Seven days ago, when we told you everything we were hearing about potential NFL head-coaching hires, there were six open jobs. That became seven after the Philadelphia Eagles fired Doug Pederson. And after three teams made hires over the past week -- the Jacksonville Jaguars (Urban Meyer), New York Jets (Robert Saleh) and Atlanta Falcons (Arthur Smith) -- the list is down to four, with the Eagles Houston Texans, Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Chargers still looking for coaches.
Let's do another round of things we've heard about coaching searches, including one job that could be filled soon, why there's some frustration across the league and some of the coordinator movement that could happen:
How the Jaguars landed Meyer, and what's to come
People close to Meyer believe two central reasons drove him to Jacksonville: The quarterback and fatigue with the college game. Meyer was enamored with Trevor Lawrence -- the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft -- when he watched Clemson play Ohio State live in the 2019 College Football Playoff semifinal. Lawrence took down Meyer's former team with 366 total yards (107 rushing) and three touchdowns. Meyer was blown away by the performance. He also told people close to him that he was done with college coaching, which is complicated by transfer rules, name image and likeness changes, recruiting and COVID-19 complications. Combine those factors with Jacksonville's ample draft picks and cap space and Meyer knew he was walking into potential NFL success.