Washington Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin threw some cold water on those Urban Meyer-to-Washington rumors that emerged Sunday.
Speculation ran wild after Meyer was seen attending the game against the Philadelphia Eagles, reportedly as the guest of owner Dan Snyder. McLaurin, however, had a different story: Meyer was his guest, and the coach had come to support McLaurin and Dwayne Haskins, both of whom played for Meyer at Ohio State.
Redskins rookie WR Terry McLaurin said Urban Meyer attended today’s game as his guest. McLaurin said Meyer was here to support him and Dwayne Haskins, who he coached at Ohio State. Not about Skins coaching job.
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 15, 2019
To be clear, it may be that the Redskins would like to hire Meyer as their head coach. We don’t really know. Another team linked to him may not be as interested as they initially seemed, which could open the door. Meyer would also be a big PR win for a Washington organization that doesn’t get many of those. Regardless of who Meyer was the guest of Sunday, the rumors are unlikely to quiet down now.
Urban Meyer has heard his name mentioned in connection with a number of high-profile coaching jobs at both the collegiate and NFL levels, and we can now add the Washington Redskins to that list.
Meyer was at FedEx Field on Sunday as a guest of owner Daniel Snyder, and JP Finlay of NBC Sports reports that the Redskins would love to hire the three-time national champion as their next head coach.
Urban Meyer is at FedEx Field today, per source. Former Ohio State head coach is a huge target for NFL teams looking for new coaches, and with Dwayne Haskins at QB, Redskins would love to land Meyer.
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 15, 2019
Meyer coached Redskins rookie Dwayne Haskins in college, so that is likely one of the reasons he attended Sunday’s game.
Meyer has been heavily linked to the Dallas Cowboys head coaching job, and it would seem like a no-brainer for him to choose them over Washington if he is offered a position by both teams. The Redskins are considered one of the most poorly run franchises in sports and are expected to have trouble landing a top head coaching candidate.
It would seem more reasonable for the Redskins to target another college coach they are said to be interested in, as it would be a major surprise if Meyer would want his first NFL head coaching gig to be with a team that has had so many problems over the years.
Two of the hottest names that have been mentioned as potential head coaching candidates for the Dallas Cowboys have no experience at the NFL level, and most have assumed that would not deter Jerry Jones from hiring them given his history. However, Jones may have hinted on Friday that experience will be a factor in the decision making process if the Cowboys move on from Jason Garrett.
During an appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jones praised Lincoln Riley for the job he has done at Oklahoma and Matt Rhule for how quickly he has turned things around at Baylor. The Cowboys owner then made some interesting remarks about how difficult it is for college coaches to transition to the NFL.
Jerry Jones: “College coaches spend Sundays working. … In many cases, they aren’t that familiar with the (NFL) personnel. Now, that’s a big deal. You pay a price for somebody to get up to date that hasn’t spent the prior months or years in the NFL.” https://t.co/wFg22fnfSG
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 13, 2019
For what it’s worth, Jones reminded listeners that Jimmy Johnson went 1-15 in his first season as the head coach in Dallas. Johnson only had collegiate coaching experience prior to that, and he went on to win two Super Bowls with the Cowboys. He was replaced by Barry Switzer, who also had zero NFL coaching experience but went 12-4 in his first season with a talented roster in Dallas and led the team to another Super Bowl championship in his second year on the job.
What does all that mean? Coaches that joined the Cowboys with no prior NFL coaching experience have combined to win three Lombardi trophies for Jones. If Riley wants the Dallas job, he could easily use that to pitch Jones, and there’s reason to believe it might work. The same can be said for Urban Meyer, who may actually have a better chance at landing the job than Riley.
It sounds like Jones’ first choice to replace Garrett is currently under contract with another NFL team, so he may decide to poke around the college ranks.
Urban Meyer knows just how important the rankings are for the College Football Playoff.
On FOX’s postgame show following the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night, the analysts discussed who they thought should be #1 between Ohio State and LSU. Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush and Meyer all said Ohio State deserved the top spot, while Matt Leinart said LSU.
Meyer emphasized just how critical the rankings are.
“Do you guys realize how important this is? You wish you could somehow take the subjectivity out of it,” Meyer said.
Quinn jumped in and said that’s because Meyer doesn’t want to play Clemson.
“I think so,” Meyer said.
