Browns have “strong interest” in Urban Meyer, per current Urban Meyer colleague

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The Browns seem to be casting a wide net when it comes to looking for their next head coach. The net reportedly includes former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.

The news of the Browns having “strong interest” in Meyer comes from Bruce Feldman. Both Feldman and Meyer currently work for FOX, which suggests that Meyer is one of the sources implicit in Feldman’s “per sources” designation. (Plenty of reporters use “per sources” when they have only one source; some do it deliberately, some just fail to appreciate the significance of the “per sources” term, I’m told.)

Unless and until someone who: (1) doesn’t cover college football for FOX; and (2) does cover the Browns or the NFL reports that the Browns have “strong interest” in Meyer, I’ll be skeptical. Meyer seems to be engaged in an effort to get himself to the NFL, in some capacity. What better way to do it than to create a sense that he’s in demand, even if he isn’t?

If the Browns are interested in Meyer, they can interview him whenever and wherever. At this point, however, there seem to be too many candidates for the Cleveland job to justify describing any of them as enjoying “strong interest.”

That said, the Browns could do (and have done) a lot worse than Meyer. Maybe he’s the “exceptional leader” they need. Maybe he’s just far enough outside the box to make it worth a shot. If it doesn’t work, they can just fired Urban like they’ve fired umpteen other coaches since the Haslams bought the team.

Still, until other reports linking the Browns to Meyer emerge, I’ll choose to remain very skeptical that this report isn’t a reflection of existing interest but an effort to generate interest that may not already exist.

59 responses to “Browns have “strong interest” in Urban Meyer, per current Urban Meyer colleague

  1. This would be such a Browns move. They are the AFC counterparts to the Skins’. Will never go anywhere until ownership changes

  2. Trying to put leverage on Dallas.

    Given this guy’s history on splitting, he deserves the Browns.

  3. Urban Meyer.
    Wow. Start the ‘how many wins before he’s terminated for violating multiple rules?’ timer now.

  4. Urban just floating his name out there since he is toxic to college programs. The USC President’s comments were telling.

    No way Browns hire him and no way he goes to Dallas to be Jerruh’s guy. No NFL experience, health concerns, has baggage, and has been available to interview, but no one is interviewing him.

    Helluva talent recruiter and wins. Just not in the NFL.

  5. If I were a head coach like Meyer I’d demand some sort of guarantee that I couldn’t be fired for 4 years or so. They’ve painted theirselves in a corner hiring and firing so many coaches this last decade, who in their right mind wants to go clean up that mess when you know it’s going to take a couple of seasons to do so and the Haslams are trigger happy?

    I think Meyer is a great college coach with a lot of NFL potential, but it’s going to take more then 1 or 2 seasons to right that ship and get his footing. It’s a risky move, not on the Browns end, on Meyers.

    And the same goes for just about any other coach worth his salt that may be up for the job.

  6. I hope not . Meyer has health issues and the NFL Is a more demanding game . Please Browns get this right . I am not any younger or healthier myself . Just one before I die !

  7. I think this may work, but they’d have to give him some sort of Belichick coach/front office type influence.

  8. “That said, the Browns could do (and have done) a lot worse than Meyer.”
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    That’s a bit like saying you’ve had worse home improvement projects since you once burnt your house down to the ground and took half of the neighborhood with it.

    This exemplifies why the Browns are perpetually a mess. They finally have a bit of talent and they just need a competent coach who can handle big egos. A been-there, done-that sort of guy who can work on the details and keep them disciplined. So, naturally, they’re thinking about a candidate with zero NFL experience who is used to being the most famous guy in the locker room. Oh, and he also has health problems that cause him to bail whenever there is any pressure/controversy which is a daily occurrence in the NFL.

  9. They NEED to cast a wide net. Who worth a damn would want to work for this organization? It’s a train wreck…..

  10. Urban might want to coach the Browns, but personally, I don’t think the fans need the… headache

  11. Meyer would have one of his classic major migraines and quit before the preseason even started. This team gives me headaches and I’m not even a fan. I couldn’t imagine working for them.

  12. Drumming up interest is how the game’s played. Those two position coaches in SF didn’t just pop up by accident. Also,a lot of times it’s the proverbial quid pro quo of coach or FO leaking team information to a reporter so long as you link me to a job with another team.

  13. Not going to happen. Urban Meyer is a college coach who can’t handle the stress of coaching Florida or Ohio State, two schools that have all the recruiting advantages in the world.

    How would he handle the stress of coaching in the NFL where everything is geared towards parity? Or even more pertinent, how would he handle coaching a team that has failed consistently for the last 20 years despite the NFL being geared towards parity?

  14. I wish the Browns could stop being the laughing stock of the NFL….I’m to old to get a different “favorite team”…it’s disheartening and depressing to change coaches, GM’s over and over.

  15. I don’t see why they don’t go after Eric Mangini. If I remember correctly, he was let go by Holmgren simply because it wasn’t his guy, but he had the team playing hard and looking like they were moving in the right direction.

  16. Meyer quits Florida because of health reasons. He quits Ohio State because of health reasons. Now he is going to the Browns to coach Mayfield and OBJ. Better have the paramedics on speed dial.

