Urban Meyer has resigned as the head coach of the Florida Gators, though he will coach the team in the Outback Bowl. This comes one year after Meyer originally resigned as Florida's head coach, only to turn it into a three-month leave of absence. In that episode, Meyer cited health issues as his reason for the move. This time, Meyer claimed he wants to spend more time with his family.
Why bring this up on a site about Denver sports? Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow and Meyer formed a successful partnership in Gainesville from 2006-2009, winning a national championship in 2008 (Tebow was a backup in the 2006 national championship season). There's no hard evidence to connect the Meyer resignation as a result of the Broncos' firing Josh McDaniels, but this would be an odd coincidence if there are no dots to connect. Maybe this is two random events happening at the same time, but one cannot help but keep a piece of their mind centered on the Broncos' need for a head coach.
Would Pat Bowlen look to the college coach and hope that the Meyer-Tebow duo that worked so well in college could translate into success on the NFL level? Meyer has only ever coached in the college ranks, and we all know how high-profile college coach Nick Saban turned out with the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and 2006: largely a disappointment. And former Florida head coach Steve Spurrier did nothing with the Washington Redskins in 2002 and 2003.
It's only eight days into December and the rumors are already grist for the mill.