The most interesting twist in NFL coaching news will take another turn on Friday, as the Jacksonville Jaguars will have a sit down with former Florida and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.
NFL Network reports that, as of now, no deal is set to happen right away, and that other candidates will still speak to the Jags about the coaching position.
Meyer has been a target of the Jags from the moment the team dismissed Doug Marrone on Monday. If Jacksonville wants to get back on the map after a 1-15 season, hiring Meyer may be one way to do it.
Meyer’s record in college speaks for itself: three national titles, 187–32 as head coach, and 12-3 in bowl games.
Meyer could get the Jaguars’ house back in order in a hurry, ending the player grumbling that has hindered the team the past few seasons. However, the Jaguars are concerned about the health issues that plagued Meyer both at Florida and at Ohio State.
He walked away from the Buckeyes two seasons ago, and since that time has been an analyst for Fox Sports, appearing weekly on Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff pre-game show.
As with most jobs for high profile college coaches, one key factor will be money. Early reports say that Meyer could bring in as much as $12 million per season.
The only coach in the NFL making that much right now is Patriots dictator Bill Belichick, followed by Pete Carroll with the Seahawks who makes $11 million a season.
Another big question if Meyer takes the position is what he does with the first overall pick. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the consensus No. 1, according to most draft boards, but if Meyer wants to go in a different direction, it will be interesting to see if owner Shad Khan overrides him to take the QB.