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Urban Meyer reportedly weighing options on whether to return to coaching

John Reid, The Florida Times-Union on

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The Jaguars' head coaching search is in a holding pattern because they are waiting for Urban Meyer to decide if he wants to return to coaching.

Although it could change, the Jaguars have no other interviews scheduled for this week. And Meyer remains the only candidate to be interviewed in-person by owner Shad Khan, which occurred Friday on his yacht.

But since the interview, speculation persists that Meyer is weighing his options, but no one knows what he is going to decide. The Jaguars appear to be willing to allow him whatever necessary time he needs to make a decision.

If the Jaguars don't announce their new head coach hire by Friday, it's possible they could wait until late next week after this Monday's Martin Luther King Day holiday and Wednesday's Inauguration, according to a person close to the situation earlier this week.

The NFL Network reported Wednesday that Meyer has spoken to the Los Angeles Chargers regarding their vacant head coaching job, but it appears to be only exploratory conversations.

Meyer, 56, retired from coaching in December 2018 after seven seasons at Ohio State, citing health problems. In 17 seasons, Meyer has never had a losing season, including his first two years as head coach at Bowling Green he went 8-3 and 9-3. At Florida, Meyer won national championships in 2006 and 2008 and went 65-15 in six seasons.

 

If Meyer decides to remain retired, it would be the second blow for Khan's franchise this week. On Tuesday, the Jacksonville City Council rejected a $233 million development deal with Khan to build his proposed Lot J development next to TIAA Bank Field by a 12-7 vote, one shy of the two-thirds majority it needed to pass.

Meyer is the Jaguars' top target to replace Doug Marrone, who was fired on Jan. 4 after finishing with a franchise-worst 1-15 record and losing 21 of his last 24 games.

Meyer is the only candidate among the Jaguars' top targets without having prior NFL coaching experience. However, Meyer has never had a losing season, including his first two years as head coach at Bowling Green he went 8-3 and 9-3. At Florida, Meyer won national championships in 2006 and 2008 and went 65-15 in six seasons.

The Jaguars are among seven teams seeking to hire a new coach, including the Los Angeles Chargers, Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles.

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