Urban Meyer says Cardale Jones NFL talk was a media creation

AP

For a couple days in January, the biggest story in the football world was whether Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones would return to school or enter the 2015 NFL draft. But Jones’s coach says that story never should have been a story at all.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer told the FOX Sports Audible podcast that while the media made an issue of it, he never thought Jones leaving was even a possibility.

“Someone asks me, ‘Is Cardale staying or going?’ I thought ‘Where’s he going?’ I didn’t even think twice about the NFL because he’s only played three games,” Meyer said.

According to Meyer, Jones never gave any indication that he was considering turning pro, and Meyer heard that speculation only from the media.

“He said, ‘I’m not ready, and I want to get my degree.’ And so I think the media made a huge deal out of it,” Meyer said. “But I don’t think there was ever — he might have talked about it on his own or with some other people, but there was zero conversation with me.”

Meyer may be right that there were more discussions in the media bout whether Jones would turn pro than there were serious conversations among Jones’s camp or the people at Ohio State. But what Meyer neglects to mention is that Jones is in a unique position because he was a third-string quarterback who only played because quarterbacks Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett got injured. That means there’s a real chance that Jones will spend the 2015 season on the sideline. That’s why some people thought Jones should have turned pro — it’s not that anyone thinks Jones is ready for the NFL right now, it’s that some people think Jones won’t get any more ready than he already is, because he’ll spend the next year holding a clipboard.

And, of course, if Jones didn’t want the “will he or won’t he” question to become a big story, all he had to do was quietly stay at Ohio State. Instead, Jones chose to hold a press conference to publicize his decision.

So while the Jones situation was an unusual one, it was hardly one that was created by the media. It was created by Jones: First by playing so well in his three games as Ohio State’s starter that he established himself as an NFL prospect, and then by having a press conference. And Jones’s pro prospects will continue to be a story throughout the 2015 season, whether he’s Ohio State’s starter or is back to being a backup.

72 responses to “Urban Meyer says Cardale Jones NFL talk was a media creation

  1. Well, as we’ve seen recently, the media makes up a lot of stories don’t they………… All too often they become the story!

  2. right so your telling us that with all the media questions surrounding him that had he said nothing the press would have stopped talking about and asking him and the people around him if he was staying or going? here is a hint for you had he just said I have no plans on going pro to you or anyone after that game you would have said well he did not definitely did not say he was not turning pro because he has time to change his mind. as for the press conference who told the media and you guys you had to show up?

  3. He wants to get a degree? LOL ok Urban.

    Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS
    @Cordale10 8:43 AM – 5 Oct 12

  4. Urban Meyer has earned massive credibility in terms of coaching/recruiting, but in terms of character and honesty, he has zero credibility with anyone who has been paying attention. When Urban talks, I quit listening.

  5. Whether you like Meyer or not, he’s right in this case.

    After the championship game during interviews, Meyer said all of the underclassmen were coming back.

    When they asked Jones himself during interviews after the game, he said he thought he needed more experience.

    I remember tuning into Mike and Mike the next morning, and it’s all they were talking about, even though there was no indication at that time that he was going to go. And the speculation just snowballed from there.

    It’s a perfect example of how out of control the media is. There were so many interesting stories to talk about: the fact that it was the first college playoff, the fact that the 2 teams who played for it would have been left out of the BCS, the fact that OSU was starting a 3rd stringer with little experience, and so many more.

    Yet, the dominant story was a made up one that was nothing but speculation.

  6. dickshotdogs says:
    Feb 7, 2015 9:26 PM

    He looks like a giant Gary Coleman.
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    Whatchu talkin’ bout Willis?

  7. Jones should have come out for the draft. The media would have hyped him into the number one overall pick by draft day. 3 games and there was serious talk about Jones going in the first round. I got a laugh out of it anyway.

  8. He’ll get the majority if not all the reps in Spring practice while JT and Braxton rehab injuries. Those reps will do more to help his development, than the 3 games he started at the end of the year. The playbook was watered down with a lot of one read throws. He’ll learn route progressions and reading defenses. He has the rest of the tools. Honestly think he’ll be a better NFL QB than Winston or Mariotta. That’s the real story. Just sayin’…

  9. Of course the kid deliberately created a fake frenzy about his going to the NFL. I mean, what kind of medias hacks would make up a story like that?
    Maybe the kind that spends 2 weeks on how Brady’s balls got deflated (Giselle, in the bedroom, with her _______).
    Or the ones that never heard of an OC trying to surprise an opposing DC? (and having it go wrong)

    What was he supposed to do? play like crap so the media wouldn’t act like a bunch of hyperactive 3 year olds?

