The Jacksonville Jaguars fired Urban Meyer during the season and were able to speed up the replacement process.
It’s not where the team wanted to be, but it’s better than another year at Meyer.
Jacksonville has been connected to nearly every notable candidate and that includes a polarizing option in former Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.
O’Brien just finished his season in Alabama and is back in the NFL candidate pool.
That makes sense, given his record for victories in Houston.
But he was also sacked in 2020 after a 0-4 start and left the Texans in shambles.
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 12, 2022
Bill O’Brien’s candidacy
The main issue with O’Brien in the end was his personal decisions.
He was in charge of the front office moves and decided to swap DeAndre Hopkins for David Johnson.
The move was largely battered and the Arizona Cardinals were the clear beneficiary of the trade.
Still, as a coach, O’Brien has taken the Texans to the playoffs four times.
He went 52-48 in the regular season and 2-4 in the playoffs.
O’Brien was also successful before Deshaun Watson showed up, so it didn’t take an elite quarterback to make it to the playoffs.
I’d pay to see Bill O’Brien coach twice a season against the Texans. I hope the Jaguars hire him. What a rivalry it could become! The boos would blow up the roof the first time he stepped out of the visitor tunnel!
– John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 7, 2022
Now the Jaguars want to know if he would be a good fit for Trevor Lawrence.
O’Brien gave Watson an elite appearance and just guided Bryce Young to a Heisman Trophy in Alabama.
He would also not make any personal decisions with the Jaguars, as the team are retaining general manager Trent Baalke.
O’Brien’s reputation took a huge hit once he took over as general manager with the Texans.
But his winning NFL pedigree speaks for itself, and his background in the varsity ranks can help him with younger players like Lawrence as well.
He can end up being a good choice, which is true of just about anyone who isn’t Meyer.