When Derrick Henry threw a jump pass for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Tennessee Titans’ divisional playoff game at Baltimore on Saturday night, many football fans immediately thought of Tim Tebow.
During his career at Florida, Tebow became known for running the jump pass to perfection on short-yardage and goal-line plays, including one to clinch the 2009 championship game. That’s certainly where Urban Meyer’s mind went.
After Henry’s touchdown pass, Meyer, who coached Tebow at Florida, tweeted “A Tebow”.
— Urban Meyer (@CoachUrbanMeyer) January 12, 2020
That’s exactly what it was.
Here’s a look at Henry’s touchdown pass.
DERRICK HENRY. JUMP PASS TD. UNBELIEVABLE.pic.twitter.com/vob58imLn6
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) January 12, 2020
Here’s Tebow’s against Oklahoma for comparison:
That touchdown pass gave Henry more TD passes this postseason than Tom Brady. Henry also had a 66-yard run to set up his touchdown pass.
Urban Meyer isn’t the only impressive football coach in his family.
Meyer’s son-in-law Corey Dennis, who is married to Urban’s oldest daughter, is set to be promoted to Ohio State’s quarterbacks coach, according to a report from Pete Thamel. Dennis would replace Mike Yurcich, who left to become Texas’ offensive coordinator.
Sources: Ohio State planning to elevate Corey Dennis to QB coach. He replaces Mike Yurcich, who left for Texas for $1.7 million and to become the play caller. Ryan Day will remain heavily involved with the OSU QBs and continue to call plays.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 1, 2020
Dennis played wide receiver at Georgia Tech from 2011-2014 and met Nicki Meyer there (she played for the school’s volleyball team).
Dennis has been with Ohio State’s football program since graduating from Georgia Tech. He began as an intern in 2015, served as a graduate assistant on offense in 2016 and 2017, and he was promoted to senior quality control coach prior to the 2018 season.
Dennis, who played quarterback in high school, has helped out with Ryan Day in coaching the team’s quarterbacks. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who transferred from Ohio State, was asked about the report of Dennis’ promotion. Burrow praised Dennis as a great person, hard worker, and excellent recruiter.
Joe Burrow was asked on a teleconference today about Corey Dennis, the newly promoted OSU QBs coach. pic.twitter.com/4BO4nQrvk4
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) January 2, 2020
- Corey Dennis
Urban Meyer said recently that he has no immediate plans to return to coaching, but that is not going to stop teams at the NFL and collegiate level from pursuing him. As you might expect, the Cleveland Browns are one potential suitor.
The Browns have “strong interest” in hiring Urban Meyer as their next head coach, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported on Thursday.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 2, 2020
If Meyer were to give coaching in the NFL a try, the Browns have always seemed like a logical fit for him. The 55-year-old is from Toledo and his first head coaching job was at Bowling Green. He most recently coached at Ohio State, where he won a national championship. It goes without saying that Meyer has strong ties to Ohio.
However, taking the Browns job would be a big risk for Meyer. He has no experience coaching in the NFL, and Cleveland’s front office is not exactly a model of stability. Meyer would face a lot of pressure to win right away with the Browns, and that would be no easy task given the current state of the franchise.
Meyer said last month that he believes he is “done coaching,” but many believe it is only a matter of time before he’s back. In addition to the Browns, he has also been linked to arguably the most prestigious coaching job in the NFL. If Meyer does get the itch to return (even if it’s not until 2021), there will be plenty of teams interested in him.
Urban Meyer’s daughters are upset with an ESPN anchor for taking a dig at the former Ohio State head coach while reading a highlight on Saturday night.
Meyer attended the Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal game on Saturday in Arizona between his former team and Clemson. Towards the end of the game, ESPN showed Meyer on the sidelines. That clip was included in ESPN’s highlight package after the game, and anchor John Anderson decided to crack a joke while reading it.
“Look at Urban Meyer. He was going to spend time with his family, went to this game instead,” Anderson joked.
That was a reference to Meyer leaving his job at Florida supposedly to spend time with his family, only to go coach Ohio State the following season. I’ve made a joke about it in the past. So have others. Anderson did on Saturday, and the Meyer family did not find it to be funny.
Nicki Meyer, Urban’s oldest daughter, took issue with the comment, calling it “bad” and telling ESPN to “have some class.” Nicki’s husband Corey Dennis is on Ohio State’s coaching staff, which helps explain why the family was there.
How is this type of commentary even acceptable? The entire family including grandkids went to support my husband and the buckeyes. We had the best week in AZ. @ESPN have some class. This is bad. I’d @ this guy but don’t know who it is. Pass it along friends https://t.co/rqAtv4pdGh
— Nicki Meyer Dennis (@Nicki_07) December 30, 2019
Urban’s younger daughter Gigi also commented to say the family was at the Fiesta Bowl all week.
