Urban Meyer hired as new head coach of Jacksonville Jaguars
Urban Meyer is out of coaching retirement. The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially hired Meyer as the franchise’s new head coach.
“This is a great day for Jacksonville and Jaguars fans everywhere,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a released statement.
“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.”
Meyer succeeds Doug Marrone in the position as the sixth permanent head coach in the Jaguars’ 27-season history. Tom Coughlin was the Jacksonville head coach from 1995-2002, followed by Jack Del Rio from 2003-2011. After Del Rio, Mike Mularkey was the team’s head coach in 2012 with Gus Bradley in charge from 2013-2016. Marrone was head coach from 2017-20.
Meyer, who won two national championships at Florida, last coached at Ohio State. He was also a college head coach at Bowling Green at Utah. He went 17-6 at Bowling Green (2001-2002), 22-2 at Utah (2003-2004), 65-15 at Florida (2005-2010) and 83-9 at Ohio State (2012-2018).
Meyer, who has reportedly been assembling his coaching staff, will likely get to coach Trevor Lawrence as Jacksonville has the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.