Jets Interested In Bill Cowher As Head Coach

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday Dec. 30, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Jets will talk to Bill Cowher about their head coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the search tells The Associated Press.

The source says Cowher has expressed interest in the job that opened Monday, when the Jets fired Eric Mangini after three seasons.

The Jets also will meet with New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo on Saturday, according to another person familiar with the coaching search.

Jets owner Woody Johnson has made it clear that he prefers to keep football, business and coaching duties separate, so a candidate wanting complete control would be less likely to be hired.

The person tells the AP that Cowher has not given the Jets the impression he must have total control of personnel. The 51-year-old Cowher has worked as a studio analyst for CBS since resigning as the Pittsburgh Steelers coach after the 2006 season. He was also a candidate for the vacant Cleveland job, but told owner Randy Lerner that he has no intention of returning to coaching in 2009 and asked to be taken off the list of possible

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