Now that the Dolphins don’t have a head coach and owner Stephen Ross reportedly wants a star and only a handful of guys who have won Super Bowls are available, Bill Cowher’s name naturally has surfaced at the top of the list.
Former Dolphins quarterback and current Cowher CBS colleague Dan Marino thinks Cowher won’t be coaching the Dolphins, or any team for that matter.
“I would love to see him be the Dolphins coach or if he wanted to coach again because it would be great for the NFL, but I don’t think his mindset is that he wants to coach again,” Marino told Dolphins.com, via NFL.com. “And he may change that over time now, but my feeling is that, you know, he’s a pretty straightforward . . . guy that tells the — kind of — the truth most of the time, I would say — or no, all the time — and he said on TV that he doesn’t have any plans of coming back, and I believe him.”
Marino’s hesitation to call Cowher truthful “all the time” was a bit odd, especially since it wasn’t said in jest or sarcastically. Still, the fact remains that Cowher at no time has said unequivocally that he won’t be coaching in 2012. Instead, Cowher has said only that he doesn’t “plan” to coach and that he “plans” to return to CBS.
Well, plans can change.
As to the Dolphins job, Cowher’s plans likely won’t change because G.M. Jeff Ireland continues to be employed by the team. Three years ago, the courtship of Cowher by the Jets ended quickly once it became clear that G.M. Mike Tannenbaum would neither give up his job nor his final say over the roster.
Still, with each passing year Cowher risks sliding off the “A” list. For now, Cowher’s there — primarily because he hasn’t said with sufficient clarity that he doesn’t want to be.