What’s to not like about City Meyer?

The appointed savior of the Jacksonville Jaguars soccer crew received greater than 85 % of his video games throughout an illustrious 17-year college-coaching profession. He was as positive of a wager to win within the postseason as virtually anybody, as his groups have gone 12-3 in bowl video games, together with an ideal 3-0 in title video games.

He is come a great distance since Bowling Inexperienced — and made lots of inexperienced on his approach to Jacksonville. He put Utah soccer on the map, and restored glory at Florida and Ohio State. He is simply one in all two coaches to steer two FBS colleges to varsity soccer titles, together with some man named Nick Saban.

However that is the place the comparisons cease, a minimum of for now, as a result of Meyer is seeking to show he can accomplish one thing that Saban, and quite a few different profitable school head coaches could not do: win within the NFL.

Win within the NFL.

What does that imply? A division championship? A convention title? The Lombardi Trophy?

Go forward: choose your definition as a result of most probably, Meyer will not do it, based mostly on a couple of quarter-century of historical past.

The NFL is a distinct world than when Paul Brown left Ohio State and turned the Cleveland Browns right into a juggernaut. The league additionally has come a great distance since when Jimmy Johnson strode into Dallas after teaching the Miami Hurricanes. He fleeced the Vikings within the Herschel Walker commerce and the Cowboys parlayed it into three Tremendous Bowl titles.

For each Brown, there is a Steve Spurrier, and for each Johnson, there is a Bobby Petrino.

Since 1995, there have been a minimum of 15 males who went from being a university soccer head coach to working an NFL squad with out having beforehand been a head coach of an expert crew.

This eliminates Pete Carroll, who was fired by the Jets and Patriots earlier than constructing a dynasty at Southern California and fleeing to Seattle, the place he has taken the Seahawks to 2 Tremendous Bowls and is a Malcolm Butler interception away from being a 2-0 within the massive sport.

Here is the listing: Jacksonville’s Tom Coughlin (1995-2002), St. Louis’ Wealthy Brooks (1995-96), San Francisco’s Steve Mariucci (1997-2002), San Diego’s Mike Riley (1999-2001), the New York Jets’ Al Groh (2000), Cleveland’s Butch Davis (2001-04), Washington’s Spurrier (2002-03), Miami’s Saban (2005-06) Atlanta’s Petrino (2007), San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh (2011-14), Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano (2012-13), Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly (2013-15), Houston’s Invoice O’Brien (2014-20), Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury (2019-present) and Carolina’s Matt Rhule (2020-present).

That is 15 coaches and 48 collective seasons. What number of of these seasons ended within the playoffs? Seventeen (35 %).

What number of can say they received greater than two playoff video games earlier than getting fired? Coughlin, Mariucci, Harbaugh and O’Brien. What number of acquired to the Tremendous Bowl? Simply Harbaugh, whose crew misplaced.

Total, the 15 coaches have gone a mixed 366-379-2, for a profitable proportion of .490, which is drastically bolstered by Harbaugh (44-19) and Mariucci (57-39), who’ve a mixed profitable proportion of .635 in San Francisco.

The 49ers beforehand struck gold after they employed a coach out of the school ranks. Recall additionally they thought it was a good suggestion in 1979 to rent a Stanford coach named Invoice Walsh. He bought them on this seemingly loopy “West Coast Offense” that ended up just about revolutionizing the sport.

What ought to concern Jacksonville with Meyer? Aside from Harbaugh, no coach leaping from school to the NFL has earned something however a fast boot out of city up to now 15 or so years.

Let’s not play revisionist historical past right here.

Kelly arrived in Philadelphia with extra fanfare than Rocky after beating Apollo Creed. Kelly by no means received a playoff sport.

Saban, after main LSU to a nationwide title, was pegged because the Dolphins’ subsequent Don Shula. Saban by no means received a playoff sport. He was gone after 32 video games.

O’Brien strolled into Houston from Penn State and instantly led Houston to 3 straight profitable seasons. Houston has but to make it previous the divisional spherical of the playoffs. Are the Texans actually in higher form at this time than when he arrived in 2014?

Perhaps Jaguars followers ought to ask Washington soccer followers about Spurrier, who was run out of the nation’s capital sooner than Nixon after Watergate. And Difficult Dick did not lose 10 of his ultimate 12 video games just like the Head Ball (NYSE:) Coach did.

What makes Meyer’s probabilities for fulfillment any better than any of them?

He is taking up a 1-15 crew that wants a complete rebuild. It is a large enterprise for anybody, not to mention for Meyer, who at 56 has seen his well being deteriorate to the purpose the place he wanted to step away whereas at Florida and Ohio State.

“Whereas City already enjoys a legacy within the sport of soccer that few will ever match, his ardour for the chance in entrance of him right here in Jacksonville is highly effective and unmistakable,” Shad Khan, the Jaguars’ proprietor, mentioned this week. “I’m proud to call City Meyer the subsequent head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.”

Historical past signifies Khan’s victory lap might be short-lived.

–By Jon Gallo, Subject Stage Media


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