Jaguars coach Doug Pederson talks about need for ‘healing’ after Urban Meyer tenure

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a fresh start this year under new head coach Doug Pederson.

Pederson hopes to rebuild more than the Jaguars roster after a dysfunctional season at the hands of Urban Meyer. The former coach was a big reason Jacksonville drafted the No. 1 overall for the second straight year.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the start of rookie minicamp on Friday, Pederson stressed the need to “healingafter Meyer’s short-lived tenure.

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Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson speaks during a press conference at the NFL Football Harvester in Indianapolis on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
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“I believe there has to be some kind of healing with the situation and everything that happened last year because it’s just that there’s a lack of trust that’s been broken I think. “Pederson said.

Meyer went 2-11 in his partial season, and the Jaguars really started to unravel on the offensive end of the ball after the team’s bye week. They’ve averaged 9.1 points in Meyer’s last seven games, which ended in a five-game slip.

Meyer apparently did not know the names of some notable opposing players, including Aaron Donald and Deebo Samuel, which he denied. A Jaguars staff member described last season as “the most toxic environment I’ve ever been a part of. Hands down. Not even close”, the Athletic reported.

Khan announced Meyer’s dismissal just hours after kicker Josh Lambo, who was released by the Jaguars last year, told the Tampa Bay Weather that Meyer kicked him during a workout in August.

In recent weeks, Khan has revealed he fired Meyer because the coach lost the respect and trust of the team.

December 12, 2021;  Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer on the sidelines against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium.

December 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer on the sidelines against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium.
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“When you lose respect, trust and a truthfulness issue, how can you work with someone like that?” khan said USA Today Sports. “It is not possible.”

Now, Pederson says her goal is to regain that trust through transparency and honesty.

“For me, it’s about regaining trust, and they have to see that through me. They have to see transparency. Honesty,” Pederson said. “I’ve always said I’ll be open with them and I want them to be open with me.”

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“It’s just about communicating and having an open line of communication,” the coach added. “We’ve been able to have conversations that way within the team settings and I think the guys have really embraced it and are doing well.”

Pederson has a championship pedigree having led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in February 2018. The Jaguars selected Trevor Lawrence and Travon Walker with the first overall pick in the last two drafts.

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson watches from the sideline during the first half of the NFL playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks on January 5, 2020 in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson watches from the sideline during the first half of the NFL playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks on January 5, 2020 in Philadelphia.
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Players have already started buying into what Pederson preaches after an abusive season. At least 42 players participated in the rookie minicamp on Friday.

“I only think about the number of guys who are here in the offseason program. It just shows the character and the kind of who these guys really are and football is important to them, winning is important to them,” said Pederson said.

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“They’re ready to change and want to change and need that to change, obviously. It’s an honor for the players, the leadership of this football team that we have so many guys in our offseason program right now.” , he added.

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