As we had right here on NFLGridironGab over a week ago, the rumor mill in regard to Bill Cowher has already started churning again, this time with a report that the former Steelers coach has already spoken to at least three teams about becoming their head coach in 2008. ProFootballTalk.com says that the three teams that Cowher reportedly spoke to where the Browns, Redskins and Panthers. The source told the site as well that in order to come to one of those teams, Cowher wants full control, which is by no means a surprise.
The site even goes on to say that Cowher has gone so far as to starting the task of “discreetly” putting together a lineup of those that he would want with him when he gets hired. The list of those people around him would include: current Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert, Steelers business operations coordinator Omar Khan, Chiefs executive vice president and COO Denny Thum, and Saints vice president of football administration Russ Ball.
While none of this is that much of a shock, it’s so early in the game (we haven’t even gotten to training camp for the 07 season yet!) to start talking about where Cowher will go in 2008. With a few coaches on the hot seat as the season starts (Romeo Crennel in Cleveland, Tom Coughlin in New York, John Fox in Carolina), Cowher’s name is just a natural choice to pop up everytime there is talk of a team firing and then hiring a coach. The bottom line with the “Chin” will be the money and the right situation (control, somewhat talented roster). I don’t foresee him wanting to come into a train wreck like a team that goes 2-14 or even 4-12. Don’t forget the year before he showed up in Pittsburgh the Steelers were still 7-9.
So let the talk of Cowher continue, as for now all he can do is continue to look at the landscape of the league and what teams will come calling the day after the season ends (or for some maybe earlier). For now, it’s all talk, and with Cowher he’ll simply sit back, do his network TV gig this year, and wait for the windfall of phone calls and cash to come his way in 2008.