Bills catch indirect break in potential Cowher chase

Posted on December 28, 2009 by Patrick Moran

Bill Cowher has publicly said he plans on returning to coaching in 2010.  Conceivably the Buffalo Bills indirectly caught a break today.

The Charlotte Observer reports this afternoon that Carolina head coach John Fox, along with G.M Marty Hurney and Fox’s entire coaching staff will be offered the opportunity to return to the Panthers in 2010.

According to the report, Fox will not be offered a contract extension.  2010 is the final year of his contract and he’s due $6-million.

Despite Carolina’s disappointing 7-8 record, perhaps jobs were saved by their recent surge.  Carolina knocked off Minnesota last week and probably ended the New York Giants season yesterday after destroying them on the road, 41-9.

Cowher is a name that had been consistently linked to a potential Carolina coaching vacancy.

Washington is another team that had been linked to Cowher, but it appears the team has all-but-hired Mike Shanahan.

Should the Bills put their best foot forward in pursuit of Cowher, there will still be plenty of competition.  In an NFL.com report yesterday, Jason LaCanfora said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached out to Cowher about their head coaching job, and would consider ousting first-year coach Raheem Morris to do so.

But perhaps they change their minds after Tampa Bay stunned New Orleans on the road yesterday and don’t give up on Morris after just one season.

Cleveland is another team that could be looking for a head coach and Cowher is obviously familiar with the AFC North, but with Mike Holmgren recently named  team President, it has power struggle written all over.  Chicago could definitely come into play if they fire Lovie Smith.

Arguably the biggest obstacle in a team looking to land Cowher could come via Dallas.  If the Cowboys fail to make noise in the playoffs, owner Jerry Jones is almost certain to give Wade Phillips the axe.  A Dallas organization with unlimited resources and exposure may be too hard for Cowher to pass on.

The Bills reportedly have already reached out to Cowher, who said at the time he would not interview for any coaching jobs as long as that team still had a head coach.  He didn’t say he wouldn’t interview with Buffalo should there be a vacancy.

So if you’re a Bills fan hoping for a shot at Cowher, root for Dallas and for Fox to accept the offer to stay on in Carolina. THEN, it could get interesting.

Stay tuned.

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1 Comment on Bills catch indirect break in potential Cowher chase

  1. John

    As good beat reporters, you should already know that the Bills dont have a chance to land Bill Cowher. 1. Mr. Wilson will not give Cowher the power he wants (he will not be burned again like Tom Donohoe). 2. Bill Cowher wants a top tier quarterback (no rookies or journeyman). Do I really need to go further after point 2? 3. He wants a team that is close, but not quite there yet (a team like the Panthers or Texans). Just to drum up a story like that is a complete waste of time. Think of it this way…In one hand, you have wishes. In the other hand, you have crap. What do you get when you put them together? That’s right, you got crap.

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