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.