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When listing possible Cowher suitors, don't forget the Jets

As the tarp is being removed from the NFL’s coaching carousel, one thing we know is that, in the end, there will be some unexpected seats on the ride.

And with word already leaking of possible destinations for former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, it would be unrealistic at this point to rule out the New York Jets.

Last year, the Jets were interested.  But the presence — and the authority — of G.M. Mike Tannenbaum kept Cowher from pursuing the opportunity, since he will want to run the show, presumably with the assistance of his former Pittsburgh lieutenants, Kevin Colbert and Omar Khan.

This time around, another season featuring early excitement followed by a cold splash of 1-6 reality likely will result in another non-trip to the playoffs, despite plenty of hype and big talking.

So Tannenbaum, who traded for Brett Favre in 2008 and traded up to draft Mark Sanchez in 2009, could be on shaky ground.  And if Tannenbaum gets the Christmas-tree-in-January treatment, the possibility of making another run at Cowher cannot be disregarded.

Of course, that would require the Jets to fire Rex Ryan after only one year.

Bill Cowher.  Rex Ryan. 

Bill Cowher.  Rex Ryan. 

Bill Cowher.  Rex Ryan.

When combining the frustration that got Eric Mangini fired after the 2008 season with the reality that the Personal Seat Licenses at the new stadium won’t be selling themselves, the decision shouldn’t be all that difficult, should it?

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51 Responses to “When listing possible Cowher suitors, don't forget the Jets”
  1. Iain says: Nov 25, 2009 9:50 AM

    Nice Christmas Tree reference, given “Tannenbaum” is German for “Christmas Tree”. Appreciated.

  2. bearsrule says: Nov 25, 2009 9:52 AM

    Wait a minute. After week 2, Rex Cryan was Coach of the Year, the Jets were the best team in football, Sanchez was the greatest rookie QB ever, everybody in Jetsland was yukking it up, along with the nitwits in Bristol. The only team to rival the Jets were the Broncos. What happened ? Thank God they play ALL the games instead of just the first two or three.

  3. Pastabelly says: Nov 25, 2009 9:52 AM

    Maybe Buddy Junior can call all of the season ticket holders and beg them to buy PSLs.
    Hard to blame Tannenbaum for trading for Sanchez and it should be no real surprise that a rookie quarterback is actually struggling. Tannenbaum could be blamed for many things (Gholston) and canned.

  4. tj.52 says: Nov 25, 2009 9:53 AM

    Yeah, but who’s gonna have the courage to look into those tear-filled puppy dogs and give old Rexxy the bad news? It would be like telling your 8 year old that you just flushed his favorite goldfish. Tough stuff.

  5. ZSchaffran says: Nov 25, 2009 9:56 AM

    Jets Offensive MVP — Leon Washington (or Mangold)
    Jets Defensive MVP — Kris Jenkins (or Revis)
    Name a team that could lose its offensive and defensive MVPs — a team with a rookie head coach and quarterback, no less — and stay competitive.
    As much as I’d love to see Cowher scowling on the Jets sidelines, it ain’t gonna happen due to an injury plagued season.

  6. hayward giablommi says: Nov 25, 2009 9:58 AM

    Wow, did I just see Mike Florio calling for Wrecks Ryan to be fired after one year? That is bold, sir.
    I could go either way. It will be fun to have Tubby Wrecks to poke fun at for the next few years, but Cowher’s postseason choke jobs are legendary.
    I say let Tubby stick around and prove year after year that he is a failure and maybe have the opportunity to kiss Bill’s next ring, all the while having a nervous breakdown once the sharks in the NY media begin to circle (and that would be one W I D E circle).

  7. Fan_Of_ Four says: Nov 25, 2009 10:00 AM

    The way I see it there should be about a dozen GM firings as well. GM’s bring in crappy players and coaches get fired. Isn’t it Funny how Cowher’s old Team is still winning after he left ?

