NFL 2021 Three-time champion with Florida and Ohio State fails with Jaguars
Urban Meyer signed for five seasons with the Jaguars in January, but will not make it to Christmas as head coach after being fired by the wave of scandals surrounding his tenure in Jacksonville.
His hiring was a controversial decision, as he had never directed in the NFL and had two years as a television commentator after announcing, for the third time, his retirement. During the campaign the rumors that linked him to the position of head coach in the Trojans de USC, which he refuted on multiple occasions, but the reality is that Meyer is one of the most resounding failures of coaches who made the leap from college football to professionalism.
A leap that is not particularly easyor. It is the same sport, but it is not the same. There is no recruitment, in which Programs like Florida and Ohio State are among the handful of teams that each year capture the best players from high school. and give them a considerable advantage over rivals. It is not necessary to have the most sophisticated scheme when you have advantages in weight and speed.
But what seemed to be Meyer’s biggest cross was the way he ran the team. His style was already criticized in the NCAA for the treatment of players. His aggressive style might have worked on 20-year-olds, but on men with multiple years of careers, it didn’t work.
His scheme was exhibited, especially on the offensive, which in theory was his cover letter having been one of the pioneers of the offensive spread ; in the NFL he ranks # 31 in points, # 30 in total yards, # 28 in yards per play, # 28 in DVOA efficiency, # 32 in percentage of drives that ended in touchdown and # 32 in percentage of drives that ended in deliveries. He inherited the worst defense of 2020 and ‘improved’ (it couldn’t get worse) as # 27 in points, # 12 in total yards, # 23 in yards per play allowed, # 29 in DVOA efficiency, # 29 in series percentage of the rival who finished in points, # 32 in percentage of series that finished in deliveries of the rival.
In the past it was more common to make the leap to professionalism and there are more cases of success. Was failures like Lou Holtz or Dennis Erikson, But there are more championships than Carroll’s only one since 2001.
Paul Brown went from Ohio State to being the ‘father’ of the Cleveland Browns and launching the first dynasty of the NFL, followed by the creation of the Bengals. Potsy Clark led the Lions to their first title after coaching at the University of Kansas. Jimmy Johnson he rebuilt the Cowboys and made them a dynasty after leading Oklahoma State and the University of Miami. Barry Switzer left Oklahoma to follow Johnson’s work in Dallas, winning the team’s last title to date. Bill Walsh He went to the NCAA, with Stanford, after Paul Brown himself did not want to name him his successor in the Bengals, but he returned with the 49ers and created the eighties team. Tom Coughlin he won two rings with the Giants after spending several decades as a position coach in the NCAA and eventually being the head coach at Boston College. Others like John Robinson with the Rams, John McCay on the Buccaneers and Bobby Ross with the Chargers they came at least late in conference.
In this millennium, virtually all coaches who made the jump from the NCAA, failed. Meyer was # 13 and only four since 2001 had a winning record, and that includes Bill O’Brien on the Texans and Kliff Kingsbury on the Cardinals, the latter with a losing record before this season. Really the success stories were Jim Harbaugh (best on record, 44-19-1, and one Super Bowl appearance) and Pete Carroll, who has as an asterisk that he had already failed in the Jets (6-10) and Patriots (27-21) before going to the NCAA, where he built the USC dynasty in the 2000s.
- Urban Meyer (Jaguars, 2021 to week 14 of 2021): 2-10
- Matt Rhule (Panthers, 2020 at week 14 of 2021): 10-19
- Kliff Kingsbury (Cardinals, 2019 a la semana 14 de 2021): 23-21-1
- Bill O’Brien (Texans, 2014 a 2020): 52-48
- Chip Kelly (Eagles, 2013-2015 and 49ers in 2016): 28-35 (26-21 with Philadelphia, 2-14 with San Francisco)
- Doug Marrone (Bills, 2013-2014, Jaguars 2016-2020): 38-60 (15-17 with Bills, 23-43 with Jaguars)
- Greg Schiano (Bucs, 2012 a 2013): 11-21
- Jim Harbaugh (49ers, 2011 a 2014): 44-19-1
- Pete Carroll (Seahawks *, 2010 to week 14 of 2021): 117-71-1. He had already been a coach for the Patriots and Jets in the 90s, but there he went to USC
- Bobby Petrino (Falcons, 2007): 3-10
- Nick Saban (Dolphins, 2005 y 2006): 15-17
- Steve Spurrier (Washington, 2002 y 2003): 12-20
- Butch Davis (Browns, 2001 a 2004): 24-35
Up to the top winner in NCAA history, Nick Saban, he could not in the NFL when he decided to return to the NCAA with Alabama after two years in Miami. It will remain for history the team mistake in signing Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees to be their quarterback.
The most important position is the one that has sunk many of those last coaches who made the jump from the NCAA. Davis took on the expansion Browns with Tim Couch and Kelly Holcomb, Spurrier wanted to take the Fun n Gun offense with his former quarterback in Florida, Danny Wuerffel, and then with Shane Matthews and Patrick Ramsey. Petrino had the Falcons after Michael Vick’s dogfighting scandal. Schiano had Josh Freeman and Mike Glennon. Kelly saw Nick Foles’ best year. Rhule has had Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater.
That is what increased the pressure in Jacksonville, as Meyer came hand in hand with the Best long-time quarterback prospect in Trevor Lawrence. The two most recent coaches to succeed, Carroll and Kaepernick, did so with quarterbacks who had at least one long Pro Bowl career (Russell Wilson) and one who had momentous seasons of unique talent (Colin Kaepernick).
Lawrence is considered a top prospect and Meyer couldn’t develop him. That should be the No. 1 priority for the Jaguars’ search.