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O-Zone Podcast: Buddy Martin on Urban Meyer

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer reacts to Ohio State scoring a touchdown against Michigan during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan 42-28. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

JACKSONVILLE – Buddy Martin knows the Jaguars' new head coach as well as most media members – and better than many.

Martin, a longtime Florida sportswriter who now hosts "The Buddy Martin Show" from his hometown of Ocala, authored Urban Meyer's 2009 authorized biography, "Urban's Way." He also co-hosted a weekly podcast with Meyer this past fall, "The Best Fridays in Football."

He recently joined senior writer John Oehser to discuss Meyer on a recent "O-Zone Podcast." That can be heard here.

"I respect his commitment and passion to the game of football and coaching, and the way he tries to do it the right way," Martin said on the O-Zone Podcast.

Oehser and Martin discussed Meyer for a nearly an hour, discussing Meyer's decision to join the Jaguars after a 17-season career as one of the most successful coaches in college football history. Martin also discussed a coaching career that included stops at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State.

Meyer won national titles at Florida following the 2006 and 2008 seasons – and at Ohio State following the 2014 season.

"I respect that he knows there will be hiccups along the way and failures, but his ability to get up and go at it again is remarkable," Martin said. "I respect that he does what he thinks is right despite the critics. I respect that he celebrates football the way he does.

"I really respect and love his loyalty, but sometimes I think his loyalty is what gets him in trouble."

"Urban's Way" chronicled the University of Florida's 2007 season, also detailing Meyer's career to that point – and covering extensively Meyer's approach to areas such coaching, leadership and faith.

"He's a great planner," Martin said. "[Former Florida Head Coach Steve] Spurrier laughs at him and says, "Urban's got a plan for everything.' And he kind of does. … If you've studied Urban Meyer you know: He has a plan, but that plan is adaptable. The core values are the same, but he can adapt."

Martin also discussed Meyer's history of loyalty to players, and Meyer's belief that trust between player and coach is paramount.

"It's everything to him," Martin said. "He said, 'I believe that with all my heart – that it's about the players.' I know that's what he believes. I told him several times, 'Urban, people believe you're loyal to a fault – that you give people too many chances.' He said, 'No, I don't. I believe in it.'

"He had a 95-man roster at Florida. He made sure every single of them got coached – right down to the 95th one. They all get coached.

"I've seen it with my own eyes. Player development is a very big thing."

Click here for more from Martin on Meyer on this week's O-Zone Podcast.

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