JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Urban Meyer watch continued for the Jaguars on Wednesday. Meyer has not had an interview with any of the other six teams who are looking for head coaches.
At least, not yet.
There was a report from NFL Network that Meyer has spoken to the Los Angeles Chargers, but so far, no official interview has been set up. It could be that the Chargers are interested, or it could be that Meyer is trying to create some competition to gain negotiating leverage with the Jaguars.
In either case, you have to wonder how long the Jaguars will hold out for an answer from Meyer before they move on to another option.
The Jaguars have interviewed four NFL assistants, including Robert Saleh, the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator.
Saleh has interviewed with several teams, but recently had a second interview with the Jets. That typically happens when the candidate is near the top of the list.
It’s possible that Saleh could be named as the Jets’ new head coach any day now.
So if the Jaguars are still waiting on Meyer to commit, they would be down to three other candidates: Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Falcons’ interim head coach Raheem Morris and Titans’ offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.
There are some important league dates looming that could impact the Jaguars’ timeline. By Monday, underclassmen have to declare for the NFL draft. That’s not too big an issue for scouts and the new GM, but the Senior Bowl practices, which start Jan. 24 days is a huge scouting opportunity and you would think the Jaguars would need to have their men in place by then. We’re still waiting on word about how the Scouting Combine will run this year. It typically is held in March. It all leads up to the NFL draft. The first round is set for April 29.