  10. Why anyone would believe ANYTHING that this lying coward would say is beyond me. Just wait until he loses a couple games and half the team gets arrested. Ol’ Urb will be holding his chest, looking to the heavens, and screaming ” i’m coming Elizabeth”!!!! He will simply be a poor imatation of Fred Sanford!

  11. such a media creation that he felt the need to do a press conference…

    I hope Jones flames out big time and never sniffs a big time NFL contract.

  12. Urban Meyer also said, with a straight face, that he was surprised when Chris Fowler told him other coaches wanted to take a swing at him.

    Urban Meyer says a lot of things.

    Ask Mike Weber. Ask Florida fans.

  13. Jones going or not was only one side the media ignored – you need two partners to dance.

    One of the biggest factors in projecting NFL success is college games started and improvement over time. No team would have chanced a Day One or Two draft pick on Jones based on talent alone. He could be really good one day, but teams need to see how he fares against defenses with tape on him, how he adjusts to personnel change, if certain key stats stay up or improve over time. As is, he would have ridden a bench for two years continuing to learn the game. Talk that he could be the third QB off the board was ludicrous and journalistically irresponsible to the extreme.

  14. Oh, and if you think he left his last job for “health reasons”, you can ask his wife, too.

    Urban is fond of the Gator coeds.

  15. what makes you say he will be holding a clipboard next season? the other 2 guys will be rehabbing and there is no guarantee they will be the starter when they are healthy. he may have played only 3 games but they were the biggest 3 games you could be playing in and he killed it in all 3.

  16. “Instead, Jones chose to hold a press conference to publicize his decision.” – and if he hadn’t held a press conference the media would have been screaming as to why they didn’t get the change to ask him a ton of stupid questions.

  17. Rubbish. The media made this a big deal. Then as always wont take blame. The media—A close knit group.

  18. He is just there so he won’t get fined. We all know 90 percent of the classes that college football players take are relatively non challenging. They are some and I mean some players there really trying to get a great college education. College football is all about money. Media does this so they can get paid too. Boosters keep college football sooooooo dishonest. It all comes down to greed. The root of all evil.

  19. Playing for Urban Meyer behind a dominant offensive line with a killer RB and a few simple plays is a little easier than landing in Cleveland and suiting up for that train wreck.

  20. He’s an NFL prospect because of his size and skill, not because of 3 games.

    And the press conference was held to put out the fire, that the media dumped gasoline all over. It’s hilarious you’re even trying to deny that fact. “No, not us!”

  21. “wte1 says: Feb 7, 2015 9:28 PM

    Q: What does Urban Meyer have in common with Brian Williams?

    A: Ahhhhhh, quite a bit.”

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    Really? How many National Championships does Williams have?

  22. I watched Ohio State a few times.

    Cardale Jones didn’t look close to NFL ready. He is more a product of a fantastic college team. Anyone calling this guy a huge talent is out to lunch.

  23. asimonetti88 says:
    Feb 7, 2015 9:26 PM
    He wants to get a degree? LOL ok Urban.

    Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS
    @Cordale10 8:43 AM – 5 Oct 12
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    That quote is 3 years old made by a teenager. Are you serious? Teenagers who get to college and regularly change their majors because they’re still not sure what they want to do with their lives.

  24. “mborz says:”

    Great comment. Common sense all te way.

    I would literally pay you to be a New England commentator on some of these posts lol.

  25. Yep, the media did the same thing with deflate gate. They take something small or not even real and then they collectively run the story into the ground.

  26. And, of course, if Jones didn’t want the “will he or won’t he” question to become a big story, all he had to do was quietly stay at Ohio State. Instead, Jones chose to hold a press conference to publicize his decision.

    So while the Jones situation was an unusual one, it was hardly one that was created by the media. It was created by Jones: First by playing so well in his three games as Ohio State’s starter that he established himself as an NFL prospect, and then by having a press conference.

    This is rich.

    At no point was Jones mentioned as a potential NFL prospect until after the season ended, at which point some sports writer wrote an article speculating as to what Jones’ future might hold…and the national media latched onto the story and ran with it.

    Had Jones said something or suggested that he was considering the NFL, then the story would be accurate and legitimate reporting.

    But Jones gave no indication whatsover that he was considering leaving school; any article that suggested otherwise was pure speculation. That speculation is what drove the national story….thus forcing Jones to hold a press conference and put an end to the speculation.

    Accurate reporting is based on actual statements and/or events. This story was neither; it was based entirely on a writer’s speculation….which means it was entirely a media creation.