  17. Dwayne Campbell says:
    January 2, 2020 at 10:55 am
    I wish the Browns could stop being the laughing stock of the NFL….I’m to old to get a different “favorite team”…it’s disheartening and depressing to change coaches, GM’s over and over.

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    change is possible. ive watched the pats since the late 1970s. the 1980 patriots were some of the worst football teams ever assembled. it was a weekly game of “how will they find a way to lose?” victor kiam. lisa olson. hart lee dykes, ugh. anyways. hire the right guy it gets better. you had belichick and fans and owners ran him out over bernie kosar. hopefully you get it right sometime. its good for the nfl when the browns are good.

  18. Urban should stay on the outside. Urban, your health is too valuable. Dont get back into it. …….

  19. Get McCarthy. Get Marvin Lewis. Get a proven winner. PLEASE. You have the talent. Just get the coaching!

  20. They NEED to cast a wide net. Who worth a damn would want to work for this organization? It’s a train wreck…..
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    There are 32 head coaching jobs in the NFL, the ultimate in coaching aspirations. If the Browns posted the opening on Monster.com, or any jobs network, there would be 10 million applications. Everyone not an NFL head coach would submit a resume.

  21. Any good GM would want to come in and tear down what’s already been built incorrectly, and the owner certainly hasn’t shown the patience for a multi-year re-build. He wants to win right now, and that’s exactly why the Browns are a mess. How can someone have hired the wrong guy so many times, and think that he knows what the right guy looks like? This would be laughable, but it’s not funny any more.

  22. Urban would be exposed. He is a great recruiter and a good coach, but he is not a stand-up guy, by any stretch of the imagination, and would be eaten alive by Pro’s he screws over. But, this would be a standard Browns move…………………

  23. The Browns thought Kitchens was a good idea. Now they want to hire a college coach who was forced to leave both of his two previous jobs because of looking the other way as serious transgressions occurred and, if not for the recruiting bias inherent in college, would be just another guy. It must be exasperating to be a Browns fan.

  24. I’m not sure who is the worst publicity seeker, Meyer or JJ Watt. Before long they will be on the Newlywed Game together to get more attention.

  25. Jimmy Haslem has absolutely no clue what he is doing.

    Hire Eliot Wolf as GM and give him full control of the football operations. Wolf alone hires the next head coach. Anything other than that will just be pouring more gas on the already raging inferno.

    Do not expect Haslem to do the right thing.

  26. Meyer…a college coach who has NEVER coached (or even played) in the NFL and a Browns team with so many immature egos on the team. Yeah that will work. Sort of reminds me of Barry Switzer. Aikman has said that Switzer wasn’t use to handling non-college players and just let them do whatever they wanted. The team was undisciplined and Aikman had to step in often and try and be like a coach. What the Browns need is a veteran coach who can change the culture in Cleveland. Someone who is willing to call out Baker. Urban would let these guys do anything they wanted.

  27. TribeOfOne says:
    January 2, 2020 at 11:03 am
    I don’t see why they don’t go after Eric Mangini. If I remember correctly, he was let go by Holmgren simply because it wasn’t his guy, but he had the team playing hard and looking like they were moving in the right direction.
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    Mangini was already the Browns head coach in 2009 and 2010. He went 5-11 and 5-11 in his two seasons and was fired.

    He hasn’t coached at any level since 2015 after the 49ers fired him. Horrible coach. Another one of those failures from the Belichick coaching tree that leaves the Patriots and sucks.

  28. would be fun to watch Mayfield try to explain the OU flag plant at The Horseshoe to his new head coach…

  29. The Browns are going to have to persuade a College coach, like Urban, or dome current NFL coordinator, to take the job. I can’t see one experienced NFL ex-head coach willing to deal with the hot mess that is Cleveland.

    Having said that, I’m still in shock that Riverboat Ron took the job in Washington. Washington is the team that that destroys Head Coaches. Daniel Snyder is as bad as Haslam.

  30. willycents says:
    January 2, 2020 at 11:38 am
    They NEED to cast a wide net. Who worth a damn would want to work for this organization? It’s a train wreck…..
    ———————————————
    There are 32 head coaching jobs in the NFL, the ultimate in coaching aspirations. If the Browns posted the opening on Monster.com, or any jobs network, there would be 10 million applications. Everyone not an NFL head coach would submit a resume.

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    Ok. I’ll say it again. Who WORTH A DAMN would want to work for this team?

  31. The Browns deserve better. Urban will quit on the team in a year or two and they’ll have to start over again. He’s had a great record of winning and a great record of quitting. A lot of times college coaches don’t workout in the NFL. In college all you need to do is be a good recruiter and in the NFL you need to coach. Ask Saban about that.

  32. Risky hire. Success at the college level is all about the ability to recruit. Look at the guy in Oklahoma, he has been hammered — not losing a close one–hammered when going against coaches that are just as good as him at recruiting. These dynamics make it difficult to determine whether or not s coach can really coach. Look at Saban, he loses quite a few games when going against similarly talented opponents.

  33. Browns would be a wildcard team in 2020 with Meyer. Don’t plan on a long run with him at the helm but he brings instant credibility and playoff potential. I’d hire him in a second after all these retread and position coach attempts at finding the answer.

  34. This is why don’t believe anything media says! The Cleveland browns owner said in his interview rousy that, Urban is not a candidate!

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