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Urban Meyer’s risky jump to NFL can succeed, somewhere between Nick Saban, Pete Carroll

City Meyer is likely one of the most profitable school soccer coaches of all time.  

It is value seeing whether or not he can add to that success within the NFL. That is the worth choice the Jaguars will make after they attain an settlement with the three-time nationwide championship coach, which is predicted to be finalized Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Meyer, 56, will get an opportunity to show it on the highest degree, even when the rent is usually thought of a dangerous transfer by a franchise that compiled a 12-36 file the final three seasons.  

Meyer is not only a former school soccer coach — he is one of the crucial completed in historical past. He had an .854 successful share between 4 teaching stops at Bowling Inexperienced, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. The one FBS coaches with a minimum of 100 wins and the next successful share are Knute Rockne (.881) and Frank Leahy (.864).  

Will he be extra like Nick Saban or Pete Carroll on the subsequent degree? There shouldn’t be a rush to judgment, and this might go both approach. 

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Is City Meyer rent too dangerous?

Begin with the well being considerations. Meyer, 56, retired due to well being considerations twice in school, ranging from chest pains to severe headaches. He left Florida after the 2010 season, took a yr off, then returned to Ohio State. In his closing season with the Buckeyes, Meyer was suspended for 3 video games after mishandling home abuse allegations involving former assistant coach Zach Smith. Meyer spent the final two seasons as an analyst on Fox’s “Massive Midday Kickoff” present, and he’s unbelievable in that function.  

Meyer, nevertheless, has no teaching expertise within the NFL. The go-to sentiment is Meyer will not have the ability to deal with the week-to-week failure within the NFL figuring out his worst season as a head coach in school was an 8-5 with Florida in 2010.  

Meyer’s offense, which generally depends on a power-running recreation, is one other query. Ohio State averaged greater than 200 yards dashing yearly beneath Meyer from 2012-17 earlier than his closing season, through which the Buckeyes averaged 358.7 passing yards and 177 dashing yards. That was with offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who has shifted the offense to a pass-first mannequin. Given the mesh between school and professional schemes, the questions on Meyer’s offense will not really be answered till he will get to the Jaguars.  

Is there precedent? Meyer had 187 wins on the school degree. The one coaches with extra victories in school who coached within the NFL are Nick Saban (256), Lou Holtz (249) and Steve Spurrier (228).

Saban completed 15-17 with the Dolphins from 2005-06 earlier than taking the Alabama job. Lou Holtz completed 3-10 with the Jets in 1976. Steve Spurrier completed 12-20 with Washington in 2002-03 earlier than returning to teach in school at South Carolina.  

Will Meyer observe down that highway? Or will he observe the three former nationwide championship coaches in school who received a Tremendous Bowl?  

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City Meyer can construct a winner

Meyer is also a hyper-competitive motivator who had success with school rosters flush with NFL expertise.  

Who else did that? Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer and Pete Carroll. Johnson received a nationwide championship with Miami in 1987 earlier than main the Cowboys to 2 Tremendous Bowl championships. Switzer, who received three nationwide championships, additionally received a Tremendous Bowl with Dallas.  

Carroll is one of the best trendy instance of a coach who had success at each ranges. Carroll received two nationwide championships in 9 seasons with USC, and he simply accomplished an eleventh season with the Seahawks, reaching the playoffs in eight of these years. Seattle was 19-29 within the three seasons earlier than Carroll arrived.  

Sound acquainted? That is the best-case state of affairs for Meyer in making an attempt to construct a winner in Jacksonville. It is potential. 

The Jaguars have the No. 1 decide, which possible can be used to take Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, and greater than $75 million in cap area. Meyer assembled five-star-studded rosters at Florida and Ohio State, and there are sufficient former Buckeyes in the NFL to form a team. Meyer ought to have sufficient to construct a proficient roster that may compete within the AFC South. The franchise quarterback is an effective begin.  

There’s a mesh between school and NFL ideas, and it’s value watching the teaching employees that Meyer assembles. Bear in mind former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was thought of an enormous danger when Arizona employed him in 2019. The Cardinals are 13-18-1 the final two seasons and simply missed the playoffs with second-year quarterback Kyler Murray. Meyer isn’t similar to Kingsbury, Chip Kelly, Bobby Petrino or Lane Kiffin when it comes to general success.  

Meyer is healthier than all of these coaches. 

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How City Meyer can succeed 

It’s simple to foretell a crash-and-burn state of affairs right here, however that underestimates Meyer’s monitor file of success and his capacity to inspire gamers.   

It comes down the connection between Meyer and Jacksonville proprietor Shahid Khan. Persistence can be required from either side given the Jaguars are coming off a 1-15 season. The Jaguars had their most profitable stint in franchise historical past from 1996-99 with Tom Coughlin, who made the soar from Boston Faculty to the professionals. There’ll have to be ego checks on either side over the subsequent few seasons, or this may by no means work. 

Saban, Spurrier and Holtz feuded with their respective possession within the NFL. So did Johnson and Switzer. Carroll is one of the best instance of a coach who has thrived on the subsequent degree along with his homeowners. Meyer should observe that instance and use the connections he’s made by the faculty recreation.  

The Ohio State NFL pipeline helped Meyer develop relationships with NFL coaches, and he undoubtedly spent the final two years studying from different coaches. Meyer’s identify was linked to USC and Texas the previous two seasons, and people jobs by no means materialized. That claims this was the chance he was ready for all alongside. It additionally may very well be argued he faces much less general stress to succeed at Jacksonville than he did at two nationwide championship-or-bust applications on the school degree.  

Will Meyer be extra like Saban or Carroll on the subsequent degree? It appears like one thing in between on the outset.  

No less than Jacksonville is value watching once more. 

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