Cowboys’ Interest In Urban Meyer Is “Real”

The Cowboys are widely expected to be shopping for a new head coach this offseason, and the team’s interest in Urban Meyer is real, as Albert Breer of writes. Recent reports indicated that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was zeroing in on Meyer and Patriots OC Josh McDaniels — though Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley could also be a legitimate possibility — and Meyer himself said he would “absolutely” accept the Dallas gig if offered.

Breer confirms that Meyer is interested in the Cowboys, and while the SI scribe does not believe Meyer is necessarily dying to get back into coaching, Dallas does check two important boxes for him. One, it’s a flagship organization, and two, it has a roster that looks capable of competing right away. Meyer also has a close relationship with one of the Cowboys’ best players, Ezekiel Elliot, thanks to their days at Ohio State together.

Meyer is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished head coaches in college football history, having compiled a 187-32 career record that includes a whopping 12-3 mark in Bowl Games. He also won three national championships, two with Florida and one with Ohio State.

His success with the Buckeyes led to some NFL interest, and he said in December 2015 that he had recently spurned an NFL team’s advances. He always seemed content with his collegiate job, but he announced last December that he would retire from coaching after the Buckeye’s Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2019 (which Ohio State won). He cited health concerns as the reason for his decision, which leaves one to wonder if he would welcome the rigors of an NFL post. However, since Dallas does not need to go through a lengthy rebuild, Meyer seems open to considering the opportunity.

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30 comments on “Cowboys’ Interest In Urban Meyer Is “Real”

  1. JJB0811

    ‘However, since Dallas does not need to go through a lengthy rebuild, Meyer seems open to considering the opportunity.’. Coming from the sub 500 team! They’re overmatched in all 3 phases against winning teams. That roster needs some serious work.

    • Rory Parks

      The talent is there, but Garrett is not getting the most out of it. It’s definitely a job that would appeal to any number of HC candidates.

      • JJB0811

        Could be, but I don’t think all of the losses are 100% on Jason. He needs to go, the players aren’t listening to him, but they need to held accountable for poor play as well.

      • mikey

        I mean if you’ve looked at their numbers, they aren’t actually that bad. They’ve scored a lot. And they’ve defended well. Both are well above the average respectively. It’s just bad game management by garrett. I’m not saying the cowboys don’t have their problems other than Garrett, but the main reason why they’re sub 500 is of garrett.

        • phenomenalajs

          I’ve figured out using ESPN’s NFL Playoff Machine that it’s theoretically possible for the Cowboys to win the Superbowl without having a winning record including the postseason. If they lose out for the regular season including against Philly and Philly loses its other games, Dallas wins the head-to-head tie-breaker or either possible three-way tie-breaker with the Redskins or the Giants. If all of that happens, Jason Garrett will keep his job without a winning record through the SB this season. LOL

          • How does one win the head-to-head tie breaker while also losing to the team against which it is attempting to break a tie?

    • TrollHunter

      Not really though! Dak, Zeke, Cooper, Gallup, and a healthy Oline and you have one of the top 5 offenses in the league!

      The D has star pass rushers and DBs. They need role players and depth, that’s it.

      Their biggest problem is with the coaching staff. All Garrett wants to do is sling it and everyone knows it. It took him 8 weeks to remember that he has Zeek freaking Elliott who can run AND catch.

      • dynasty in boston

        Uh, you’ve pretty much ID’d the entire offense. Flagship? Maybe in 1995. Today, they’re just another NFC East albatross

        • Wally-the-green-monster

          Look at it this way: if NE and Dallas swap coaching staffs, tell me which team is better.

      • dynasty in boston

        Cowpie zealots. They crack me up. Team has been middle of the pack for 2 decades, going on 3

  2. K Koffenberger

    With this kind of stuff out there that the players see, is it any surprise to see this team go into the tank? Why play hard for a guy who won’t be around next season?
    But if they do this prepare for yet another summer of “this is the year that the Cowboys go to the Super Bowl” followed by another season hanging around .500.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    Jerry Jones is almost pure bologna so shouldn’t he be trying to recruit Oscar Mayer instead of Urban Meyer?

  4. Stillers12

    This is great news. Another famous college coach that won’t be able to hack it in the pros! Go Cowboys!

    • Pete Carroll did ok in his second stint.
      But yes, many college coaches do not see the collegiate success translate to the NFL.

      • Stillers12

        Yep, he’s about the only one in recent memory.

        Saban – FAIL
        Petrino – FAIL
        Kelly – FAIL
        Spurrier – FAIL

        Could you imagine an adult taking coaching from Urban Meyer? I can’t.

  5. crosseyedlemon

    I’m certain there is going to be a poll on who the next Cowboy HC should be so I just want to get in an early vote for Rob Ryan…lol.

  6. kevin

    Meyer is good at taking a team that’s already good with talent and pushing em to winning it . but the issue is that the nfl is different then college. Meyer has never rebuilt a team and always leaves a team when it comes time to rebuild so that’s the knack. do u want him and r u ok with him just being short term hc . (most hc now are shirt term) . I do not think it be a bad move by Dallas as long as they go in knowing it’s short term and that he’s never rebuilt a team . maybe he can push em over the hump

    • fieldsj2

      Yeah right! He sure left Ohio State in a world of hurt. Florida hired a bad replacement and Utah was nothing before him and flourished after him. Your free not to like Meyer and how he operates, but you have no clue what your talking about when it comes to the jobs he’s had.

  7. The Rooney Rule gets cast aside again. Who will be the box checking candidate interviewed an hour before the Press Conference to announce “the other guy”?

    • crosseyedlemon

      The Rooney Rule should be cast aside because it’s idiotic. Merit should decide who gets hired not political correctness.

      • I don’t disagree. The value/intent aside, it’s been made a mockery of by the owners.

        • crosseyedlemon

          Goodell usually does a pretty good job of keeping all the hypocrisy in the NFL under wraps but nobody’s perfect.

  8. crazylarry

    Meyer takes the job and 2 years later he becomes another Belicheat and retires for a tummy ache.

  9. Wally-the-green-monster

    How might McDaniel fare his second time around as HC? Belichek had a successful second stop.

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