  8. PFTiswhatitis says: Nov 25, 2009 10:03 AM

    You cant really blame Sanchez. Any team that throws a rookie into that mess is asking for trouble. The kid deserves better. Tannenbaum should have been gone long ago but then again, the lowly Jets deserve every bit of hardship they get. May they enjoy it for years to come.

  9. Opie says: Nov 25, 2009 10:03 AM

    why would someone have a “favorite” goldfish?!?
    I’ve found that if you have a contest to see how many goldfish you can swallow in :30 seconds, the kid tends to forget all about how much the goldfish was loved…….

  10. fellasheowed says: Nov 25, 2009 10:06 AM

    there is no reason to imagine that cowher would bring in kahn and colbert, they were not the lackeys that the great minds of pft imagine them to be.
    riddle me this, why was it then, that cowher wanted stacy andrews, but the steelers got ben roethlisberger, just to name one decision that demonstrates, cowher was a coach, but not a cult of personality who ran the show without the title.
    i know its hard for drama junkies to imagine, a fuctional heirarchy in the world of sports, sorry that.

  11. Duan says: Nov 25, 2009 10:08 AM

    @ bearsrule – you are correct sir!!!! lol!!!!!!!
    They annointed “San-chise” as the next Joe Namath. Braylon Edwards was going to play better, because he was with a “winning” organization in a “BIG” city.
    Oh yeah they were definately yukking it up.
    Let’s keep it real, the Jets were playing off motivation, the first couple of weeks. That’s fine and it nice to see, but let’s keep it real – it all boils down to X’s and O’s come week five and the fire has burned out.
    God bless’em, they got rid of a guy, who clearly was winning for them, it just was getting them over the proverbial hump.
    It’s gonna be interesting how all this plays out at the end of the season.

  12. CliveRush says: Nov 25, 2009 10:11 AM

    Tannenbaum is a rat who along with Mangini tried to steal anything they could get their hands on when leaving Foxboro. They are rats and betrayed the man who gave them stature in the league. Who the hell could trust these two maggots. It is not a surprise that the Jets stink because the organization is rotten from the top down. The players deserve better.

  13. robynsc says: Nov 25, 2009 10:16 AM

    this is one of the most intelligent comment sites ever. having said that, and being a jets fan, i have to agree with ZS about injuries. on the other hand, you can’t build on ONE player. and favre screwed us pretty hard. i like rexxy, but then i’m a girl. but i LOVE cowher and i wanna win. oh, yeah, and get tannenbaum outta there before we have a “millen” on our hands.

  14. FlourideSoldOut says: Nov 25, 2009 10:22 AM

    sheeez Flouride, we know you need the traffic, but C’mon Man, Cowher ain’t going anywhere, he likes his new cush job,and the same with Gruden, why would they trade what they got now for the total grueling commitment required to be a HC. I know you need to churn the rumor mill and all, but those two ain’t coming back, no matter how much you spin it, year after year, after year….(yawn).Same ole song and dance, Farve is retiring, Cowher is gonna coach again, blah blah yadda yadda yadda. …

  15. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Nov 25, 2009 10:30 AM

    @ bearsrule:
    Wait a minute. After week 2, Rex Cryan was Coach of the Year, the Jets were the best team in football, Sanchez was the greatest rookie QB ever, everybody in Jetsland was yukking it up, along with the nitwits in Bristol. The only team to rival the Jets were the Broncos. What happened ? Thank God they play ALL the games instead of just the first two or three.
    Correction: The JETS won the Super Bowl in Week 2. Remember.
    Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. HA!
    Laughing all the way to Foxboro …
    Go Pats!

  16. Steel Wheels says: Nov 25, 2009 10:32 AM

    The other thing to remember regarding Cowher’s time with the Steelers is that towards the end of his tenure there was friction between him and Colbert, because……..Cower wanted total control. So I don’t see Colbert and Kahn leaving. Common sense also says why would they leave a first class organization with great ownership and tradition and oh yeah, Super Bowl rings.
    The reason that the Steelers drafted Ben was because the Rooney’s knew what they had with Ben and didn’t want him to become the next Marino.

