Ohio State changes could have NFL impact

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The state with a college football program far more successful than either of its NFL teams has made a change that could resonate throughout the NFL.

Urban Meyer will retire as the head coach at The Ohio State University after the Rose Bowl, with offensive coordinator Ryan Day taking over. The move removes Day from consideration for offensive coordinator positions in the NFL, the level at which he previously worked.

As Peter King pointed out on Tuesday’s PFT Live, Titans coach Mike Vrabel wanted to bring Day to Tennessee as the offensive coordinator. Given the trend toward finding offensive coaches, Day may have been in demand for coaching staffs that will be compiled in a matter of weeks. Now, that won’t be happening.

Day also could, in theory, draw interest for NFL head-coaching jobs. It’s hard to imagine him leaving Ohio State without ever coaching even one game as the full-time head coach.

As to Meyer, is he truly retiring at 54? Or could one of the most successful college coaches of all time be thinking about jumping to, say, the Browns, joining forces with the guy who skewered the O with an Sooners flag?

Then there’s Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Will he be looking for a path back to the NFL as a defensive coordinator, with Meyer gone? Could Schiano become Meyer’s defensive coordinator if Meyer lands in Cleveland.

However it plays out, the move adds plenty of intrigue as the coaching carousel prepares to spin.

16 responses to “Ohio State changes could have NFL impact

  1. Urban isn’t an NFL guy. His primary advantage is that he’s an incredible recruiter and that’s irrelevant in the NFL. He’s not like Pete Carroll who started in the league and then went back.

  2. I think Urban retiring also makes Jim Harbaugh leaving Michigan for the NFL less likely. At least for next year.

    As far as Urban coaching in the NFL, I would put that at 0%. His health is not good. Has cysts on his brain that cause severe migraines under stress. He wanted to continue coaching, but his health will not allow it.

  3. Day also could, in theory, draw interest for NFL head-coaching jobs. It’s hard to imagine him leaving Ohio State without ever coaching even one game as the full-time head coach.
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    Didn’t Day just coach 3 games for OSU when Meyer was suspended?

  4. I doubt Meyer is retired but he is not going to take a job till his headaches are manageable. And he’s probably smart enough to stay where he is a god among men instead of just another coach.

  5. Yawn. Haven’t we seen this movie once before? Meyer retires from Florida due to health until Ohio State makes him an offer he can’t refuse. And now? Wash, rinse, repeat.

  6. Brain Kelly will go to the NFL in 2 years and Urban will coach Notre Dame-end if story and that simple

  7. Day also could, in theory, draw interest for NFL head-coaching jobs. It’s hard to imagine him leaving Ohio State without ever coaching even one game as the full-time head coach.
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    Didn’t Day just coach 3 games for OSU when Meyer was suspended?
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    He did, but as an interim head coach, not as the full time head coach.

  8. With his track record at Florida and OSU, he would probably sign Kareem Hunt and trade for Ruben Foster.

  9. Meyer won’t go to Cleveland. He’s only going to go to a team that’s loaded with talent. He’s like Larry Brown of the NBA. He would get a job with a team that had a lot of talent then ride off that talent and the team would gradually decline during his tenure. Then he’d get another job with a highly-talented team and repeat the same thing.

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