Report: Urban Meyer helping Redskins with head coaching search

Chris Lingebach
December 16, 2019 - 4:53 pm

There may be more to that Urban Meyer sighting at FedEx Field on Sunday after all.

According to NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright, Meyer – who was spotted in Dan Snyder's box during the Redskins-Eagles game – has been assisting the Redskins in their coaching search. Finding a replacement for Jay Gruden, fired in October, is among the Redskins' top offseason priorities.

Meyer, on Saturday, attended the Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia, not a far drive from Landover. But this report seems to validate that there was more to Meyer's attendance than just to watch some of his former players, as Terry McLaurin had said after Sunday's 37-27 loss to the Eagles.

"First, just to get that out there, Coach Meyer was here to support me and Dwayne," McLaurin told reporters. "He was in town. He called me last night and he wanted to come support me at the game, so he was my guest."

"It was good to see him again, good to talk to him," he said. "It surpasses football. It has nothing to do with his coaching status at all and it was good just having him support me again."

Dwayne Haskins, McLaurin's fellow Ohio State alum on the Redskins, was unaware of Meyer's presence until after the game.

"He was here?" Haskins said. "Ah, that's cool, man. His spirits were there, for sure."

The report also suggests the three-time national championship former coach at Ohio State, Florida and Utah is not himself a coaching candidate for the Redskins. Unless, of course, he were to recommend himself for the job.

Lastly, if the report is accurate, it makes you wonder why Bruce Allen – Washington's team president – isn't the one leading the coaching search.

It would be odd for Snyder to go around Allen to find his next head coach.