NFL: Urban Meyer named Jaguars head coach

Thursday, Jan 14, 2021. 8:34 AM
(Update : Thursday, Jan 14, 2021. 6:46 PM)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars have reached an agreement to become their new head coach, it was confirmed late Thursday.

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Meyer therefore leaves the commentary studio to return to the sidelines after a two-year absence due to a major health problem.

 The  56-year-old was the favorite on Jaguar owner Shad Khan’s list, and the latter waited for a week before it got to this point.  The y met last Friday on Khan’s yacht in Miami and again on Wednesday.

Hiring a head coach who won three US college championships could revive a franchise that has lost 105 of its 144 games since Khan took possession of the club in 2012.

Meyer posted an 187-32 record – an impressive 85.3 percent success rate – during his stints at Bowling Green (2001-02), Utah (2003-04), Florida (2005-10) and Ohio State (2012-18). He ranks seventh in the history of college football in terms of success rate, second only to legendary Notre Dame University coaches Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy, among those who have led major programs.

Meyer would replace Doug Marrone, who was fired after losing the last 15 games of the 2020 season. Marrone was 25-44 in four seasons at the helm of the Jaguars, and he posted a 2-1 record in playoffs in 2017.

Khan also met Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Tennessee Titans Arthur Smith, as well as Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and San Francisco 49ers Robert Saleh for the job.

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