View Full Version : Does Cowher want Colbert?

12-30-2008, 11:16 AM
Cowher has turned down opportunities to speak to the Browns and now the Jets. The sticking point with the Jets apparently was Cowher wanted to bring along his own player personnel man. Most assume this is Schottenheimer. But I'm wondering if that man is Kevin Colbert. Colbert and Cowher had a good relationship here where Cowher had final say on players but not 100% responsibility. I don't see Schottenheimer as that guy. Of course I could be wrong.

Fire Haley
12-30-2008, 11:25 AM
Colbert is signed till 2010.

Why should we let him out of his contract?

12-30-2008, 11:41 AM
Contracts mean zip in sports these days.

12-30-2008, 11:42 AM
Colbert is signed till 2010.

Why should we let him out of his contract?

I think Colbert will be staying beyond 2010 as well. So it will make it harder for someone to get him.

12-30-2008, 11:45 AM
Ill say this much it wont be Ton Donahoe he is wanting.

Fire Haley
12-30-2008, 11:57 AM
Cowher will wait till next year - then take Colbert with him - you watch.

Sources: Cowher wants total control

By John Clayton

Cowher plans to speak publicly for the first time about the Jets' opening and other coaching opportunities during CBS' wild-card pregame show on Sunday, a source told 1050 ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand

Updated: December 30, 2008, 11:04 AM ET

Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher, who rejected a chance to become head coach of the Browns last weekend, is not going to interview for the head coaching position of the New York Jets, according to multiple sources.

Cowher, according to a source, has been contacted by the Jets. Although he is interested in the Jets job, he told the team he would not be a candidate because he would like to bring in his own personnel director. Jets owner Woody Johnson plans to keep Mike Tannenbaum as his general manager after firing Eric Mangini as head coach Monday.

With Tannenbaum as the general manager, Cowher is willing to pass on the Jets opportunity, stay in broadcasting for another year and wait to return to coaching in 2010.

Cowher has told friends the Jets job interested him for several reasons. First, Cowher would love to coach in the New York market. Second, two of his daughters are either going to school or working in the New York-New Jersey area.

Cowher does plan to coach in 2010. In 2009, though, he was only willing to return if every situation was right for him. He wanted to have a two-year break from coaching to be with family and recharge.

Last weekend, Cowher met with Browns owner Randy Lerner, who asked him what it would take financially for him to be the Browns head coach. Having a close relationship with the Rooney family in Pittsburgh and still wanting more time with the family, Cowher didn't give Lerner a price, and said no.

Cowher recently extended his contract with CBS for another season.


12-30-2008, 12:04 PM
ESPN's Chris Mortenson is now reporting the Jets may be reconsidering and willing to talk with Cowher and give into his demands.

12-30-2008, 12:42 PM
Cowher does want to take Colbert with him...at least thats been the rumor. if cowher demands to bring in his own GM i am sure he has spoken to said person about taking this job. so one can easily believe the cowher and colbert have already agreed to work together in the future.

Fire Haley
12-30-2008, 12:46 PM
Bill is such a tease

"Source: Jets still pursuing Cowher"

12:31 PM EST, December 30, 2008

Reports that Bill Cowher isn't interested in the Jets as they're currently structured might not be entirely accurate.

ESPN reported earlier today that Cowher would not interview with the Jets, but a source inside the organization with knowledge of the team's plans disputed parts of the report and said that Cowher is "receptive" to discussions.

"We plan to speak with him," the source said. "But there have been no discussion yet. We have gotten no indication from him that he would not take the position based on the front office power structure."

That structure was brought up during yesterday's news conference announcing the firing of Eric Mangini when Jets owner Woody Johnson said he wouldn't hire a coach who also wanted control over personnel. Any coach wanting control in that area, naturally, would be a threat to GM Mike Tannenbaum.

"It's too much," Johnson said. "There's no way, no way that you can do it, in my opinion, and really do it because you're always relying on somebody else. You may think you have the power, but you can't make those discerning decisions, there's just too much work, and be a coach."

But the Jets source today said Tannenbaum, also an executive vice president, might be willing to relinquish some responsibilities.

"Mike has taken the position that he will do whatever is in the best interest of the franchise," the source said.

None of this, of course, means Cowher is slated to be the next coach of the Jets and just how interested the former Steelers coach is hasn't yet been determined. Also yesterday the team asked for permission to speak with Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and that permission was granted by the Giants. Longtime NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer is on the team's list of candidates as is Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz."

Feel free to discuss among yourselves. It is, as the saying goes, "a fluid situation."


12-30-2008, 01:16 PM
i heard that cowher just re-did his contract with cbs.. so i have no clue what bill is gonna do

12-30-2008, 01:40 PM
As I've said before - Cowher isn't going anywhere to HC next season. As for 2010 - it's a wait and see. I think he really enjoys his gig at CBS, but in 2010 if a big chunk of moola is put under his nose (or chin) and he gets what he wants as far as personnel goes, he'll go to the highest bidder (with Kaye's approval, of course). :chuckle:

12-30-2008, 02:01 PM
he is going to go with cowher, so everyone should just get ready for it.

12-30-2008, 04:51 PM
he is going to go with cowher, so everyone should just get ready for it.

If Cowher takes the Jets job, he will take Colbert with him. Maybe we can get a draft pick or two out of the deal.

12-30-2008, 04:55 PM
If Cowher gets 10 million per for 5 years guaranteed and gets his own player personal guy, Cowher will be the coach. His daughters go to school and work in NY/NJ so the transition there wouldn't be a problem.

As far as the team goes, he has the offensive line he needs for COWHER POWER. Look for Thomas Jones being a top 3 rusher next year. Defense will be the area he will draft in April and He might keep Favre another year and draft a QB to groom for 2010. However Favre would have to have shackles on him.

12-30-2008, 05:10 PM
Did Colbert have any say in the hiring of Tomlin?

12-30-2008, 05:15 PM
Did Colbert have any say in the hiring of Tomlin?

You've gotta think he did. I'd be shocked if he didn't.

12-30-2008, 05:44 PM
If Colbert goes does that cut off our pipeline of players from the Lions? First off I don't think Cowher is going anywhere at this time. Now throw Shanahan into the mix of available coaches. Let the coaching carousel begin.

Galax Steeler
12-31-2008, 03:34 AM
I don't think Colbert will go anywhere the organization should keep him happy with a new contract and as for Cowher he will not be coaching the jets so we can take him out of the mix along with the browns denver anyone.

12-31-2008, 06:52 AM
IMO Cowher will be coaching somewhere in 2010. If that happens I really hope he brings Colbert with him.