Bill Cowher Generating Buzz In Several NFL Coaching Openings

Bill Cowher spent the past few years in a CBS television studio, but more than a few teams hope the former Steelers coach decides to spent next year on an NFL sideline.

The coach-turned-analyst has surfaced as a potential candidate for several NFL openings. After a busy offseason for non-playoff bound teams that kicked off with seven head coaches being fired, Bill Cowher is being named as a good choice for several teams, joining other former coaches like Tony Dungy and John Gruden.

The cushy analyst job at CBS could be difficult to leave for Cowher. He has been offered NFL jobs in the past but turned them down to remain in his analyst duties.

Many teams also like to try their luck on up-and-coming NFL coaches rather than veterans like Bill Cowher. From The Associated Press: “Much more likely than any of those Super Bowl winners returning to the sideline for 2013 would be the hirings of more obscure assistant coaches such as Mike Zimmer, Mike McCoy and Gus Bradley.”

Though he’s had offers in the past, this year could be different for Bill Cowher. Instead of the usual NFL bottom-dwellers that fired coaches in the past few seasons, this year some of the job openings are with attractive franchises like the Philadelphia Eagles. Other teams come with quarterbacks in place — like the San Diego Chargers with Philip Rivers — another attractive element.

But it’s not just the coaching openings that are generating buzz for Bill Cowher. CBS Radio in New York floated the idea of Cowher serving in the general manager role for the New York Jets after the team fired GM Mike Tannenbaum.