Urban myth? Meyer among favorites to be first NFL coach fired

Urban Meyer‘s odds of being the first NFL coach fired this season lengthened a bit after he said there is “no chance” he will leave the Jacksonville Jaguars for Southern Cal.

Meyer opened Wednesday as the +350 favorite at SportsBetting.ag to be the first coach fired but those odds soon lengthened to +450. The former Florida and Ohio State coach’s name was mentioned as a potential successor shortly after USC fired Clay Helton on Monday.



“There’s no chance. I’m here and committed to trying to build this organization,” Meyer, 57, said Wednesday.

The co-favorites in the market are now Chicago’s Matt Nagy and Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer (+400). Nagy’s odds held steady while Zimmer’s odds shortened from +450.

All three teams opened the season with losses last week.

The Jaguars will play host to the Denver Broncos in Week 2 while the Bears have their home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Vikings travel to the Arizona Cardinals. Nagy’s contract expires at the end of next season while Zimmer is under contract through 2023.

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Next on the list is New York Giants coach Joe Judge at +900. The Giants opened with a loss to Denver and play host to Washington on Thursday night.

Denver coach Vic Fangio and Cincinnati’s Zac Taylor are being offered at +1200, while Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury and Dallas’ Mike McCarthy are +1400.

The sportsbook is offering odds on all 32 coaches, with the longest shots to be the first fired this season being Kansas City’s Andy Reid and Tampa Bay’s Bruce Arians at +2000.

First Coach Fired Odds

  • Matt Nagy (+400)
  • Mike Zimmer (+400)
  • Urban Meyer (+450)
  • Joe Judge (+900)
  • Vic Fangio (+1200)
  • Zac Taylor (+1200)
  • Kliff Kingsbury (+1400)
  • Mike McCarthy (+1400)
  • Frank Reich (+2000)
  • Dan Campbell (+2500)
  • Jon Gruden (+2500)
  • Mike Tomlin (+2500)
  • Mike Vrabel (+2500)
  • Ron Rivera (+2500)
  • David Culley (+2800)
  • Matt Rhule (+4000)
  • Sean Payton (+4000)
  • Arthur Smith (+5000)
  • John Harbaugh (+5000)
  • Matt LaFleur (+5000)
  • Robert Saleh (+5000)
  • Brian Flores (+6600)
  • Kyle Shanahan (+6600)
  • Nick Sirianni (+6600)
  • Pete Carroll (+6600)
  • Brandon Staley (+8000)
  • Sean McVay (+8000)
  • Bill Belichick (+10000)
  • Kevin Stefanski (+10000)
  • Sean McDermott (+10000)
  • Andy Reid (+20000)
  • Bruce Arians (+20000)

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)