It’s no secret that a number of teams around the National Football League are going to covet former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher in 2008. Cowher, currently enjoying time off with his family, is still a young man, and reports say that there is no doubt that Cowher will return to the National Football League at some point, sooner than later, and coach anywhere from 8-15 years. He won a Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2005, and simply needed a break. It was as simple as that.With that said, the Washington Times on Friday began what is sure to be a hot topic for the 2007 season.
Where will Bill Cowher coach in 2008? One team that will have their eyes on him according to the paper is the Washington Redskins, who may finally part ways with Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs if they have another down year, and give control of the team to Cowher. Gibbs will be 67 years old, and with one year left on his contract, may feel its time to finally walk away for good, and he could easily give control to Cowher, a coach that will demand mucho bucks when he retruns, and one owner that would be willing to give it is Daniel Snyder.
The Cleveland Browns will be on Cowher’s list as well if they cannot turn it around in 2007. Romeo Crennel is on the hot seat already, and Cowher has a long history with the Browns. He played for them, he coached for them (special teams) and then he coached against them for a number of years while with the Steelers. Could Cowher find it in himself to coach against his former team not once, but twice a season? If the price is right – you bet he could.
Or how about the New York Giants? The Giants are another team where the paitence is growing thin. Sure they made the playoffs in 2005 and 2006, but we’re talking New York, and fans aren’t just happy with a pair of playoff games in two years. Tom Coughlin is a coach many think will be shown the door after another tough season in the Big Apple, and Cowher could find himself in the biggest media market in the world looking to turn around a historic NFL franchise.
Finally, there is the team is Bill’s backyard if you will, the Carolina Panthers. Another team that seems to have the players in place, but they can’t seem to get it done. John Fox is a coach that will have a lot of pressure on him to rise up in 2007, and if he does not, Cowher could be coaching close to home.
My choice for Cowher – The Panthers. I think that he really does like being close to home, and the Panthers are a team that he can take over and easily fit into for the future. The other choices are solid, but Carolina is a solid opportunity to continue his career of coaching.