  17. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Nov 25, 2009 10:36 AM

    As a Patriots fan, I would welcome The Chin as Jets coach any day. Belichick owns him when it counts most so I would love to see him take the helm.

  18. d-phinfan says: Nov 25, 2009 10:38 AM

    Hey ZSchaffron:
    Phins lost – Starting QB & Captain, Starting CB, Starting DT& Captain , Starting RB
    Phins have lost all this and a bunch of dinged O-lineman and are still competitive. They will struggle to try to capture a wildcard (and may end up just short) but unlike the JETS – we don’t whine, cry and say ‘yeah but….’

  19. MistrezzRachael says: Nov 25, 2009 10:42 AM

    PLEASE NO!!!!…The AFC East needs a perrenial doormat/cellar dwellar. The only way to assure that is by keeping Tannenbaum/Ryan combo.
    That team is VERY, VERY, poorly coached…and we need to keep them that way.

  20. Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 25, 2009 10:42 AM

    Fan_Of_ Four says:
    The way I see it there should be about a dozen GM firings as well. GM’s bring in crappy players and coaches get fired. Isn’t it Funny how Cowher’s old Team is still winning after he left ?
    ____________________________________
    See also: Switzer Barry; Gruden, Jon..
    It’s not unheard of for that to happen. Of course, we all know Cowher really shouldn’t have a ring at all though, so I’ll leave it up to you to determine what constitutes “winning”.

  21. PantherFan says: Nov 25, 2009 10:46 AM

    Rex isn’t a bad coach. How can you possibly run a guy out of town after one year? Jets fans kill me. Cowher might be an upgrade, but with no salary cap next year and possible lock out the following year, I don’t see too many owners firing coaches and having to pay them along with paying Cowher the $7Million plus that he will get.
    As bad as we want him in Carolina, I don’t see our owner paying Fox, Hurney and Cowher next year. I know these owners are Billionaires, but how much are they willing to pay?

  22. ZombieRevolution says: Nov 25, 2009 10:53 AM

    PFT should title this section “Latest News & Rumors & Florio’s opinion and wild speculation”
    The beauty of Florio’s position is that he can say basically whatever he wants with little to no support and get paid to do it. What a sweet job Florio. You put a lot of work into getting to this stage, but there is a lot of gravy to the gig…

  23. KingJoe! says: Nov 25, 2009 10:54 AM

    Dont forget the Eagles. If they take a nose dive, dont be surprised to see Andy take some time off. Cowher comes into a ready to go team!

  24. HarrisonHits says: Nov 25, 2009 10:55 AM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !
    Pats fans everywhere want to see Ryan as the HC of the Jets for years to come ! He provides so much comedy relief while doing such a crappy job……

  25. Crowder911 says: Nov 25, 2009 10:55 AM

    throwing Sanchez in that mess??? excuse me, as much as I hate the Jets i have to admit they have a pretty good runnning game, a good OLine and WR what are you asking for?
    funny…. Stafford is doing better with less (ok, Megatron) but behind that OLine even Cleo Lemon would look Bananas hahaha
    Gholston = bust
    Sanchez = overhyped, medicore player
    welcome to the ugly side of the NFL, my Dolphins used to do all that crap the Jets are doing the last 2-3 years with overpriced expensive FA’s, bad drafts etc etc
    count together what the Jests gave up for Sanchez, Edwards and Greene and you have a new team.
    next headlines i would like to read:
    Rex “allyoucaneat” Ryan benches, himself, Mark “Taco Bell” Sanchez, Bart “Maggie” Scott and Calvin “DuanRead” Pace
    Rexy goes to Hollywood, Ryan showed his emotional talent during the quicky with the Jets. He decided to try to make it as a Telenovela star. Starring with Rex is the former NFL QB Mark Sanchez.

  26. VonClausewitz says: Nov 25, 2009 10:56 AM

    Firing Ryan would be a blunder of huge proportions. It’s not like the Jets are getting blown out a lot. They’ve lost 3 games that were very close. If they win those they’re 8-2. The only teams that have blown them out are the Pats and the Saints. Hardly chumps. Ryan needs to be given his chance. I still think he’s going a great job.

