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WATCH: NFL, Jaguars Legend Fred Taylor Sounds Off on Hiring of Urban Meyer

by Charles Craighill
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Earlier today, the Jacksonville Jaguars made the decision to hire Urban Meyer as head coach. Meyer acted as head coach of the Florida Gators for six seasons before coaching for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Now that he will return to Florida, Jacksonville fans can not wait.

One fan of the Florida Gators, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Urban Meyer is former NFL running back Fred Taylor. He played football at the University of Florida in the late 1990s then played for the Jaguars throughout his career. Taylor holds most of the rushing records for the Jacksonville Jaguars, including rush attempts, rush yards, and rush yards per attempt.

Fred Taylor Talks on Urban Meyer

After the Jaguars made the decision to hire Urban Meyer, Fred Taylor joined NFL Total Access to talk about it. The Jacksonville legend sang Meyer’s praises while also emphasizing the excitement that Florida residence feel.

“I can tell you this much,” Taylor said on the show. “Down in the neck of the country, down in southeastern Florida, the Florida Gators and that fan base are so excited to have Urban Meyer back in the region. The success that he had down in Florida and the success he had at Ohio State… success just followed him everywhere he went. He was 127-32 in college, lets hope he can bring some of that success to the NFL. And that’s really all that matters at this point.”

While Fred Taylor never played under coach Urban Meyer, he kept up with him avidly as coach of the Gators. When asked if he thinks that Meyer would have the same success in the NFL as he did in college, Taylor responded with optimism.

“There will be a group of guys that get it, those will be the group of guys that want to win. He has a sense of urgency toward winning, he has a no-nonsense regime, and putting guys in the right position, the locker room is gonna respect that.”

Taylor also mentioned how Urban Meyer will need to utilize his veterans to set the tone for success in the locker room. he believes that some players who have grown accustomed to the losing culture in Jacksonville might stray away from Meyer’s “no-nonsense regime,” but the veterans have to lead the team.