How Urban Meyer’s Failed NFL Coaching Tenure Compares to Other College Coaches in the NFL

Dec 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer against the Tennessee Titans during first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

No coach in NFL history has flamed out quite as spectacularly as Urban Meyer, who concludes his less-than-one-and-done year with the Jacksonville Jaguars with fewer wins in the NFL (two) than Football Bowl Subdivision national championships (three).

Meyer isn’t the first former college coach to flop in the transition to the next level. While none have approached Meyer’s spectacular disaster, the list of names to get chewed up by the NFL includes some of the most successful head coaches in the modern era of college football.

Lou Holtz, New York Jets (1976)

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Holtz led Notre Dame to the national championship in 1988 and another five programs to the postseason. But he lasted just 13 games in the NFL, resigning from his spot with the Jets with one game left in the regular season. His one team tossed 28 interceptions, scored 17 offensive touchdowns and ranked 26th in the league in offense and defense.

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SOURCE: USA TODAY, Paul Myerberg

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