Bill Cowher Eyeing Return To Coaching: A Look at 5 NFL Teams That Could Hire Him

Dmitriy IoselevichSenior Analyst IIIDecember 21, 2010

Bill Cowher Eyeing Return To Coaching: A Look at 5 NFL Teams That Could Hire Him

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    Bill Cowher has expressed an interest in returning to coaching in the NFL and has listed the Giants, Texans and Dolphins as franchises he would consider working for.

    The former Steelers coach resigned following the 2007 season after spending 15 seasons in Pittsburgh.

    Cowher has a career 149-90-1 record and a Super Bowl on his resume. He's won eight division titles and gotten his team to the playoffs 10 times. He's only had three losing seasons in his entire coaching career and has reached double digits in victories in nine seasons.

    He's unquestionably one of the best coaches in the history of the game, and there are any number of teams that would be happy to have him next season.

    Here's a look at five of those teams that could make a bid at Cowher's services this offseason.

5. Houston Texans

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    The Texans will almost certainly part ways with head coach Gary Kubiak following this season after he again failed to deliver on promises of a playoff appearance, despite a talented roster.

    Houston has no trouble putting points on the board with their 10th-ranked scoring offense and an offensive-minded coach.

    They have the fifth-ranked passing attack and the 10th-ranked rushing attack, capitalizing on an elite offensive trio that includes Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Arian Foster.

    But the problem for the Texans has always been their defense. They have the 30th-ranked scoring defense, giving up 27.6 points/game and are dead last in defending the pass. 

    Cowher is regarded as a defensive whiz and his presence in the Houston clubhouse could be the difference in what is suddenly a very winnable division.

4. Denver Broncos

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    The Broncos already fired their head coach, Josh McDaniels, and will be actively shopping for a replacement this spring.

    Denver has the same problem as Houston: all offense and no defense.

    The Broncos have the seventh-ranked passing attack and score 20.9 points/game. But the defense is a completely different story.

    Denver is dead last in scoring defense (29.6 points/game) and second to last in rushing defense. McDaniels was never known as a defensive coach (serving as an offensive coordinator with the Patriots), so Cowher would be a welcome replacement.

3. Miami Dolphins

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    The 7-7 Dolphins were a popular pick to make the playoffs before the season, but their efforts fell flat after losing two winnable games against the the Browns and Bills in recent weeks.

    That could mean head coach Tony Sparano might be out of a job.

    Miami owner Steve Ross wants to do something to get Dolphins fans excited after what the Heat did, bringing in LeBron James.

    Hiring a future Hall of Fame coach would be a start, but it's not necessarily a solution.

    The Dolphins still need to figure out what they're doing about their quarterback because Chad Henne is clearly not good enough to take the team deep into playoffs, and the offense is mediocre at best.

    The defense is outstanding, ranking seventh in scoring defense (18.6 points/game) and sixth in both passing and rushing defense.

    But Ross would have to pay a minor fortune to dismiss Sparano and offensive coordinator Jeff Ireland, and then hire Cowher and a new coaching staff.

    Cowher's good, but he's not a miracle worker. The Dolphins need to find a quarterback before they go after a new head coach.

2. Dallas Cowboys

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    The Cowboys have been playing much better under interim head coach Jason Garrett than they did under Wade Phillips, who was fired early in the season.

    But it's unlikely owner Jerry Jones will be happy with Garrett as the long-term solution, and he has deep enough pockets to make a serious bid for Cowher.

    Dallas is another team that has no trouble scoring, but can't seem to keep the other team off the board. The Cowboys have the second-to-worst scoring defense in the NFL (28.3 points/game), and especially struggle against the pass where they rank 28th in the league. 

    Their offense scores the seventh-most points in the NFL at 25.3 points/game and has a very talented roster of offensive weapons, including Felix Jones, Marion Barber, Jason Witten, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.

    Tony Romo was putting up franchise quarterback numbers before suffering a season-ending collarbone injury.

    The Cowboys certainly have the tools to be a great team, but they need a better coach to get them there. They haven't held a team under 30 points since Week 6, a stat that Cowher would definitely be able to improve.

1. New York Giants

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    Giants coach Tom Coughlin may be taking some heat for New York's collapse against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    But it's not his fault that the defense was carved up at will, and it's definitely not his fault that his punter Matt Dodge decided to kick the ball to DeSean Jackson.

    The Giants are a Super Bowl team right now. They have the sixth-ranked scoring offense (25.7 points/game) and the 13th-ranked scoring defense (20.6 points/game).

    Eli Manning is one of the better quarterbacks in the game and there is no shortage of veteran leadership on the roster.

    However, it is this reality that has New York at the top of the list of Cowher's preferred landing spots. Coughlin still has another year remaining on his contract, but if he falls short again this season then his job could be in jeopardy.