Urban Meyer is back in football – with another curve.
The Jacksonville Jaguars reported Thursday they have recruited the three-time public title winning mentor to be their next lead trainer.
With the move, Meyer is again leaving retirement and the agreeable limits of the transmission stall for a headset and the sideline.
“This is a great day for Jacksonville and Jaguars fans everywhere,” Jaguars owner Shad 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. I am proud to name Urban Meyer the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.”
The 56-year-old Meyer is ready to take his first wound at the NFL with the work, carrying with him a shining by and large characteristic of 187-32 in time spent at Ohio State, Florida, Utah and Bowling Green. Meyer won a public title with the Buckeyes in the 2014 season to add to his two titles procured while instructing the Gators in 2006 and 2008.
While Meyer’s time in the NFL will be new, the Jaguars’ advantage in him isn’t. Jacksonville had eyes on Meyer succeeding the as of late removed Doug Marrone preceding the season’s conclusion.
“I’m ready to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Meyer said in a statement. “Jacksonville has an enthusiastic fan base, and the fans deserve a winning team. With upcoming opportunities in the NFL Draft, and strong support from ownership, the Jaguars are well-positioned to become competitive. I’ve analyzed this decision from every angle — the time is right in Jacksonville, 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.”
Meyer’s leap to the NFL should accompany an assumption for mutiple or two misfortunes in a season, obviously, as the NFL’s equality and group building measure is radically unique in relation to school football’s unbalanced scene. What will likewise be fascinating is the way Meyer acclimates to instructing at the expert level, where approaches and player cooperation are a higher priority than Meyer’s most prominent aptitude: selecting. While the mentor can draw in ability with his name, he’s not spending the offseason looking for work to pile up a class brimming with five-star possibilities. All things considered, it’ll be up to Khan’s pick for senior supervisor to amass a quality roster.
That equivalent point may help Meyer coach effectively and for a more extended period. Meyer left Ohio State in view of medical problems achieved by the pressure and remaining burden of training a significant Division I program, which justifiably got indefensible. He ventured down from Florida because of comparative wellbeing worries after the 2010 season. A lighter offseason burden could delay his odds of instructing for quite a long time to come.
In the event that there’s one thing Meyer is gifted at, it’s instructing in defining moments. Meyer possesses a 12-3 record in bowl games, remembering an ideal 3-0 imprint for public title games. The NFL will give him a week by week major game, which will be intriguing to screen as the ability denied Jaguars will probably set aside some effort to get moving.
Meyer walks into a to some degree invaluable circumstance, at any rate with regards to quarterback. Jacksonville claims the No. 1 pick in April’s draft and could tab Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence or potentially Ohio State’s Justin Fields – who still can’t seem to declare his draft goals – as its sign guest of things to come with that determination. Meyer will be managed the cost of the primary opportunity to transform potentially both of the two into an establishment quarterback.
He’ll have to utilize his equivalent inspirational abilities that fueled Ohio State to a mind boggling run of progress with the Jaguars, who haven’t tasted authenticity since their astounding 2017 race to the AFC Championship Game. From that point forward, they’ve been bottom feeders, something Meyer – and Khan – will hope to switch in a little while.