The Bears held a high level meeting at Halas Hall last week after a report was made that the club had extended back channel feelers to Bill Cowher to gauge his interest in potentially coming on board in 2010. Eventually, the brass in the building decided the best response for the club to have was no response at all, so the organization has remained silent on the issue.
Someone has spoken up now. ESPN's John Clayton went the other way and said it wasn't accurate in an appearance on WMVP-1000 this afternoon.
"Literally, about two minutes ago I was just talking to someone about this in the Bill Cowher camp,'' Clayton said. "And that is 100 percent inaccurate. No reaching out to Bill Cowher and no reaching out to Bill Cowher representatives, friends or anything of that nature. And Bill has made it known that he doesn't want to affect any current coach, whether it is an interim coach or a head coach, who is under a contract until the end of the season because he wants to be true to all the coaches that are currently coaching.
"There is no contact or illusion of a contact. Nut I will tell you this factually, he is interested in two jobs: one being the Chicago Bears, and the other being the Houston Texans. Both would have to open for that to happen but he is interested. But in the end there hasn't happened anything that would give him any indication that he would be contacted."
In a way, it seems as if we're dealing with semantics here. No, the Bears haven't reached out to Cowher. But, yes, he'd be interested in the job if and when Lovie Smith no longer holds the job. That's been out there for a while, that Cowher would have interest in the Bears or Texans. It's a moot point, though, unless there is an opening. Remember, Dave Wannstedt went 4-12 in 1997 and returned to post an identical 4-12 record in 1998. Dick Jauron went 4-12 in 2002 and returned to go 7-9 in 2003. In each instance, the Bears kept their coach until they had to pay him off for only one remaining season. Smith is signed through 2011.