The Jaguars, who fired Doug Marrone on Monday after three straight losing seasons, have been on the hunt for their next head coach since then, perhaps before, if some reports are to be believed.
They've already interviewed Chiefs' offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Falcons' defensive coordinator/interim head coach Raheem Morris. And they've got an interview with 49ers' defensive coordinator Robert Saleh on the books for Sunday. The team also reportedly requested to interview Titans' offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.
But all those names pale in comparison to the one coming in today. According to Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars will meet with former Florida and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on Friday to "discuss the team's head coaching vacancy." While the wording is a bit different on this one, we all know this could be the final meeting the Jaguars take in good faith. Rumors have been swirling around Urban and the Jaguars for weeks, if not longer. And last weekend, prior to the Jaguars' season finale against the Colts, Ian Rapoport reported that Urban Meyer "expected" to land the Jaguars' head coaching gig.
Meyer is a program builder, an offensive mastermind, and a QB whisperer. For these reasons, he's undoubtedly the most attractive candidate on the market. His record is sterling, with 187 wins and only 32 losses along with THREE national titles. There are questions about his health and integrity, and they are fair, but if Jaguars' owner Shad Khan believes Meyer can guide the team for the next half-decade or more, he is an easy choice. When it comes to coaching a football team, there's no one better than Urban Meyer.
Earlier in the week Shad Khan spoke about what he was looking for in a head coach and he emphasized the idea of hiring someone who understands the modern game and the 21st century athlete. Khan also said that ideally the head coach and general manager would get hired around the same time.
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