Urban Meyer is dedicated to seeing through his tenure as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He reiterated this sentiment to reporters on Wednesday, when asked about rumors linking him to the USC opening.
But how much time will Meyer spend in the NFL? Can the rebuilding Jaguars count on his commitment to their mission for the next handful of seasons? CBS Sports NFL columnist Pete Prisco believes Meyer has no choice but to stick around and make a legitimate effort.
"I think he'll be there [in 2022], only because of ego, arrogance, and wanting to show people he can be an NFL coach," Prisco told the Tiki and Tierney show on Friday. "I mean, where does he go? He's not taking that USC job. He's going to stay there for now, at least. I just don't think he's going to go anywhere. I don't think he wants to go out on the road recruiting anymore.
"So, I think he stays in the NFL. Now, whether it works, who knows. It's hard to imagine a situation where you had the most cap room in the league, the No. 1 overall pick, and you get the quarterback who's a generational talent and don't make it work. That'd be one of the ultimate failures ever if it didn't work."
The Jaguars played sloppy brand of football in their season-opening loss to the Houston Texans last Sunday afternoon. Overall, they dropped six passes, and committed 10 penalties for 82 yards. Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence didn't have an ideal debut, either, as he completed just 28 of 51 passes for 332 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Jacksonville (0-1) will host the Denver Broncos (1-0) in a Week 2 matchup on Sunday afternoon. According to FiveThirtyEight projections, the Jaguars have just a 10-percent chance to reach the playoffs, and an 8-percent chance to win the AFC South.
The entire NFL conversation between Prisco and Tiki and Tierney can be accessed in the audio player above.