Urban Meyer has coached the Florida Gators since 2005. In that short span he’s acquired two National Championships (2006, 2008) and two SEC Championships (2006, 2008). He was also named Coach of the Decade by both The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated. Meyer’s all-time coaching record is 103-23.
However, the 2010 campaign was not a pleasant one for Meyer and the Gators. The team finished the regular season at a disappointing 4-4 (7-5 overall). Four of the five losses came against ranked teams. Despite the subpar season, the Gators will face off against Penn State on New Year’s Day in the 2011 Outback Bowl.
Today, Urban Meyer announced that he is stepping down as the head football coach at the University of Florida. The 46 year-old Meyer of his decision, “I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field.”
I’m not buying it. Urban Meyer is a coach. And at 46, is nowhere done on the gridiron sidelines. His name has swirled around multiple times about taking NFL openings, and this offseason will be no different.
It’s interesting that this is happening only two days after the Denver Broncos fired Josh McDaniels as their head coach. Now, if this connection isn’t immediately prevalent, let me help you. Do you remember that guy that led the Gators to those National Championships? He wore #15. Yea, Tim Tebow. Well, he’s sitting on the bench of a 3-9 Denver Broncos team.
Who better to come in to the prestigious Broncos franchise, with their highly touted (and considered over-hyped) quarterback, than Urban Meyer. Meyer was coach during Tebow’s entire collegiate career and would know more than anyone how to get the best out of the quarterback.
The situation, despite how coincidental it may be, definitely makes sense. And even if it doesn’t turn out to be, it definitely raises some speculation.