  27. Crazy Eddie says: Nov 25, 2009 10:57 AM

    Hey CliveRush, Tannenbaum never worked for the Patriots.
    Tanny has done a great job continuing to deal with the cap. Coming into this offseason the Jets were supposed to be 25 million over, he got them way under to where they could spend.

  28. ftomeo says: Nov 25, 2009 11:11 AM

    ZSchaffran says:
    “Name a team that could lose its offensive and defensive MVPs — a team with a rookie head coach and quarterback, no less — and stay competitive.”
    Seriously? Take a look in the division. Take a look at a team that beat the Jets twice. Getting the hint yet?
    Chad Pennington, Ronnie Brown, Will Allen, Jason Ferguson… competitive in the division (theoretically), still in the wildcard hunt, beat the Jets twice. Rookie QB and second year HC and all. Did you think before you posted AT ALL?

  29. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Nov 25, 2009 11:17 AM

    Aw, now you’re gonna make Rex cry.

  30. Evan says: Nov 25, 2009 11:22 AM

    I agree with ZSchaffran.
    Losing Washington was huge.
    Losing a Pro Bowl defensive MVP nose tackle on a team that relies almost exclusively on the 3-4 defense is a death knell.
    I’ve already turned my attention to rooting against the Patriots.
    Go Saints/Colts/Giants/Vikings!

  31. REALPHAN says: Nov 25, 2009 11:46 AM

    Why, when bringing up the possibility of coaches with super bowl rings, doesn’t ANYONE bring up the GLARING stat that is…..ONLY ONE COACH IN THE HISTORY OF THE LEAGUE HAS WON 2 SUPERBOWLS WITH 2 DIFFERENT TEAMS….and the last time that happened was 1973!!! And he was Don F&@#ING SHULA!!!
    Bill Cowher was the coach of a GREAT Defense for 15 YEARS, and could not get it done, until he FINALLY drafted a QB!!!….IT TOOK HIM 15 YEARS, TO REALIZE HE NEEDED A QB!!!????
    So why now is he a GENIUS???
    There is a reason why non of these guys have jobs right now, and Rex Ryan, and Schwartz, and McDaniels do.

  32. REALPHAN says: Nov 25, 2009 11:48 AM

    Why, when bringing up the possibility of coaches with super bowl rings, doesn’t ANYONE bring up the GLARING stat that is…..ONLY ONE COACH IN THE HISTORY OF THE LEAGUE HAS WON 2 SUPERBOWLS WITH 2 DIFFERENT TEAMS….and the last time that happened was 1973!!! And he was Don F&@#ING SHULA!!!
    Bill Cowher was the coach of a GREAT Defense for 15 YEARS, and could not get it done, until he FINALLY drafted a QB!!!….IT TOOK HIM 15 YEARS, TO REALIZE HE NEEDED A QB!!!????
    So why now is he a GENIUS???
    There is a reason why non of these guys have jobs right now, and Rex Ryan, and Schwartz, and McDaniels do.

  33. Fan_Of_ Four says: Nov 25, 2009 12:02 PM

    Beer Cheese Soup
    I’m not suggesting Cowher is bad Coach, I’m simply saying that even good Coaches need good players. Tony Dungy left the Colts and they are still on top so you tell me, is it great coaching or did the GM do a good job of finding players ?

  34. Fan_Of_ Four says: Nov 25, 2009 12:07 PM

    Beer Cheese Soup
    I’m not suggesting Cowher is bad Coach, I’m simply saying that even good Coaches need good players. Tony Dungy left the Colts and they are still on top so you tell me, is it great coaching or did the GM do a good job of finding players ?

  35. Outfoxed says: Nov 25, 2009 12:30 PM

    J E T S = Dysfunctional team as executives, managers, players, fans, and as human beings.

