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    Mutiny? Bucs consider ousting first-year coach Morris, call Cowher
    By Jason La Canfora | NFL.com



    Tampa Bay Buccaneers officials have reached out to former Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Cowher about possibly coaching the team in 2010, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.




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    Cowher, who has been an analyst at CBS since he retired from coaching after the 2006 season, was very close to returning to the NFL last offseason and could come back in 2010 if the right situation presents itself.

    The Bucs have tried to gauge Cowher's interest should they decide to make a move regarding Raheem Morris, who has endured a difficult first season as head coach. But Cowher's stance through this season has been clear: He will not interview for any jobs during the season and will not talk about any positions that aren't already vacant.

    The Bucs declined to comment about this situation after being contacted Saturday.

    The Buffalo Bills also reached out to Cowher after Dick Jauron was fired and replaced by interim coach Perry Fewell, but he declined to interview for that job last month for the same reasons. And while the Bills aren't on Cowher's radar, the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers coach has looked at the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers as potentially intriguing situations, according to sources.

    Tampa Bay, which is located close to Cowher's Carolina home, is just 2-12 this season and has been plagued by staff issues, with Morris changing both of his coordinators since the start of training camp and ultimately taking over the defense himself. Some inside the organization have worried if Morris, 32, was ready for all of the responsibility that comes with being the head coach, and other coaches who have faced the Bucs this season have privately commented on some scheme and staff issues there at times.


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    The Bucs parted with coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen after the 2008 season and have been criticized in the past for not spending heavily. However, team ownership is willing to spend on an A-list coach if the right candidate is available, according to the source with knowledge of the contact between the Bucs and Cowher. Should that experienced candidate not emerge, it isn't a given that the Bucs would make a coaching move.

    Given Cowher's stance about not interviewing for jobs that aren't vacant, the timing with him and Tampa Bay could be tricky.

    Some within the organization believe that former Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy, who used to coach the Bucs and still resides in Tampa, ultimately could be asked to return in a team president-type role in the vein of Bill Parcells (Miami Dolphins) or Mike Holmgren (Cleveland Browns). However, Dungy has said he is content with his ministry work and broadcasting career after he retired from his job as the Indianapolis Colts' head coach following the 2008 season.
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    Default Re: Mutiny? Bucs consider ousting first-year coach Morris, call Cowher

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    Mutiny? Bucs consider ousting first-year coach Morris, call Cowher
    By Jason La Canfora | NFL.com



    Tampa Bay Buccaneers officials have reached out to former Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Cowher about possibly coaching the team in 2010, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.




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    Cowher, who has been an analyst at CBS since he retired from coaching after the 2006 season, was very close to returning to the NFL last offseason and could come back in 2010 if the right situation presents itself.

    The Bucs have tried to gauge Cowher's interest should they decide to make a move regarding Raheem Morris, who has endured a difficult first season as head coach. But Cowher's stance through this season has been clear: He will not interview for any jobs during the season and will not talk about any positions that aren't already vacant.

    The Bucs declined to comment about this situation after being contacted Saturday.

    The Buffalo Bills also reached out to Cowher after Dick Jauron was fired and replaced by interim coach Perry Fewell, but he declined to interview for that job last month for the same reasons. And while the Bills aren't on Cowher's radar, the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers coach has looked at the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers as potentially intriguing situations, according to sources.

    Tampa Bay, which is located close to Cowher's Carolina home, is just 2-12 this season and has been plagued by staff issues, with Morris changing both of his coordinators since the start of training camp and ultimately taking over the defense himself. Some inside the organization have worried if Morris, 32, was ready for all of the responsibility that comes with being the head coach, and other coaches who have faced the Bucs this season have privately commented on some scheme and staff issues there at times.


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    The Bucs parted with coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen after the 2008 season and have been criticized in the past for not spending heavily. However, team ownership is willing to spend on an A-list coach if the right candidate is available, according to the source with knowledge of the contact between the Bucs and Cowher. Should that experienced candidate not emerge, it isn't a given that the Bucs would make a coaching move.

    Given Cowher's stance about not interviewing for jobs that aren't vacant, the timing with him and Tampa Bay could be tricky.

    Some within the organization believe that former Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy, who used to coach the Bucs and still resides in Tampa, ultimately could be asked to return in a team president-type role in the vein of Bill Parcells (Miami Dolphins) or Mike Holmgren (Cleveland Browns). However, Dungy has said he is content with his ministry work and broadcasting career after he retired from his job as the Indianapolis Colts' head coach following the 2008 season.
    What were the Glaziers thinking? To say Raheem Morris was the best guy available last year is a complete joke. This appears to have the Rooney's fingerprints all over it

    Tampa will know be required to pay Gruden and Morris for the next 3+ years.

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    Default Re: Mutiny? Bucs consider ousting first-year coach Morris, call Cowher

    Pretty much goes against Cowher's remarks that he'll only goto a team with an established QB.

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    Pretty much goes against Cowher's remarks that he'll only goto a team with an established QB.
    Maybe he's starting to realize that's going to be a tough gig to find. Most teams that are looking for a coach suck because they don't have an established Q.B.
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    Personally I think the Chin ends up in Carolina.
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    Personally I think the Chin ends up in Carolina.
    Fox and his staff were already invited to return next season.
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    Maybe he's starting to realize that's going to be a tough gig to find. Most teams that are looking for a coach suck because they don't have an established Q.B.
    If that's the case then he'll probably stay retired.
    I just looked real quick and you're right, the teams that would want a HC don't have much in the way of a QB. