It appears that Bill Cowher is ready to return to the NFL sidelines which has the rumor mill conjuring up plenty of speculation as to what team he will be coaching in 2011.
As of now the short list of teams who have a legitimate shot at Cowher would include the Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins and New York Giants. You could also through in the Tennessee Titans if they choose to move on from Jeff Fisher.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has fueled the speculation that the Texans are the likeliest destination for Cowher if Gary Kubiak is let go. Considering that they have Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, and Andre Johnson on the offensive side of the ball, Cowher could focus on rebuilding their struggling defense while the offense matures. Another thing to consider is that the AFC South is turning into a winnable division with the Colts on the down swing this year.
The Dolphins are a team with plenty of question marks as of right. Team owner Stephen Ross could decide to overhaul the front office and the coaching staff which would open the door for Bill Cowher. The problem with the Dolphins is that their offense is in need of a complete overhaul. Chad Henne, Brandon Marshall and Ronnie Brown have all been disappointments this year. Whoever is calling the shots this offseason will have their work cut out for them.
New York Giants:
The Giants have been rumored to be Cowhers No. 1 job if it becomes available. That’s the basically the problem. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tom Coughlin is under contract for the next two seasons. Coughlins salary will drop by $750,000 for the 2011 season so it remains a possibility that the Giants could cut Coughlin loose if the miss the playoffs even though it would be the fifth time that the Giants have made the playoffs in the last seven seasons.