In a move people wouldn’t have expected a year or two ago: Urban Meyer recently became the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ head coach. Not many people know what to expect from Meyer in the NFL. He is one of the greatest college football coaches to ever do it, but coaching in the pros is a different animal, and only a few people have been able to have success at both levels. This has led to NFL running back legend Marshall Faulk taking a shot at Meyer recently, questioning if he can actually have success in the NFL and if he has the ability to help Trevor Lawrence succeed.
Urban Meyer is the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars
After winning two national championships with the Florida Gators and one with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Urban Meyer is now headed back to the state of Florida, but to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will take over a team that went 1-15 in 2020 and has only been to the playoffs once since 2008.
“I’m ready to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Meyer said, according to ESPN. “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.”
What makes the Jaguars so intriguing is that they will most likely have Trevor Lawrence at quarterback, as they have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Lawrence won a national championship with Clemson and finished second in the Heisman Trophy race this season. Many people also look at him as the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck.
Marshall Faulk said he is ‘worried for Trevor Lawrence’
Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk spoke to TMZ recently, and he had some strong words about Urban Meyer.
“I’m worried for Trevor Lawrence,” Faulk said, according to TMZ. “Outside of Alex Smith, this man hasn’t developed a quarterback that’s playing in the NFL right now. … I think Urban Meyer’s a great coach, but he’s never developed a quarterback outside of Alex Smith when he was at Utah. And he had some really good attempts with, I’m talking top four-star, five-star guys, when he was at Ohio State and at Florida. There’s something to that.”
Well, that’s a strong opinion. Saying that he is “worried for Trevor Lawrence” is a pretty strong indictment of Meyer’s abilities.
So, is Marshall Faulk right?
What quarterbacks have played for Urban Meyer?
There are two ways you can look at this situation: Meyer has either not properly developed his quarterbacks into NFL QBs or has just gotten the best out of his quarterbacks while they were in college, and they just couldn’t become NFL signal-callers once they got to the pros.
He, of course, coached Alex Smith at Utah, and Smith ultimately became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft. Smith has since earned three Pro Bowl selections in the NFL. Meyer then had Tim Tebow at Florida, who won the Heisman Trophy with the Gators in 2007. He was also a first-round pick in the NFL draft but only lasted three seasons in the pros.
At Ohio State, Meyer had Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones, and J.T. Barrett. Miller had a good year at OSU in 2013, throwing for 2,094 yards, 24 touchdowns, and seven interceptions, while running for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns. However, an injury in 2014 led to him becoming a receiver in 2015 and in the NFL. Miller only appeared in NFL action in 2016 and 2017, though.
Jones, on the other hand, led the Buckeyes to a national championship. In the NFL, though, he only threw for 96 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. Barrett was also one of the best quarterbacks in the country while at Ohio State. He, however, has not thrown a single pass in the NFL.
Additionally, Meyer also had Dwayne Haskins in his final year at Ohio State. Haskins dominated in 2018 for the Buckeyes, too, throwing for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He then became a first-round pick in the 2019 draft, but he has already been cut by the team that drafted him.
Meyer’s quarterbacks played great for him but have not been great in the NFL. Maybe it’s him getting the best out of them while they are on his team; maybe he doesn’t know how to develop guys for the pros. We will probably see which one it is once the Jaguars draft Trevor Lawrence this spring.