What will Bill Cowher be doing next season, where?

December 23, 2010

Texans need Cowher

Ken Murray

Baltimore Sun

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Bill Cowher has a wish list of three teams — the Texans, Dolphins and Giants.

Of the preferred three, the Texans are best situated to make a rapid rise. Their offense is top-notch, though their defense is not. But Cowher knows defense. The Dolphins are the team that Bill Parcells built — and abandoned when he saw it wasn't going to work. The Dolphins have no quarterback. The Giants are tempting because they have Eli Manning and Justin Tuck and are in the Big Apple. Hard to turn that down if Tom Coughlin gets canned.

But barring Coughlin's ouster, my guess is Cowher resurfaces in Houston, where he can capitalize on the shifting winds of the division. The Colts are vulnerable, the Titans are in turmoil and the Jaguars are headed to L.A. Cowher is just what the Texans need.

kmurray@tribune.com

He'll return — to studio

Sam Farmer

Los Angeles Times

On Sunday's edition of CBS' "The NFL Today," Bill Cowher is going to play sports scientist and go into his "lab" to conduct experiments on ways to improve football. He'll look at everything from reseeding playoff teams, to widening the field, to why coaches aren't given unlimited replay challenges.

What Cowher isn't going to do is announce he's coming back to coach. Cowher likes being a TV analyst, and he doesn't have a burning desire to return to the sideline — especially it's for a team that's not positioned to win.

NFL owners are going to be very careful about making splashy coaching hires while the labor situation is in dispute. You can expect to see Cowher on Sundays next fall — but expect to see him in a studio, not holding a clipboard.

sfarmer@tribune.com

Talents to Miami

Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

Bill Cowher has the luxury of being very selective. He can wait for precisely the right NFL job to open up because he likes being a broadcaster. And he can demand exactly what he wants in his contract because he will be the most sought-after candidate.

There are not many potential job openings that would appeal to Cowher. Even though he lives in North Carolina, the Panthers likely wouldn't meet his contract requirements. It's unlikely the 49ers would either. The Cowboys' situation might be too messy with Jerry Jones involved.

The strongest possibilities are the Giants, Texans, Dolphins and Broncos, assuming those teams make changes. The Giants could be the best fit for Cowher, but they probably will stick with Tom Coughlin.

The most likely place for him to end up, then, might be Miami.

dpompei@tribune.com

Houston fits best

Dave Hyde

Sun Sentinel

If Bill Cowher wants a cushy job at a good salary, he'll stay on the CBS set next year. But if he wants to return to coaching, the Texans are his best fit of the three teams on his short list.

The Giants would be the best job. But the Mara family won't and shouldn't fire Tom Coughlin. The Dolphins job has too many problems.

The Texans and Cowher work, though. Houston has the league's fifth-ranked offense with all the necessary parts: good quarterback in Matt Schaub, dynamic playmaker in Andre Johnson and solid running game.

Where Houston needs reorganization is defense. It just needs some good offseason moves and better coaching.

And what's Cowher's specialty? Defense. Everything says Houston is the best fit.

dhyde@tribune.com

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