Cowher Power in Tampa Bay? Bucs Contact Bill Cowher

JC De La TorreAnalyst IIIDecember 27, 2009

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 5: Head coach Bill Cowher of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Denver Broncos on November 5, 2006 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Chin could be in for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is reporting that according to sources with knowledge of the situation, the Buccaneers have contacted Bill Cowher about their head coaching position in 2010.

Cowher has said repeatedly he will not talk to any team with a sitting head coach, so we're not sure how far the conversation got since at last we heard, Raheem Morris was still head coach of the Buccaneers.

According to the report on NFL.com , the Glazers appear to be willing to pay for a "big name head coach" if such a candidate was available, although if they're unable to secure one may be content with staying with Raheem.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.com believes that Cowher could be using the Bucs as leverage against other teams in the NFL, but to me that seems a bit unlikely because it would have to be the Bucs who initiated the contact.

Regardless of whether Cowher ever walks the sidelines in Tampa Bay, the message is certainly clear. Raheem Morris is not safe and the team's performance in New Orleans is even more critical to his job security.