Boomer Esiason hints that Bill Cowher could return to coach the Jets

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Twelve years ago, former Steelers coach Bill Cowher flirted with coaching the Jets. The flirtation eventually could happen again.

On his weekday WFAN radio show, Boomer Esiason seemed to suggest that: (1) Cowher may be interested in coaching again; and (2) if interested in coaching again, Cowher definitely is interested in coaching the Jets.

Esiason’s views have built-in credence; he works with Cowher every Sunday on The NFL Today on CBS.

“All I know is that yesterday, [Cowher] was showing me and Nate [Burleson] film of him coaching on the sideline where he was mic’ed up, and we looked at each other like, ‘Hmm, what does that mean?'” Esiason said. “Is he sending a message? I’ve worked with him for 14 years and I’ve never seen that.”

And if Cowher, who made a memorable exit from the Steelers after 15 seasons in a sweater that was out of the rotation for a reason, is ready to come back 14 years later, it could be with the Jets.

“He was saying to me yesterday, he’s the one that told me the Jets job is going to be really attractive, and they could hire whomever they want, and he told me he loves [G.M.] Joe Douglas,” Esiason said of Cowher.

The attitude toward Douglas becomes critical to the broader analysis. In late 2008, Cowher and the Jets didn’t consummate the deal due to the organization’s commitment to G.M. Mike Tannenbaum. If Cowher has no qualms about Douglas, then the sitting G.M. wouldn’t be an impediment this time around.

Esiason at one point expressed concern that his “opinion will get twisted around into clickbait,” that’s exactly what the digital companion to WFAN did.

Clickbait or not, it’s worth keeping an eye on Cowher. Esiason wouldn’t have recklessly thrown his on-air partner’s name in the mix. It could be that Cowher, after nearly as many years out as he was in, is thinking about a Vermeil-style return to the game.

56 responses to “Boomer Esiason hints that Bill Cowher could return to coach the Jets

  1. Was rumored to be next Panther coach too once upon a time. I will believe it when I see it.

  2. Not a good look for the next job if he ever gets another interview for DC. I wonder how he will explain this in the interview.

  3. I don’t care what Boomer says. That’s hard to believe. Why in the world would Cowher return to take charge of the Titanic post-iceberg? There’s no upside. Besides, he’s currently know as the guy who won multiple Super Bowls with the Steelers. Why ruin your reputation by taking that Jets job when you can sit in the studio and relax and spend time with his family? It seems like a no-brainer that he won’t ever return to coaching. Still, these coaches have egos the size of Mount Rushmore so you just never know.

  4. That wouldn’t change a thing, it would be sos. If they were smart and the falcons are dumb enough to let him go, Morris would be a excellent choice!

  5. Unless boomer’s words have been really twisted by someone, this surely has some merit. Would not say such without cower’s blessing.

  6. Dick Vermeil left the Eagles in 1982 for the TV booth and returned to coaching by joining the Rams in 1997, leading them to a Super Bowl. Bill Cower has found a cozy spot doing pregame shows and spending time with the family. With everyone older now, maybe he’s developed another scratch to itch.

  7. Would love to have him as Jets coach, but we’ve heard this song before.

    I seriously doubt it goes anywhere – mainly because the Johnsons are clueless and have a proven tendency to go cheap at Head Coach.

  8. A real GM and a real coach. Jet games may actually matter after Oct 1st. A Jet fans dream scenario.

  9. ‘Besides, he’s currently know as the guy who won multiple Super Bowls with the Steelers”

    I agree with your post except I think he only won 1 SB with the Steelers

  10. “Besides, he’s currently know as the guy who won multiple Super Bowls with the Steelers.”

    Cowher won one Super Bowl, XL against the Seahawks. Lost to the Cowboys, XXX.

  11. everyone calling the jets dysfunctional; well the best way to turn a franchise around is whith a good coach and franchise qb. i suspect he would need a guarantee from lawrence before agreeing to coach

  12. Great idea! There aren’t enough young coaching prospects out there who deserve a shot, we should definitely bring back the old guys that have been out of coaching forever because of how in touch they are with today’s game and today’s players. This will work, I’m sure of it!

