JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars are planning to meet with Urban Meyer on Friday, another step in their search to land a coach for their franchise rebuild.
The NFL Network reported that the Jaguars will talk to Meyer as they narrow their coaching search. The team fired Doug Marrone last Monday after the Jaguars wrapped up the worst season in franchise history at 1-15.
Meyer, 56, last coached in 2018 when he went 13-1 with Ohio State. He worked as a TV analyst for FOX last year. He is a combined 187-32 in his college coaching career in stops at Florida, Ohio State, Bowling Green and Utah. Meyer has won three national championships, two at Florida and one at Ohio State. He has never coached in the NFL.
The #Jaguars plan to meet with Urban Meyer today to continue discussing the team’s head coaching vacancy, sources tell me and @RapSheet.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 8, 2021
No deal is imminent and the team has at least one other interview scheduled. But an important step in the process.
The team has already interviewed Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Falcons interim coach Raheem Morris.
The Jaguars have arguably the most attractive coach and general manager openings in the NFL. They have the most salary cap space in the league. More importantly, Jacksonville has the No. 1 choice in this spring’s draft. They are expected to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Lawrence announced that he was entering the NFL draft on Wednesday morning. He is regarded as the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck in 2013.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Monday that the team hadn’t been in contact with any coaching candidates during the season, although a report from Sports Illustrated said that the team had been in contact with him for months.