Doug Pederson: Jaguars need “healing” after everything that happened last year

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The very brief Urban Meyer era in Jacksonville is over, but the healing from it is ongoing.

That’s the word from new Jaguars coach Doug Pederson, who says that the team’s experience last season — which included Meyer embarrassing the team with his conduct with a woman at a bar, and getting fired hours after allegations surfaced that he kicked a player — is still causing pain.

“I do believe there has to be some kind of healing with the situation and everything that transpired last year because it’s just there’s a lack of trust that was broken, I think. For me, it’s about gaining the trust back and they have to see it through me,” Pederson said, via News 4 in Jacksonville. “They have to see the transparency, the honesty. I’ve always said I’m going to be open with them and I want them to be open with me. It just comes down to communication and having an open line of communication. We’ve been able to have some conversations that way in team settings and I think the guys have really embraced it and are doing well.”

There’s certainly a lot to heal from after Meyer’s tenure, but the most important issue is that the Jaguars have finished with the worst record in the NFL two years in a row, and the best way to heal is to start winning some football games.

8 responses to “Doug Pederson: Jaguars need “healing” after everything that happened last year

  1. But they beat the “team no one wants to play in the playoffs” Colts causing them to miss the playoffs after having a 99.7% chance of making the playoffs with 2 weeks left in the season so there is that to build upon. Philly fans thank you and Carson Wentz for that win.

  2. Haven’t even made it to training camp and already doomed with that mentality! Look at the world in the last 20 years, weakening your culture hurts any organization, doesn’t help.

  3. I’m having a hard time stack ranking who screwed the Jags franchise more, but here’s my list based on how long each set the franchise back: Gene Smith, 2017-2018 Tom Coughlin, and Urban Meyer.

    This said, Leftwich would have been fun, but I think Pederson was the right move.

  4. eagleswin says:
    May 16, 2022 at 7:39 am
    But they beat the “team no one wants to play in the playoffs” Colts causing them to miss the playoffs after having a 99.7% chance of making the playoffs with 2 weeks left in the season so there is that to build upon. Philly fans thank you and Carson Wentz for that win.
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    Congrats to the Jags for knocking the Colts out of playoff contention. Also, congrats to the Eagles for having a 1-7 record last season against teams that finished the season with a winning record.

  5. I feel like Pederson will do great. It’s a perfect match for a great young QB.

  6. I miss the old days of sucking it up and getting it done instead of having to “take time to heal” by talking to multiple counselors around the facility.

    Don’t get me wrong. For serious mental health issues, I’m all for getting professional help, but, come on, “healing” from a jerk like Urban Meyers? Just getting that clown out the door should be more than enough healing to let that lousy year go and push ahead with a new head coach.

  7. It’s hard to believe the magnitude of damage Urban Meyer did in such a short amount of time.

  8. Any football broadcast/pregame that Urban Meyer is a part of won’t be watched by me.

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