NFL Rumors: Bill Cowher Must Be the Next San Diego Chargers Head Coach

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2011

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 11:  Former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher attends the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils on February 11, 2009 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)
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Bill Cowher's name always gets mentioned whenever a head coaching job in the NFL becomes available, but the situation has never been right. If the San Diego Chargers fire Norv Turner after Sunday's season finale, the time will be perfect for the man with the iron jaw to make his return.

Now, according to Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post, Cowher has already interviewed with "high-ranking people inside the Chargers organization who were gauging his interest and that he expressed his interest in the job should Norv Turner be fired."

One of the things that has to appeal to Cowher is the fact that the Chargers are close to competing for Super Bowls year in and year out. He is going to be 55 years old by the time the 2012 season starts and has enough money and clout to pick his spot. 

According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the time is rapidly approaching for team president Dean Spanos to make his final decision on the Chargers' future. 

Those familiar with Spanos’ thinking during the Chargers’ six-game losing streak said he felt he had “no choice” but to fire Turner. Spanos had been heartened during the team’s three-game winning streak, impressed by the Chargers outscoring opponents 109-38 and continuing to fight. However, that was always presented as a tenuous development, contingent on continued winning.

The Chargers have been perpetual underachievers since hiring Turner to be their head coach five years ago. They did make the playoffs in his first three seasons, including a run to the AFC championship game in 2007. 

But it has been all downhill for this team the last two seasons. Despite putting up solid numbers across the board, the win-loss record has not improved, and this has made the fan base in San Diego restless. 

Cowher is the right man for this job. He has an excellent track record as a head coach, the ability to get his players to stay focused for a long season, which has been a problem for this team, and making sure that they live up to their potential. 

When the clock strikes zero in the Chargers' final game of this season on Sunday, it needs to signal the dawn of new era in San Diego. It needs to be start of the Bill Cowher era.