Cowher won’t be on a sideline in ’09

Bill Cowher madness is running through New York, sports talk radio and national football shows.

Time to curb it. No more back page headlines, no more sports-talk radio calls, no more ticker scrolls, no more conjecture.

These are the facts.

No matter what anyone says, Bill Cowher is not going to be the New York Jets next head coach. If he talks to them — which is a possibility because he is smart enough never to big-time anybody — it will be to inform them that he is not interested in any coaching jobs in 2009 and that he respects the job the Jets do.

Kansas City, where Cowher worked as an assistant coach and still has many friends, could not convince him to return if it wanted.

Cleveland, where Cowher played and still has many friends, could not convince him to return when it tried.

But New York can? Fugettaboutit.

Cowher’s refusal to take the Jets job, or any other, has nothing to do with the front office structure in New York or anywhere else. It has everything to do with Cowher’s desire to coach again. Quite frankly, it’s not there right now.

He will not coach this season and — attention NFL owners who might be making coaching changes in 2009 — there’s every chance he will not coach next season, as well.

He is enjoying his new scaled-back, family-driven, TV-working life where he can take more piano lessons than he imagined. He doesn’t have to put in the hours he did coaching the Steelers. He always reserves the right to change his mind, but he’s not changing it now.

Cowher’s not coming back. Not for the 2009 season. Put that in headlines.

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