Prediction: Snyder will lure former Steelers coach
Posted: Thursday January 11, 2007 3:38PM; Updated: Thursday January 11, 2007 4:13PM
Bill Cowher landing in Washingtong and reuniting with Antwaan Randle El wouldn't be a total shock.
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Here's a theory on why the Giants extended the contract of Tom Coughlin after a year in which the team clearly underperformed: they are looking ahead to the Bill Cowher sweepstakes of 2008.
The Giants may be holding on to Coughlin while they wait for a shot at the horse they really want. Who wouldn't want a Super Bowl coach who lasted a decade-plus in his previous job and left everyone feeling good about him? The catch is, the Giants won't be the only suitor. Cowher will be at the top of the list next year for every team with a coaching vacancy.
The other day a colleague and I were bandying about possible destinations for Cowher: New York, Dallas, Miami, New York, Carolina, and maybe Tampa Bay. Then we realized there was only one logical destination, and it was pretty obvious where Cowher will end up next year. The deal hasn't been made yet, but it is inevitable. So let's just fast forward to that press conference, which has likely has already been scheduled, and will taking place one year from now:
OFFICIAL: Welcome to Redskins Park here in Auburn, Va. Before we get started with our business here today, we would like to once again thank the great Joe Gibbs for returning to the Redskins for four more years of meritorious service. I know we are all recovering from his moving farewell press conference yesterday. But we all must make new beginnings, and we are pleased to introduce our new head coach, Bill Cowher.
COWHER: Let's get right into the questions.
QUESTION: Coach Cowher, in coming back from retirement, you had several offers to choose from. Toward the end the Cowboys were pushing for you pretty hard. Why did you choose the Redskins?
COWHER: Well, you have to give credit to the owner here, Dan Snyder. When he wants something, he goes after it. He started wooing me immediately after I announced I was leaving Pittsburgh. That next Monday, I received a FedEx at home. The envelope was stuffed with $10,000 in cash and a note that said, "There's plenty more where this came from. Your friend, Dan." Next Monday, I got another FedEx just like it. And then the next Monday and the next Monday and so on.
QUESTION: How long did it take you to realize the packages were from Dan Snyder, and not Steelers owner Dan Rooney?
COWHER: Three months. By then I was wallpapering my rec room with twenties. But once I realized it was Dan Snyder, it really made me appreciate that I was wanted here.
QUESTION: Do those payments count against your five-year, $50-million contract?
(Cowher makes eye contact with Snyder, standing nearby, and smiles. Snyder nods.)