Nearly four years after leaving the Steelers and joining the CBS studio team, Bill Cowher has made it clear that he’s ready to return. Maybe.
But he isn’t making his interest known by, for example, pretending to be interested in a college job. Cowher is instead doing it the old-fashioned way.
He’s saying so.
“I’m open to listen to opportunities,” Cowher said in an online chat at USAToday.com, via Michael Hiestand of USA Today. “I’m very comfortable at CBS. I’ll keep all my options open. And I’ll only answer those questions at the end of the season. I’m not going to comment on any hypothetical situations until the entire season is over.”
The best fit for Cowher, in our view, remains the Giants. After a slow start, however, the Giants have propelled themselves into playoff contention. If they make it, the job likely won’t be open. If they don’t make it, coach Tom Coughlin could be out — especially since he’s 64 and entering the final year of his contract.
Panthers fans remain very interested in Cowher making the move from Raleigh to Charlotte. But owner Jerry Richardson likely is unwilling to give Cowher the kind of money and power he’d want.
Also working against Cowher in 2011 is the potential for a lockout that would wipe out much of the offseason practice schedule. Any team that brings in a new coach could end up with less time to make a proper transition.
Then again, if anyone can make it happen with limited time, it’s Cowher.