JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jaguars have employed City Meyer as their new head coach, turning to one of the crucial profitable school coaches in NCAA historical past to assist spur a turnaround of one of many NFL’s worst franchises.
“It is a nice day for Jacksonville and Jaguars followers in every single place,” crew proprietor Shad Khan mentioned in a press release. “City Meyer is who we wish and want, a frontrunner, winner and champion who calls for excellence and produces outcomes. Whereas City already enjoys a legacy within the recreation of soccer that few will ever match, his ardour for the chance in entrance of him right here in Jacksonville is highly effective and unmistakable.”
Meyer’s hiring comes after common communication between him and the Jaguars. Sources beforehand informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Meyer had been assembling a training employees, together with some assistants from the school ranks, forward of taking the Jaguars job.
“I am prepared to teach the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Meyer mentioned in a statment. “Jacksonville has an enthusiastic fan base, and the followers deserve a successful crew. With upcoming alternatives within the NFL Draft, and powerful assist from possession, the Jaguars are well-positioned to develop into aggressive. I’ve analyzed this choice from each angle — the time is true in Jacksonville, and the time is true for me to return to teaching. I am enthusiastic about the way forward for this group and our long run prospect for fulfillment.”
Meyer received three nationwide championships and compiled a 187-32 school teaching report throughout stints at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He received two of these titles (2006, 2008) with the Gators, whom he led to a 65-15 report in six seasons. He additionally led the Buckeyes to the 2014 nationwide title and compiled an 83-9 report in seven seasons in Columbus.
He would be the sixth head coach in Jaguars historical past, changing Doug Marrone, whom proprietor Shad Khan fired Jan. 4 after the Jaguars completed their worst season in franchise historical past (1-15). Marrone had a 25-44 report (together with playoffs) in 4 seasons with the Jaguars.
The Jaguars gave up a franchise-record 492 factors final season, turning into the fifth crew because the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978 to permit no less than 20 factors in each recreation, based on ESPN Stats & Data. Offensively, the Jaguars ranked twenty eighth or worse in yards per recreation, speeding and scoring. They ranked twenty first in passing, which is basically a product of falling behind massive in video games and having to desert the run.
However Jacksonville has property to launch a rebuild. The Jaguars personal the No. 1 general choose, the crew’s first ever, for the 2021 NFL draft, which they’re anticipated to make use of on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. They’re additionally projected to have $76.2 million in salary-cap house this offseason, essentially the most within the NFL.
Meyer started his head-coaching profession in 2001 at Bowling Inexperienced, the place he led the Falcons to a 17-6 report in two seasons earlier than transferring on to Utah, the place he went 22-2 in two seasons. Led by quarterback Alex Smith, who was the No. 1 general choose within the 2005 NFL draft, the Utes went 12-0 in 2004 and performed within the Fiesta Bowl.
He was then employed by Florida to switch Ron Zook in December 2004. The Gators went 8-5 of their first season below Meyer as they struggled with the transition to his unfold offense. However his largest win got here off the sphere, when he secured a dedication from quarterback Tim Tebow, who was additionally contemplating Alabama.
The Gators took off in 2006, with Meyer utilizing Tebow as a change-of-pace quarterback to Chris Leak. The Gators beat Arkansas within the SEC title recreation and routed Ohio State to win this system’s second nationwide title. Two years later, the Gators received their third nationwide title with a rout of Oklahoma.
A loss to Alabama within the 2009 SEC Championship Sport derailed the Gators’ hopes for a primary good season and signaled the start of the top of Meyer’s tenure at Florida.
The evening after that loss, Meyer was rushed to a Gainesville hospital after his spouse was unable to wake him up. Meyer had been experiencing chest pains and suffered from dehydration, and the incident scared him. Meyer later introduced that he was resigning after Florida’s bowl recreation for well being causes however modified his thoughts the next day and as a substitute mentioned he would take a depart of absence.
Meyer was identified in January 2010 with esophageal spasms, which prompted the extreme chest pains he had been experiencing. He started taking treatment, made important way of life modifications and finally resumed teaching in the beginning of spring observe in March 2010.
In the future after the Gators’ last regular-season recreation in 2010 — a 31-7 loss at Florida State — Meyer introduced he was resigning for good and that his last recreation could be the Outback Bowl.
Meyer labored as a university soccer analyst for ESPN into November 2011 earlier than accepted the head-coaching job at Ohio State. He led the Buckeyes to a 12-0 report in 2012, however the faculty was ineligible for postseason play due to NCAA sanctions referring to former gamers receiving impressible advantages from a booster throughout former coach Jim Tressel’s tenure.
Two years later, Meyer led Ohio State to the nationwide title, upsetting No. 1 Alabama 42-35 in a Faculty Soccer Playoff semifinal and routing Oregon 42-20 within the championship recreation.
Nevertheless, Meyer had one other well being scare in 2018 when he dropped to his knees on the sideline throughout a recreation towards Indiana with extreme ache in his head. Meyer later revealed that he was coping with an ongoing subject associated to a congenital arachnoid cyst in his mind, which included extreme complications that had gotten worse over two years.
Meyer additionally was embroiled in an argument throughout his last season in Columbus after he was positioned on paid administrative depart Aug. 1, 2018, after stories surfaced that Meyer knew about spousal abuse allegations towards assistant coach Zach Smith. Ohio State had fired Smith the earlier week.
After an investigation, Meyer was suspended for the opening three video games of the 2018 season. The Buckeyes went 12-1 however missed out on the Faculty Soccer Playoff, and Meyer introduced that he was retiring from teaching after the Rose Bowl for well being causes.
Meyer has spent the previous two school soccer seasons as an analyst for Fox Sports activities.
The Jaguars are hoping his success will translate to the professional recreation. Jacksonville has had only one successful season since 2007 and has misplaced 10 or extra video games in 9 of the previous 10 seasons. The outlier was 2017, when the Jaguars went 10-6, received the AFC South, hosted their first playoff recreation because the 1999 season and made a shocking run to the AFC Championship Sport. The Jaguars received 12 video games that season however have received simply 12 since.
Meyer would be the fourth coach in Khan’s 9 seasons as proprietor, throughout which the crew is 41-106, together with playoffs. Along with Marrone, Khan has additionally fired Mike Mularkey (2012) and Gus Bradley (2016).