Urban Meyer getting gig as analyst should surprise nobody

A Jacksonville Jaguars fan at TIAA Bank Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
A Jacksonville Jaguars fan at TIAA Bank Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports) /

Coaching the Jacksonville Jaguars (or trying to) left a big stain on Urban Meyer’s resume but that didn’t stop him from getting a job at Fox as a college football analyst.

After months of negotiation, FOX announced that they have hired Meyer to be an analyst for the Big Noon Kickoff pregame show. The former Ohio State head coach will join a cast that includes former college football stars Reggie Bush, Brady Quinn, Matt Leinart, and Brady Quinn.

Meyer seemed to have a plan in place when he took over the Jaguars but once it was time to actually do his job, his house of cards collapsed. He showed time after time that he was underqualified to coach a football team, let alone one in the NFL, and reports about his questionable decisions became a common occurrence during his short stint in Jacksonville.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan realized he made a mistake when he hired Meyer and pulled the plug on him with four games left in the 2021 NFL season and less than a year before he had touted him as the head coach that would turn things around.

Meyer blamed his failed tenure with the Jaguars on things out of his control. Instead of accepting responsibility and owning up to his mistakes, he said that “everything is so fragile now”, including coaching staffs, which shows a lack of touch and an inability to connect with players and fellow coaches.

How was Urban Meyer able to get another job after the Jaguars?

In spite of his immense baggage, Urban Meyer is one of the winningest head coaches in college football history and that’s the kind of accomplishment that will help you land a high-profile job. In fact, that was one of his biggest appeals when Shad Khan recruited him to coach the Jaguars.

Even though Meyer burned pretty much every imaginable bridge in the NFL, he still has his fair share of supporters. One look at social media will show you that there is a group of fans that believe he was done wrong or wasn’t given enough time. Similarly, there are fans that wouldn’t mind the head coach if he can help their team win a national championship like he did at Florida and Ohio State. Similarly, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas came to Meyer’s defense when he was kicked to the curb.

In the end, Fox believes enough people will tune in to watch what Meyer has to say. about college football. He will be discussing topics he has knowledge of, so he should be able to keep the job as long as he steers away from controversy.

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