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Transcript - Jaguars Assistant HC and Inside LBs Coach Charlie Strong: February 11, 2021

(Opening statement) "I'm really excited to be here. I know that Coach Meyer already said it, I was one of his first hires. I can remember we had a conversation this summer. We were just sitting around talking and I said, 'We have one more run in us. We have to make one more run.' He's like, 'Don't ask me to do that.' I said, 'I know you want to do it because it's still in you.' And I just think about the relationship that we've developed over the years and then the success that we had at the University of Florida. I know we have us a job here, but I'm really excited about the job here because I know that what he's done, the winning attitude that he has with every school that he's been to, that we can get that done here."

(On taking the opportunity to move to the NFL with Head Coach Urban Meyer) "The relationship that Coach and I have, it's been a relationship we started, and what a lot of people don't know, back in our days at Notre Dame. We were assistant coaches together. From there, he left and went to Bowling Green. I left and went to South Carolina and then we reunited again at the University of Florida. But we've developed a relationship. It's been a relationship where we've been with some unbelievable programs and two runs at two national titles that we had at the University of Florida, and then we have a chance to come here to Jacksonville. You're right, it's both of our first times being in the NFL and it's what is said. But at the end of the day, coaching is all about relationships and coaching is all about helping young men create value for themselves. Knowing that who he is and the staff that he has put together, I know that we can get that done here and I'm just excited to be a part of it."

(On why his relationship with Coach Meyer is successful) "With a lot of coaches, you don't develop that relationship that the two of us have. I just think that back in our Notre Dame days, we worked for Coach Holtz and some of these same things that he has taught us, each of us have used in our program. He's had a lot of success. I haven't had the success that he had as a head coach. But then we were able to come together and just set aside the football side of it with the personal side where we can sit down, and we can have a conversation and I can bring things to him and he can bring things to me. Even being here, that has already happened where we can have that conversation. Even if one of us disagrees with one another, we don't take it personal. I can say to him, 'Okay then, I trust you on it. I believe that it's going to work. Let's go with it."

(On his defensive scheme this year and having the right personnel to fit that) "The way that ball has evolved now, whether it be on a professional level or the collegiate level, you have to be very multiple on defense. Sometimes you can show three-down, sometimes you can show four-down, but it also goes back to the personnel. We've been evaluating our personnel here in the last few days that we've been in, so we know that we have some personnel here, but you always want to get more. It's going to be conversations here in the next upcoming days where we go around to each position and each position coach has a chance to talk about his personnel and what his needs are. But you're looking at defenses, we're going to be very multiple and you're going to have a chance to hear [Defensive Coordinator] Coach Cullen here in a second. But we're going to be very multiple and you have to be multiple just because of the way offenses are now."

(On if he considered moving to the NFL previously or if this was just the right opportunity) "[It was] a combination of both. I've considered it before, but I can remember when I was a coach at the University of Florida with Coach Spurrier, he would let me go do internships. I did them under the Saints when Coach Mora was the head coach and then when Coach Fontes was in Detroit I did them there. I did one with Coach Dungy. So I've always worked those camps in the summer. I had opportunities to go coach on that level, but I just never did because just where I was at the time with my career. I just felt like I want to be a head coach first and work to go be a head coach. Now with Coach [Meyer] coming here asking me to come here with him, this is a perfect opportunity, a perfect storm actually. I'm just looking forward to the challenge."

(On the trust level between him and Coach Meyer) "It's when you're friends but you develop that level just because he's seen my work ethic, I see how he works and we're kind of the same type of person. We don't have any hobbies. It's kind of just all ball for us. But that trust level was something that we developed over the years."

(On LB Myles Jack and Joe Schobert) "I've seen plenty of tape on both of them. I look at Myles Jack, he's a guy that's very fluid. A guy that can get downhill, very athletic and a guy who's really good at open space. Yesterday Joe [Schobert] came by to see me for the first time. We sat down and talked a long time and [it's] the same thing with Joe. You're looking at two 'backers that are kind of in the prime of their career because the length of time that they have been in the NFL, but guys that can make plays and guys that will become the staple of our defense. If you're not good at linebacker, then you really don't have much of a chance to play really good defense. [I'm] really, really looking forward to coaching both of them because they want to learn. You can tell they're learners, they want to learn, and they want to get better. It's all about creating value and those guys want to create value for themselves and they want to become the best."

(On if he's looking to become a head coach in the NFL in the future) "It just depends on how things work out when you're talking about 'I want to become a head coach again' or wherever it may be. I think for me right now is just to make sure that we have a lot of work to do and it's a challenge here with this organization right now. When you talk about 'we want to be the best we can be as coaches,' we want to be the best that we can get our players, we want to get them to play at a level where there's discipline, where there's a standard, there's an attitude. I don't know what's going to happen, but if things do happen the right way and if we can get this program, which that will happen. But it's all about now working where we get the players in here and give them a chance to meet us and see what we're all about and then I think everything else will take care of itself."