Tom Coughlin questions Urban Meyer’s interest in defense after spate of transfers

• Buckeyes' coach does not show same passion for defence as offense • ‘There’s no evidence at all he gives a toss for the defense’

The coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tom Coughlin, has questioned the decision-making abilities of the Ohio State coach, Urban Meyer, after several high-profile defensive players transferred away from the school following reports that Meyer allowed players to talk negatively about the coaching staff.

After five of Urban Meyer’s assistant coaches stepped down last year citing emotional, as well as financial, issues with the coach, citing frustration at what they saw as his tendency to interfere in the coaching of their unit, the leading rusher, Curtis Samuel, and the top tackler, Jerome Baker, have both decided to leave Ohio State since November to enter the NFL draft.

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In December, as the Buckeyes were cruising to a 10-3 season with Meyer at the helm, rumors started to emerge about him not providing sufficient support for a strong defense. Meyer has continually denied any wrongdoing.

Former Ohio State player Jared Dubin joined the podcast Interceptions and, when asked about his former coach’s alleged problems on the defensive side of the ball, Robinson hit back by questioning Meyer’s coaching philosophy.

“I think it does bother me a little bit when some of those players, some of the biggest players, try to say, ‘This guy [Meyer] does not care about defense,’” Robinson said. “I mean, you know how offensive guys talk about defense when they can’t play defense.”

“If you think there’s just some guy sitting in the stands who cares about defense, you’re way off. There’s no evidence at all he gives a toss for the defense.

Meyer’s staff has remained intact despite the reports, an indication he wants to prove himself. Robinson doesn’t share that view.

“You cannot win a national championship if you can’t defend,” Robinson said. “Do you think Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama cannot defend? How can you not defend if you don’t have a coordinator that runs a defense. Or run your defense or have a coordinator. At Ohio State, if they wanted to run the same offense they’ve run for all these years, they wouldn’t have had a first-year coordinator.

“I mean, he basically got his assistant coaches kicked out. OK? That’s not right. That’s not the way you win national championships.

“I think Urban should at least look into that before he makes another change. Why? Because then you have to put some focus on offense and you don’t have your defense, and everybody’s got to look at all the changes and move forward in the right direction.”

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