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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: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:50 am

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

;     you are correct about the talent part, but remember, Cowher had that team for 15 years and had the best record in football for the 15 years he coached. He sure didn't have the same team for 15 years. You must be very young to not remember that he took the Steelers to the playoffs in his first 6 seasons when he took over that team that missed the playoffs 7 seasons in a row. Also, he built the team that Tomlin inherited. Check the roster from Cowher's years.

 To critique your 2nd point of Tomlin being nothing special; Tomlin is a great coach as well, but he inherited a winner. But that doesn't mean he had it easy (see Norv Turner bugger up a stacked Charger team), but it was far less challenging than taking the Rams or lions to the playoffs. however, the pressure to go deep in the playoffs when you inherit a winner is far greater than pressure to make the playoffs. It is easier to make the playoffs than it is to go deep. Tomlin went all the way.

  What I am getting at is that Cowher has proven over and over that he will field a competitive team almost every year. The Steelers picked Tomlin because he coaches like Cowher. Why fix it if it ain't broken?Both are great coaches and have earned the right to be called that. You, justjoe, are high. But, it's Christmas, so party on man. merry Christmas.

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:33 am

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

I agree with you that Norv Turner gets way to much credit for the Dallas Cowboys offensive firepower with 3 hall of famers and one of the best offensive lines in NFL history. He's not NFL head coach material but he keeps popping up on the sidelines and I can't understand what people are seeing in him that makes them feel like he can do the job?

The Chargers had a legitimate Super Bowl caliber team when GM A.J. Smith destroyed it by firing head coach Marty Schottenheimer after a 14-2 season ended up with a loss in their first playoff game. The team has never been the same since and I still can't believe that Smith did that and he should have been fired a long time ago in my opinion!

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:08 am

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

I think firing A.J. Smith is more important than firiing Turner.  The talent in San Diego has been going down the last five years under his bad drafts.  It makes you wonder if the real brains in the organization was someone who left around that time.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2011 11:59 pm

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

Help me out here .. who fired the 14-2 coach? Who said Drew Brees was not a winner? Who hired Norv Turner as the saviour? Who needs to be so fired .... not exactly rocket science is it? Fire AJ "the biggest idiot of all time" Smith NOW NOW .. don't wait until tomorrow ... FIRE AJ SMITH NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 11:34 pm

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

Please San Diego Chargers, bury Norv Turner from NFL FOOTBALL forever.  How can this man keep coming up with head coaching jobs? He may be a good offensive mind.  But please do not give this man another PRO JOB. Pease, Please, Please.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2011 11:15 pm

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

I knew this guy would lay a turd in SD the day he was hired. The same thing he did in Washington and Oakland. For some reason he can not win Division games. I would like to know his record against teams in the division of teams he has coached. I bet it is atleast 2 losses for every win or even worse. Has there been another coach to lose as much as him? He is terrible. He SB teams he was the OC for had Aikman, Smith, Irvin, Novacak and one of the best OL in football history. He gets too much credit for that. I could have coached those teams to the SB and I know nothing about coaching. How long before another teams takes shot with this guy? Buffalo? or some other football wasteland?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2011 11:01 pm

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

I would only be a about 5 weeks into next season before Berman breaks out "Cowher Powder Power!" I say good fit but no way he gets Dick LeBeauu to leave Steeler world.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 10:56 pm

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

Hey, I'm available. Spread the word. (I love SD)

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2011 10:56 pm

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

I understand why the Chargers fans want HC Norv Turner gone but why GM A.J. Smith who is regarded as one of the top GM's in the league. That whole team is built by Smith & for many years he has always built a good team there at San Diego. Yes Turner might not have turned out the HC that everyone that he would be out there but I'm sure Smith if he is still the Chargers GM will find hopefully the right HC this time around.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 10:42 pm

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

I would love to see Cowher in San Diego as the head coach.

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