Urban Meyer gaining steam as Jaguars head coach, Ryan Day viewed as backup plan

With Doug Marrone expected to be fired, Urban Meyer is gaining traction as the next Jacksonville Jaguars head coach.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will fire Doug Marrone after the regular-season finale on Sunday and have their sights set on Urban Meyer as the next head coach.

Ian Rapoport reports the news of Marrone’s impending dismissal and their search focused on the former Ohio State, Florida, Utah and Bowling Green head coach.

Meyer won three national championships on the college level with two at Florida and one at Ohio State. He also has an undefeated season at Utah on his Hall of Fame resume. He has no NFL coaching experience.

Jaguars focused on Urban Meyer as new head coach

Meyer retired from Ohio State two years ago, citing health concerns, and has worked for FOX and the Big Ten Network along with duties in the Ohio State athletic department ever since.

He was reportedly a leading candidate for the Texas football job last month but elected to stay retired. Could the NFL entice Meyer to leave his TV job where it’s very much a low-stress job for the ultra-stressful NFL where he’s never been a head coach?

Possibly the allure of coaching Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who will be the No. 1 overall pick of the Jaguars, makes it a bit easier decision?

If Meyer decides to stay retired, Rapoport reports the Jaguars coaching search will turn to Meyer’s former offensive coordinator at Ohio State and the man who eventually replaced him, Ryan Day.

Day has the Buckeyes playing in the National Championship Game on Jan. 11 after beating Lawrence and Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. That timeline could leave them time to chase Meyer and if he says no, Ohio State’s season could be over by then which could leave them an opportunity to pursue Day who does have NFL coaching experience on Chip Kelly’s staffs with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers where he served as quarterbacks coach in 2015 and 2016 before joining Meyer at Ohio State in 2017.

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