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Cowher could end up in Texas, after all

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As we reported on Sunday, former Steelers coach Bill Cowher isn’t a candidate to coach the Dallas Cowboys.  But there are two teams in Texas, and the other team in Texas could be looking for a new coach come January.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reiterated on Tuesday that the Lone Star State has become the most likely destination for Cowher.

“I told you awhile back that Texas is his most likely landing spot — Houston, Texas,” Bouchette writes.  “And last night’s game made him even more inviting for those Texans.”

Some may think that coach Gary Kubiak will survive despite the team’s disappointing 5-8 record, since he received a contract extension last year.  But so did Brad Childress in Minnesota.

A move to Cowher also could mean the end of G.M. Rick Smith’s run.  Five years ago, it was believed that owner Bob McNair opted not to fire coach Dom Capers and G.M. Charley Casserly simultaneously, since doing so would have underscored that both hires were mistakes.  As a result, Capers was fired and Casserly “resigned” after the next draft.

Don’t be shocked if a similar approach is applied in 2011, with Smith sticking around through April before stepping aside.

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  1. barneyrumble says: Dec 14, 2010 12:00 PM

    My question is not who is going to be coaching the Texans, my question is why is Matt Millian on so many different broadcasts? The guy is a loser and yet he is paraded out as an expert in all phases of the game? Don’t get it, I just don’t get it.

  2. fellorio says: Dec 14, 2010 12:04 PM

    Cowher could end up in Manitoba

    There’s your headline. Just add some filler, Mike.

  3. texanfan53 says: Dec 14, 2010 12:20 PM

    With the stupid amount of talent the Texans have someone with the demeanor of Cowher is what they need. That offense combined with a good defense and a coach who has them ready to play all 4 quarters?? Yikes

  4. wawa33 says: Dec 14, 2010 12:24 PM

    barney rumble-I could not agree with you more. Remember when he made the “polock” comment on draft day to Jaws. Matt Millen was a terrible GMa dn a worse broadcaster.

  5. minhw0714 says: Dec 14, 2010 12:29 PM

    Cowher likes to make his own draft picks, so Smith may be gone earlier as Bill won’t want him around on Draft Day. Especially is Smith is a lame duck GM.

  6. turbodean says: Dec 14, 2010 12:31 PM

    Houston is a great fit. The offense is potent, and the D really needs strong leadership. The talent is there.

  7. puddinpouch says: Dec 14, 2010 12:32 PM

    Cowher gives this team an automatic +3 wins. Barring injury, you got a playoff team. If I’m McNair, I slide a blank check across the desk.

  8. rizznazz12 says: Dec 14, 2010 12:34 PM

    His name is Matt Millen, and hes on TV so often because he is good with his words and is strongly opinionated on most topics. Him and Steve Young have a lot of chemistry together on camera and it makes for very interesting TV. Do you get it yet?

  9. bgn1987 says: Dec 14, 2010 12:34 PM

    Great point barneyrumble.
    How is this guy employed by even ONE network?!

  10. thenewwisewoo says: Dec 14, 2010 12:42 PM

    So did Brad Childress… and did Childress come back the next year? Yes.

    Your over-hyped invalid point is?

  11. coffinberry says: Dec 14, 2010 12:48 PM

    Seems like Tennessee is a better fit for Cowher at this point…

  12. dman19 says: Dec 14, 2010 12:55 PM

    …and everyone on ESPN with a microphone is super annoying…

  13. 4sacroc says: Dec 14, 2010 1:00 PM

    McCarthy will (should) be on hot seat after his team, in spite of massive injuries, folds to more physical teams here down the stretch.

    A more than likely 8-8 finish for Green Bay should get him a ticket out of town and open up another prime post.

    McCarthy’s offense has struggled all season and he has yet to successfully, albeit foolishly, implement a zone-blocking scheme into his pass-first philosophy.

    Green Bay has been – and will further be in the next three weeks –exposed for the finesse, soft team McCarthy has crafted.

    When Green Bay defense cratered three years ago, McCarthy fired DC Bob Sanders. Special teams coach Mike Stock was next. Well, the issue now is clearly a lackluster offense that sleep-walks through games behind a punchless o-line and inept backs. That falls on McCarthy, who more than likely will get a pass owing to injuries, though the defense has suffered way more casualties than the offense.

    Maybe McCarthy wil make OC John Philbin the fall guy this time.

    But McCarthy’s poor record in close games, and only two playoff appearances in five years should get him canned.

  14. rickah8888 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:01 PM

    Rejoice Houston fans, with the potential hiring of Bill Cowher a Superbowl trophy is only a scant 14 years away!