— Gigi Meyer (@GG_40) December 30, 2019
And Urban’s wife Shelley said she was “deeply offended” by the comment, noting Urban was there in a TV capacity and that their son Nate was standing next to the coach.
I am DEEPLY offended by this off-hand rude/ignorant comment by someone who knows NOTHING about our family-We were ALL together this bowl trip-urbans job was limited to a couple hours the 26th/27th and more on the 28th (not that it’s anyone’s biz)-still WAY less than coaching. https://t.co/BgRDvx4cjb
— Shelley eyer (@spinnershells) December 30, 2019
The comment was clearly a joke and jab at Meyer, but his family took it literally and doesn’t care.
Their reaction should not come as a surprise. They have repeatedly shown they are offended by anything they perceive as a slight towards Urban and that they will fiercely defend him. Their loyalty towards him is unwavering.
H/T The Spun
The Washington Redskins are cleaning house after another disastrous season, and they will soon be looking for someone to run their football operations department in addition to a new head coach. Urban Meyer has been linked to the coaching vacancy, but does Washington also want him for a front office position?
Redskins president Bruce Allen is expected to be fired by Monday, and JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports that Meyer has been linked to the team in an executive capacity. Meyer has a personal relationship with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, and he attended a Washington game earlier this month as Snyder’s guest.
The idea of Meyer in a front office role is intriguing, especially when you consider the way he denied having interest in Washington’s head coaching job. Meyer said he thinks he is “done coaching,” which wouldn’t necessarily apply to an executive.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Washington also has interest in former Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith and ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, who was a scout and director of pro personnel for the Redskins for several seasons over a decade ago.
The Redskins have not been to the playoffs since 2015 and have not won a postseason game since 2005. Many view the organization as dysfunctional, which is why they may have trouble attracting top candidates for coaching or executive roles. However, all signs point to Snyder aiming as high as possible.
Urban Meyer sparked a friendly feud with Pat McAfee earlier this month when he took a shot at the former Indianapolis Colts punter for the work he has done with ESPN’s “College GameDay,” and McAfee is not willing to let it go just yet.
McAfee jumped into the Brazos River during the ESPN pregame show before the Oklahoma-Baylor game last month, and Meyer apparently was not impressed. Meyer, who works for rival network FOX as part of its “Big Noon” pregame show, said he enjoys talking about actual football rather than jumping in bodies of water.
Fast-forward to Monday, when McAfee discussed the coaching rumors surrounding Meyer during ESPN’s “Get Up.” He made sure to begin his analysis by mentioning the shot Meyer took at him and calling the three-time national champion a “bum.”
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) December 16, 2019
“Urban Meyer took a shot at me out of nowhere when he was doing a very small interview for somebody, so I obviously think he’s a bum strictly because of that,” McAfee said.
McAfee then said he doubts Meyer could transition to the modern NFL because the relationship between coaches and players is too different from the college level, and he certainly isn’t alone in that thinking. He said much harsher things about Meyer after Meyer took the original swipe at him.
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.
Both McAfee and Meyer are excellent at what they do, so the feud is kind of silly. That doesn’t make it any less entertaining.
Urban Meyer attended Sunday’s game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles as a guest of Daniel Snyder, which naturally sparked a surge of speculation about the three-time national champion coaching in the nation’s capital next season. According to Meyer, that is not going to happen.
According to a report, Meyer threw cold water on all of the rumors linking him to head coaching jobs at both the NFL and collegiate level. He told Brit Hume of FOX News that he thinks he is “done coaching.”
Meyer told me he was in town for a WH Christmas party, after attending the Army-Navy game Saturday. Asked if he might consider the Redskins job. “I think I’m done coaching,” he said. He said he knew his presence at the game Sunday would trigger speculation. https://t.co/8x1B1Zw4zA
— Brit Hume (@brithume) December 16, 2019
Meyer attended Saturday’s Army-Navy game, so heading to the Redskins game on Sunday to watch his former players like Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin, and visit with Alex Smith made sense.
Meyer is said to be very happy with his TV job at FOX Sports, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reiterated that on Monday. History has taught us to never rule anything out with Meyer, but it is starting to seem like he will not be returning to the sideline in 2020, if he returns at all.
It would make little sense for Meyer to take the Redskins job when he has been linked to arguably the most prestigious coaching job in football, so it is no surprise he shot down the Washington rumors. However, there will be no way for him to convince some people that he is done coaching altogether. It seemed like Meyer was retiring for health reasons after he left Florida, and he later ended up at Ohio State.
Meyer is only 55, which is very young by coaching standards. Plenty of teams would be interested in hiring him even if he took another year or more off.
- Urban Meyer