The Jacksonville Jaguars have their guy. The organization has announced the hiring of Urban Meyer following meetings with Jacksonville’s front office. The former Ohio State and Florida head coach will take on a new test in the NFL following retiring from Ohio State in 2018.
Meyer, 56, has never coached in any capacity in the NFL, but the Jaguars will be banking on Meyer’s ability to build a program and ability to win wherever he has gone. He comes in with a lot of experience and the ability to establish a clear vision for how to succeed on the field, going 187-32 as a college head coach and winning three national titles (two with the Gators and one with the Buckeyes).
That’s something the Jaguars sorely need following the worst season in franchise history in 2020, going 1-15. Since retiring from Ohio State, Meyer has been a college football studio analyst for Fox Sports on their Big Noon Kickoff show Saturday mornings in the fall.
The NFL is something Meyer has never tried his hand at before but was the top candidate for the Jaguars from the start of their search. With the first overall selection in 2021’s draft, the most cap money in the league, and a total of 11 draft picks in 2021 the stars aligned and Shad and Tony Khan were able to present Meyer with enough appeal to come to an agreement on a deal.
The former Buckeye and Gator coach will now be tasked with rebuilding one of the NFL’s worst franchises over the last decade-plus and do so quickly as they try to return to what they were able to accomplish in 2017, almost making it to the Super Bowl.
With Trevor Lawrence in tow, a promising group of young guys to build around, all the draft picks and cap space to work with the Jaguars could make an ascension very quickly. At the very least this hire is one of the most exciting the league has seen in some time.