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Cowher: Jerome Who?

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Bill Cowher might not be pining for the Giants' job, after all.

The much-sought-after former Steelers coach, who would be a leading candidate to replace Lovie Smith if ownership makes a move after next season, distanced himself from recent comments made by former Pittsburgh running back Jerome Bettis.

"I haven't talked to Jerome Bettis in two years," Cowher told the New York Daily News. "I'll leave it at that."

It was Bettis who told Sirius XM's "Mad Dog Radio" recently that Cowher wants to coach the Giants.

"That's the team that he really coveted," Bettis said. "This is where he always wanted to be. The Mara family, he's been very close to them. ... He's known them very well and was on the inside track, before the Giants won the Super Bowl, for that job. And I think he's holding out for that opportunity if it presents itself."

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This is how Bettis got his job at NBC, because of his "insider info" on the Steelers. Same thing happened with Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi and the Patriots. These guys are pretty well shut out of the team stuff as soon as they retire, and are never privy to the stuff that was second nature for them as team leaders and veterans.

Tiki Barber found out the same thing, so he shifted his focus to jabbing at Eli Manning to generate notoriety for himself. Bettis is just making stuff up to keep himself in the news. He is out of NBC, and nobody is knocking on his door. Not everyone can keep the media on a string like Favre and stay in the spotlight for years longer than they should have just by strategically placed "rumors" and statements.

I said Bettis was full of it. He's going to leave the Steelers for the Giants, even though the Giants had made the playoffs two years in a row and were not talking about anyone being fired. Plus he is close with owners of the Giants, what are the Rooney's just chopped liver to the guy?

I agree, bettis pretty much has nothing to say that's relevant expect digging up some stuff on his old team. Almost all of his comments relate to the Steelers and Bill Cowher. Unfortunatley, since he's no longer part of the organization, most of his information is not accurate. I think he should hang up the reporting job and try something new...

lets just pray we do fire lovie and go get Cowher

ever been to New York? Coughlin is getting fired every day. It's the media. Same here. No one in the Bears organization is or has been talking about Lovie getting fired. People just want change...maybe every year all the coaches should shift to the team that is closest to their geographical right. that way all the fans will be happy.....
It would also be uncool in the 'coaches clique' to publicly covet
another coaches job(even though Gruden's consistent praise of the Bears players and organization came really close), plus you always
get less money when a company knows you want to work for them. We'll just leave it at that.
I think it is historically proven that the Bears will always be
who they are regardless of whether they have excellent coaches and QB's or not. If you always do what you always did, then you will always get what you've always gotten. Only ownership change can bring
on the right kind of change. Where is the billboard for that???? DOn't
you think you can pressure the Nfl into ownership change??? After all
it worked so 'well' with the coaches
^ and GM

The McFamily needs to find a way to get this guy on staff this year so he will be in place to takeover when the expressionless "Mr.Potatoe head" gets the axe. Overpay him for the OC job this year then....I woke up! GO BEAR!

What if cowher do come to the chicago bears and be a flop. What will these idiots say then. Will you call him names.

Beside Cowher, the Bears blew it not getting Scott Pioli from New England. Instead, he goes to Kansas City. Watch that team improve over the next 1-3 years. As for the Bears, ownership is more concerned with not making changes before a possible player strike or lockout -- because it might cost them money! -- than it is with improving the team. Getting Pioli would have been like the hiring of Jim Finks, which turned the organization around completely, from clowns to a good team. Oh well, I guess we'll just have to get our enjoyment knowing the McCaskeys are making a lot of money.

Not to McClownskys: Colts a billion dollar team now. Have the largest staff in the NFL. Ya got to spend money to make money. Spend it on the best and the brightest scouts and personnel dept and computers etc. Get a football guy for VP and GM.

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