On Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted, “Word around the league is that Bill Cowher is poised to return to the sidelines in 2010. Potential landing spots: Tampa Bay and Carolina.”
Immediately there are two problems with that. The first is that Tampa Bay has been one of this season’s most surprising teams and the 34-year-old Raheem Morris could be the frontrunner for Coach of the Year. Tampa Bay would have to be absolutely bonkers to let Morris go after seeing the development of young players like Josh Freeman.
As for Carolina I can only ask, why? With a 2-12 record it’s a fair bet that head coach John Fox will not return next season, but why would any coach want to take over that decrepit team? They will be able to draft a franchise quarterback with the first overall pick (likely Stanford’s Andrew Luck) but that is a long term rebuilding plan.
The Panthers have promising young running backs in Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, but little else. Steve Smith is highly paid yet seems to have lost a step. The rest of the receivers? They seem better suited for the practice squad.
The Carolina offense ranks dead last in football with 13.1 points per game–a full four points lower than second worst. Their offensive line certainly has not helped the cause allowing 43 sacks this season.
The Panthers rank amongst the bottom third of the league in scoring defense surrendering 25 points per game. One head coaching job is quite secure while the other is one that I would avoid at all costs.