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Urban Meyer to the Denver Broncos? Maybe?

Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:49 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 3:27 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

On Wednesday, the Florida Gators announced that Urban Meyer stepped down as head coach of the Florida Gators. Needless to say, his tenure there was spectacular -- two national titles and an unbelievable run with Tim Tebow under center.

Which brings us to the NFL side of things, since the Denver Broncos, the team that happens to have Tebow under contract, are currently seeking a full-time coach who can restore their franchise to glory after they canned Josh McDaniels on Monday.

This is obviously pure speculation, because there are tons of reasons it wouldn't make sense. Namely, college coaches typically fail in the NFL. Additionally, Meyer, for all of his success in the college ranks, has no experience in the NFL, which certainly plays against the notion that the Broncos would want to hire a coach with experience reviving a program.

On the other hand, having Tebow on the roster makes for an unpleasant scenario for most coaches -- it seems pretty likely that other executives would have used that 25th overall pick in 2010 differently. Meyer, presumably, would have no problem convincing himself that he could help Tebow succeed at the next level (even if logic says that Tebow can't be a great NFL quarterback).

Next, take a look at the success the Broncos have had this year, which has come only offensively: it's primarily based on McDaniels system allowing Kyle Orton and a rag-tag-but-talented group of wide receivers to succeed. Meyer could easily believe that his own system could achieve the same success.

Would Meyer demand personnel control in Denver? Likely not, given this would be his first run in the NFL as a head coach, and that could be one of the sticking points for Denver going forward, because of McDaniels' inability to properly manage personnel.

There's no obvious John Elway/Pat Bowlen/Joe Ellis connection here, so the speculation for putting Urban Meyer as the new head coach of the Denver Broncos revolves entirely around the fact that less than 48 hours after Tim Tebow's boss was fired, Meyer suddenly (and quite unexpectedly) resigned from his post at Florida.

This was his second resignation, so it's as if it wasn't some sort of possibility of him leaving the Gators. And -- as my college colleague Adam Jacobi wrote -- if Meyer's in bad shape health-wise (again) it seems pretty unlikely that he would leave for an NFL job.

But the timing of the moves are begging for some speculation as to whether or not Meyer could succumb to the lure of coaching Tebow again.

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Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:01 pm

Urban Meyer to the Denver Broncos? Maybe?

Urban Meyer should bring his spread option to Denver and start Tim Tebow!      
;     &nbs
p;   - sincerely, Chargers Raiders and Chiefs fans

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:56 pm

Urban Meyer to the Denver Broncos? Maybe?


Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:47 pm

Urban Meyer to the Denver Broncos? Maybe?

wayne weaver grows a set of balls, fires del rio, hires urban, jags trade for tebow, jimmy johnson goes back and coaces the 'canes, spurrier back to florida with assistant coach bobby bowden, don shula goes back to the dolphins and tampa bay moves to los angeles and all is right with the world.

Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:42 pm

Urban Meyer to the Denver Broncos? Maybe?

Please Lord, don't send Urban Meyer to the Titans.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:20 pm

Urban Meyer to the Denver Broncos? Maybe?

It's been reported that Urban Meyer declared this decision to the Florida AD last weekend before Josh McDaniels got canned.  This is more than pure speculation.  It is in fact wild, unfounded and preposterous speculation.  Whoever the Broncos hire, he will definitely have an NFL position on his resume and I wouldn't be surprised if they pick up someone with prior head coaching experience in the league.  I don't care how much Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow love each other, Pat Bowlen isn't running hug factory.

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:18 pm
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Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:06 pm

Urban Meyer to the Denver Broncos? Maybe?

Parcells indicated "heath concerns" every time he stepped down from a job, only to sign on to a more stressful position about a month later. Meyer to the Broncos looks like a certainty.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:03 pm

Urban Meyer to the Denver Broncos? Maybe?

Stanger things have happened but Meyer has expressed family and health twice now as the reason he is stepping down so it doesn't make sense to take on more in the NFL. I would think a return to Bowling Green would suit the guy better in the stage of life he's in.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:02 pm

Urban Meyer to the Denver Broncos? Maybe?

This would be an extraordinarily bad idea.  His spread option would flop massively at the NFL level, Tebow or no.

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