  36. overkil2 says: Nov 25, 2009 12:47 PM

    “VonClausewitz says:
    November 25, 2009 10:56 AM
    Firing Ryan would be a blunder of huge proportions. It’s not like the Jets are getting blown out a lot. They’ve lost 3 games that were very close. If they win those they’re 8-2. The only teams that have blown them out are the Pats and the Saints. Hardly chumps. Ryan needs to be given his chance. I still think he’s going a great job.

    Jets are 4-6 right now, 3 wins would put them at 7-3. The problem with the Jets is that they are losing to teams they should beat. Buffalo, Jacksonville and even one of the Miami games should be theirs.
    You can’t play the what if games. If I did that, let’s see, then Fins should have beat the Colts and Saints, so they would also be 5-2.
    What if the Jets had a good HC and QB?

  37. this class sucks says: Nov 25, 2009 12:54 PM

    I hate teams with no patience. I can’t believe how many people posted negative things about Bill Cowher. Look at his stats and the fact that he has a Super Bowl. Last time I checked very few head coaches have a super bowl (as a head coach). In fact only 2 active coaches have rings with out cheating (coughlin, tomlin). I’m not saying Rex should be fired after one season, relax and see what he does in the offseason an next year. How many teams with a rookie HC and QB would be competitive. Flacco and Ryan? Flukes who both are sucking this year (comparativly).

  38. ampats says: Nov 25, 2009 1:15 PM

    It is not going happen.
    Woody will probably sell team after flushing 100′s of millions of $$$ down the toilet paying off lousy HC’s and front office people.
    JETS = HAHAHAHAHAHA

  39. finsbooyah says: Nov 25, 2009 1:30 PM

    ftomeo,
    You forgot to mention Patrick Cobbs and David Martin… and the fact that Matt Roth (last year’s starter even though he was released today), Joey Porter, Channing Crowder, Greg Camarillo, and Anthony Fasano have all missed significant playing time…
    I love all these excuses from Jets fans. In the Fat Rex’s own immortal words, “Boo-Hoo”

  40. i'm president charlie! says: Nov 25, 2009 1:41 PM

    As long as Belichick is not allowed to videotape Cowher’s practices……

  41. Ralphie says: Nov 25, 2009 1:56 PM

    @ZSchaffran says:
    November 25, 2009 9:56 AM
    “Jets Offensive MVP — Leon Washington (or Mangold). Jets Defensive MVP — Kris Jenkins (or Revis)
    Name a team that could lose its offensive and defensive MVPs — a team with a rookie head coach and quarterback, no less — and stay competitive.
    As much as I’d love to see Cowher scowling on the Jets sidelines, it ain’t gonna happen due to an injury plagued season.”
    _______________________________________
    Too many excuses from the Jets ilk. So, is your point that if the Jets never lost these two players (Washington and Jenkins) they would be in contention in the AFC East? How do you know? that’s purely conjecture…in fact it’s WAY out there. Especially putting Jenkins over Revis. Jenkins never even plays 4 downs! He’s lucky to play two downs a series before they have to rotate him out or call a different D. He’s ALWAYS seen on the sidelines sucking oxygen by the 3rd quarter. He is only good against plugging the middle (and he isn’t half the athlete Wilfork is). You can’t take Revis off the field.
    Pats lost Brady last year and won 11 games. They lost Seymour in the trade in Sept and have rookies and FA’s in there. Many NFL teams have lost stars and still competed right into January. It’s Pro football. You can’t say “we received a few injuries (TWO!) now we can’t compete.” The Jets actually convinced themselves that they were invincible after the 3-0 start, that other teams feared them – and when they got smacked in the mouth by “sub-par” teams like the Bills and Miami they had a melt down. They Jets were NEVER mentally strong and never knew how to deal with adversity. The mentally Jets imploded, pure and simple. Too much mouth, too little execution on the field, and now too many excuses and whining from the HC and the fans. How about recognizing that the jets should have pulled Sanchez and went with Clemens 2-3 games ago? There you go.

