Head coach Urban Meyer insists he badly wants to regain the trust and respect of the Jacksonville Jaguars' organization. Over the weekend, Meyer was photographed cavorting in a bar with women other than his wife. It caused a big distraction to the team and some reports suggedted the Jaguars contemplated firing Meyer.
"I made a comment when I got here about the logo, about an owner who wants to win in the worst way," Meyer said on his radio show on 1010 XL in Jacksonville. "That's one of the reasons I came here. I just, I admire that guy so much.
... And so, that's what makes me so angry at myself that I lived that, I believe that and I failed. "And I've got to get it [the trust and respect] back, and I will." Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Meyer apologized but acknowledged he would need to regain their trust and respect.
"I have addressed this matter with Urban. Specifics of our conversation will be held in confidence," Khan said in a statement released on Tuesday morning. "What I will say is his conduct last weekend was inexcusable.
I appreciate Urban's remorse, which I believe is sincere. Now, he must regain our trust and respect. That will require a personal commitment from Urban to everyone who supports, represents or plays for our team. I am confident he will deliver."
Meyer aware of his mistake
"The fact that I became a distraction, I've got to earn their trust back from that," Meyer said. The Jaguars have started the season 0-4 and Meyer is hoping the team will overcome everything that has happened over the past few days and be ready for this week's game against the Tennessee Titans.
"I don't believe that's in my court," he said. "The leaders on the team are going to make that decision. It depends on how much trust you have built up with them, how we structure everything this week and focus on winning that game.
I'm going to be extremely clear as I can: Our staff is working their tails off. But you know as well as I do that the ownership of this team is with the players.' ' The Jaguars were 14-0 up against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football but ended up losing on a last second field goal.
"It's devastating. Heartbreaking," Meyer said after a 24-21 loss. "These guys. Usually, I'm not wrong about stuff like that. I just see a good team in there. I see good guys. I see good hearts. I see guys that work, and I told them I'm not wrong. I'm not wrong about that stuff. "This team's going to win some games."