For many, the only silver lining in the Bears' decision to retain general manager Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith was the possibility that Bill Cowher might reprise the role of Da Coach after next season.
It makes sense. It was Hub Arkush who reported during the season that someone in the McCaskey family had made inquiries about Cowher's potential interest. There seems to be little doubt that Cowher will return to coaching when the right possibility presents itself.
Cowher can't put off his return forever. He lives in North Carolina and has been linked to the Panthers job. Others have him waiting for an opening in Tampa Bay. Arkush has said that he covets coaching jobs with the Texans and Bears and is hoping one of those jobs come open.
Jerome Bettis has other ideas. The Steelers' former bruising running back told Sirius XM's "Mad Dog Radio" that Cowher wants the Giants job.
"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."