Urban Meyer is in the hot seat again after seemingly blaming the fragility of football today for his short career in the National Football League.
The former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach said in an interview with NFL Network on Friday he believed “everything is so fragile” when asked if he believed his style of coaching could be successful in the NFL today.
“I think college has changed quite a bit, too,” he said. “Just society has changed. You think how hard you pushed. … I believe there is greatness in everybody and it’s the coach’s job to find that greatness, however you do that. Positive encouragement. Pushing them to be greater, making them work harder, identifying flaws and trying to fix [them].”
He added that he doesn’t “believe in blaming players” and denied the allegation made by former kicker Josh Lambo that the coach kicked him during warmups earlier this season.
Meyer did, however, apologize to Jacksonville for how everyhting played out.,
“I love Jacksonville. It’s one of the reasons I took the job. I still think Shad’s a great owner. It’s heartbreaking,” he said. “I just had a dream of it becoming a destination place with a new facility he agreed to build and some day to walk into that stadium where it’s standing room only. Because I know how bad the people of Jacksonville want it. So, I’m just heartbroken that we weren’t able to do that. I still believe it’s going to be done. It’s too good of a place.”
He continued: “I think everything is so fragile right now. And that includes coaching staffs. When I got into coaching, coaches weren’t making this kind of money and they didn’t have agents. Everything is so fragile where it used to be team, team, team. I remember talking about it in a staff meeting three days ago. I got into this profession because I had the greatest high school coach and it was all about team. All about the huddle.”
Meyer had four years left on his contract, but the Jags are reportedly planning not to pay out the remainder of his contract because they fired him for cause.