The Jacksonville Jaguars and Urban Meyer are in advanced talks to see if they can close a deal this week, League sources said Adam Schefter of ESPN.
After another meeting with the Jaguars on Wednesday, Meyer is very interested in the possibility of coaching in the NFL.
There has been regular communication and interaction between the two sides, sources said, and Meyer has put together a team of coaches, including some college assistants, in case he decides to take the Jaguar job.
Meyer won three national championships and set a record of 187-32 college coaches during his stints in Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He won two of these titles (2006, 2008) with the Gators, which he led to a 65-15 record in six seasons. He also led the Buckeyes to the 2014 national title and set an 83-9 record in seven seasons in Columbus.
Jaguar owner Shad Khan fired Doug Marrone on January 4 after Jacksonville ended its worst season in franchise history (1-15). Marrone had a 25-44 record (including playoffs) in four seasons with the Jaguars.
The Jaguars abandoned a franchise record of 492 points, making them the fifth team since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978 to allow at least 20 points in each game, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Offensively, the Jaguars finished 28th or worse in yards per game, rushed and scored points. They finished 21st in passing, largely due to falling behind in games and having to stop the run.
Information from ESPN’s Michael DiRocco was used in this report.