Marino: Cowher won't coach in 2012

By Bill Daulton

According to one Dolphins legend, the team can save some time and not bother reaching out to Bill Cowher about their head coaching vacancy.  Dan Marino, Cowher’s colleague on CBS’s Sunday pregame show, said he doesn’t think Bill Cowher will return to coaching next year.  Marino says that Cowher is a straightforward guy and usually tells it like it is.  In October, Cowher said on CBS that he would not return to coaching anytime soon.

Marino also said that he would love for Cowher to join the Dolphins as their coach.  Can’t say that I disagree, considering the other options.  Cowher has a track record of success and has a Super Bowl Ring, earned as the coach of the Steelers.  Cowher has a relationship with Carl Peterson, who is likely going to be the Dolphins VP of Football Operations by January.  He also, despite what he says, wants to get back into coaching.

Having said all of that, I think it’s probably a long shot for him to end up in Miami, for a number of reasons.  First, the Dolphins aren’t exactly a ready made winner.  Do I think they are THAT far away?  No.  Second, the Dolphins do not have a franchise QB.  I don’t care how good Matt Moore looks, he’s not the long term answer for the Dolphins.  Finally, does Cowher really want to work with Jeff Ireland as his personnel man?  Probably not.

I think Cowher has said all of the right things up until now…suggesting that he doesn’t want to coach.  This is why Marino doesn’t think he’ll coach in in 2012.  It will be interesting to see if the story remains the same when head coaching opportunities are thrown at him…along with about $7 mil per year.  If I had to guess, I don’t think he ends up in Miami…BUT, stranger things have happened.


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