When Ohio State takes the field this weekend against Tulane it will be the first time this season that they’ll do so with Head Coach Urban Meyer. Meyer returns to the Buckeyes, who enter the game as 37 point favorites over the Green Wave, after serving a 3-game suspension. During Meyer’s absence, Ryan Day did a more-than-serviceable job filling in. While he never faced much adversity during the first two weeks of the season, the Day-led Buckeyes faced a huge test on the road against TCU in week 3. After a relatively lackluster first half, and facing a 21-13 deficit late in the 3rd quarter, Day made the necessary adjustments and rallied the team for a 40-28 victory. Given his stellar performance as interim Head Coach, I think Day deserves another shot at the spotlight, which is why I think the Buckeyes need to roll with a two-head-coach system from here on out.
Now I know all of you naysayers will be quick to spout off all of your meaningless cliches: “But there’s only one headset”, and “If you have two Head Coaches then you don’t have one”, or “Ryan Day’s job title is Offensive Coordinator, he isn’t a Head Coach”. All I hear when you say that is “I’m old, stubborn and stuck in my ways and I’m afraid of anything that’s new and different.” Sure, Day may get to take the reins in mop-up duty this week against Tulane, but I want to see him get some meaningful time at the helm when it matters, like next weekend in Happy Valley. As long as they implement it correctly, like rotating them in and out after a set number of series, then it’s going to keep opposing teams on their toes and can lead to nothing but success (just look how great their two-QB system worked a couple years ago). Hell, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Buckeyes run them both out as head coach at the same time for a couple plays. It’s going to confuse the shit out of the players and everyone knows that the only way to combat chaos like that is to perform at peak levels, so it’s guaranteed to maximize production from the OSU players.
Some of you may be asking, “Is it really fair for a guy to lose his job to his backup just because he misses a few games for something small like an injury or terribly mishandling a domestic violence situation with a member of his coaching staff?” Fair question, but this is a “Next man up”/”What have you done for me lately?” kind of game. Urban should know that better than anyone. Nobody is irreplaceable (shout out Beyoncé), so if Day steals some reps from Meyer after all of this then he’s earned it. And I think the Buckeyes are better off for it. It’s time to introduce a new wrinkle into the game. This one-coach mentality is starting to get stale.