The days of the Jacksonville Jaguars sucking have ended. The franchise that finished 1-15 this past season instantly got interesting, and good, with the hiring of college coaching legend Urban Meyer on Thursday. “This is a great day for Jacksonville and Jaguars fans everywhere,” team owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “Urban Meyer is who we want and need, a leader, winner and champion who demands excellence and produces results. While Urban already enjoys a legacy in the game of football that few will ever match, his passion for the opportunity in front of him here in Jacksonville is powerful and unmistakable.”
And for frosting on the cake for long-suffering Jacksonville fans, the team will have the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft in April, which they will use on a hotshot young quarterback.
NFL teams have had their eye on Meyer for years. He won two National Championships at the University of Florida, one at Ohio State, and is considered one of the greatest college coaches of all time.
The only thing holding him back were health problems that have already forced him to retire twice. “I’m ready to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville has an enthusiastic fan base, and the fans deserve a winning team. With upcoming opportunities in the NFL Draft, and strong support from ownership, the Jaguars are well-positioned to become competitive. I’ve analyzed this decision from every angle — the time is right in Jacksonville, and the time is right for me to return to coaching. I’m excited about the future of this organization and our long term prospect for success,” Meyer said in a statement.
His record in college was an incredible 187-32.