In today's edition of Steelers Xtra Chris Kucharski
speculates about "the most likely destinations for Cowher after the 2007 season."
I agree that Washington
is the most likely destination as current head coach Joe Gibbs
will probably have a nervous breakdown if he doesn't have success this season, and owner Daniel Snyder
would likely be willing to pay Cowher $10 million a year.Cleveland
is a reasonable second most likely destination, as Cowher played for and coached the Browns in the 1980s, and it's easy to envision Romeo Crennel
getting fired after this season.
After that I disagree with Kucharski. As I see it, Carolina
is the third-most likely possibility, as Cowher might take less money if it allows him to live in North Carolina year-round.
The New York Giants
are a fourth option, as Tom Coughlin
is likely to be fired after the 2007 season. Dallas
is a close fifth, thanks to Jerry Jones
' checkbook, the soon-to-be new stadium, and Jones' love of the high-profile deal.
At the moment, I don't see Baltimore
or Tampa Bay
In fact, despite being on the west coast, I believe that San Diego
is the top dark-horse candidate, in part due to fourth-year QB Philip Rivers
. Recall that Cowher wanted to draft Rivers in 2004. And after plugging away for twelve years without a star quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger
showed Cowher how much easier it is to be a head coach when one has a young franchise quarterback. So don't underestimate the importance of a candidate's quarterback situation.