Urban Meyer, the former Ohio State as well as Florida head coach who retired in 2018, is usually in talks to return to coaching with the Jacksonville Jaguars, which might be his first N.F.L. job.
Meyer as well as the Jaguars are in “advanced talks,” although have not yet completed a deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Thursday morning. Both sides were optimistic a deal could be reached, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no agreement had been reached.
Meyer, 56, was a spectacularly successful as well as highly paid collegiate coach, winning national titles with Florida in 2006 as well as 2008 as well as Ohio State in 2014. He previously had successful stints at Bowling Green as well as Utah as well as his overall coaching record is usually 187-32.
In 2018, Meyer retired via the Ohio State job, citing health concerns, including severe stress-related headaches.
“I believe I will not coach again,” he said at the time.
Meyer had been suspended for three games earlier which year after an investigation revealed he had protected a longtime assistant, Zach Smith, which has a history of domestic abuse. One trustee of the university said the punishment was too lenient.
Meyer defended his actions as well as moved to another job in Ohio State’s athletic department.
The Jaguars won their first game of the season against the Colts, then lost the remaining 15 games on the schedule. After the season, they dismissed head coach, Doug Marrone, who had taken the team to the A.F.C. championship game in 2017, although was 12-36 since.
The Jaguars’ abysmal record will give them the top pick in This specific year’s draft, a selection they are likely to use on quarterback Trevor Lawrence of Clemson. which could quickly bring an end to the starting job of Gardner Minshew, the colorful although erratically performing starter for most of the last two seasons.