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Bill Cowher isn’t returning to coaching.
The Hall of Famer slammed the door shut on his coaching career in a recent interview with Rich Cimini of ESPN amid buzz he could be interested in the New York Jets job.
“I have no interest in coaching,” Cowher said. “I have too much respect for the coaching profession to talk about a job that isn’t open. From that perspective, any job that is open, I have no interest in coaching.”
Cowher has not coached since resigning his position with the Pittsburgh Steelers after 15 seasons in 2007. While he has been linked to several openings over the past nearly decade-and-a-half and has never formally retired, he’s rebuffed overtures and has remained in broadcasting at CBS.
The Jets are widely expected to fire coach Adam Gase after this season. Gase is 7-21 in two seasons with the team, including an 0-12 mark in 2020. Sam Darnold regressed under Gase, and the team is expected to move on and draft a new franchise quarterback in April.
The Jets opening will be among the most attractive on the market if they’re able to land the No. 1 pick. Trevor Lawrence, the presumed top selection, is viewed as a generational talent who could single-handedly turn around the fortunes of a franchise that’s struggled to gain relevance in recent years.
Cowher will almost certainly continue with his role at CBS moving forward.