Urban Meyer is already a hot name heading into the NFL head-coaching shuffle.
League sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that “at least two teams” are eyeing the former Ohio State coach and have reached out to gauge his interest in coming out of retirement and “interviewing for — if not accepting — a head-coaching job at the next level.”
Meyer, 56, enjoyed a prolific college coaching over 17 seasons with Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He boasts a 187-32 college record but has never coached in the NFL.
He held his most recent position at Ohio State from 2012 to 2018, with whom he won three Big Ten titles and one CFP National Championship against a Marcus Mariota-led Oregon team.
In spite of his great success with the Buckeyes, Meyer was placed on administrative leave and retired in 2018 in connection to former assistant coach Zach Smith, who was under investigation at the time for domestic violence and criminal trespass against his ex-wife. Smith was sentenced to 180 days in jail in February for violating an order of protection.
Since the departure from his post at from Ohio State, Meyer has been a fixture on FOX Sports’ college football broadcasts as an analyst.
Meyer was rumored to have attracted interest from NFL teams last season, specifically from the Dallas Cowboys to replace longtime head coach Jaseon Garrett, who was let go this offseason.
Schefter floated the idea of the Jaguars, who are currently in line for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft (presumably to select Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence). Meyer has connections to Florida having coached the Gators from 2005 to 2010, with whom he won two SEC titles and two National Championships.
“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 wrote on Sunday.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora also reported that Meyer “could receive serious consideration” from both the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Doug Marrone — Jacksonville’s current head coach — has one year remaining on his contract. Marrone is 12-34 since 2018.
The Lions (5-10), Texans (4-10) and Falcons (4-10) all fired their head coaches midseason and will be in the hunt soon. The Jets (1-13) are also expected to have a vacancy at head coach.