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Transcript - Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer: February 11, 2021

(Opening statement) "Thanks for joining us. It's great to introduce the 2021 Jaguars coaching staff. I spent a good portion of the last month putting this puzzle together. It's a mix of really incredible NFL experience when you look at it, along with collegiate experience with the transition of the game of the NFL moving more towards the schematics of college football. Qualities I look for? Experts at what they do. I believe 904 deserves the very best. I feel great about the staff. [It] took a lot of time, a lot of effort, the most interviews I've really ever had in my career to put this thing together. But I feel great about it and obviously time will judge, and time will test how we do. I feel great about it."

(On the hire of Assistant Head Coach and Inside Linebackers Coach Charlie Strong) "He was my first hire. He's going to be the number two, that means the assistant head coach, and he'll be in front of the team. He'll be my right-hand man as he's been many, many times over my time at Florida. I always tell people that the chance of us winning those two National Championships without Charlie Strong would not have happened. [He's] a high character guy, great family, someone that I trust explicitly, but also a guy I just feel very strong about being in front of the team, being in a locker room and being at my side. [He was the] first hire and arguably one of the most, if not the most, important hire."

(On his relationship with Defensive Coordinator Joe Cullen) "I've known Joe Cullen a long time. I've always studied his defensive line play. He's considered if not the best one of the best defensive line coaches in the game. But I've known Joe a long time. I also have tremendous respect for the way the Baltimore Ravens play defense. We're going to be the Jaguar defense, but [they were] just systematic when he came on, the systematic style they go about their business, the history of success, and the fact that he came in his interview, we interviewed quite a few people for that position, and he did an excellent job."

(On trying to hire Joe Cullen while the head coach at Ohio State) "I had conversations with him about joining. I want to say even at Florida we had conversations and we couldn't find the right fit, but he's a guy that I looked for to get on my staff several times."

(On the hiring of Director of Sports Performance Chris Doyle) "I've known Chris for close to 20 years. Our relationship goes back to when I was at Utah and he was the number one strength coach. Really, he was doing sports performance before sports performance became a high priority in college sports. I've known him. I've studied him. We've had a relationship. I vetted him thoroughly along with our general manager [Trent Baalke] and owner [Shad Khan]. [We] feel great about the hire, about his expertise at that position. We vetted him thoroughly. Sports performance is going to be a high, high priority as it really has in the last probably ten years. Certainly, at Ohio State, that became if not the most important. You guys know my relationship with [Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance] Coach Marotti at Ohio State. This whole [thing] from the strength training room, physical therapy, sport psychology, and nutrition, it all falls under the sports performance team umbrella and I wanted to get the best of the best."

(On reservations in hiring Chris Doyle) "I vet everyone on our staff and like I said, the relationship goes back close to 20 years. [There were] a lot of hard questions asked, a lot of vetting involved with all our staff, but we did a very good job vetting that one."

(On owner Shad Khan's role in the hiring of Chris Doyle) "Shad was involved with our high-end hires and he was involved [in this one]."

(On if he has concerns being able to attract free agents with this hire) "If I was, I wouldn't have hired him. Once again, I'll explain that if that becomes a question. The one thing I'm very confident [in] is that I would imagine within a year or two, we'll have the best sports performance team in the National Football League. As far as the last few years, we've had serious issues with injuries. I want to say 63 games were missed just on the defensive side of the ball because of injuries, where in 2017, there were only two. So keeping players healthy at their maximum performance is a high, high priority for [me]. Mine has really changed over the years about the priority of that. At Ohio State, I'm very biased, but we became the best in college football. Now, our job is to make sure we become the best at professional football."

(On the qualities he was looking for in his coaching staff) "There are a lot of challenges in the National Football League you don't have in college: contracts, how fast. I was hired at a time where we put in the paperwork, which was fairly new to me. You put in paperwork and want to visit with people under contract in the National Football League. A lot of guys, even before I was in my position in Jacksonville, I never even got them on the organization to get the interview in, so that was new to me. I don't want to say college is much easier, but [in] college you don't have the same issues as far as contractual obligations to NFL franchises. For every spot, there were multiple interviews. Expertise is what I'd like to say. As I will tell our team, my job is to provide you with the best of the best of the best and that's to enhance your value as players. How do you enhance your value as a player? You become an expert at what you do, and you play for a great organization and win games. You're going to hear that quite often. My number one responsibility is to enhance these players' value, and by the way, winning games enhances everyone's value."

(On how his players will respond to the hiring of Chris Doyle) "I met with our staff about it and I'm going to be very transparent with all the players, like I am with everything, and listen closely and learn. There's going to have to be some trust in their head coach that we're going to give them the very best of the best. Time will tell. Once again, a player that's hurt and not performing or not maximizing what strength and prehab abilities [they have] so they're getting hurt or they're not preforming at the highest level I think is a high priority. The allegations that took place, I will share I vetted him. I know the person for close to 20 years and I can assure them there'll be nothing of any sort in the Jaguar facility."

(On Chris Doyle's role) "He's a director so he reports directly to me. Then underneath him, you have the strength program, you have the training room, you have the equipment room, you have sports psychology, and anyone that has any contact with our players will be direct reports to Chris. His job is to make sure we're doing the best of the best. With the strength staff, we study all the analytics involved in training, also the physical therapists, which he's an expert in these areas, just anything sports performance related. I also include the equipment room in that. I obviously include our nutrition program, so all those will all fall under the direction of Chris. By the way, like I did at Ohio State in 2014, we won a National Championship because we had zero soft tissue injuries. I can give you a bunch of statistical information about what's gone on here the past couple years and it's not very good. It's something that had to be completely revisited and at the end of the day, make sure these guys are getting the culture of excellence and it's going to be the best of the best. How's our training table? [It] better be the best of the best. How's our weight training and prehab to make sure these guys are getting the very best? We put together a new strength staff I feel great about. We're still in conversation about the athletic trainers to make sure they're the best of the best. I feel very good about our nutrition, but I could go for each one. That's going to be very important. I'm going to spend as much time on that as I have our coaching staff."

(On the hires of Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell and Passing Game Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer) "To tell you the amount of time I spent on that hire and the amount of people we interviewed was as many as I've really ever done. I knew of Darrell Bevell, have always had great respect. [Ohio State Head Coach] Coach Day's studied under him a little, not directly coaching for him. I did speak with Ryan. I did speak with several coordinators and his interview was by far the best. His ability to adapt to my vision of the offense, which is little different maybe than he's done in the past. The flexibility and not rigidness was very important to me because we do have the first pick in the draft and there is a vision I have about the style of offense. I'm certainly not going to call plays, that's his responsibility, but I have a real clear vision about what I want the offense to look like and he was great. I called 10 people about Darrell, and Brett Favre, who I've known for quite some time, when he made a comment that's as good a coach as he's ever been around and 'by the way I had my best year with him at Minnesota' and he said, 'Hire the guy.' Brett Favre, the respect I think we all have for him, I listen in closely. Brian Schottenheimer was great with the success or the years that [Seahawks QB] Russell Wilson had. You go back to Sam Bradford. Look at Mark Sanchez, what they did with the New York Jets and his background. I've known Brian from when I was the University of Florida was when I first met Brian. I think the two of them together, we met at great lengths before Brian decided to come with us because he had other opportunities. So far, after a week of having them together and being involved in those meetings, if I had to say what's my favorite thing to do right now, it would be to go sit in those offensive meetings and hear our offensive staff have conversations."