I'm calling it now. Cowher will be coaching for the New York Jets next season.
Okay, okay. Technically, Cowher says that he doesn't want to coach this year, but if that's the case, why didn't he do more to tamp down all the rumors about him going to the Browns? To me, that was a red flag.
Anyway, here's why Cowher is going to the Jets:
First, the Jets will be drafting a quarterback. Cowher has experience bringing QBs into the league... or at least he has a proven track record in Ben Roethlisberger.
Second, the Jets are built around a rushing offense, and a defense that can stop the run. This season, the Jets defense was average over all, but they had the 7th ranked rush defense in the NFL. Their rushing attack is led by the veteran Thomas Jones, who probably still has a few good years left in the tank, due to spending most of his career as a backup.
Finally, Is there a better coaching vacancy? This depends on who fires their coach. Redskins, Cowboys, Bucs, Browns and Jaguars might have coaching vacancies on decent teams, but each team has serious downsides.
Which team do you think Cowher will coach for?
I just stumbled upon two completely contradictory reports from SI.com. Situations like this are exactly why I wrote this post. Here is Peter King's article, which seems to support the poll results:
And here is another article that reports that Cowher WILL talk to the Jets, and said he is interested in the job:
Take your pick. Peter King is normally reliable, but his information is older than the unnamed AP source. For now, I'll stick with my prediction. The Jets have the money and the right team to lure Cowher. If other commenters are right, then his family situation may be drawing him to New York as well.