Urban Meyer accepts Jaguars head coaching job but plans to preserve his health

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Urban Meyer accepts Jaguars head coaching job but plans to preserve his health

New Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer has acknowledged that he plans to take a better care of his health this time but underlined that doesn't mean that he is going to enjoy losing. Meyer, who has a history of health issues, retired from coaching after the 2018 college football season.

Meyer was putting a lot of stress on his body during his days at Florida and Ohio State and it all took a big toll on his body. But after taking a year off, Meyer is ready to return to coaching and this time at the highest possible level -- the NFL.

"If you're asking me if I'm going to enjoy losing, I think we all know the answer to that," Meyer said Friday. "I'm older. It's something I'm going to be very conscientious of. It's something I'm going to watch very closely.

I will be the head coach, but I'm going to hire great coaches that are going to be expected to do their job. I'm not going to be running around like a nut on the practice field. Those days are gone. "I know what it's supposed to look like and I want to be very demanding of everyone.

It's something I'm going to watch very closely."

Meyer consulted with his close ones and his doctor

"I'm very curious about the preventative [approach he can take], and that's what I've looked into in great detail," Meyer said.

"I'm talking about the headache issues that I've dealt with. That's something that I'm going to watch closely. I've had long, detailed conversations with people that have helped me through that [as well as] physicians that are very close to me."

The Jaguars finished this season with the league-worst record and as a result they will select at No. 1 in the upcoming NFL draft. Meyer hopes to start something positive in Jacksonville and help the franchise turn the corner.

"We've had deep conversation, and they're all-in," Meyer said of wife Shelley, daughters Gigi and Nicki, and son Nate. "They've all got their Jaguars T-shirts. They're all grown now. That's the biggest difference.

To me, that's a huge difference. You're not missing as much. The difference is I got two grandkids that I plan to shuttle back and forth as much as I can. That's very important to me. But the better part of my marriage is that's essential. "So they're all-in and they're all Duval now."