Urban Meyer Could Make a Return to Coaching … But in the NFL

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College football teams with head coaching vacancies continue to press Urban Meyer on a potential return to coaching. But it isn’t just on the collegiate level, apparently.

According to Adam Schefter with ESPN, multiple NFL teams have reached out to Meyer to gauge his interest in moving to the next level. In fact, two teams reportedly want interviews. Meyer has not dismissed those requests either, which makes things even more interesting.

The now 56-year old former coach has been wildly successful on the college level, building two programs into perennial national championship contenders.

First, it was the Florida Gators. Meyer was in Gainesville for six seasons, went 65-15 (.813) and won two national championships. After taking the 2011 season off due to health reasons, he returned to coaching and took over at Ohio State.

His record improved in Columbus, and he finished a seven-year run following the 2018 season with a 83-9 (.902) record as the Buckeyes head coach. He also added his third national title, making him and Nick Saban the only two coaches to win it all at two separate schools.

In other words, Meyer knows how to run a football team, but we’ve never seen him coach on the NFL level. Could he be successful? Probably. People forget that he also went 39-8 (.830) in four seasons at Bowling Green and Utah. His success hasn’t only stemmed from top-flight coaching jobs.

It’s a different game in the NFL, though. You have to work with a general manager, draft players instead of recruit them and tend to other nuances of the position. Even Saban struggled with the transition, going 15-17 in two seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

With that being said, it’s also a different type of grind that could take a smaller toll on Meyer’s health.  Maybe the NFL route could intrigue him enough to come out of retirement.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.


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