    Houston Texans win in 2024!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. raidersteve413 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:07 PM

    Matt Millen is on because he is cheap. ESPN is a cheap network.
    Plus he hates the raiders now andybody who hate the raiders gets in with espn…

    Look at the names
    Trent Diler(hates the raiders deeply,even admited to it)
    Tom Jacson(wont show hightlights when raiders win
    Cris Carter. Notorious Raider Hater
    Mark Schelerth. ex bronco raider hater
    Trey Wingo.. Will do anything mark says and hates the raiders
    JAWS.. we all know wht he hates the raiders
    Chris Berman.. Chargers FAN
    and ofcourse Adam Scefter and Mort who had been caught lying on raider stories and Never get a raider story right and they make themselves look like jackass’s..
    FALSE RUMOUR MONGERS…
    Theres not one gut on the staff of ESPN who likes the raiders, and if u have a interview with ESPN just say “IHATE THE RAIDERS” U will be hired

  16. dobreshunkajackham says: Dec 14, 2010 1:09 PM

    Cowher is a first ballot Hall of Famer. He has sat out 4 years, might as well sit out another one. Then go coach again if he still has the itch.

  17. Jack Burton says: Dec 14, 2010 1:09 PM

    Makes sense, the coaching staff they have now will never be able to win no matter how huge the talent potential is.

  18. japdouds says: Dec 14, 2010 1:29 PM

    How many times do I have to tell you??? it’s Cowher to the CHARGERS! Cowher wants an established QB and a 3-4 defense. He coached Philip Rivers in the Senior Bowl and both are from NC State. Norv Turner is getting axed, and Cowher can step in and compete for a title right now.

    It is the only move that makes sense, and the Texans don’t have the personnel for the 3-4 defense.

  19. medialovesthecowboys says: Dec 14, 2010 1:32 PM

    Will they give him as much time as the Steelers did, to produce a Championship? I doubt it.

  20. hobartbaker says: Dec 14, 2010 1:32 PM

    All Cowherds end up in Texas at some point. Before they are driven north to the slaughterhouses in Kansas. Bub.

  21. andyprough says: Dec 14, 2010 1:33 PM

    I watched that game last night. The Texans basically played good football for all of about 15 minutes, and horrible, sloppy football for 45 minutes, but were able to take it to overtime against a rugged, smart, playoff-bound team. Imagine if a guy like Cowher could ever get them to play 60 minutes – they might actually win a few games.

    One thing Cowher definitely knows how to do is beat Baltimore – so at least they would have probably won the game last night.

  22. borisbulldog says: Dec 14, 2010 1:37 PM

    What’s Cowher done with out Dick Lebau?

    Sorry, I don’t see the reason for this untense fellation of an average HC!

  23. Omar Comin says: Dec 14, 2010 1:42 PM

    @
    barneyrumble says: Dec 14, 2010 12:00 PM

    My question is not who is going to be coaching the Texans, my question is why is Matt Millian on so many different broadcasts? The guy is a loser and yet he is paraded out as an expert in all phases of the game? Don’t get it, I just don’t get it.

    ********

    I was asking the same thing last night.. ya know because he was such a successful GM for the Lions!

  24. marty2019 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:45 PM

    Cowher would be walking into a good situation in Texas. They seem to always be on the cusp of the playoffs. They have a quarterback. If he puts them into the playoffs, and I don’t think it would be that difficult, he would be a big hero in Houston.

  25. rickah8888 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:50 PM

    @ raidersteve413,

    That’s because the Oakland Raiders have been a complete and utter debacle of a franchise for, basically, 30 years.
    ESPN only reports on relevant teams…the Oakland Raiders don’t fall into that category!

  26. cowboys4life says: Dec 14, 2010 1:50 PM

    @barneyrumble

    I agree 100%, it’s sad that you have a guy who was quite possibly the worst GM of all time, telling you how you should run your team, another example of how ESPN has ruined Monday Night Football

  27. randymossblewit says: Dec 14, 2010 1:51 PM

    Please Bill, please go to Houston! It’s time to end the reign of terror of Peyton Manning and the Colts!

  28. whitemike55 says: Dec 14, 2010 2:22 PM

    I’v been a Kubiak supporter since day 1. Exciting game last night, but once again we came up short. When you lose 6 of 7, and your have to win the next 3 just to get to .500 something has to change.

    If McNair gave Kubiak 5 years, I doubt he is worried about next year even if Cowher can’t install his gameplan until Sept due to the CBA / lockout. If the lockout does go on until Sept, atleast the Texans could use next year to star re-builing and changing the culture in the locker room and MGT.

    I’m all for a change, and would be willing to sacrifice next year and build for the future. I feel our team has the talent, we just need that “It” factor.