  27. Correct me if I’m wrong but I never heard of any college player calling a press conference to announce he was staying in school. Those press conferences are exclusively the domain of players announcing they are opted for the NFL draft. That in and of itself makes this an odd situation.

  28. @Vancouver sportsbro-

    You did watch him outplay the Heisman winner and likely number 1 pick right? If you call Jones a product of a fantastic team, what do you call Mariotta? Haters will hate, I get that, but do you even watch football? I mean real football, not that garbage played up in Canada by all the players that couldn’t make it here.

  29. whatjusthapped says:
    Feb 8, 2015 7:53 AM
    Correct me if I’m wrong but I never heard of any college player calling a press conference to announce he was staying in school. Those press conferences are exclusively the domain of players announcing they are opted for the NFL draft. That in and of itself makes this an odd situation.

    ========

    Payton Manning did the same thing.

  30. Urban Liar doesnt have a clue about NFL QBing. This clown still thinks Tim Tebow is an NFL QB. Cardale Jones is a much better NFL talent than Tebow.

    And of course reports have surfaced about the Clowns wanting Mariota. He will be a bust just like all their other 1st Rd QBs if they get Mariota. He isnt an NFL QB. Winston wont be successful eiyher.

  31. Just because one ha a different opinion on a player doesn’t make one a “hater”! It’s hard to imagine that a QB who’s only played 3 college games, no what the school, can be an NFL-ready player! We’ll know a LOT more next season.

  32. Cardale Jones replied “who knows?” When asked if he was entering the NFL Draft right after the national championship. He then held a press conference to say he was returning to school. So no the media didn’t just make it up. Sorry. I wish Urban and Cardale would stop saying this.

  33. whatjusthappened said:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I never heard of any college player calling a press conference to announce he was staying in school. Those press conferences are exclusively the domain of players announcing they are opted for the NFL draft. That in and of itself makes this an odd situation.

    Consider yourself corrected. Peyton Manning did the same thing. Look it up.

  34. How is it that Ohio State has all elite quarterbacks on their roster? Pretty amazing, right? Maybe it is not the players? Perhaps college football is more about executing plays for most teams? There are great players, don’t get me wrong. I just find it hard to believe that Ohio State has deep talent at the quarterback position. I would wager cash that not one of the 3 great quarterbacks on that team would make an NFL starter on a decent team.

  35. The NFL is going to have a major problem on its hands when the current group of QBs are done. None of the rookies after Luck & Wilson are capable of running an NFL offense. All this college spread offenses arent translating to NFL success. Its apples and oranges. It works in college it wont work in the NFL.

    The NFLs better days are behind them. Its the beginning of the end.

  36. The other QBs should be the ones worrying about clipboards. That team was flat out better with this guy under center. He gave them another dimension and they were destroying people. They tried to give the game to Alabama and still whooped their butts.

  37. Meyer is a jerk his arrogance is obnoxious! If Meyer is such a great coach why was his best player (Jones) sitting on the bench for the first 12 games? He should be kissing Jones butt cause he is the reason they won the National Championship. Jones should have turned pro because Meyer will not be able to develop him into anymore of a pro QB than he is already.

  38. Urban Meyer has earned massive credibility in terms of coaching/recruiting, but in terms of character and honesty, he has zero credibility with anyone who has been paying attention. When Urban talks, I quit listening.
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    Yes, but everyone knows it and it doesn’t hurt recruiting. Like Al said, “just win, baby.”

    It is like with the Mike Weber situation. He should have known what he was getting into. A win at all cost coach that was probably only recruiting him to keep him from other Big Ten teams.

  39. Urban Meyers is a great coach but a notorious liar. I agree with the guy who said he has no credibility. Ask Mike Weber and his HS head coach. What reason would they have to say they were “100%” misled by him? It doesn’t help their cause in any way. There are many other examples too, this is just the most recent. Why would Cardale wait so long to say he was staying in school if he wasn’t at least thinking about it? You know why? Because Urban is misleading even more people right now and it seems when you win a championship nobody wants to see it. This is coming from somone who thought the deflate gate thing was really no big deal.

  40. You did watch him outplay the Heisman winner and likely number 1 pick right? If you call Jones a product of a fantastic team, what do you call Mariotta? Haters will hate, I get that, but do you even watch football? I mean real football, not that garbage played up in Canada by all the players that couldn’t make it here.

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    Easy with the personal insults. I did watch him play against Alabama, and I wasn’t impressed. And I have never been impressed by Mariota either.

    Ohio State owned Mariota as a whole. The defense murked him.

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