The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Urban Meyer, one of the most successful college coaches in NCAA history, as their new head coach.
Meyer will be coming into Jacksonville with his work cut out for him. He is tasked with helping to spur a turnaround of one of the NFL’s worst franchises. It will be the 56-year-old’s first time as an NFL head coach.
However, despite his lack of NFL coaching experience, players on the Jaguars seem like they are extremely excited about the front office’s new coaching hire. John Shipley, a beat reporter covering the Jacksonville Jaguars for @JaguarReport, posted a screenshot of multiple Jags players showing excitement about welcoming in the new coach.
A pair of up-and-coming young wide receivers for Jacksonville, Laviska Shenault and DJ Chark, commented on the Jag’s official Instagram post announcing the hiring of Meyer. Shipley then took a screenshot of the comments and posted it to Twitter.
“Urban Meyer getting some love from some of his newest players,” Shipley wrote on Twitter.
Other Jags players shared their excitement as well. Soon-to-be second year defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson was all business with his response to the news on Twitter. He responded with a short and simple ,”34?,” reference the possible switch to a 3-4 defensive scheme.
Offensive tackle William Richardson sent a response, too, saying, “Congrats coach @CoachUrbanMeyer ! Let’s get it !! #DUUUVAL.”
Similarly, defensive end Josh Allen says, “Congratulations @CoachUrbanMeyer, READY TO START A NEW CHAPTER! #DUUUVALL”
Urban Meyer will be the sixth head coach in Jacksonville Jaguars history. He replaces Doug Marrone, whom team owner Shad Khan fired on Jan. 4 after Jacksonville finished their worst season in franchise history (1-15).
Jacksonville Jaguars Shad Khan, Urban Meyer Release Statements
“This is a great day for Jacksonville and Jaguars fans everywhere,” team owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “Urban Meyer is who we want and need, 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.”
Meyer’s hiring comes after regular communication between him and executives in the Jaguars’ front office. ESPN’s Adam Schefter previously reported that Meyer had already been assembling a coaching staff ahead of taking the Jaguars job.
“I’m ready to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Meyer said in a statement. “Jacksonville has an enthusiastic fan base, and the fans deserve a winning team. With upcoming opportunities in the NFL Draft, and strong support from ownership, the Jaguars are well-positioned to become competitive. 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.”
Urban Meyer won three national championships as a college coach. He won two of those titles (2006, 2008) with the Florida Gators, whom he led to a 65-15 record during his six seasons coaching in Gainesville. He also led the Ohio State Buckeyes to the 2014 national title. During his seven seasons in Columbus, Meyer had an impressive 83-9 record.
And for anyone thinking it — no — Tim Tebow won’t be giving up baseball to join Meyer in Jacksonville.