    Go TEXANS

  29. sarahpalinhater says: Dec 14, 2010 2:28 PM

    How many times do I have to tell you??? it’s Cowher to the CHARGERS! Cowher wants an established QB and a 3-4 defense. He coached Philip Rivers in the Senior Bowl and both are from NC State. Norv Turner is getting axed, and Cowher can step in and compete for a title right now.

    It is the only move that makes sense, and the Texans don’t have the personnel for the 3-4 defense.

    Actually, the two times Cowher ran a defense before coming to Pittsburgh, he ran a 4-3 defense. It was the steelers management that Insisted he stay with the 3-4 defense which the steelers were playing for years. And, Houston just 2 years ago ran a 3-4 defense under Dom Capers. San Diego is not going to go after Cowher even IF they don’t win their division, or get a WC. They have too much on their plate financial wise with a potential move to L.A.

  30. 4sacroc says: Dec 14, 2010 2:44 PM

    Green Bay has an established QB and a decent 3-4 defense.

    Cowher can keep Capers and his Pittsburgh staff already in place, including Darren Perry and Kevin Green!

  31. FinFan68 says: Dec 14, 2010 3:02 PM

    Wow, this site is getting so frivolous. That is just some reporter’s unfounded but hopeful speculation based on how his favorite team has played lately. You could just as easily say Cowher could be heading to New England next year…because, you never know, Belichick could fall through an open manhole, or become stricken with incurable scurvy, or even appointed as U.S. Embassador to Iceland. Even the “unnamed sources” stuff at least hints at the possibility of factual insider knowledge. I heard Mike Wise is unhappy with the Redskins play…quick, toss out a story about how Gruden is impressed with the Washington Monument and is therfore the most likely candidate to coach in D.C.

  32. barneyrumble says: Dec 14, 2010 3:03 PM

    rizznazz12 says:
    Dec 14, 2010 12:34 PM
    His name is Matt Millen, and hes on TV so often because he is good with his words and is strongly opinionated on most topics. Him and Steve Young have a lot of chemistry together on camera and it makes for very interesting TV. Do you get it yet?

    ________________

    No, I still don’t get it. If it was just one network, OK, but it isn’t. and I don’t see how everyone could be so duped. You must be a related to Matt, and I apologize for the misspelling of his name, Millen, there, corrected.

    Now to the point of coaching in Texas, we don’t need the Chin in the AFC South. Keep the Texans just as they are.

  33. batterychucker says: Dec 14, 2010 3:32 PM

    sarahpalinhater, Dom Capers ran a 3-4 over 5 years ago, not 2. But this team has the personnel to run a 3-4, they just need a big NT to fill in the middle rather than the two lightweights they have there now.

    I think Cowher would help this team just from the standpoint of being a coach with experience and a defensive-minded coach. Anyone who thinks the Texans should stand pat with Kubiak hasn’t been following this team at all. This is 5 years now of mediocrity, 3 of the last 4 he’s been 5-7 with 4 games left. Every year is the promise of improvement and playoff hopes, and every year is disappointment and mediocrity. I can’t tell you how many people say S.O.T (Same Ol’ Texans) after games like last night. Every coach that has taken over a team within the last 5 years has been in the playoffs – except Kubiak.

    We don’t really care who takes over as coach, but a change is definitely necessary.

  34. kellyb9 says: Dec 14, 2010 4:01 PM

    I disagree about Matt Millen. Ditka won a Super Bowl but was responsible for making one of the worst trades in the history of the NFL draft. He was regarded as a good coach but apparently a very bad GM. You could be good at one without the other. Same thing with announcing versus being a GM

  35. lchunter says: Dec 14, 2010 4:38 PM

    The problem for Cowher is not the transition of the defense from 4-3 to a 3-4. The Texans would be fine with the acquisition of a big NT.

    The bigger problem is with the O line. Cowher likes a big O line and the Texans run the zone system with the lightest line in the NFL.

  36. jimmiejambone says: Dec 14, 2010 5:02 PM

    I don’t think that Coach Cowher would end up in Possom Holler. The Titans are imploding and VY is a head trip. That Texan team would seem to be any coach’s dream (except Kubiak). They are a disciplined defense and a heads up game plan away from deep in the playoffs right now. That offence is loaded. Did you guys see what I saw last night? I don’t know what happens to them in the first half of games except for poor coaching. Who wins games that spot the other team 21 points in the first half??? The Texans special teams sux.
    Don’t the Texans have a trove of defensive talent that is injured and out for the year? If Cushing can perform without the juice and it looks like from last night he was all over the place he could be a top 5 linebacker. What coach would not want to give that team a shot. It looks like they are on the brink. The owner is a billionaire. He needs to get a top proven winner as a coach. Just pay off Coach Kubiak and let him go on his merry way.

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