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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 13, 2010
Posted on: December 25, 2011 6:11 pm

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

please fire norv turner, cause the giants will be more then happy to give him 2M a year to be the O.C.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2011 6:03 pm

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

Yeah, out with Norv Turner, he went only so far with Schottenheimer's build and last few years the subtractions from FA and he's lucky to get a team to .500, even with the talent they still have. Just on offense, Tomlinson, Sproles, 2 of the 3 QB's, Brees & Whitehurst. The depth there would stagger any team that didn't replace that much talent.

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2011 5:56 pm

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

At least we have some hope again now that Norvell will be fired.  We might actually make the playoffs again next year.

Since: Dec 25, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 5:09 pm

Did Bill Cowher already interview for the SD job?

Cowler might not coach, but I'd rather than the Chargers hire Tina Turner as coach before I'd have Norv Turner return!  At least then we could see some nice tail on the sidelines rather than just getting our tails kicked!

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 5:05 pm
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