Monday, July 02, 2007

Cowher: Next

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 as possibilities.

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.


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