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Jaguars' Josh Allen: JAX More 'Professional' with Doug Pederson Replacing Urban Meyer

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 26, 2022

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Jacksonville Jaguars star Josh Allen has already seen a culture shift under first-year head coach Doug Pederson.

Speaking with reporters Tuesday, Allen described the locker room and environment as "professional," drawing a contrast to how things were during Urban Meyer's brief stint with the Jaguars:

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Jaguars OLB Josh Allen laughs with a big ‘yeah’ when asked if there is a difference between Doug Pederson &amp; last year with Urban Meyer: “It’s a professional locker room. It’s a professional setting. He’s talking to us like grown men.” <a href="https://t.co/fSFgwO6viT">pic.twitter.com/fSFgwO6viT</a>

From the moment he was hired, many wondered how Meyer would adjust to the NFL. He had never worked in the league, and his general revulsion toward losing games didn't fit.

The worst fears about the 58-year-old were realized when a 2-11 record and series of missteps got him fired in December.

In March, The Athletic's Jayson Jenks and Mike Sando wrote a lengthy feature on Meyer's tenure.

In addressing a bad play from a preseason game, Meyer allegedly threatened a group of players that he would cut them if they made the mistake again and said, "You couldn't get a job paying more than $15 an hour" if they were released. In another instance, he reportedly "berated a player so harshly that the player cried."

One member of the football operations staff described the Jaguars' culture under Meyer as "the most toxic environment I've ever been a part of," per Jenks and Sando.

Pederson referenced the mess Meyer left behind during a news conference in May.

"I do believe there has to be some kind of healing with the situation and everything that transpired last year because it's just there's a lack of trust that was broken, I think," he said. "For me, it's about gaining the trust back, and they have to see it through me. They have to see the transparency, the honesty."

Winning is a great tonic, one that can cover up whatever is happening behind the scenes. The dysfunction that permeated the Jacksonville locker room under Meyer made it more difficult to win, though.

Pederson appears to be laying a more solid foundation.

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