The Jacksonville Jaguars (finally) fired head coach Urban Meyer late Wednesday night. Meyer had more headlines about his poor actions and choices off the field than he did wins. Not even getting to finish the regular season, Meyer will depart the Jags with a 2-11 record. You likely remember a more revered and successful Meyer from his college football days at Ohio State.
From speculation that he called his staff losers, to not taking the team plane home, to videos surfacing of a young woman dancing on his lap at a bar, Meyer just seemed to bring constant chaos to the organization. The news of Meyer’s firing came shortly after yet another scandal made the news when former kicker Josh Lambo told the Tampa Bay Times that the head coach kicked him during a preseason practice. I don’t think kicking a kicker makes his kicking any better? Maybe that’s just me.
Why does this matter to the Dallas Cowboys? Because they dodged a bullet. You might remember that back in 2019 when Mr. Meyer was “retired” and taking a shot at a sports television career with FOX, he went on an episode of The Herd with Colin Cowherd and said he would “absolutely” take a Cowboys coaching job. This was right around the time when rumors had started to circulate that Jason Garrett might be losing his job with the Cowboys at the end of the 2019 season.
In the episode of the Herd, Cowherd and Meyer were actually talking about speculation that (at the time) Oklahoma’s HC Lincoln Riley was one of the names for the Cowboys position. Meyer told Cowherd that he didn’t know Riley well, but that a Cowboys head coaching job was one in sports you simply had to take. Meyer compared it to coaching for the New York Yankees. He continued to say, “That’s the one job in professional football that you kind of say, ‘I gotta go do that.'”
Well, Cowboys fans. Thank goodness he didn’t. We know you all don’t love Mike McCarthy. But at least he doesn’t kick Greg Zuerlein during practices! Those who remember the Urban Meyer/Cowboys rumors took to Twitter to respond to the firing.
Cowboys fans on Twitter react to Urban Meyer firing with pure relief
Some of them admitted they were wrong from the jump…
…while others are out here looking for the rare Cowboys fan who checked two extremely incorrect boxes.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan released this statement after the news broke:
"“After deliberation over many weeks and a thorough analysis of the entirety of Urban’s tenure with our team, I am bitterly disappointed to arrive at the conclusion that an immediate change is imperative for everyone. In the spirit of disclosure and recharging our players, staff and fan base, I will not comment further until some point following the conclusion of the NFL season.”"
While we are relieved that Meyer didn’t end up with the Cowboys, this firing may still affect the Cowboys after all. Rumors are, once again, starting to swirl that offensive coordinator Kellen Moore might be lured elsewhere in the football world.
Is Cowboys OC Kellen Moore a frontrunner to replace Urban Meyer for Jacksonville’s head coaching job?
Talks about Moore taking a job somewhere else isn’t new information to the Cowboys. He is consistently named as a top coaching candidate for both NCAA and NFL jobs. Before the 2021 season, Moore was considering openings at his alma mater Boise State, and he even had talks with the divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles. Moore chose to stay with the Cowboys, though.
Many credit Moore with making Dak Prescott the quarterback that he is. If he were to consider the Jacksonville job, he would be doing a similar thing with rookie Trevor Lawrence. It seems like it could be a good fit for Moore, but we know he has declined other offers in the past.
Only time will tell if Moore is with the Cowboys next season. The Jaguars can request a meeting with him as soon as December 28. There’s no denying that the Cowboys’ offense is struggling as of late, but Moore does play a big part on the staff. With Jerry Jones’ big pockets at the helm of the organization, Moore could be getting a big paycheck at the end of the season to keep him with Dallas.