Aug 14, 2021; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer watches warmups from the tunnel before the game against the Browns at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

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 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, 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.

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

Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and running back Dalvin Cook (33) meet before the game against Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Zimmer: Vikings RB Cook likely to play vs. Packers

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will practice Wednesday and is expected to play this week in an NFC North game against the host Green Bay Packers.

Cook didn’t play in Week 6 due to a groin injury and the Vikings were on bye last week.

Head coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday morning that Cook would be on the practice field later that day, putting him on schedule to play this weekend.

Cook has 489 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in five games.

In Week 1, Cook had two touchdowns but finished with 12 carries for 50 yards in a lopsided loss to the Packers. The Vikings were forced into a pass-happy approach most of the final three quarters of the game.

–Field Level Media