Report: Jags, Urban Meyer in ‘advanced’ discussions about HC job after meeting Wednesday

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The Jacksonville Jaguars and former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer moved closer to becoming official Wednesday. Per ESPN insider Adam Schefter, both sides had a meeting yesterday, and it involved “advanced talks” in an attempt to finalize a deal.

The meeting was the second within a week between the two. The Jags also met with Meyer last Friday on owner Shad Khan’s yacht to discuss the vacancy. Of course, that led to many feeling even stronger about him being the front-runner.

With the probability that he would become the Jags’ next coach, Meyer has been assembling a staff for quite some time now. That includes assistants from the collegiate ranks.

Meyer is a familiar face to Jacksonville because of the time he spent coaching the Florida Gators in 2005-10. During his time in Gainesville, he was able to win two national championships in 2006 and 2008 before stepping down for health and family reasons.

Meyer returned to the college game two years later to become the head coach of his alma mater, Ohio State University. He added a third national title to his collection in 2012 while there. Meyer spent six seasons in Columbus but ended up retiring in 2018 after a tumultuous season in which he was suspended and dealt with health issues due to a brain cyst.

After garnering a record of 39-105 (2-1 in the postseason), Khan appears to be looking to bring Meyer in because of his winning track record and program building skills. While he hasn’t coached in the NFL, Meyer has a 187-32 record as a college coach (12-3 bowl record). Simply put, that is quite impressive when looking at the programs he has been with.

Meyer has also aided a few quarterbacks to be first-round selections (Tim Tebow and Alex Smith), which is important because the Jags want to put Trevor Lawrence in good hands in the likely case that they draft him. The Clemson star has been widely regarded as the next Andrew Luck, and Khan has expressed the significance of landing a franchise quarterback this month.

“I think obviously developing a young quarterback, we’ve been very unsuccessful at that. [The] last eight years, we haven’t had a franchise quarterback, so I think that is very, very important,” Khan said last Monday.

Hopefully, the Jags and Meyer’s meeting lead to an announcement soon. Once that happens, the fanbase can then take a deep breath and shift their attention to free agency and the draft.