On Sunday, Urban Meyer will make his official NFL head coaching debut. He had a few weeks to get used to the speed of the pro game in the preseason, but now the intensity will be taken up a notch.
Most football fans know just how dominant Meyer was at the collegiate level. The veteran coach proved how valuable he was to a program by leading Florida and Ohio State to national championships.
One of the knocks on Meyer, however, was that elite programs like Florida and Ohio State weren’t on even playing fields with the rest of the country. That won’t be an issue in the NFL, and Meyer clearly knows that.
During a recent interview with Yahoo insider Pete Thamel, Meyer opened up about this new challenge he’s about to take on. When talking about the even playing field in the NFL, he said “You’re playing Alabamas every week.”
That’s a brutal way of looking at the NFL schedule, but Meyer knows that the talent level in the pros is pretty even across the board.
Spent a day in Jacksonville last week to explore Urban Meyer's adjustment to the NFL for @YahooSports. Story on Meyer's re-wiring, the evolution in what he calls the final challenge of his career. "This is the last mountain to try to climb." https://t.co/b3bJWgz8RB
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 11, 2021
Meyer also briefly discussed the Jacksonville Jaguars’ expectations this season. He knows there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in order to improve a team that won just one game in 2020.
“This is a 1-15 team,” Meyer said, via Yahoo. “They didn’t play very good offensively, defensively or in the kicking game last year. I didn’t say the players were bad, but we didn’t play well. So, it’s a reality, and I’ll be honest with you, a little refreshing.”
Meyer has a solid chance to pick up a win in his regular season debut for the Jaguars, as they’ll take on the Texans in a battle of AFC South rivals.