Urban Meyer tells associates Chargers are interested in him as Jaguars get closer


Former college coach Urban Meyer officially interviewed Jaguar owner Shad Khan on Friday, league sources said, and continues to be seen by far as the frontrunner for the post, if he so chooses.

Meyer, who spoke to associates and former assistants as he reflected on the makeup of a possible NFL staff, also informed others that he has a strong possibility of coaching the Chargers, said league sources, although the veracity of this sentiment is disputed. League sources have indicated that it would be highly unlikely for the Spanos family to cede the kind of control and structure Meyer would require; he has ties to owner Dean Spanos, however, and has been on the team for the past several years and has attended some games as a team guest at their former location in Carson, Calif.

Meyer has been in contact with Khan for weeks, sources say, and Jacksonville’s interest in him was first reported here in week 16. Their interest is significant and many who know Meyer admit that the process would not have reached this stage had it not been for the already significant progress being made. There is a strong sense in the coaching and GM community that this coupling is a possibility if Meyer decides he is healthy enough and ready to coach again, with Khan not laundering the inevitable financial commitment and to the power structure that hiring a coach like this will require. .

Jaguars sources warn that this is just one of many interviews Khan is conducting and that the process is still in its early stages, with former coach Doug Marrone just relieved of his duties on Monday. Meyer left Florida and again Ohio for health reasons, and has been a college football analyst for Fox in recent years. He looks special in the Jacksonville area given his success with Florida and Jacksonville product Tim Tebow, who won a national championship and a Heisman Trophy there.

If Meyer were to accept the Jacksonville job, league sources said former Browns general manager Ray Farmer could take on a general manager role, while Meyer is also a big supporter of the assistant sporting director of the Ohio State player staff Mark Pantoni, who has received numerous accolades for his recruiting reviews and who also worked for Meyer in Florida.


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