Urban Meyer is not doing well in his first season as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
A report by CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora surfaced last weekend, suggesting that Meyer’s reign in Jacksonville is not going smoothly.
It’s a tense environment under Meyer, according to La Canfora.
Here is a selection of the report:
There have been repeated problems with other coaches on the staff, with Meyer’s temperament and lack of knowledge of ebbs and currents in the NFL calendar rubbing the Jacksonville Jaguars staff and players the wrong way, the sources said. There is sometimes an interruption between the employees with extensive pro experience and those who lack it, and morale has suffered during the outbursts. His ardent remarks to players and coaches after matches have already found many bizarre.
To make matters worse, Meyer lost his NFL head coach debut. The Jaguars fell 37-21 to the Houston Texans Sunday.
It was not long before people began to speculate that Meyer’s time in the NFL could be short-lived (a la Nick Saban and Bobby Petrino).
I usually agree. Meyer has a history of frolicking unexpectedly (just ask Florida and Ohio State).
The assumption is that if Meyer leaves Jacksonville, he will return to college football.
That speculation rose after USC fired head coach Clay Helton this week.
USC is one of the best jobs in college football. Would Meyer take the job?
On Wednesday, Meyer was asked about his potential interest in leading the Trojans. And he said, “there is no chance”.
Asked about the USC HC opening today, Jaguars’ HC Urban Meyer said: “There is no chance. I am here and committed to trying to build this organization.”
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 15, 2021
It sounds a lot like Nick Saban denied that he was interested in the Alabama job when he was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins (15 years later and Saban is still the head coach of Alabama).
I may be one of the few people who actually believe in Meyer. I do not think he will leave the Jaguars for the USC job.
However, I would not be surprised if he leaves for another college football job.
In fact, I think there are two college football jobs that would be of great interest to Meyer.
Where could Urban Meyer train next time?
If Meyer fails in the NFL, he will almost certainly return to college football. Meyer is as competitive as it gets. There is no way he will let the lasting image of him as a coach be portrayed by a man who failed.
There are two jobs that I think Meyer would take in college football.
The Notre Dame job (which has always been close to him) or the LSU job.
Meyer continued to become Notre Dame’s head coach in 2004, even though it was a “dream job” for him. He passed because he felt he could have more success in Florida (he was right).
That’s what Meyer’s – he’s not going to make a mistake. The only reason he took the Jaguars job is because he knew he wanted Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the draft.
This time, the Notre Dame job is much more attractive. Brian Kelly has done a great job with the program and there is plenty of talent on the list.
Of course, the only problem is that Kelly is still the head coach and he does not seem to be going anywhere. I think the only way the job opens up – solely a complete breakdown – is if Kelly goes to the NFL (which has been rumored before). If that happens, Meyer to Notre Dame would make just as much sense as any coaching rental in recent memory.
As for the LSU job?
It is not that LSU has a particular significance for Meyer. That’s simply what Meyer could achieve in Baton Rouge.
An elite recruitment base in the state and a list full of talent would certainly be attractive.
Then there’s the fact that LSU is in the SEC West – where the bulk of elite college talent often lands.
If Meyer goes back to college football, he will go somewhere that is easy to recruit to, can quickly win a national championship and compete at the highest level.
LSU has it all.
The only problem is that Ed Orgeron is still the head coach. But depending on how the 2021 season goes, that may change. Another .500 season or just a little better, and Coach O could receive a pink slip.
This offseason’s version of the coaching carousel could go wild really fast.