Jimmy Johnson weighs in on Urban Meyer’s transition to NFL


City Meyer’s first-ever stint as an NFL coach is barely underway, nevertheless it seems he is already feeling among the strain in adjusting.

FOX Sports activities NFL analyst Jimmy Johnson — who is aware of a factor or two about teaching at each the faculty {and professional} stage — touched on the modifications Meyer is coping with.

“There’s not a world of distinction, there is a galaxy of distinction,” Johnson mentioned through Zoom on Wednesday, through USA At present.

Johnson made the leap from teaching collegiate soccer to the professionals again in 1989 when he left the College of Miami for the Dallas Cowboys, who he led to back-to-back Tremendous Bowl wins just some years later. 

Regardless of his previous success, Johnson admitted there may be nonetheless a studying curve when making the leap, particularly on the subject of the brand new player-coach dynamic.

“As a school coach, I used to be a mentor, I used to be sort of a father determine, I did an amazing quantity of counseling with the gamers,” Johnson detailed. “So my relationship with the gamers was a heckuva lot completely different than skilled gamers, who’re actually – they’re dictated by monetary causes, it is a enterprise, their brokers are influencing them – so it is a utterly completely different relationship.”

Johnson, who has frolicked with Meyer off the sector, mentioned the brand new Jags coach is “pissed off” he cannot spend extra time with gamers because of the league’s COVID-19 well being and security protocols. (The Jaguars had been considered one of three groups fined earlier this month for violating the league’s no-contract guidelines throughout OTAs. Jacksonville acquired the heftiest wonderful of the three, with the staff being docked $200,000 and Meyer $100,000.)

Expectations for Meyer to show the Jags round are additionally fairly excessive, given his 85.4 successful proportion is the third-best in NCAA Division I historical past.  Via 17 seasons, Meyer registered a 187-32 faculty teaching report and by no means had a dropping season. He went 12-3 in bowl video games and received three nationwide championships — one with the Florida Gators and two with the Ohio State Buckeyes. 


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