’t cheat on your wife, you never get caught.

    Some famous philosopher said that…

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