Urban Meyer was named the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars this week.
After 17 years and three National Championships at the collegiate level, Meyer will finally answer the question everyone has had about him for nearly two decades: how would this guy do in the NFL?
By all accounts, Meyer seems to be hitting the ground running. According to ESPN insider Jeremy Fowler, he already has his sights set on an offensive coordinator.
“Scott Linehan has emerged as a prime candidate for Jaguars offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer, he reported. “Former NFL head coach and OC was at LSU last year, has long had relationship with Meyer.”
Linehan has previously served as an assistant coach at LSU, and was the head coach of the then-St. Louis Rams from 2006 through 2008. Beyond that, Linehan also worked as an offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions.
Jacksonville is widely expected to take Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson with the top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Presumably Meyer has Linehan as his targeted OC with the expectation that he will be able to successfully guide the youngster’s transition to the next level.
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Meyer will have a lot of draft picks to work with in his new post. The Jaguars have the No. 1 overall pick as a result of their sheer horribleness, then the No. 25 pick via the Los Angeles Rams due to the Jalen Ramsey trade, plus two more picks in the second round, and then seven picks sprinkled throughout the remainder of the draft.
That’s quite the haul.
Will Meyer and Linehan ultimately be able to find the right talent with those picks and then harness it successfully? If the answer to that question ends up being no, then Paul Finebaum’s premonition will become a reality a lot faster than anyone anticipated.