Adam Schefter reports that Bill Cowher will not coach the Jets or anyone else in the 2009 season. It's as simple as that.Schefter is usually right on these things, and he is emphatic that there is no way he will coach any team. So that leaves Spagnuolo and Schottenheimer as the two rumored frontrunners.
Still, Cowher and the Jets will meet, and ESPN says that the two sides have shown "mutual interest." The facts are that http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
*In other news, Brett Favre had a partial muscle tear in his shoulder, but he might not need arthroscopic surgery to fix it. So there was something there, but the coaches don't think it bothered him. Whether or not it affects him playing next year, I haven't the foggiest idea. Everything Favre says is honest but cryptic and interpretable.
*Favre's struggles at the end of this year are consistent with his play in previous seasons. Second half declines are evident in most years, including last season culminating in the ugly ending to the NFC Championship game.
*Well, well, well, someone else wants to give Eric Mangini a job. He's interviewing with the Browns later this week. I think he's going to be a good coach someday, but not many coaches can survive collapses like that. Look at Mike Shanahan!
Adding to the intrigue is the fact that New England personnel guru Scott Pioli is the leading candidate to be their general manager. When Spygate happened in 2007, many speculated Mangini would be ostracized by some in the coaching community, or at least by those in the Bill Bellichick coaching tree. This could be something to watch.
*Rich Cimini reports that Brian Schottenheimer and Bill Callahan will be given interviews for the head coaching job. Not surprising here at all. Both are in-house and deserve a chance to see if they blow Johnson and Tannenbaum away. I'd be surprised if either got the job though.