Urban Meyer’s stint with Jaguars ranks worst among college coaches jumping to NFL

Where have Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer gone? If the two leaders of the Cowboys’ last Super Bowl dynasty were considered the best success stories for modern college coaches making it big in the NFL, Urban Meyer should be known as the latest failure to follow that model.

Excluding Pete Carroll, who won two national championships at USC before winning a Super Bowl early in his long tenure with the Seahawks, it has been an unstable streak of similar hires in more recent history. Carroll is also a bit of an outlier, given that he had prior experience as a professional head coach with the Patriots and Jets before his return.

Meyer was the NFL’s twelfth first-time coach from college ranks since 2001. Only two remain in the league: Kliff Kingsbury, who looks like a long-term goalkeeper with the Cardinals, and Matt Rhule, who could be fired soon by the Cardinals. Panthers. . No one can match Meyer’s futility in terms of a terrible record, creating a terrible culture and getting fired before a full season. Only one comes close to that, and he resigned from his team.

Here’s looking back at the dozen mostly doomed, starting with the worst (Meyer) to the best (Meyer’s former college arch rival)

12. Urban Meyer (2-11), Jaguars 2021

There were many red flags why the Meyer style, which allowed him to win national championships at Florida and Ohio State, would be a major failure in the NFL. He never connected with the coaches and players, forcing owner Shad Khan to eat up his questionable investment. Hell, multiple reports say he dragged everyone down on the Jaguars versus lifting them, led by number one rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

11. Bobby Petrino (3-10), 2007 Falcons

Like Meyer, Petrino has also made some bad decisions off the field and at the same time has alienated personnel on the field around him. He wasn’t the right character for the NFL either, because well, he didn’t have the character or the demeanor to succeed. That was evident when he walked away from his team before his first season ended to take a job in Arkansas.

10. Greg Schiano (11-21), Buccaneers 2012-2013

Schiano was Meyer’s defensive director at Ohio State. Schiano gained some traction in the NFL with his revival of the Rutgers football program, but his personality and mindset weren’t good for the pros. His “Soprano” -style ad for Rutgers football was more impressive work.

9. Matt Rhule (10-19), 2020-current Panthers

The writing appears to be on the wall as Rhule works for another picky owner, David Tepper. The firing of groundbreaking offensive coordinator Joe Brady and being too attached to his Temple / Baylor ways, along with a few bad decisions, does not fit in well in the NFL.

8. Steve Spurrier (12-20), 2002-2003 Washington

Ol ‘Ball’s coach was superior in leading his special offense with his alma mater, Florida. That didn’t carry over to the NFL, where he struggled to find the right quarterback (he started four different quarterbacks at least four games). Spurrier’s mistake was to force a college style into a professional scheme.

7. Butch Davis (24-35), 2001-2004 Browns

Taking control of Cleveland shortly after the franchise’s return to the NFL in 1999 was not the best position for success. Davis managed to lead the Browns to the playoffs once, which could be miraculous in hindsight. But he just couldn’t create the great NFL magic of his mentor Johnson.

6. Nick Saban (15-17), Dolphins 2005-2006

Saban’s two-year tenure between his legendary national championship coach at LSU and Alabama was an experiment to see if he could meet the standards of his former NFL teammate Bill Belichick. Saban had a few moments, including the loss of Belichick and Tom Brady, but it was clear that his true defensive interests lied by becoming the Belichick of college football history.

5. Doug Marrone (15-17), 2013-2014 bills

Marrone had an identical record to Saban’s in his first NFL season in Syracuse’s transition to the state. He improved a bit later by leading the Jaguars to an AFC championship appearance against the Patriots. He still has the “just a guy” feel with offensive coach leanings.

4. Chip Kelly (26-21), 2013-2015 Eagles

Kelly had something of a roller coaster ride implementing his strong Oregon offensive mentality, having immediate success with Nick Foles as his quarterback. He led the Eagles to a good rebounding playoff season after the team parted ways with Andy Reid (a pretty big mistake). But the other non-schematic aspects of the job didn’t work out the way his obsession did (and does again) in college.

3. Bill O’Brien (52-48), 2014-2020, Texans

BoB received a lot of criticism for Houston’s underperformance and in part for the way he handled his staff, which turned terrible in the end, but deep down, Belichick’s offensive coroner had relative success coming from Penn State. Four division titles in six full seasons was solid, but there was a definite sense that the Texans were still failing in the playoffs because of O’Brien’s questionable coaching in the big games.

2. Kliff Kingsbury (23-20-1), 2019 Cardinals-present

Kingsbury was signed alongside quarterback Kyler Murray’s number one overall pick. It’s taken a few seasons, but Kingsbury has gotten into the swing of things with his balanced, multi-layered and versatile offensive style. If he wins the NFC West and places Arizona there with Green Bay and Tampa Bay as a Super Bowl contender in 2021, the 42-year-old former draft pick for Belichick and Texas Techer may think about growing old in his swanky new home.

1. Jim Harbaugh (44-19-1), 49ers 2011-2014

From San Diego to Stanford to San Francisco to Ann Arbor, Harbaugh can train flat out. The former NFL starting quarterback is very smart and calculated in football. He’s organized and relates well to his players, from stars to RPGs. HI’s constant work with his alma mater Michigan may lead to some NFL teams (ahem, Bears) trying to convince him to come back.

Meyer may have owned Harbaugh’s Michigan teams in college, but Harbaugh is the polar opposite with his ability to coach professional and college alike. There’s something appropriate about Meyer crashing and burning in the NFL at the same time that Harbs discovers the former Urb Buckeyes.