Urban Meyer says he stayed in Ohio to “get out of Dodge” and “clear [his] head”

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Jaguars coach Urban Meyer met with reporters on Wednesday, a day after team owner Shad Khan issued a stunning statement that called Meyer’s future and his ability to lead the team into serious question.

Among other things, Meyer was asked whether he regrets not returning with the team to Jacksonville after Thursday night’s loss to the Bengals. Obviously, Meyer remaining in Ohio laid the foundation for the events that have created this week’s crisis situation. Regardless of the things that happened in Ohio, his decision to not return with the team and get back to work has been regarded by many as inappropriate if not unprecedented.

“I thought at the time, now that maybe I thought it through, but I thought at the time this was a chance for everybody to clear their head, including myself,” Meyer said. “With my family located where we were, to go spend a day or two with them and then get back. Because I knew I wanted them to get out of Dodge, too, and clear their heads.”

The problem with that explanation comes from the answer Meyer gave to the question immediately before it. Asked whether he secured approval from Khan to stay in Ohio for a day or two after the game, Meyer said, “I discussed it with [G.M.] Trent [Baalke] way in advance.”

So which is it? Was the mini-vacation with his family in Ohio after a game played in Ohio planned “way in advance,” or was it something deemed necessary to “clear [his] head” after a heartbreaking loss?

Meyer also said he has given no thought to resigning, and that he wasn’t fined by Khan. As to whether the situation will be a distraction on Sunday against the Titans, Meyer said, “I’m in a fight to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Meyer concluded the press conference with a message to the fans and owner Shad Khan.

“Why did I decide to come out of what I was doing and do this? Our owner, I just became — I admire the guy so much. He’s become a friend, he’s a guy that I, like I said, I just admire. Jacksonville, I know very well. I know our fans have been hanging in there with us, and I apologize to them. And I wanted to make that perfectly clear.”

It was smart for him to do that. He needs to send a perfectly clear message to the fans now, because there’s a chance they will be sending a perfectly clear message to him on Sunday. And he may not like the contents of it.

48 responses to “Urban Meyer says he stayed in Ohio to “get out of Dodge” and “clear [his] head”

  1. Most liars know when to shut-up so as to not have to keep telling more lies, but not this guy…

  2. He is full of you know what. He’ll be gone before October, and what a disservice to Lawrence

  3. If you think it’s bad now, wait until they hit 20 losses in a row this weekend.

    This is a slow motion trainwreck and we haven’t reached the end by a long shot.

  4. This guy is a circus clown. Stay in Ohio to go to bars and dance and do other things with young women that are not your wife? Yeah, sure. He has lost all cred, not that he had much.

  5. That head line is just too easy…

    Clear His Head, he says…that explains the girl.

    I’d be furious if I was the owner, the GM, the fans. You spent top dollar on this guy and when most coaches are getting back to work after tough losses and tough wins THAT NIGHT, Urban needs to “clear his head” he calls it.

    I never liked him anyway. He’d be my ex-coach fired for cause, and no more money!

  6. I think this is like the guy who gets busted in a strip club and says “I was there for the food”.

  7. ” “get out of Dodge” and “clear [his] head””—— Coach speak for “Negotiate with USC”

  8. Bye week is two weeks away. I’m sure he has that circled on his calendar to fly to Southern California.

  9. Does this guy expect anyone to believe anything he says? What a narcissist.

  10. Sounds like his head is pretty empty to me. What needs clearing? Merely his excuse du jour. What’s it gonna be tomorrow? “I miss the rides at Cedar Point”? “I wanted to make a pilgrimage to Canton”?(a visit is all you’ll ever get)
    Pathological liars have a million of them.

  11. This is truly a joke at this point. Mr Khan has to be furious at this fool but maybe he waits until the bye week to be done with him. Every time he opens his mouth he lies.

  12. The Khan’s love bringing back big names from the past. Too bad it’s not working on Wednesdays or Sundays.

  13. If this incident affects his ability to coach his very under talented team I say his incompetent owner should fire him.

  14. This is like watching a low budget horror movie where the characters make really horrible predictable decisions….

  15. Urban Meyer should offer to resign. If Khan accepts then his time as an NFL coach is over. If Kahn decides to reject the resignation then Meyer gets his 2nd chance.

    The fact that Meyer needs to clear so soon after the start of his NFL career is a problem. I would move on from him immediately. He is in over his head.

  16. He’s lost his first 4 games as a HC. Theoretically he should be getting back to work to figure out how to get that first win. He is sorely lacking in the one area that a head coach needs to be solid in… leadership. I realize people say that his person life is his business and I respect that. But if Lawrence were caught in the same situation he would be hammered on for not taking his job seriously (Dwayne Haskins). You want leadership from players, you need it from coaches.

  17. Go back to the college game Urbz. You are obviously not cut out for an NFL coaching job.

  18. The Jags should just end this now and get rid of Meyer. He’s only making things worse.

  19. Nobody close enough to this guy to tell him stop talking? He just keeps digging the hole deeper every time he opens his mouth.

  20. The national media is piling on but I don’t get the feeling that the Jacksonville fans or media really care that much.

  21. This is starting to become a job performance issue. He needed a break after just 4 games? I know they’re winless but how much better did he expect them to be? If he was seriously expecting them to be any better than maybe 1-3 he was in total denial. Would he allow players to take time off like this every few weeks? This guy simply cannot handle the NFL.

  22. When his head clears, and with all the cap space this team has, maybe he can tell us why they didn’t attempt to get Gilmore.

  23. He arranged this to get him an out, so he can go to USC. And in less than 5 years they will be on probation, and he will be on to his next payday.

  24. Gus Bradley was way better as a head coach at this level. And that’s sayin’ somethin’.

  25. What’s just as sad is that if (when) he leaves Jacksonville, you know colleges will line up to hire him.

  26. What a liar. Which story is it? What a pathetic liar who has no clue how to maneuver the NFL. His team is privately laughing at him.

  27. Not to speak on his behalf because I really don’t care what he did or didn’t do but he didn’t say he wanted to get out of dodge because of the recent game results. He has had a rocky few weeks and I’m sure his family deals with his job stress as well. When I am dealing with stressful events in life and at work I schedule a vacation in advance with my boss – it’s never a “to heck with this I need to bug out” moment. The answer to one question does not contradict the other.

  28. I think Meyer is used to being glad-handed by the press and isn’t used to having to repeatedly defend himself. He should’ve just said “I made some bad choices, I have no excuses, I’m going to prove through hard work that I deserve to be here” or something along those lines.

    Having said that – who really expected the Jags to be fully transformed with a rookie HC with no NFL experience and a rookie QB? I think people too easily fall into this trap of “we got the best QB in the draft, now he’ll save us!” and this is rarely the case.

    Teams that do will with rookie QBs are teams that have a solid foundation. A young QB on a bad team can’t cover for all of that team’s shortcomings. And Meyer has a steep learning curve to deal with.

    So why is 0-4 surprising to anyone?

  29. The smart people stay the hell out of covid infested bars now we have this reason to add to the long list of why bars are the worst places to be.
    Urban should have just bought a case of beer on the way home and spent his time off with the family .

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