  42. Hovenaut says: Nov 25, 2009 2:18 PM

    Not a Jets fan, not a fan of the flabulous one currently in charge, but to bring Cowher in solely to up the draw gives off a bad vibe. Sure the guy won a ring, but he was fortunate to have had multiple shots (the AFC title game losses at home, SB XXX). Not saying he can’t do the job, but don’t see a comfortable comeback with the Jets.

  43. ftomeo says: Nov 25, 2009 2:30 PM

    finsbooyah, I didn’t forget because I don’t want to be a moaner. Personally, the adversity has been for the Dolphins. Depth is a necessity, playing experience is a necessity, looking at your young players is a necessity, learning how to win when you are down is a necessity. Injuries are never an excuse.
    I wanted to avoid any appearance of being a baby like the first poster.

  44. are-tee says: Nov 25, 2009 2:42 PM

    Lets not forget Tannenbaum’s other draft busts -
    Mangold
    Revis
    Keller
    L.Washington (4th round)
    D.Ferguson
    D. Harris
    And sending only six players to the Pro Bowl last year is pathetic… a third-year GM should already have drafted/acquired at least a dozen Pro Bowlers.

  45. smiley says: Nov 25, 2009 2:53 PM

    FanOfFour – who are u…Jonny two times, two times? It’s the building of a championship team that matters….who built the Cowgirls…Jimmy Johnson…who built the Steelers…..The Chin.

  46. Bigbluefan says: Nov 25, 2009 2:54 PM

    Please dont get rid of Rex and the pine tree
    They make for such good jokes here and they always make the Giants look good
    once again this year the JETS suck dont blame the kid he was throwen to the wolves to soon
    I wish Sanchesse the best but he needs help

  47. Raven says: Nov 25, 2009 3:01 PM

    The Ravens will gladly welcome Rex back to get the defense in order!!

  48. steelerfan9598 says: Nov 25, 2009 3:31 PM

    Why, exactly, would Kevin Colbert want to leave a good job in his hometown working for solid ownership and a winning team to go chase Bill Cowher around?

  49. CaneJet says: Nov 25, 2009 3:38 PM

    Slow day, Fluoride?

  50. Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 25, 2009 4:31 PM

    Fan_Of_ Four says:
    Beer Cheese Soup
    I’m not suggesting Cowher is bad Coach, I’m simply saying that even good Coaches need good players. Tony Dungy left the Colts and they are still on top so you tell me, is it great coaching or did the GM do a good job of finding players ?
    ____________________________________
    That’s a fairly typical chicken-and-egg type of debate. Plus, it depends on the individual team, obviously all circumstances are different.
    Sometimes great coaching can make mediocre teams competitive. Sometimes sufficient talent can overcome bad coaching. It all really depends on the team. I don’t expect the Colts to continue to flourish like they have been for long though. Caldwell is no Dungy.

  51. Rafterman says: Nov 26, 2009 9:51 PM

    # Steel Wheels says: November 25, 2009 10:32 AM
    The other thing to remember regarding Cowher’s time with the Steelers is that towards the end of his tenure there was friction between him and Colbert, because……..Cower wanted total control. So I don’t see Colbert and Kahn leaving. Common sense also says why would they leave a first class organization with great ownership and tradition and oh yeah, Super Bowl rings.
    The reason that the Steelers drafted Ben was because the Rooney’s knew what they had with Ben and didn’t want him to become the next Marino.
    —————————————————-
    Make a note of this Florio because Steel Wheels knows more about the Steelers then you ever will! Colbert is Pittsburgh born and bred and he isn’t leaving his dream job for Cowher.
    At the end of Cowher’s tenure MANY Steeler fans wanted him gone. I’m sure more then a few inside the organization felt the same way, for many reasons. His legendary choke jobs in AFCC games were just the tip of the iceberg. I’m not going to go into his personality defects and his off field shenanigans that aren’t directly related to football.
    Suffice to say, Cowher would NEVER be able to stand up to the media scrutiny in NY! He got a free ride from the Pittsburgh Homers for all those years and NY in the last place on earth that he wants to coach. He’ll be much better off in a small market like Carolina of Buffalo, and he’s smart enough to realize it.

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