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Bruce Allen says Redskins haven’t spoken to Bill Cowher

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We’ve been learning some of the names of the coaches on the Redskins’ radar for their head coaching vacancy, but owner Dan Snyder’s history of big-name hires has kept people wondering if things could head in that direction again.

One of those big names is former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, but General Manager Bruce Allen said during a Thursday interview with Mark Maske of the Washington Post that the team has not contacted Cowher. In December there was a report that Cowher was not interested in giving up his television gig for a return to coaching in 2014.

Allen wouldn’t comment when asked about whether he’s spoken to another Super Bowl winner now in the television game. Jon Gruden and Allen worked together in Tampa Bay and Gruden said this week that he didn’t want to be considered for any openings. Allen also wouldn’t say whether any college coaches were under consideration for the job.

“I’m not going to say because then, again, we would be getting into names and I’m not going to do that,” Allen said.

Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell are other names that have been linked to the Redskins since they fired Mike Shanahan.

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19 Responses to “Bruce Allen says Redskins haven’t spoken to Bill Cowher”
  1. billytodd2013blbaad says: Jan 2, 2014 4:15 PM

    no self respecting NFL coach will want to touch that job with a 500 foot pole!

  2. Smarterthanyou says: Jan 2, 2014 4:15 PM

    No quality coach wants to be a part of that messed up organization. Top 3 worst owner in the league, inept GM, pathetic fanbase, and an overrated fraudIII at QB, who lost his starting job to another terrible QB.

    They will NEVER sniff another Super Bowl, while Mr. Six Flags is the owner.

    LOVIN IT!!!

  3. nsstlfan says: Jan 2, 2014 4:21 PM

    Cowher is a big enough coach that he’ll want complete control and I don’t see Dan Snyder giving him that.

  4. indytom87 says: Jan 2, 2014 4:23 PM

    What’s the shelf life of a former SB winning coach turned analyst? If memory serves, Ditka and Jimmy Johnson used to occupy Cowher’s seat. I suspect, his peak will be in a year or two, then it will be time to test the coaching waters.

  5. fdugrad says: Jan 2, 2014 4:28 PM

    Hasn’t coach Cower been away from the actual gridiron a rather long time to be able to convince a team’s brain trust that he has a great deal of interest in coaching again? How can he have kept current regarding players and innovations regarding the game over the long span of his retirement? Are there not younger, fresher and more motivated coaches willing to go through the grind and prove themselves? I have absolutely nothing whatsoever against him, however it seems as though this is a curious choice.

  6. logicalvoicesays says: Jan 2, 2014 4:31 PM

    Washington is the promised land. If you aren’t considered for the HC job, then you aren’t a worthy candidate period.

  7. urfinished says: Jan 2, 2014 4:37 PM

    Bruce Allen is a bumbling idiot. What is he getting paid for again?
    If he makes personnel decisions? Fail.
    Just call him the PR guy he is or fire him if he is making any of these horrendous decisions.

  8. MichaelEdits says: Jan 2, 2014 4:56 PM

    I’m sure Cowher has too much sense to wade into that mess.

  9. bunjy96 says: Jan 2, 2014 4:58 PM

    Cowher and Gruden are nice names to throw around, but that’s all it is. Neither one is leaving their cushy job.

  10. skinsfan5 says: Jan 2, 2014 5:04 PM

    So slicky boy says he won’t get into names, after naming Bill Cowher ? Cerrato II

  11. commonsensedude says: Jan 2, 2014 5:24 PM

    Dan Snyder has earned most of the scorn he now faces based on how he ran the club for the first 11 years of his ownership. But for the past four years, he did what every fan would want his owner to do: hire someone, give them full control, give them all the resources they need and then hold them accountable for their results. The only problem is he hired the wrong guy (although everybody thought he was the right guy). And now he’s held him accountable.

    Washington will rise again and it won’t be at the helm of a disinterested, egomaniacal , cranky old dude who feels he has nothing left to prove or learn. It will probably happen through a hungry coordinator. And, you are crazy if you don’t think there aren’t a dozen very well-qualified coaches who would come to DC if given the chance. We may not be attractive to the already-rich, overhyped primadona coaches but it’s everything someone who is qualified (unlike Zorn), not overrated (like Shanahan) would definitely sign up for.

  12. drush127 says: Jan 2, 2014 5:43 PM

    Cowher only wants the Giants job anyway…

  13. steelerfan55 says: Jan 2, 2014 6:03 PM

    bill cowher would be a success in washington. especially with alfred morris

  14. jerrahsucks says: Jan 2, 2014 7:25 PM

    Why would Cower, Gruden, Ditka, Johnson, Shula, Lombardi, Shula or any other Super Bowl winning coach, want anything to do with this disaster? Shanahan was supposed to have complete control, until little Danny decided he wanted RGME to be his butt buddy, and hold him and squeeze him and kiss him and tell him good night. No self respecting coach would take this fiasco. Well, except for Art Briles, he’s campaigning for any job. Art would deserve the forskins. Anything for a bigger paycheck, then retire in style on little Dannys dime.

  15. vincentbojackson says: Jan 2, 2014 11:36 PM

    If Cower ever comes out of retirement he’ll have the pick of the jobs. I’m guessing he’s probably not looking to take on a dumpster fire like the Redskins led by a one-legged quarterback.

  16. joparks2012 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:38 PM

    I laugh at the people who say no one would ever take this job. It’s one of 30 in the country. Head Coach of an NFL team. Those that have never been a Head Coach and aspire to be should look at it as an opportunity and considering there are only 30 of these openings, they aren’t the easiest positions to get. Just ask any coordinator out there who didn’t want to move when he was the hot name and now is an after-thought.

  17. jake6879 says: Jan 3, 2014 2:15 AM

    For the record, Vince Lombardi was a head coach for the Redskins.. When he died he was a Redskin..

  18. vicvinegar00 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:58 AM

    Cowher is no idiot. Why would he risk his current legacy to go deal with that mess? A mess you have little chance of fixing with Dan Snyder hovering over your shoulder (or under it, as I don’t think he is very tall).

    He coached within a top-class organization and I believe any come back would only be with an organization similar to the Steelers. The Dan Snyder and Redskins are not like the Steelers.

  19. timaug says: Jan 3, 2014 3:46 PM

    Go Talk to Jon Gruden.
    Go talk to Brett Favre.
    Go talk to Brian Billick.

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