Urban Meyer says NFL schedule is like playing Alabama every week

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Urban Meyer was a prolific football coach in the college ranks just a few years ago, posting a career record of 186-32, which amounts to a career winning percentage of .853. Before bolting for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Big Ten, Meyer led the Florida Gators to two national championships in 2006 and 2008.

At Ohio State, he managed to secure multiple College Football Playoff appearances and led the Buckeyes to the inaugural CFP Championship in 2014.

At the end of the 2018 season, Urban Meyer decided to hang up his whistle and retire from coaching football. Effective in January of 2019, Meyer would no longer be a head coach at Ohio State.

Those of us who were familiar with the Urban Meyer cycle knew to anticipate that his retirement would not likely last forever. And in January of 2021, he would prove us right when he accepted the head coaching job for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the AFC South.

Jacksonville has yet to earn a win for their new head coach, starting off 0-2 with losses against the Texans and Broncos, respectively.

Meyer has learned to realize that the level of competition in the NFL, relative to the college variety of football, is much tougher.

Before the Broncos defeated the Jaguars on Sunday to give Meyer an 0-2 career record in the NFL, Denver coach Vic Fangio was reportedly told by Meyer that every game in the NFL is a tough one.

“This is the NFL. I don’t know Urban Meyer at all, really, I met him the other day, shook his hand before the game and after the game. And his comment to me was, ‘Every week is like playing Alabama in the NFL.’ That’s it. Everybody’s capable of beating everybody in this league,” Fangio recalled while speaking to reporters Wednesday.

Each year you hear the argument, “Alabama could beat [insert worst NFL team here], but it will never be settled. All we can do is assume what the result would be. But, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that even the worst NFL team is filled with some of the best players at their time in college.

For Meyer to assert that every week in the NFL is akin to an Alabama matchup should certainly be taken as a compliment. We should all be glad that he isn’t walking up and down a sideline in college football, anymore.

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