Jaguars' Marvin Jones: Disagreement with Urban Meyer never got heated

John Reid

In his first public comments since an NFL Network report said he had a heated exchange with Urban Meyer, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marvin Jones said there was never any heightened emotion in his discussion with the coach.

Jones did not deny he had a disagreement with Meyer, but he said they handled it like grown men. Jones also denied that he threatened to leave practice out of frustration.

''There was something brought to my attention that I didn't like too well,'' Jones said after Wednesday's practice. ''I approached him about it, and we talked and handled it like grown men. And that's all I have to say about it, and that was 2 1/2 weeks ago.''

Meyer said after Sunday's 20-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans that Jones was upset that some people were blaming the receivers for all the issues on offense. It appears Jones was referring to a statement made by Meyer about the position having a lack of consistency, along with injury issues. 

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Head coach Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars talks with Marvin Jones #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on December 05, 2021 in Inglewood, California.

Asked Wednesday if he feels responsible for defending the wide receivers position if he feels they have been unfairly targeted, Marvin said he does.

''That's the thing me and the position that I'm in now,'' Jones said. ''You know, we have a lot of conversations him (Meyer) and me talking about the team. You know, he confides in me, asks me questions about you know what's going on here, what gone there, kind the voice of the locker room. We have those conversation, and we handle them and go on from there."

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Saturday that Jones became so angry with Meyer's public and private criticism of the receiver group that he left the facility until other staff members convinced him to come back. The report also mentioned that Jones got into a heated argument with Meyer during practice. 

At 2-11, the Jaguars have devolved into team turmoil, with national media reports that Meyer has had run-ins with players and coaches. Even Jaguars owner Shad Khan admitted earlier this week that what is different about this season is that they have both losses and drama.