Urban Meyer named Jaguars’ new coach

Urban Meyer has been hired as the next coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced Thursday.

“Urban Meyer is who we want and need, a leader, a winner and champion who demands excellence and produces results,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “I am proud to name Urban Meyer the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.”

ESPN reported Meyer met with the Jacksonville brass again Thursday. The final negotiation points included long-term deals for Meyer’s assistant coaches and an upgrade to team facilities, per the report.

It is expected Meyer will be paid in the range of $12 million a year.

Urban Meyer Takes Aim At NFL

Meyer, 56, had a 187-32 record in 17 seasons as a college head coach, winning three national championships. Two of those titles came down the road from Jacksonville at the University of Florida. He grabbed a third title at Ohio State, where he was 83-9 in seven seasons.

Urban Meyer
New Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer.

He retired after the 2018 seasons and has been working as a college football analyst for FOX Sports.

The Jaguars fired Doug Marrone after four-plus seasons a day after the 2020 season ended. The Jaguars finished the season at 1-15.

Jacksonville has some attractive assets for the new coach. They own the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which is expected to be Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and are projected to be $75 million under the salary cap.

The Jaguars also have the Rams’ No. 1 pick from the Jalen Ramsey trade, as well as the Nos. 33 and 45 selections among a total of 11 2021 draft picks.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)