Urban Meyer says there's 'zero chance' he pulls a Nick Saban and returns to college football in the near future
The hire of Urban Meyer in Jacksonville has generated a ton of buzz for the Jaguars this offseason but it remains to be seen how well one of the best college football coaches of all time will adapt to life in the NFL.
Unlike many others that have successfully made the jump from college football to the NFL, Meyer has no experience at the game’s highest level.
He also takes losing hard. So hard, in fact, the stress of coaching has affected his health during his time at Florida and Ohio State.
How well he manages to cope with the inevitable losses that come with life in the NFL remains to be seen. After all, the Jaguars are picking No. 1 overall for a reason.
What are the odds that Meyer doesn’t enjoy the NFL as much as he expects? Could he pull a Nick Saban and return to college football after two years in the NFL?
“Zero chance at that happening,” Meyer recently said to Peter King of NBC Sports. “What Coach Saban went through, I don’t know. That’s Coach Saban’s business. I’m not quite sure. At some point, I might talk to him about it . . . he’s a friend of mine and I got great respect for him. It is different. It’s completely different.
“My mind is set. There’s gonna be some losses . . . That’s gonna be miserable. I hate losing. We all do. But the reality is that you’re gonna lose. Hopefully you win more than you lose. But that’s something that’s gonna be new to me. I have to get my mind right and I’m working on that.”
While there certainly are similarities between the two coaches, one key difference for Meyer will soon be coming in the 2021 NFL Draft.
With the ability to select Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 pick, the Jaguars have a quarterback to build around under Meyer. If Lawrence lives up to the hype in the NFL, Meyer will have something Saban never had during the coach’s two seasons with the Miami Dolphins — a bonafide star under center.