Urban Meyer lost his NFL head coaching debut with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and it won’t be the last.
If they lost that big to the Houston Texans, more misery would be coming their way.
Trevor Lawrence showed flashes of brilliance and inexperience during his first game as a pro.
At the game’s end, he experienced his first-ever regular season defeat at any level.
Losing a ton of games is an unfamiliar situation for Urban Meyer.
I made two calls yesterday afternoon on Urban Meyer to SC rumors. An NFL GM w insight said “No chance” and someone close to Urban’s wife Shelly said “No chance”. This morning Urban also said “No chance”. So I’m going w no chance.
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) September 15, 2021
His worst record as a college head coach was 8-5 with the 2010 Florida Gators.
He lost just 32 regular-season games and three bowl games throughout his 17-year coaching tenure in the amateurs.
His 85 percent winning percentage is perhaps one of the best in college football.
It would take time for him to duplicate that feat in the NFL.
The salary cap restricts what teams can do with their rosters, and the Jaguars are far from being a competitive squad.
Urban Meyer telling the media he's not leaving the Jags for USC pic.twitter.com/TsURTmnvCg
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) September 15, 2021
Then there’s the possibility that his playbook isn’t suitable with the pro game.
Patience is not a virtue in the NFL because they can cut players or fire coaches once they don’t perform to expectations.
That said, Meyer has three options moving forward.
First, ride it out with Jacksonville until they become a contender again, or he gets fired.
Second, retire from coaching at any level.
— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) September 15, 2021
Third, he can return to college football, and it just so happen that the USC head coaching position is open.
The Trojans let go of Clay Helton after six years with the squad and a 1-1 record this season.
Donte Williams takes over as interim coach, but high-profile names like Mario Cristobal, James Franklin, and Bob Stoops are potential candidates for the job.
However, here’s why Meyer should throw his name onto the hat.
3. College Is His Kingdom
He’s won three college football national championships, twice with Florida and the other with Ohio State.
Meyer led the Gators to the title in 2006 and 2008, while the Buckeyes enjoyed the same success in 2014.
Urban Meyer seeing that USC now has a job opening. pic.twitter.com/1VFxrfsX4c
— Ben Stevens (@BenScottStevens) September 13, 2021
He also had two undefeated seasons and six years with only one defeat.
He’s a proven winner and can turn programs around, like what he did with Utah when he took over in 2003.
2. He’s Better Off Developing NFL-Ready Talent
He can still develop players in the NFL, but it’s such a fast-paced enterprise that time might not be on his side.
In college, at least he can have a player for years before they make the jump into the pros.
USC has fired their Head Coach
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 13, 2021
Meyer coached 15 Consensus All-Americans during his college football days.
1. He Wants To Be In Full Control
The head coach is a god in college football.
Just look at how Alabama supporters revere Nick Saban.
How Urban Meyer pulling up to the Jags halloween party pic.twitter.com/A7rgmh9DeO
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) September 15, 2021
It’s tough to have that power in the NFL because coaches must report to team owners and general managers.
With the USC coaching position open, Meyer would like to be in a spot wherein he calls the shots, and no one can veto them.