The Jacksonville Jaguars and Urban Meyer are in advanced talks to see if they can conclude a deal this week, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
After another meeting with the Jaguars on Wednesday, Meyer is very interested in the possibility of coaching in the NFL, sources said.
There has been regular communication and interaction between the two sides, sources said, and Meyer has assembled a coaching staff, including some assistants from the college ranks, in case he decides to take the Jaguars job.
Meyer won three national championships and set a coaching record of 187-32 college during stints in Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He won two of those titles (2006, 2008) with the Gators, which he led to a 65-15 record in six seasons. He also led the Buckeyes to the 2014 national title and set an 83-9 record in seven seasons at Columbus.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan fired Doug Marrone on Jan. 4 after Jacksonville ended its worst season in franchise history (1-15). Marrone had a 25-44 record (including playoffs) in four seasons with the Jaguars.
The Jaguars gave up a franchise record of 492 points and became the fifth team since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978 to allow at least 20 points in each game, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Offensively, the Jaguars ranked 28th or worse in yards per. Fight, hurried and scored. They ranked 21st in passing, which is largely a product of getting behind in games and having to give up the race.
Information from ESPN’s Michael DiRocco was used in this report.