Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer revealed he never considered resigning after a video showed him cavorting in a bar with a women other than his wife. The video went viral and Meyer brough a great distraction to the Jaguars and some reports suggested that the owners considered firing him.
"I had at least three or four conversations with Shad. The message is loud and clear, and I agree with [it]," Meyer said. "Also met with the team on Monday, individually, and then today [as a group]. Had a very pointed conversation with them, owning a stupid mistake that I made.
A job of a coach is ... No. 1, health and safety of a player. No. 2 is motivate them or bring out the greatness in them. And No. 3 is give them everything possible to be successful and give them a great locker room and then get the heck out of the way.
"And I apologize for a distraction with a huge week coming up, especially after they made so much improvement from Week 1 to Week 4."
The Jaguars gave Meyer another chance
"I have addressed this matter with Urban.
Specifics of our conversation will be held in confidence," Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement. "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 met with each Jaguars' position group individually to apologize because he felt more comfortable that way than apologizing in front of the entire team.
"I wanted to get in their space," Meyer said. "I have a good relationship with this whole team. I'm not a big team meeting guy. I do a lot of it that way, where I'll go to, you know, the running backs, where there's a group of four.
Team meetings are very ... it's just a big environment. "In my opinion, you don't get much done in a team meeting. You get a lot done when you're in personal space with people. I've always done that." Meyer was grateful that the Jaguars quickly moved on from the incident.
"They were over-the-top supportive and said, 'We got you, man. We moved forward,'" Meyer said. "A common thing was, 'Coach, we all did stupid things.' "