Let me run down the math:
1. Jets coach Eric Mangini gets fired.
2. Bill Cowher says he is interested in talking to the Jets about a coaching position.
3. Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum says he’s not opposed to sharing duties with a coach like Cowher.
4. Bronoc’s Fire Mike Shanahan – who is beloved by owner Pat Bowlen and has been untouchable even in dark times before and after they won 2 Super Bowls.
5. Coach Cowher says he is no longer insterested in coaching the Jets.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. Cowher took a couple years off since leaving Pittsburgh. He has the itch again to coach. The Jets were ok… but not a storied franchise like the Steelers. But with big time dollars and GM duties, he could have done a Bill Parcells (Buy the groceries and cook the meal.) No way he goes to that cesspool of a team The Cleveland Browns. Denver siezes the opportunity and calls Coach Cowher.
Broncos – “Bill, you want some of this?”
Coach Cowher – “I can’t talk about that, you have a coach!”
Broncos – “Well we can take care of that.”
Coach Cowher – Well then call me back when you do.” click
It all makes sense. Like the Steelers, the Denver Broncos are an institution not just a team. They have a fan base across the country. Their seats are never empty. No one cares about the Rockies. This is yet another place where Cowher can be king.
The only coach with a name and reputation better than Shanahan’s at the moment is Bill Cowher’s. It’s a match made in Bronco heaven.
I waited for ESPN to make this connection last night. But because they are so controlled by the NFL’s marketing team, they wanted to wait so it won’t look so bad for the Jets. They didn’t want to have the appearance out there that there was a quid pro quo for firing Shanahan. So they will let it ride for at least 24 hours I suppose… maybe let the New Years bowl hype take over. That’s ESPN for you though.. a thoroughly predictable non-journalistic institution.
I called my friend Paula today. She, along with her husband Curtis and son Demetrius are from Denver and are die hard Bronco honks. She hadn’t made the connection yet – but was happy to hear the good news.
Since I love the Steelers, I can’t help but be happy for Cowher. He kept us relevant every year and gave us a Super Bowl. After taking some time off to enjoy his family, I ain’t mad at him!
I also have people in Pittsbugh who have four season tickets on the lower bowl at Heinz Field. I already called to get dibs on a ducket when the Broncos visit.
Happy New Year Denver!