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Report: NFL Teams Engage Urban Meyer On Potential Return To Coaching

Dec 27, 2020, 5:06 PM
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Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer calls for a play during the first half in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Multiple NFL teams reached out to former Utah head coach Urban Meyer on his interest in returning to coaching, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

On Sunday, December 27, the NFL insider reported that a minimum of two teams had already contacted the three-time national championship-winning head coach.

“At least two NFL teams have reached out to Urban Meyer to see whether the former Ohio State coach would be interested in interviewing for — if not accepting — a head-coaching job at the next level, league sources told ESPN,” Schefter wrote. “Meyer, according to a source connected to one of those teams, did not dismiss the overtures and is considering whether to make the jump to the NFL. He intends to decide in the next week, before the NFL regular season is over, and teams expect to hear his decision in the coming days.”

NFL Head Coach Openings

The following NFL teams currently have head coach vacancies:

  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Detroit Lions
  • Houston Texans

The 56-year-old has been out of coaching since leaving Ohio State following the Rose Bowl in January 2019.

Since leaving the sidelines, the former Utah coach has been an analyst for FOX Sports.

“Sources who have spoken to Meyer believe he wants to make sure that, if he decides to make the jump to the NFL, he is prepared to fully immerse himself in a new world,” Schefter added.

Urban Meyer as a head coach

Meyer served as Utah’s head coach from 2003-04 and led the Utes to a 22-2 record in two seasons.

After his time in Salt Lake City, he went on to coach Florida to a pair of titles before taking a job with the Buckeyes. Meyer won a title with Ohio State in 2014.

During his time as head coach at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida, and Ohio State, Meyer had a record of 187-32.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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