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Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

Posted on: December 25, 2011 3:41 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:27 pm

By Josh Katzowitz

Now that the Chargers have been knocked out of the playoff picture officially after the Lions dominated them on Saturday, we can almost surely expect to see the front office fire coach Norv Turner.

That’s especially true after a report surfaced last week that said that in order for Turner and San Diego general manager A.J. Smith to save their jobs, the Chargers needed to win the final two games of the season.

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That obviously didn’t happen, so now, the discussion has turned to who could replace Turner. And while our CBS colleague Bill Cowher continues to say he’s not interested in leaving the world of TV (even Dan Marino, in answering a question about the open Dolphins job, said he didn’t think Cowher’s mindset was in returning to coaching), the New York Post has reported that Cowher already interviewed in San Diego.

“I was told this week by an in-the-know source with intimate knowledge of the San Diego sports scene that Cowher already had ‘an interview’ with high-ranking people inside the Chargers organization who were gauging his interest and that he expressed his interest in the job should Norv Turner be fired,” wrote Mark Cannizzaro in the Post.

That report, though, is at odds with what the San Diego Union Tribune is writing. Reported Kevin Acee: “Two Chargers sources said unequivocally and vehemently on Saturday that the Chargers have not talked to Cowher.”

Making matters more complicated was the fact that former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who figures to be a popular coaching choice this offseason (including, perhaps, with the Chargers), was in Detroit and talking with Turner before the game (Fisher’s son is a defensive assistant for the Lions).

Owner Dean Spanos told the Union-Trib that he’d wait until next week to make a decision on Turner.

Look, chances are Cowher won’t be the one to replace him, because it’s unlikely Cowher will return to the game this season (if ever).

Yet, even though Cowher recently told Sports Illustrated this, “People don't understand. I'm not coaching. I'm enjoying life more right now than I ever have,” his name won’t evaporate from coaching searches anytime soon. Even if he really is intent on not ever returning.

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Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:47 pm

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

Let us take a walk back in the past coming from a season ticket holder of 26 years and a lifelong Charger fan since their inception in San Diego. John Butler built this team and AJ Smith was his assistant going back to their Buffalo Bill AFC dominance days. When Butler became gravely ill, AJ took over his duties. When Butler died, many of us begged Bolt team president Dean Spanos to begin a comprehensive search for a legitimate, experienced general manager, but due to the emotional connection to AJ over Butler's death, Spanos stayed with AJ. First draft pick? AJ traded down a few spots and passed on Troy Polamalu and instead took complete bust CB Sammy Davis. His draft woes have continued nonstop since. Not to mention letting Brees leave as a free agent getting very little in return through league rules. His countless failures would take up this whole page. Good riddance to that arrogant S.O.B. 

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:44 pm

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

So he won a couple of games with a stacked team that was given to him
sorry sportsfan1313, but it is clear that you know absolutely nothing about the Steelers so I will educate you. The 6 years leading up to Bill Cowhers hiring the Steelers were a combined 44-51. That's right a losing record. In those 6 years the Steelers did not have one seaon with more than 9 wins and made the playoffs once in 1989. That sir is not getting a stacked team. Once Cowher took control the team went to the playoffs 6 years straight going to the SFC Championship game 3 of those six years. In those 6 years he did not have one season with less than 9 wins. His record was 64-32. Can you see the stark contrast? It seems evident he made a huge difference. He took a team that went 7-9 and made them 11-5. In 1991 the Steelers gave up 344 points in 1992 (Cowhers first season) the Steelers gave up 225 points. San Diego has given up 351 points  and scored 368 points. Imagine what their record would be if they had only given up say 232 points. They would probably be 13-2 right now. Plus he would bring in Omar Kahn one of the NFL's brightest talents in cap management and drafting prospects. I am not a fan of Cowhers ego, but his record speaks for itself. The AFC Championship teams of 94 and 95 run by Neil Odonnell (an unspectacular QB) were different from the AFC Championship team of 1997 (run by Kordell Stewart another unspectacular QB), which was different from the AFC Championship team of 2001 also a Stewart led team, and that team changed a lot before they went to the AFC Championship game in 2004 and 2005. All these changes but one thing remained The Steelers went to 6 AFC Championships in his tenure, more than any other team. The Chargers have only been to the AFC Championship 4 times total and only twice in the last 25 years. I think they would welcome Cowher type success.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:04 am

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

Never like or thought Cowher was a great coach .But if the Chargers get rid of Smith and Turner No loss there. They need to do something and keep the player they have with Tallent. Good luck Bolts and get rid of the two wastes of space Smith and Turner.

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:51 am

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?


Cowher- 8 division titles, 10 playoff appearances, 6 AFC Championship appearances, 2 Super Bowls appearances with 1 Lombardi Trophy and a Coach of the Year award. Overall Record 161-99-1.

Fisher- 3 Division titles, 6 playoff appearances, 2 AFC Championship appearances, 1 Super Bowl appearance (didn't win). Overall Record 142-120.

I think you and only you would want Fisher over Cowher, but you are right. Since Cowher isn't on the market, San Diego should pursue Fisher.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:33 am

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

Bill Cowher is 0-2 in SuperBowls.    Lost to Dallas and Seattle.  ( officials gave trophy to him after Seattle game but he still didn't WIN it )  Do nothing jerk of a human being same as Turner.     Sandy Eggo needs to get a real coach like Fisher.

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:18 am

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

What's the big deal with this guy? So he won a couple of games with a stacked team that was given to him. That makes him a legend? He would be overpaid and do little more than Turner.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:56 am

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

I hope they keep Norv,he is the best man for the ob in S.D.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:20 am

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

I don't see Jeff Fisher as a South Beach kind of guy but he loves the Florida Keys and I would love to see him as the Dolphins next coach.  If he can bring Norv to run the offense, that would be even better. 

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:31 am

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

Totally right, he's not going there or anywhere else this year, at least.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:10 am

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

 Anyways, I thought the scuttlebutt lately was if Cowher was coming back, he wanted to coach the Giants. 

Listen Bill Cowher will go anywhere provided two things. 1. He can bring in Omar Khan as the GM. Because he has worked with Khan in Pittsburgh. 2. he wants a team that already has a top ten QB. He can get that defense playing lights out in two to three years and with the right OC and Phillip Rivers division titles will fall at their laps. His ego will not let him pass up what could be a golden opportunity to say "See I can do it any where I go!" I think this could be a better situation then the Giants only he won't get as much media attention.

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