Clemson is 13-0, has mostly rolled its opponents, and is the defending national champs. Compare them to Oklahoma, which lost to Kansas State and had narrow victories over Iowa State, TCU, and Baylor twice towards the end of the season.
There is little doubt that facing Clemson is a more daunting matchup than Oklahoma, which is a big reason why who gets the top spot is so important. Here’s my argument for why LSU deserves the top spot.
Barring a Super Bowl run, Jason Garrett’s time as Dallas Cowboys head coach seems like it will end after this season. Once he’s gone, the big question will become: who will replace him? The Cowboys apparently have a few names in mind.
NFL Media’s Jane Slater reported on Thursday night that the Cowboys have “very real interest” in Urban Meyer. She says Stephen Jones even spoke with Meyer recently. Slater says Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley remains a strong candidate, and that Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott is also a possibility.
Jerry Jones says Jason Garrett will remain the coach but I can confirm a very real interest in Urban Meyer. In fact, I'm told Stephen Jones spoke with him recently. Lincoln Riley remains a strong candidate & file this name as a possibility Clemson OC Tony Elliott per sources.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 6, 2019
Between those three names, it’s hard to imagine the Cowboys not making Meyer their top priority. He is one of the greatest coaches in college football history and has had success at every single stop, from Bowling Green and Utah to Florida and Ohio State.
The big issue with Meyer is his health. Not having to recruit year-round might be better on his health and allow him to focus more on coaching, which could make the NFL ideal for him. And keep this in mind: Meyer has already said he would “absolutely” take the job.
Urban Meyer took a shot at Pat McAfee in an interview on Wednesday, and the former Colts punter responded with a few zingers.
Meyer is in his first year as a college football TV analyst for FOX. He has added a huge name to their college football coverage and led to success for their “Big Noon” pregame show. FOX is even pulling good ratings despite competing with ESPN’s “GameDay” college football pregame show.
Meyer talked about this success in an interview with Big Ten Network’s Mike Hall, saying it “turns out folks wanna talk about football” and don’t need goofy things.
Just interviewed Urban Meyer. At one point talked about this year doing tv, he says "I had fun – turns out folks wanna talk about football, they don't want to see jumpin' in lakes or goin on rollercoasters"
…I feel I may know what he was alluding to.
The man is competitive.
— Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) December 4, 2019
The jumping into a lake comment was a reference to McAfee, who is an analyst/personality for ESPN’s college football coverage. In November, McAfee jumped into the Brazos River during the pregame show before the Oklahoma-Baylor game.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) November 16, 2019
McAfee, who is undeniably energetic and funny, saw the tweet and responded. He corrected the facts to say it was a river and not a lake. But the real beauty of his tweet is how he took subtle shots at Meyer.
I know it can be hard to remember things but it was a river not a lake.
My mom as soon as it happened said “When you were in the air, I started having heart complications OUT OF NOWHERE”
She’s been completely fine ever since.. happy for her.
Anyways, thanks 4 watching Coach. https://t.co/7yjDJAlGIP
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) December 4, 2019
The line about remembering things is a call back to Ohio State’s lame explanation for why Meyer lied to the media about Zach Smith. The heart complications out of nowhere and completely fine since line is an allusion to Meyer leaving Florida because of heart issues only to sign on to coach at Ohio State less than a year later.
Meyer and McAfee have two completely different styles and add different elements to a TV program. Zingers aside, both are excellent on TV.
Jim Harbaugh finally got to take on an Ohio State team that was not led by Urban Meyer on Saturday, but the result was the same for Michigan. And even though Meyer no longer coaches the Buckeyes, one of his daughters is not finished trolling Harbaugh.
Following Ohio State’s dominant 56-27 win at Ann Arbor on Saturday, Meyer’s daughter Gigi took to social media to take a shot at Harbaugh.
— Gigi Meyer (@GG_40) November 30, 2019
Meyer owned Harbaugh when the two coached against one another, and his protege Ryan Day is now picking up right where the three-time national champion left off. It makes sense that the Meyer family is enjoying the win, as the 2019 Buckeyes are still Urban’s team in many ways. If they end up winning a national championship, his fingerprints will certainly be all over it.
This isn’t the first time one of Meyer’s daughters has thrown shade at Harbaugh, and it may not be the last. Rivalries as big as the one between Ohio State and Michigan don’t just disappear overnight for those who were involved with them.