Urban Meyer says he is ‘done coaching’ in response to Redskins rumors
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.