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Urban mayors can learn from coaches who made college-to-NFL jumps

In a huge corner: Pete Carroll.

In the crowd, opposite corner: Chip Kelly, Bobby Petrino, Steve Sperrier and innumerable others.

Somewhere in the middle ground: Nick Saban and Jim Harbo.

Urban Meyer was hired as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, the team announced. So, one of college football’s all-time great coaches – a 187-32 record in Utah, Florida and Ohio State – translates their success better than those who have jumped and burst?

“He is a controlling personality, but also a lot of roster decisions that need to be made every day,” said an NFL source. “So, he needs people he trusts for things he doesn’t have time for. If he’s going to try to do like Bill Belich, he’s going to have a hard time.”

Meyer is already ahead of the curve by calling it a final order under ownership, but his first strong move could determine his success before using 10 draft picks and a $ 73 million salary-cap spot. Based on the Post’s interaction with half a NFL and college sources, here are some keys to Meyer’s transition:

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Urban mayor
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Find a joint business-minded GM. Meyer’s specialties are building the culture and evaluating the players, although he may not be able to enroll in the competition to get the best raw talent to choose him. On a level playing field, uncovering hidden gems makes a lot of difference.

But the Jaguars’ next general manager – it will help coaches and GMs at the same time – need to be skilled in the salary-cap intricacies, contract structure and anticipated roster-building moves that other teams will make. Bill O’Brien had success as coach of the Houston Texas, but his tenure went on without any checks and balances.

Hire NFL-Experienced Coach. Meyer has no previous NFL experience on his résumé – a tie that the gold standard Super Bowl winner Carroll, the soon-to-be Saban and the successful-but-worn-out-his-welcome Harbaugh. Meyer’s résumé will initially command the player’s respect, but he must treat adults like adults and strike the hard balance of hard-driving, but not downright.

All coaches got away with the familiar, and Meyer could bring the former lieutenant with him to college head-coach experiences such as Charlie Strong, Chris Ash and Steve Adagio. But he also needs assistants who may have been in the locker room, where there might be more jealousy than pay-per-production, wasting motivation and motivation under adversity. Former veteran assistant Everett Withers examines both boxes.

This is the right market. In college, the coach is the face of the program. Everywhere but with the New England Patriots, NFL quarterbacks and are the face of the franchise.

If you don’t understand the difference, the ego can get in the way of a zero-sum business where fundraising, graduation rates and other measures of fall-back success go out the window. But Meyer has royalty in the college-first sports market after two national competitions in Florida and one in Ohio State, so he will have a long rope and should control the narrative better than other cities.

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