Most of the talk involving the Jacksonville Jaguars’ coaching vacancy centers on Urban Meyer, and Meyer may even have an interest in it.
But the man will want to be paid.
Per Mike Florio of PFT, Meyer is seeking a whopping $12 million a year to coach the lowly Jaguars.
Keep in mind that Meyer has never before coached in the NFL and that the Jaguars will need lots of help. Such help is likely the way, given that they are expected to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick.
Then again, rookie QBs rarely turn things around on their own, and coaches need rosters. So paying Meyer that hefty amount could be … well, risky.
Meyer does boast a remarkable 187-32 overall record in runs at Ohio State, Florida, Utah and Bowling Green. He won two national championships with the Gators (2006 and 2008) and one with Ohio State in 2013.
“With Meyer, the question is whether his success at Ohio State and Florida will translate to the NFL,” Florio wrote. “If, as it appears, the Jaguars believe it will, it’s a fair price given the broader realities of the industry, especially as gambling promises to goose revenue to unprecedented levels, and beyond.”
Meyer was first linked to the Jaguars over the weekend, when Ian Rapoport of NFL Media wrote that Meyer “has been lining up a staff and telling people he’s close to in the football community that he expects to land in Jacksonville.”
The Jaguars parted ways with coach Doug Marrone on Monday, following a 1-15 season.