Opinion: Here's what will determine whether Urban Meyer will succeed as Jaguars coach

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Let Jimmy Johnson tell us what Urban Meyer is up against now that the three-time college championship coach is leaping to the NFL to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars.

 “The opportunity is there,” Johnson told USA TODAY Sports. “Urban is a smart, very organized, good football coach. They’ve got plenty of draft picks, plenty of cap room. But you’ve got to pick the right players. And you’ve got to get some great coaching.”

 For my money,  no one is more qualified than Johnson to assess whether Meyer — who won a pair of national titles at Florida and another at Ohio State — can succeed in the NFL. Johnson in 1989 took the leap as a championship coach at the University of Miami (Fla.) to revive the downtrodden Dallas Cowboys. Dallas won back-to-back Super Bowls under Johnson, then claimed a third title under Barry Switzer with a team built by Johnson, elected last year to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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