  13. Trevor Lawrence will want to avoid that dumpster fire at all costs, but if they can get a real head coach in there it might be the only chance they have at him.

  14. But why? Why go to a terrible team with all the media focus and attention hanging on every word after a loss waiting to see the headline on the back pages for a person who’s got one of the cushiest gigs in sports? He works the equivalent of one day, at most, a week and not even 8 hours so give that up to go to a pressure cooker 16 – 18 hour days? Not unless he’s got the itch, the Jets have the money to meet his demands. Don’t see it, but as a former player and coach and the ultra competitive nature they usually have, maybe. Jets could and have done worse.

  15. Be careful what you wish for Bill. That Jets job might not be as good as the gig you have now on tv.

  16. Not a huge fan-this is an offensive league, the jets need an offensive coach, ideally a younger one more on the Sean McVay school than the Cowher school (older, out of the game for a long time and a defensive coach). There was this great coach with Baylor they were going to hire but gave him idiotic conditions who he could hire on his coaching staff and he balked…Rhule looks pretty solid in Carolina so far.

  17. I’d be curious to know his contract status at CBS.

    These on air analysts seem to always make sure they’re in the multimillion dollar coaching carousel when it’s time to sit down at the negotiating table.

  18. Cowher would only coach if he could have complete control over all decisions and that is not going to happen with the Jets. I can see Jim Whinebaugh being brought in here.

  19. Yes, because all of the current top teams have coaches recycled from the early 2000’s.

  20. The question is, would Lawrence report to the Jets with Cowher as head coach ?
    Most young players dont care about previous NFL History, so I doubt he reports to a team in obvious tanking mode.

  21. “Besides, he’s currently know as the guy who won multiple Super Bowls with the Steelers.”

    Cowher won one Super Bowl, XL against the Seahawks. Lost to the Cowboys, XXX.

    So not an upgrade over Gase???

  22. No Cower did not win multiple superbowls. He was the coach of the Steelers when the refs hosed the Seahawks. His team won but that superbowl has an * by it.

  23. I think he is a better fit to take over for Doug Pederson in Philly. Give him final say on personnel and 10 mil a year.

  24. Cowher has a good gig going. Fairly easy stress free well paying job, mid level positive celebrity, long peaceful offseason for travel or whatever, nice house(s), great dinners, etc. He would not give all that up.

  25. I don’t see why Cowher or the Jets would want to make that move. Lots of issues on both sides.

  26. I loved Cowher back in the day, but I have serious doubts about his coaching style in today’s game.

    Drafting Trevor Lawrence and teaming him with someone offensive-minded seems like the better play. Maybe Bieniemy or Joe Brady

  27. Well Gruden got a 100 Million to come back and coach, perhaps Cowher is thinking “why not?”

    Boomer is just leaking the story to gauge interest from the Jets.

  28. People forget that Cowher did not want to draft Roethlisberger. He wanted a lineman.

  29. MortimerInMiami says:
    December 7, 2020 at 11:44 am
    Hopefully for Jets fans, he keeps Greg Williams as DC!
    dude was literally being fired right around the time u typed this lol

  30. Isn’t Cowher already living in New York while doing the CBS gig? How convenient. Doesn’t have to move…gonna have a top college QB prospect going forward… chance to revive a dead franchise. It’s totally plausible.

  31. If I were a CBS stockholder I’d be wondering why Bill Cowher is getting paid.Esiason is one of the few ex-players or coaches,on any network,that adds anything.

  32. pyendor says:
    December 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    No….He’s going to Dallas

    Not a chance Cowher would work for Jones. No way, no how.

  33. If Rich Kotite or Joe Walton, or heck, Bruce Coslet get the itch to coach again, would the Jets call them?

  34. Well he has been out of coaching since 2007-2008. But the decision not just in a physical but mental and emotional decision as well for him!

  35. First round draft pick Front runner. Parcells went to New England to pick Bledsoe number 1 overall. Baby Bill is sniffing around the Jets.

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