Podcast: Urban Meyers head to the Pros
Since 2018, rumors were that Urban Meyers would coach an NFL team. He served as an assistant athletic director and as an analyst for Fox Sports after retiring from Ohio State head coaching position because of health issues. On January 14, 2021, Meyers accepted his fifth head coaching job as the Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach.
The Jaguars organization is going on their 27th year in the NFL and hired Meyers as the 7th head coach in franchise history. The team finished the 2020 season with the worst record in the league (1 win - 15 losses). Only Tom Coughlin, the first head coach, was the most successful coach in Jaguars history in playoff appearances, conference championships, and overall winning percentage. Meyers enters the professional level for the very first time in which not many college head-coaches succeeded.
Pete Carroll left USC to the Seattle Seahawks and won the Super Bowl in 2013.
Jim Harbaugh left Stamford and led the San Francisco 49ers to the three straight NFC Championships and one Super Bowl appearance.
Jimmy Johnson left the University of Miami, FL, and won two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.
However, coaches like Chip Kelly, Nick Saban, and Steve Spurrier failed and went back to college.
Urban Myers coached four colleges (Bowling Green, Utah, Florida, and Ohio State), totaling 187 wins and 32 losses (12-3 in bowl games). He won three national titles (2x Florida and 1 Ohio State), seven conference championships (Big Ten, SEC, MWC), 10 Divisions, and earned the National Coach of the Year in 2004.
Meyer will be taking over a team that needs so much in every position. He has the number one pick in the draft. Meyers stated, "I'm ready to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars...Jacksonville has an enthusiastic fan base, and the fans deserve a winning team." Overall, the Jaguars have two 1st round picks, two 2nd round picks, one 3rd round, two 4th round picks, two 5th round picks, and one pick in the 7th round.
Trevor Lawrence is the most likely pick to be chosen in the NFL Draft. Meyers and his staff will be busy to turn around the organization that last played in the playoffs in 2017.
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