Mr. T. getting bad rap in Cowher situation


Posted Dec 31, 2008


There is so much blame and misinformation flying around about Bill Cowher's non-interest in the Jets job. Let's try to set the record straight.

There have been a lot of reports stating that it was the presence of GM Mike Tannenbaum that turned off Cowher. The various reports state Cowher doesn't want to work under Tannenbaum or any existing GM.

There was also a published report that Cowher didn't want to inherit a team with Brett Favre as it's quarterback.

Honestly, both angles might have some truth to them. Maybe Cowher wouldn't want to work under Tannenbaum or coach Favre, but in 2008-2009, neither one of them factored into the former Pittsburgh coach's decision to turn down the Jets.

He also turned down Cleveland and Kansas City this week, two teams he has stronger ties to than the Jets.

He's not coaching this year. End of story.

"Forget Bill Cowher," a friend of Cowher's told JC on Monday. "He's not coaching this year. I'm with him a lot and we talk about [his coaching future] a lot. He will not return until 2010 at the earliest."

So Cowher turning down the Jets this week had nothing to do with anything but the coach's desire to sit out another year.

So it's time to stop blaming people.

There are no scapegoats in this story.



Related Stories
Spags isn't the way to go
 -by TheJetsBeat.com  Dec 31, 2008
Cowher out of the running
 -by TheJetsBeat.com  Dec 31, 2008
Jets to interview Rex Ryan
 -by TheJetsBeat.com  Dec 31, 2008

PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION INCLUDES
> Members-only Forums
> Insider Information
> Free Agency &
   Draft News
> Expert Chats

Sign Up Today!

Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from TheJetsBeat.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Football > NY Jets
[View My HotList]