The Jacksonville Jaguars are set to meet with Urban Meyer on Friday, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport.
Jacksonville is one of the six teams looking for a new head coach. The organization parted ways with Doug Marrone after Week 17, and fired general manager Dave Caldwell during the season.
According to Pelissero, there is no deal imminent, and the Jaguars are planning to meet with at least one more candidate.
The #Jaguars plan to meet with Urban Meyer today to continue discussing the team’s head coaching vacancy, sources tell me and @RapSheet.
No deal is imminent and the team has at least one other interview scheduled. But an important step in the process.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 8, 2021
Jacksonville has already conducted interviews with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy and Atlanta Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris. The Jags will talk with San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh on Saturday.
As Rapoport notes, an in-person meeting can “accelerate” the hiring process.
The #Jaguars and Urban Meyer have been in communication recently. But an in-person meeting can accelerate everything. https://t.co/HUq628WSt3
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 8, 2021
After a 1-15 season, the franchise is positioned to select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the no. 1 pick in 2021 NFL Draft, which could entice a high-profile candidate like Meyer — with no previous NFL experience — to the job.
Meyer won two national championships at Florida (2006, 2008) and one at Ohio State (2014). He compiled an 83-9 record over seven seasons in Columbus.
The 56-year old has been a college football analyst for FOX Sports for the past two years since stepping down at Ohio State, citing health reasons.
His successor, Ryan Day, has the Buckeyes back in the BCS National Championship and set to face Alabama on Monday night. Meyer has remained close to the Ohio State program since stepping down, and has a close relationship with starting QB Justin Fields.
Fields is coming off an impressive Sugar Bowl performance in which he outplayed Lawrence. Should he impress again on Monday in the title game, and should Urban Meyer get the Jaguars gig, speculation will certainly arise as to which QB could end up under center for Jacksonville in 2021.