There are seven head coaching vacancies in the NFL at the moment and, this time around, three of the biggest names in coaching have surfaced quickly and, just as quickly, have not been mentioned again.
Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden have lucrative, cushy TV gigs and seem unlikely to return to the seven-day workweeks that accompany being an NFL head coach.
Cowher, who left the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006 after coaching for 14 seasons, was mentioned in connection with the Philadelphia Eagles’ vacancy, but CSN Philly.com reports that the Eagles have no plans to interview him. Cowher, 55, played for the Eagles in 1983 and 1984 and has been with CBS since 2007.
Dungy, 57, cited the Chicago Bears’ firing of Lovie Smith, after winning 10 games, as the reason he has no interest in returning. Dungy tweeted Monday: “1 reason I’m not coming back-get fired for only winning 10!”
Gruden, 49, told HBO’s “Real Sports” last summer that the “right opportunity” could lure him back to coaching and reports have indicated that he’ll interview for NFL jobs, Gruden has no interviews scheduled.
On New Year’s Day, he told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times: “Ah, there’s a lot of good candidates out there. I’m just focused on the Outback Bowl.”
At the moment, trying to win a second Super Bowl isn’t enough to bring these three back to coaching.