Since the Jacksonville Jaguars made the decision to hire legendary college coach Urban Meyer as their chef, he’s largely eclipsed many of the assistants he hired to fill his staff.
Although Meyer, who is known as a quarterback guru and one of the architects of the modern spreading offense, will certainly play a major role in the development of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, much of the heavy lifting will be performed by these assistants. With that in mind, which of them has been the most crucial hire for Meyer this offseason?
The obvious answer is defensive coordinator Joe Cullen, who was previously the defensive line coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Jacksonville’s defense has been one of the worst in football in 2020, and she’s hoping to bring in Cullen, who runs a program much more respectful of the abilities of edge rushers Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson, will make a difference.
Addressing defense was clearly a priority this offseason as the team improved in cornerback, safety and defensive end between free agency and draft. But even if the defense takes a step forward, it doesn’t matter that Lawrence’s development is a long process.
That’s where offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell comes in. Bevell spent the last two seasons as Matthew Stafford’s offensive coordinator (and interim head coach in 2020) in Detroit, and prior to that he held the same role in Seattle where he developed quarterback Russell Wilson. . Bevell is as seasoned an NFL coordinator as he can get, and he has a proven track record when it comes to the quarterback position.
However, he is not the coach who will be most directly responsible for Lawrence’s development. For that, you have to look at Brian Schottenheimer. Another longtime NFL aide, Schottenheimer replaced Bevell as Seattle’s offensive coordinator in 2018 and previously held the same position with the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers. He joins Jacksonville as passing coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Depending on your perspective, one of those three coaches might be the biggest addition to this staff that Meyer has made. Bevell brings a stellar quarterback pedigree to the table (although Schottenheimer’s role makes him Lawrence’s direct coach), while Cullen is tasked with rebuilding a defense that quickly went from being the best in the NFL in 2017. to one of the worst in the league.
Which of these coaches do you think was the most important hire for Meyer? Or was it a trainer we haven’t talked about here? Let us know in the poll below.