Bill Cowher has been out of the National Football League’s coaching world since 2006. Comfortably behind the desk at CBS at this point, one would imagine that it will take the ideal job, handpicked by Cowher himself, for the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers head coach to actually return.
Would that job be one that has an overbearing owner and a self-important prima donna at quarterback? You wouldn’t think so, but Cowher has indeed been linked to the vacant Washington Redskins job. It was reported a few days ago that Cowher met with owner Daniel Snyder, but today general manager Bruce Allen spoke with the Washington Post and denied those reports:
‘No, that hasn’t happened,’ Allen said.
Allen, during a brief interview at Redskins Park, declined to discuss other coaching candidates.
‘We’re going to leave names out of it at this point out of respect for teams in and out of the playoffs,’ Allen said.”
Allen also refused to speak to the question of whether or not Washington has tried to engage ESPN analyst Jon Gruden about the job.
The appeal of many head coaching jobs lies in the quality of the quarterback there (or the opportunity to draft one right away). RG III, for all of his nonsense, can play. How far will that go in Washington’s efforts to land a big name like Cowher? How much will the utter lack of depth or talent on the rest of the roster offset the desirability of coaching RG III?
What about the fact that you have to deal with Snyder? All we know is that the guy who takes over in Washington will have plenty of work to do.