Urban Meyer makes jump to NFL coaching ranks with Jaguars

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Urban Meyer is officially off the market.

The Jacksonville Jaguars made the college-coach-turned-Fox-Sports-analyst their official head coach on Thursday night.

“I’m ready to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Meyer said in a release. “Jacksonville has an enthusiastic fan base and the fans deserve a winning team.

“I’ve analyzed this decision from every angle — the time is right in Jacksonville and the time is right for me to return to coaching. I’m excited about the future of this organization and our long term prospect for success.”

Meyer has long flirted with becoming an NFL coach after years of success with the Florida Gators and Ohio State Buckeyes, winning three national championships in his 17 NCAA seasons. His programs churned out numerous pros, including plenty of quarterbacks. He’ll get to bring along another when the Jaguars almost assuredly take Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

“Urban Meyer is who we want and need,” Jags owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “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.”

The Jaguars fired coach Doug Marrone after a disastrous 1-15 season in 2020. With Meyer in tow, the Jaguars leave the Jets, Falcons, Lions, Texans, Chargers and Eagles as the NFL teams still with head coaching vacancies.

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