The Washington Redskins have reached the predictable portion of the season where the story of the day happens far away from the field – even on game day.
After a season away from the football sidelines, Meyer has interest in this year's offseason coaching carousel.
That could be back at the collegiate level, where he has reached legendary status with 12 bowl wins and three national championships. It could also be at the professional level, where Meyer could prove that he's more than just a good amateur recruiter.
If working for and covering the NFL taught me anything, it's a meticulous obsession with optics. Teams show fans what they want them to see, when they want fans to see it. So, what did the prominent Meyer sighting mean? Here are the three most likely theories:
Even as the league has moved towards promoting young, hungry coordinators, Snyder could be more comfortable with a celebrity coach and a track record. It doesn't hurt that Meyer is the last coach to have success with Haskins, and would bolster the team's investment in the youngster. Meyer would give the Redskins instant credibility and give a struggling fanbase something to rally around while they rebuild.
While these three reasons are speculative, this is how the coaching carousel gets started. The truth likely lies somewhere in the triangle of possibilities.
While it's uncommon to see coaches and teams show such obvious flirtation, it doesn't mean that there is fire behind the smoke. This could be nothing more than a shot across the bow of Jerry Jones' yacht. Or it could be the first step to an introductory press conference in Ashburn.
Only time (and a Brinks truck full of money) will decide the Redskins' head coaching job.