The Jacksonville Jaguars, based in Jacksonville, Florida, are a professional American football team. They are members of the American Football Conference’s (AFC) South Division in the National Football League (NFL). The Jaguars joined the NFL in 1995 as an expansion team and are owned by Shad Khan, who also owns the Fulham Football Club.
Shad Khan announced: ” From the remarkable talented pool of candidates one man clearly separated himself from the field. This is a great day for Jacksonville and Jaguars fans everywhere. Urban Meyer is who we want and need a leader, winner, and champion who demands excellence and produces results. While Urban already enjoys a legacy in the game of football that few will ever match, his passion for the opportunity in front of him here in Jacksonville is powerful and unmistakable. I am proud to name Urban Meyer the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.”
This year, Urban Meyer, the three-time national championship-winning coach, will be the next Head Coach of Jacksonville Jaguars.
Meyer, 56, was a college coach at Bowling Green, Florida, Utah, and Ohio State. After the 2006 and 2008 seasons, he went 187-32 as a college coach, coaching Florida to national titles and Ohio State to a national title following the 2014 season. At Bowling Green (2001-2002), he went 17-6, Utah (2003-2004) 22-2, Florida 65-15 (2005-2010), and Ohio State State 83-9. (2012-2018).
Talking of the new appointment, Myers said: “I’m ready to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville has an enthusiastic fan base, and the fans deserve a winning team. With upcoming opportunities in the NFL draft and strong support from ownership, the Jaguars are well-positioned to become competitive. I’ve analysed this decision from every angle – the time is right in Jacksonville, and the times is right for me to return to coaching. I’m excited about the future of this organisation and our long term prospect for success.”
Meyer, who succeeds Doug Marrone in the role, becomes the sixth permanent head coach in the 27 seasons of the Jaguars. From 1995-2002, Tom Coughlin was head coach, with Jack Del Rio from 2003-2011 holding the position, Mike Mularkey holding it in 2012, Gus Bradley holding it from 2013-2016 and Marrone holding it from 2017-2020.
In 2020, the Jaguars went 1-15 and entered the offseason holding the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. This marks the first time the No. 1 selection was held by the Jaguars.
The position of general manager of the Jaguars remains open, with the team having dismissed David Caldwell from that position on November 29.
When questioned on his choice to return to coaching Urban said
“I felt like this was not only the right time for me to return to coaching but also the right place in Jacksonville, Duvall is a very special place to me and I am excited to be back in the great state of Florida. The work has begun to put this team where it needs to me and my primary focus is on a great staff – they’ve been supported by some incredible coaches through the years and I expect to do the same. These fans especially our local ticket season holders deserve a winner and I can speak on behalf of myself my staff and eventually our team – they will get our very best.”
When pressed on why now Urban responded:
“I’m not going to jump into a situation where I don’t believe we can win. First of all, I need a great staff, not a good staff a great staff. I have received a multitude of people calling but my comment is, save the recommendation unless that you feel that person is elite in all areas because that’s what Jacksonville deserves and that’s what we’re gonna have.”
Urban also spoke about his friendship with Jimmy Johnson:
“Jimmy Johnson has become a very good friend over the years, he will be a resource for me, he told me you have to be different. The players wanna win they understand their value their brand and their lifestyle improves if they win so they wanna be around winners. Jimmy was fantastic and will be a guy I lean on quite frequently.”
He briefly commented on his health:
“I’m not going to be running around like a nut on the practice field, those days are gone, I know what it’s supposed to look like and I’m going to be very demanding of everyone.”
Urban will change his approach in order to succeed:
“The times are changing college football is different, the ways of coaching that you did back when I was at Bowling Green I mean the whole countries changed, everything’s changed and so you have to adapt and those who adapt have success and those who don’t fail.”
“My vision or dream has always been to have the fastest team on the field. One of the great compliments I can remember was from the legendary coach John Robenson who said we were the fastest team he ever coached against. They play fast the 4 to 6 is, I want a team that plays fearless, and as a coach that’s our responsibility. One way to take a great player and slow them down is to be too complicated and I can assure you that won’t happen. The only demand I have is that you give everything you’ve got to it, if you make a mistake we have to coach you through that and that’s on the coaching staff.”
Will Urband and Shad make the perfect pair?
“ I first met Shad Khan back in the Superbowl he’s an Illions grad so we kinda gave each other a hard time but something I started last year, I interviewed a bunch of our players, former players that are in the NFL or recently out and took notes. I was just intrigued why does this organisation win, why does this not, or do they fail to win and the research was very strong. Players will tell you, players know they are the one who plays the game. I really value the guys I have in the NFL. I mean hours upon hours I worked on this.”
Shad Khan owner said
“For me, I was really impressed with Urban. I have admired him for a long time from the distance but the super bowl conversation was very insightful the analyses he had done was incredible. Then when the opportunity arose I kind of reached out. The commitment, the fire in his belly, he has achieved a lot on college coaching, I’m sensitive to the legacy he has and this is a very different challenge. I was blown away by how he can help us and reinvigorate the jaguars I’m obviously delighted he is here.”
When asked about the Jaguar’s plans for the future Shad Khan commented:
“Moving forward I think the issue of roster control is more technical or symbolic. We need to be a coach-sentric team, the head coach really needs to lead the players he wants to be the kind of team we need to be. The general manager and I, we have to support that position, the idea here is more about transparency, collaboration, teamwork, and accountability. We are working together, Urban and I to choose a general manager and hopefully, we should have an announcement for you in the next week or so.”