Report: Ryan Day a potential target for Jaguars if Urban Meyer stays retired

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The report that the Jaguars are expected to fire coach Doug Marrone and target former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had an interesting follow up, suggesting the Jaguars very much want to emulate the Ohio State program.

Current Ohio State coach Ryan Day is a potential target of the Jaguars if Meyer stays retired, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

If Day were to take the Jaguars job, that would immediately raise the question of whether Jacksonville would take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields with the first overall pick in the draft. Everyone has penciled in Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first pick, but Day’s two years as head coach at Ohio State have been with Fields as his quarterback. Given the success the two have had together, Day would have to consider coaching Fields in the NFL as well.

Would Day leave? He might, if the money is right. The contract the Panthers gave Matt Rhule showed college coaches that, as lucrative as college coaching jobs are, NFL jobs can be even more lucrative. (Day also might benefit from the perception that an NFL team is interested in him if he’s planning to ask for a raise from Ohio State.)

The 41-year-old Day is 23-1 at Ohio State, having taken over a program that was already winning big under Meyer and not missing a beat. Day spent two years coaching in the NFL as a quarterbacks coach under Chip Kelly in Philadelphia in 2015 and in San Francisco in 2016, so unlike Meyer, Day has NFL experience. Titans coach Mike Vrabel reportedly offered Day the Tennessee offensive coordinator job in 2018, but Day chose to stay at Ohio State. An NFL head-coaching offer, one that comes with the opportunity to coach the quarterback of his choosing, might be enough to get Day out of Columbus.

16 responses to “Report: Ryan Day a potential target for Jaguars if Urban Meyer stays retired

  1. with the 1st pick of the 2021 NFL the JACKSONVILLE
    JAGUARS select QB From Ohio State Justin Fields

  2. Outside of money there’s really nothing tying Day to Ohio State. He is from New Hampshire and if his dream job is in the NFL then it makes sense to take the leap.

  3. Ryan will only parlay this offer into getting more money from OSU. Her currently makes $4.5M a year. Marrone makes $3M per year for the jags. Urban Meyer made $7.6M per year at Ohio State. It’s funny that a state university’s pockets are deeper than a professional franchise, but such is the current state of affairs. The jags job is less secure, less lucrative, comes with less relative talent, offers fewer perks and more restrictions. It’s a downgrade.

  4. Jags need to chill on Ohio State college football coaches. At least pretend that you aren’t locked in on someone affiliated with Ohio State.

    Thirty days from now “Jaguars looking to interview local man seen walking downtown wearing an Ohio State University t-shirt. Jaguar executives are asking for your help identifying the man”.

  5. Whether its Day, Meyer or anyone else coaching its Lawrence going number 1. Now if Day comes in and thinks Fields is as good or better than Lawrence they may try to get a huge haul from the jets but Lawrence goes number 1 no matter who is picking or coaching that team.

  6. “Whether its Day, Meyer or anyone else coaching its Lawrence going number 1. Now if Day comes in and thinks Fields is as good or better than Lawrence they may try to get a huge haul from the jets but Lawrence goes number 1 no matter who is picking or coaching that team.”

    If the Jags call the Jets about moving down one spot even the Jets will smell a rat. If the Jags fall lower than the 4th pick they won’t get Fields or Lawrence (Cincy already has Burrows who I think is going to be the best of the 3).

    So they can play games if they want but they really need to go get their “guy” and then sit him for a couple of seasons. Too many of these kids are tossed into the fire and they aren’t even close to ready. Considering the number of 1st Rd QB busts more teams should follow the Green Bay-Rodgers model/

  7. Fields is good but Lawrence will have a much better career in the NFL. Ohio St QBs usually are average, at best. If Jags take Fields they will regret it for a decade.

  8. I think they should go after James Franklin because he is a really good coach.

  9. If Jacksonville is considering Meyer or Day, their problems run deep – neither of these guys are going to succeed in the NFL, especially if they pick Fields over Goldie Locks

  10. Why throw Dabo in the mix too???

    Ryan Day or Urban Meyer are not going to Jacksonville, really that simple

  11. Hey Jacksonville: hire Day, and have him hire all potential successors at Ohio State for your coaching staff.

    Signed,

    Michigan Fan

  12. All of the Jags fans scream “NO” !!
    Finally the Jags have a chance to get a GOOD GM and a GOOD HC as well as a potentially GREAT rookie QB. They then have the draft picks and cap space to build a great team around Lawrence.
    Please Khan (the owner), don’t blow this !!

  13. Sadly the Jags are probably dumb enough to hire someone from the college ranks. It seems fitting since they have about as much talent as a college team.

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