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Report: The Jaguars Are Finalizing A Deal To Make Urban Meyer Their Next Head Coach

Urban Meyer is headed to the NFL. After several days of reports that the legendary college football coach was interested in making the jump to the pros, Adam Schefter of ESPN indicated on Thursday morning that the Jacksonville Jaguars — the team that has been linked with him the most — were slated to get a deal done with Meyer.

Eventually, Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports and Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported that the two sides were finalizing a deal.

Meyer is walking into a situation that needs turning around, although there are reasons for optimism. The Jags have the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and barring something totally shocking will use it to get a franchise quarterback in Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. The team is also flush with cap space, about $75 million, and has a few pieces to potentially build around on its roster. For his head coaching career — which featured stops at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida, and Ohio State — Meyer accrued a 187-32 record, with two national titles at the helm of the Gators and one as the coach of the Buckeyes.

Still, it’s a curious move for Meyer, who has retired twice due to the toll that rigors of coaching has taken on his health. He’s never been someone who takes losing particularly well, and while that has led to him being one of the greatest college football coaches of all time, it’s not easy to see a path through which the Jags suddenly become Super Bowl contenders from day one. It is also unclear how much power Meyer will have in things like personnel decisions and moves that generally determine the course of the franchise. Regardless, if there is one thing that is not a question, it is that Meyer is an excellent football coach, and it’s plausible that he is able to take the Jaguars and turn them into a contender in the AFC, even if it might take some time.

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