On this day in Jaguars history: Team advances to AFC Championship; Urban Meyer hired as head coach

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — January 14 is a mixed bag when you look back at Jacksonville Jaguars’ team history.

Let’s start with the good:

On Jan. 14, 2018, the Jaguars beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs 45-42 in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field to advance to the AFC Championship.

Excited fans rushed to then-EverBank Field (now TIAA Bank Field) to welcome the team home, and we streamed the action live on the Action News Jax app and on our Facebook page:

At this gathering, then-cornerback Jalen Ramsey famously exclaimed, “We goin’ to the Super Bowl and we gonna win that (expletive).”

The next round of the playoffs, as we all know, would lead to heartbreak, as the Jaguars would lose the AFC Championship to the New England Patriots 24-20. (Did we mention that Myles Jack WASN’T down?)

Now let’s move on to the (what turned out to be) not-so-good:

On Jan. 14, 2021, Jaguars owner Shad Khan announced that he would be hiring Urban Meyer as the Jaguars’ new head coach.

There were high hopes for the move, from fans and from Khan, who said at the time:

“This is a great day for Jacksonville and Jaguars fans everywhere. Urban Meyer is who we want and need, a leader, winner and champion who demands excellence and produces results. While Urban already enjoys a legacy in the game of football that few will ever match, his passion for the opportunity in front of him here in Jacksonville is powerful and unmistakable. I am proud to name Urban Meyer the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.”

But Meyer’s tenure was marked with controversy.

In October, two viral videos became a distraction for the head coach. One of the videos showed a woman dancing close to Meyer’s lap and another that appeared to show Meyer touching the woman’s behind.

Khan called Meyer’s conduct in the videos “inexcusable.” He released the following statement:

“I have addressed this matter with Urban. Specifics of our conversation will be held in confidence. 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.”

However, by the time December came, Khan made the decision to fire Meyer:

“As I stated in October, regaining our trust and respect was essential. Regrettably, it did not happen,” Khan said in a statement.

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