Are Falcons interested in Urban Meyer?

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer runs onto the field before a game against Northwestern on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

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Ohio State’s Urban Meyer runs onto the field before a game against Northwestern on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Former Ohio State and Florida coach Urban Meyer has been approached by two NFL teams, according to an ESPN report.

The Falcons, Lions and Texans have fired their coaches in-season. The Falcons fired coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff on Oct. 11.

Atlanta will announce its candidates after they have been interviewed. Interim head coach Raheem Morris will interview for the post.

ESPN, citing a source connected to one of those two teams, said Meyer is considering the offers and intends to make his decision “within the next week,” before the end of the NFL regular season.

Meyer, 56, last coached in 2018 at Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record. He has a combined 187-32 at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State.

He has won three national championships: two at Florida (2006 and ’08) and one at Ohio State (2014).

Houston interviewed former Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis recently.

Other teams could have openings after the season including the Jets, Chargers and Jaguars.

It’s highly unlikely that the Falcons would go the former college coach route after things went so poorly after they hired Bobby Petrino out of Louisville in 2007. He stayed just 13 games and went back to the college ranks to coach at Arkansas.

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Fox analyst Urban Meyer was a panelist at the Quarterback Coaching Summit held in Atlanta on June 24 and 25 , 2019. NFL Network's Steve Wyche, on the right, was the moderator. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Fox analyst Urban Meyer was a panelist at the Quarterback Coaching Summit held in Atlanta  on June 24 and 25 , 2019. NFL Network's Steve Wyche, on the right, was the moderator. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

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Fox analyst Urban Meyer was a panelist at the Quarterback Coaching Summit held in Atlanta on June 24 and 25 , 2019. NFL Network's Steve Wyche, on the right, was the moderator. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

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