The Jacksonville Jaguars are waiting on Urban Meyer to make a decision.
The Jacksonville Jaguars started their head coaching search as soon as they parted ways with Doug Marrone, but so far, there aren’t any indications they’re close to a hire. Urban Meyer, the favorite to land the job, hasn’t made a decision yet, and it’s fair to wonder if the team should keep waiting on him.
The Jaguars’ head coaching job could be Meyer’s if he says yes, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. However, it’s not clear he’s going to do it. The former Florida and Ohio State head coach has also interviewed for the Los Angeles Chargers’ opening, but they have had a more open-ended, exploratory approach.
Other reported candidates for Jacksonville’s head-coaching job are San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, Atlanta Falcons Interim head coach Raheem Morris, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.
The Jacksonville Jaguars shouldn’t have to wait for anyone.
Depending on who you ask, the ‘Jags’ have the best or second-best head-coaching opening, so there’s no need for them to wait on Meyer. If anything, it should be the other way around. Jacksonville currently holds 11 draft selections, including the first overall pick, and is projected to have $77.61 million in cap space. Moreover, their 2020 draft class is solid and has a solid core of playmakers in center Brandon Linder, running back James Robinson, and linebacker Myles Jack.
Sure, it will take plenty of effort for the next head coach to turn things around, but any competitor should be eager to take on the challenge the Jaguars’ job offers. The pieces are there for the organization to turn things around, even if it doesn’t happen overnight.
The Jaguars must like Meyer for a reason. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be waiting for him. Nevertheless, how much longer can they wait on his decision? The sooner they get a head coach (are there are many good candidates), the faster they can get to work.