With the Jacksonville Jaguars hitting the one-week mark of not having a coach, many fans have begun to get anxious about the vacancy left by Doug Marrone. In particular, many have been watching Urban Meyer’s name closely, as he’s been heavily linked with the team for quite some time.
With Tuesday starting rather silently on the Jags’ end, NFL insider Mike Garafolo finally provided the football community with an update Meyer — and it may not have necessarily been the news Meyer fans wanted to hear. After watching the situation closely the last few days, Garafolo stated that he gets the sense that Meyer hasn’t been “full steam ahead” in regards to taking the job.
He also added that the Jags appear willing to give Meyer the job, but haven’t been able to get a concrete answer from the former Gators coach.
From NFL Now on @nflnetwork: The #Jaguars are waiting on Urban Meyer, who seems like he's still trying to decide what he wants to do. Figure this comes to a head one way or another soon. pic.twitter.com/168QC9kV0h
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 12, 2021
As Garafolo said, the situation should come to a head sooner rather than later. From all the reports that have been documented, the Jags have made it pretty clear they want Meyer, but it would be understandable if they were to move on in the coming days to avoid coming up short.
If Meyer remains undecided on taking the job, the Jags are in position where several others would eagerly jump on the opportunity. With them having a clear path to Trevor Lawrence (and 10 other 2021 picks), the highest projected cap space total, and ownership that’s willing to provide resources, most have called their vacancy the best available.
Owner Shad Khan expressed that the team would consider many options, so he undoubtedly has a Plan B. According to our tracker, they’ve interviewed at least four others. That list includes Robert Saleh (49ers), Raheem Morris (Falcons), Arthur Smith (Titans), and Eric Bienemy (Chiefs), who all interviewed last week.