Urban Meyer ‘absolutely’ would take Cowboys job
The Dallas Cowboys do not have an available coaching position. That is not stopping Urban Meyer from publicly coveting it.
On Friday’s edition of The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Meyer was asked about rumors linking Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley to a potential opening in Dallas. Meyer didn’t know if Riley would be interested, but he certainly suggested that he should be.
“Pure speculation because I know him, but I don’t know him like that, but that’t the one (job),” Meyer said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “That’s New York Yankees, that’s the Dallas Cowboys. That’s the one. Great city. They got Dak Prescott, Zeke Elliott. You got a loaded team. And I can’t speak for him obviously, I hate to even speculate because I don’t know him, that’s really not fair, but to me, that’s the one job in professional football that you say, ‘I got to go do that.'”
Driving home the point, Meyer said he would “absolutely” be interested in the job if the Cowboys were to contact him.
“Sure,” Meyer added. “Absolutely. Absolutely. That one? Yes.”
As noted, the Cowboys have a head coach, and it’s Jason Garrett. Owner Jerry Jones has repeatedly suggested that Garrett’s job is not in danger, though the coach is in the final year of his contract. That makes Meyer’s decision to inject himself into the rumor mill while Garrett is still employed a pretty sketchy decision. People will talk about the Dallas job, but he didn’t have to be one of the ones doing it or linking himself to it, especially when, by his own admission, nobody’s contacted him about it.
As for the interest? Meyer hasn’t coached in the NFL, so it would be intriguing, but plenty of top college coaches have failed when trying to make that jump. It’s no surprise that Meyer is already suggesting he’d coach again after suggesting that he was finished doing so, but this might not be the best opportunity for him to jump back into.