The Washington Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden on Monday morning – less than 24 hours after falling to the New England Patriots. Per usual, football fans and analysts around the country are already speculating who could take the job next.
Two potential candidates being floated are current Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
ESPN’s Elle Duncan noted on Get Up! that Day could make some sense. Andrew Perloff of The Dan Patrick Show thinks that Day and Meyer should be considered.
The obvious link here is that both coached quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who Washington drafted in the first round last year. The Redskins have only played Haskins in one game and it did not go well.
Everyone talking about Lincoln Riley for Redskins. How about one of two coaches who helped Haskins throw 50 TDs at Ohio State last season – Urban Meyer or Ryan Day?
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) October 7, 2019
ESPN literally just said Ryan Day should take the Redskins coaching job. Why would he leave Ohio State, a successful program, for that joke of a franchise?😂😂😂
— Cody Chalfan (@cachalfan) October 7, 2019
As Perloff notes, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley will likely be mentioned as well. But it’s hard to see him taking the job given the number of options he’ll have available after this season.
It’s hard to see Day taking the job either – considering he’s been at Ohio State less than one year and has yet to really establish himself as a great college coach.
As for Meyer, while he is currently available, he’s never really expressed interest in leading an NFL franchise. It still seems more likely that he’ll return to the college game in a year or two.