The Jacksonville Jaguars fired head coach Doug Marrone on Monday after the team finished with the NFL’s worst record.
According to multiple reports, former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is at the top of their wish list as a potential replacement.
Meyer has previously been linked to openings at Texas and USC, but thus far has been reluctant to commit. There was also some loose chatter involving the Dallas Cowboys, however nothing materialized on that front either.
Things could be different with Jacksonville – if the organization meets his price.
“A league source tells PFT that Meyer is looking for $12 million per year,” Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported this week.
Mind you, the Carolina Panthers agreed to pay Matt Rhule $9 million annually to make the jump from Baylor. Although Rhule enjoyed success with the Bears, he is not an all-time great – Meyer is.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan is desperate to foster a winning culture within the Jaguars locker room. Between his desire for a successful club and the blank check he is likely prepared to write the next coach, the stars are aligning perfectly for Meyer to make his jump to the pro ranks.
One way or another, a final decision on the Jaguars’ head coaching hunt should come at some point in the next few weeks.