Alabama defensive assistant reportedly leaving to join Urban Meyer's Jaguars staff
After one season at Alabama, Charlie Strong is on the move again. And it’s not too much of a surprise where he’s heading.
Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported that Strong is heading to the NFL to serve on Urban Meyer’s new Jacksonville Jaguars staff, likely as the linebackers coach. Meyer was hired to be the Jags’ head coach on Thursday, after they had fired previous coach Doug Marrone at the end of the 2020 season.
Strong has ties to Meyer from their time together at Florida. Strong, who has had three stints as an assistant with the Gators, was their defensive coordinator from 2003-09. Meyer was their head coach from 2005-10. The two won a pair of national championships together, leading Florida to the title in both the 2006 and 2008 seasons.
Now, Meyer and Strong are both going to be in the NFL for the first time in their coaching careers.
Meyer hadn’t coached since the 2018 season, when he retired following a seven-year stint as the head coach at Ohio State. Before that, he had served as the head coach at Bowling Green (2001-02), Utah (2003-04) and Florida (2005-10).
Strong spent the 2020 season as a defensive analyst for Alabama after previously serving as the head coach at Louisville (2010-13), Texas (2014-16) and South Florida (2017-19). It was reported by Football Scoop’s John Brice that Strong was planning to return to Florida to work under Gators defensive coordinator Todd Grantham in 2021, but he opted to join Meyer in Jacksonville instead.
Meyer and his staff will be looking to turn around the Jaguars, who went 1-15 this past year for their third consecutive losing season (and ninth in the past 10 years).