Urban Hire: Meyer returns to sidelines with NFL’s Jaguars
By admin - January 15, 2021
Urban Meyer is headed to the NFL. Here are the highlights:
- Meyer agreed to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.
- The 56-year-old Meyer met twice with team owner Shad Khan and the deal was signed shortly after their third and final meeting in seven days.
- “This is a great day for Jacksonville and Jaguars fans everywhere,” Khan said in a statement. “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.”
- Meyer went 187-32 at Bowling Green (2001-02), Utah (2003-04), Florida (2005-10) and Ohio State (2012-18). He ranks seventh all time in collegiate winning percentage, trailing only Notre Dame’s Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy.
- “I’ve analyzed this decision from every angle — the time is right in Jacksonville,” Meyer said in a statement. “And the time is right for me to return to coaching. I’m excited about the future of this organization and our long-term prospect for success.”
- Jacksonville was the most attractive opening. The Jaguars have 11 picks in the 2021 draft, including five in the top 65, and are nearly $100 million under the projected salary cap.
- Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is a lock to land in Jacksonville with the top pick and will be the centerpiece of the team’s latest rebuild.
- Meyer replaces Doug Marrone, who was fired after losing the final 15 games in 2020.