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Bettis Doubts Compatability of Cowher, Jerry



    Pittsburgh Steelers running back turned NFL analyst Jerome Bettis believes his former coach Bill Cowher is ripe for a return to coaching in the league, but doesn’t believe that the Dallas Cowboys are a viable destination for his services. Bettis expressed this belief in a recent article for, adding that, in his estimation, the New York Giants would be a likely destination for Cowher, should he return:

    I expect Bill Cowher to be coaching again very soon. I can tell Coach Cowher misses the game. He did the right thing leaving three years ago to spend time with his family and should be commended for it. The situation is right for him to come back. He's a Hall of Fame coach, just 53, and could have a number of openings to choose from.

    Could he enter a rebuilding situation? Yes, but with prerequisites. He needs a proven quarterback, and because of that I look at Eli Manning and the Giants. If that team keeps heading in its current direction, a coaching change is going to be imminent. Some people point to Dallas as a possibility for Cowher, but I'm not so sure. Coach Cowher is very used to a certain type of ownership. The Rooney family provided him leeway in Pittsburgh and let him handle football decisions. I don't see Coach Cowher and Jerry Jones being on the same page.

    This is not a new idea. Many fans and writers have opined that, since Jimmy Johnson was unceremoniously let go in the winter of 1994, owner and general manager Jerry Jones has made a point of hiring coaches who will allow him his say with regard to football decisions. And whether or not you believe this, it’s certain that if he came to Dallas, Cowher wouldn’t enjoy the sort of autonomy he had in Pittsburgh.

    Not for nothing, Cowher recently told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he misses coaching.

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