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Report: Cowher eyes three teams

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As Bill Cowher nears the fourth anniversary of his resignation from the Steelers, Chris Mortensen of ESPN has linked Cowher to a trio of teams.

Cowher’s wish list, per Mort, consists of the Dolphins, Texans, and Giants.

Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis previously linked Cowher to the Giants job, and since Bettis knew that Cowher would call it quits after the 2006 season before the 2006 season even started, we’ve deferred to the Bus in this regard.  The problem, of course, is that the Giants remain solidly in contention for a playoff berth, which would most likely ensure Tom Coughlin’s return for 2011.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has been pushing the Cowher-to-Houston notion for a while.  It all depends on whether coach Gary Kubiak gets fired.  Earlier this week, owner Bob McNair didn’t sound like a guy who was thinking about making a change.

The Dolphins could be the most intriguing possibility.  With Bill Parcells gone, owner Stephen Ross could clean out coach Tony Sparano and G.M. Jeff Ireland and hand the keys to Cowher, whose first order of business would be to try to lure Kevin Colbert and/or Omar Khan from the Pittsburhg front office.

Whether a job opens in Miami depends, as we pointed out in the Week 15 Friday 10-pack, whether the Dolphins can improve upon their 1-5 home record against the Bills and Lions.  Making it to the playoffs wouldn’t hurt, either.

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20 Responses to “Report: Cowher eyes three teams”
  1. billsfan27 says: Dec 19, 2010 11:50 AM

    Though it’d be interesting to see Burly Bill in the AFC East, it might be even more interesting to see him in Houston where he can go up against Peyton Manning twice a year, too.

    The Giants would be cool, too. Watching him lay waste to the Cowboys would never get old.

  2. FinFan68 says: Dec 19, 2010 11:53 AM

    I like Sparano except for his tendency to prefer field goals over the possibility to score TDs. If Ross cleans house, I hope we get Cowher as long as he keeps Nolan. If not, then Sparano needs to find a capable OC that is willing to take calculated risks. Henning used to do that but he has regressed more than Henne this year.

  3. cidman2001 says: Dec 19, 2010 12:02 PM

    How about Minnesota? We could use a real coach like Cowher……

  4. finfanjim says: Dec 19, 2010 12:03 PM

    Oh f***. Please no more regime changes…

  5. FinFan68 says: Dec 19, 2010 12:03 PM

    I am surprised that Carolina is not on his list. They are worse off right now but they have a decent young core of players…

  6. PFTiswhatitis says: Dec 19, 2010 12:07 PM

    Fins would be smart to make the move to Cowher.

  7. vt2atl says: Dec 19, 2010 12:15 PM

    We would welcome Cowher in AFC East as Rex and Chan are no match for BB. Of course Cowher’s record vs the genius isn’t too great itself. GO PATS

  8. stetai says: Dec 19, 2010 12:15 PM

    How many high profile names have to go to Miami? Jimmy Johnson? Bill Parcells? Nick Saban? Bill Cowher? Miami is a doomed franchse. Any team part owned by J-Lo and Beyonce cannot be taken seriously, nor will it ever. Cowher, you will fail. Miami needs to go back to basics and bring in a smart coordinator for their head coach and build slowly.

  9. stixzidinia says: Dec 19, 2010 12:28 PM

    I love The Chin…..and as a Steelers fan in the Miami area it would be cool see him down here. But there is no way in hell Kevin Colbert would leave the Rooney’s and Steelers organization to work for J-Lo and the Dolphins. No way in hell.

  10. 4sacroc says: Dec 19, 2010 12:28 PM

    Green Bay gig could be open Jan. 3. He already has Capers, Greene and Darren Perry in place to run the D.

  11. Bubby Brister says: Dec 19, 2010 12:28 PM

    Kevin Colbert leaving the Steelers could be one of the worst things that’s ever happened to that franchise. I pray he doesn’t have any interest in joining Cowher, wherever he goes. Simply one of the very best at what he does…

  12. grogansheroes says: Dec 19, 2010 12:33 PM

    Cowher is not going to Carolina. Owner has no money to pay him, or to pay players. Houston Makes most sense, have a pretty good QB, some good d lineman and a couple of good linebackers.

  13. ampats says: Dec 19, 2010 12:38 PM

    FinFan68,

    The perception out there is that Carolina will not pay the $$ needed to sign a coach like Cowher.

  14. FinFan68 says: Dec 19, 2010 1:04 PM

    @ampats: Then again, maybe Cowher is “pulling a Gruden” so his name is out there to drive up the price and gain interest. I think if Carolina is willing to pay a little more and cede control Cowher would take that job in a heartbeat

  15. bodybaggame says: Dec 19, 2010 1:25 PM

    Quick Trivia Question…
    Name the coach who has won two Superbowls with two seperate teams?

  16. ruggerlad says: Dec 19, 2010 1:32 PM

    Miami needs more from their OC for sure. It is not all Henning’s fault but he has to take a bunch of the blame. I like Sporano, but I think we could do better at head coach. In one post game conference he was talking about a specific situation in which they have 6 plays for, every team they play this season went back to tape to find out what those plays are. You cannot give that kind of info out as small as it is. I think Sporano has the personality to be a head coach, but I just don’t think he has the knowledge for it. I would love seeing Cowher as head coach as long as he keeps his nose out of Nolan’s business (unlike McDaniels). On a side get rid of Crowder, he talks more than he produces (he sounds like a NY Jets player).

  17. karlsummers says: Dec 19, 2010 2:56 PM

    Denver. He’s going to Denver.

  18. Deb says: Dec 19, 2010 3:09 PM

    You know, when I posted that South Beach comment, I thought “Surely they won’t take it that way.” But since it’s not here, obviously you did. I was talking about the beach lifestyle, you idiots, not anyone’s sexuality. I don’t wear pastels. Maybe you should get your minds out of the gutter. Since I don’t judge people by their personal sex lives, I don’t see a reason to pretend I’m into tanning and palm trees. And guess what? Gay people live in all sorts of climates.

  19. Deb says: Dec 19, 2010 3:27 PM

    Wouldn’t want to lose Colbert and don’t believe he’d contemplate a move. But the Steelers won four Super Bowls and an AFC Championship before he joined the team, so we’d survive. I’d love to see Cowher take on the Giants. Similar ownership to Pittsburgh, similar play style, young QB, Big Stage. Would enjoy seeing what he could do with the opportunity. Coughlin’s contract is up after next year. Maybe he’s considering retiring, and the Mara’s would make it worth his while to step down a little early. That would be a win-win for everyone.

  20. highfivefootballfan says: Dec 20, 2010 10:12 AM

    as a lifelong Dolphins fan, I would LOVE to replace Sparano/Henning with Cowher and whoever he brings in for OC. As long as Mike Nolan stays put and we draft a QB in the first round.
    Henne isn’t the worst we’ve had but he’s no team leader, let’s face it. He doesn’t have that killer instinct you look for in dominant Quarterbacks.
    Draft a QB #1 (Mallett? Newton?) replace Dan Henning (and Sparano for all I care) and get an OC who knows how to put together a game plan that uses the strengths of his players, not one who tries to force his players into HIS gameplan regardless of what their strengths are.

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