Jon Gruden: 'Urban Meyer did the greatest coaching job of all time'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday February 26, 2015

Jon Gruden joined Colin Cowherd on Thursday to talk about his quarterback camp and the state of offenses, and Gruden gave some incredibly high praise to Urban Meyer.

When the two talked about high-tempo, spread offenses beating the strong defenses of the SEC, Gruden brought up Meyer taking it to Ohio State and winning this year's national championship with third-string quarterback Cardale Jones, defeating Alabama and Oregon.

“Maybe the best coach in the SEC went to the Big Ten,” Gruden said. “Urban Meyer did the greatest coaching job of all time. Winning a national championship with his third-string quarterback, I’ve never seen that before. … I’ve always respected him. Won two national titles at Florida.

“What he did at Ohio State, losing a Heisman Trophy candidate and then doing what he did with two different quarterbacks that were backups. Amazing to me.”

Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Tom Herman also deserves credit, and did earn accolades, by winning the Broyles Award and becoming the head coach at Houston. Meyer has been successful at each stop in his career: Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and now Ohio State. Gruden said Meyer has always been able to bring in the right kind of players for his system and program, but he might have gotten away from it late at Florida.

“He is great at recruiting,” Gruden said. “When he gets an Urban Meyer-kind of roster — I think what happened at Florida, he won the national titles, and then he wanted to be the No. 1 recruiting coach in the league and probably signed some players that didn’t fit the Urban Meyer profile.

When he went to Ohio State, I think he learned a little bit from that. He’s looking for guys that fit a certain profile, and he’s going to build his team around those guys. That’s clearly what he’s doing.”

Ohio State opens spring practice on March 10.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to