Urban Meyer To Dallas Cowboys "Makes No Sense"

The Cowboys could be in the market for a new head coach this offseason, and Meyer is reportedly on the short list of potential candidates

Reiter Than You
December 10, 2019 - 8:29 am
Urban Meyer Ohio State Rose Bowl

USA Today Images

Categories: 

The Dallas Cowboys could be in the market for a new head coach this offseason, and Urban Meyer is reportedly on the short list of potential candidates

CBS Sports writer Barton Simmons, however, does not believe Meyer would be a good fit with the Cowboys – or in the NFL in general.

“It makes no sense to me,” Simmons said on Reiter Than You. “Makes no sense. Urban Meyer is one of the greatest college coaches of all time without question, but to me, what is his calling card in college? It is the way he motivates, the way he recruits, and the way he manages the infrastructure of a college program. He is certainly an accomplished and effective X’s and O’s coach, but the way I perceive NFL, that’s what it is: you sort of coach first and all the other stuff is a little bit more secondary in the NFL than it is in college. So I think his strengths are minimized a little bit.”

Meyer went 187-32 in college, including 83-9 at Ohio State, and won three national championships. He succeeded for many reasons, in part because he was a phenomenal recruiter and motivator.

Well, those skills don’t necessarily transfer to the NFL.

“Urban Meyer ain’t going to go recruit,” Simmons said. “He’s got the draft. The motivational tactics that he uses on 19-, 20-year-olds, are they going to transfer to 31-year-olds? I have no doubt he’ll be capable of finding some success, but that he’s going to be able to take the Cowboys somewhere Jason Garrett hasn’t, I’m not sure I’m buying that. So that’s been interesting to see that buzz emerge.”

The Cowboys (6-7) started the season 3-0 but have lost seven of their last 10 games. They host the surging Rams (8-5) this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.