Bill Cowher Has a Wish List of Jobs That Doesn’t Include Browns

At least it’s finally out there. Bill Cowher has confirmed what everyone has known for a few years now – he’d like to return to the sidelines. However, that doesn’t mean he’ll take just any job in the NFL.

He’s got a short wish list of teams that he will consider, which includes the Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, and New York Giants. One team noticeably absent from that list is the Cleveland Browns. Despite playing for and coaching the Browns at different points in his career, the Browns do not appear to be in the running for Cowher’s next head coaching job.

So how will this influence the Browns’ search for a new head coach (if you believe that Eric Mangini is about to get canned). If Jon Gruden wants to come here, it will influence that search very little. However, let’s say that Gruden isn’t coming to coach the Browns next season – what next? Does Mike Holmgren coach this team? Will he still remain as the president?

Holmgren is a great coach, but he had less success when he was running the entire show in Seattle. I’d be wary of seeing him pull double duty with the Browns as well, but there’s no doubt we’d all be excited to see him as a coach once again.

If both Gruden and Holmgren pass on coaching the Browns, what happens then? How do you convince a fan base then that this new coach could be any better than Eric Mangini? I figured the whole point of firing Mangini at the end of this season was to grab a star head coach. And if the Browns don’t land one?

Well, they’ll just be the same old Browns.

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  • Jimmy Di Dago

    …the point would be to get a coaching team of Holmgren’s liking. Mangini’s a good coach, but he’s not Holmgren’s man. Wasn’t when he got here.
    He was merely given a chance because…
    1. …none of Holmgren’s guys were available in the short amount of time he had to make the change.
    2. …he had done a good job at turning our sorry roster and it’s faulty attitudes inside- out and getting them to play as a team again…
    yet this still hinged on how well they worked together (fair) and how much more improvement would take place (fair, again).
    With the talent that’s available and fhe fact that many ARE Holmgren people from the past, I’m afraid Mangini’s time is up whether it’s fair or not.
    The only chance Mangini’s got, IMO, is whether Holmgren completely strikes out on Gruden, Fox, Mariucci, Turner or Morningwheg. In this scenario, Mangini will at least have to deal with a overhaul in the position coaching namely O-coordinator, receiving coach and some other lesser roles. This may be distasteful to Mangini and he’ll bolt in ’12 anyway.
    With all king’s men that are available, it would be hard not to see quite an overhaul take place. Maybe even see Holmgren and maybe even Haskell for a season if Mangini balks at the changes and nothing pans out.

  • JM

    Di Dago; Strong take and I agree with you, but for slightly different reasons. Yea, Mangini better pray Gruden doesn’t take the job, cause’ if he wants it, it’s his. And we have to know Holmgrun will offer it if he hasn’t already.

    Side note: Im not surprised at all about Cowher tho- despite his local connection, did we really expect him to come coach against his own Steelers twice a year?

    If Gruden sits in the booth for another year or heads out to San Fran, Holmgren can’t simply settle for just anyone. He needs a CLEAR upgrade for his next head coach. Fortunately for Mangini, that list should be fairly short. Add to that, with up to 10 NFL teams looking to do the same, Mangini has a fighting chance (I realize that “10” is large number, and there won’t be nearly that many actual regime changes, but that doesn’t mean 10 or more GM’s wolnt be considering a H.C. overhaul). If Holmgren does end up keeping Mangini around, it is clear Dabol needs to be out. But, Holmgren would never directly ask Mangini to fire Daboll. That is not his call. That act needs to come from Mangini himself. If Mangini refuses to accept this, he will be forcing Holmgruns hand. Holmgren knows if he forces Daboll out himself, it would be a huge hit on Mangini’s credibility throughout the organization. The strongest move Mangini can make is to walk into Holmgrens office this Sunday at 4:01pm and let him know he has already seen Daboll to the door with a proper handshake/man-hug and holiday gift. “Mike, I would love your assistance in finding a replacement for our next Offensive Coordinator. Someone that will fall within the framework of what we are trying to do here: Play defense first, and play with ball control on the offensive side of the ball.” If Daboll can’t see it coming, he needs to take up piano lessons and buy a folding walking stick. The whole reason Holmgren is here is because of the connections he has throughout the league. Better yet, his personal strengths lie in understanding the offensive side of the ball. He should have a healthy list of candidates already, outside of the obvious (Haskil, McDaniels, feel free to add your own from any coaching tree), who can confidently run the offense under Mangini’s framework. Let’s not all assume that just because you become a head coach, you become an expert on both sides of the ball. I feel Mangini’s defensive tenure is widely overlooked now that he has been a head coach for a few years under two organizations. Other than a short stint at the very beginning of his career as an offensive assistant, Mangini has no other offensive background. Looking closer at Dabols background, it’s not impressive. It is hard for me to believe he hasn’t just been riding Mangini’s coat-tails for the past decade. Especially, after spy-gate, how many other options did Mangini really have? My point is, Mangini shouldn’t lose too much pride once he goes to Holmgrun for help. Again, that’s exactly why Holmgrun is here anyway. Let him flex his muscle.