When reports surfaced earlier this season that the Miami Dolphins were exploring the possibility of hiring current CBS analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, Cowher insisted on-air that he does not "plan on coaching next year." But one of Cowher's former players believes that the right opportunity might entice Cowher out of the TV studio and back into the coaching world: according to NFL.com, Jerome Bettis explained to the Rich Eisen Podcast that Cowher wouldn't come back for just any job.
"It would have to be farfetched -- and this would never happen -- it would have to something like [Philadelphia Eagles head coach] Andy Reid gets fired or something crazy," Bettis said. "Something to that degree. ... That's the type of scenario that Coach Cowher would have to really give some thought, because now you're not coming in coaching a last-place team. You've got a quality football team that needs direction and understanding."
Bettis can assert that Reid's firing is farfetched, but the Philadelphia "dream team" is sitting at a disappointing 3-6 and Philly.com is publishing pieces like "Fans' consensus: Andy has to go". Someone, especially someone like Bettis, floating the idea that a Super Bowl-winning head coach would take the job will only further stir up that brewing controversy. Cowher's career NFL coaching record is 149-90-1; he stepped down following the 2006 season after 15 years with the Steelers.