Former Pittsburgh running back Jerome Bettis said he fully expects to see his old coach, Bill Cowher, back on the coaching lines some day -- WITH THE GIANTS!
Bettis made his remarks to Chris Russo on Sirius XM Radio today. Here's a partial transcript of the spot.
Host/Chris Russo: “Will we ever see Cowher on the field again?”
Jerome Bettis: “You’re going to see him up close and personal. I think he’s going to be with the Giants. I believe he’s going to be with the Giants. I think that’s the team that he really coveted. This is where he always wanted to be. The Mara family, he’s been very close to them. … He’s known them very well and was on the inside track, before the Giants won the Super Bowl, for that job and I think he’s holding out for that opportunity if it presents itself.”
Russo: “So you think if Coughlin didn’t make a run you think Cowher would have gotten the job.”
Bettis: “He would have definitely gotten the job and if Coughlin doesn’t get that team back in the right direction next year I think they’ll pull the plug.”
Russo: “That’s a very tough call. I’m not sure. He’s older, Tom. But you think Cowher is going to sit…”
Bettis: “That’s what he’s doing.”
Russo: “You think the Giants is what he’s got his eyes on.”
Bettis: “That’s where he’s got his eyes. … Let me tell you the one thing I do know. I do know, because he told me, he doesn’t want to go anywhere that doesn’t have an established quarterback. He said he’s tired of doing the let me find a quarterback thing because in Pittsburgh he never had a quarterback until Roethlisberger and then he was like, ‘Hey, I’m ready to go. I finally got a quarterback.’ That’s not what he’s going to do again. He’s going to have an established quarterback wherever he goes.”
Now, for anyone thinking this is going to happen immediately, think again. Coughlin isn't going anywhere this year, and there may well be a lockout in 2011. Now, you have to ask yourself, do you think Cowher wants to sit around for two more years?
I'm not sure.
Just an interesting little tidbit while we await the Giants' new defensive coordinator.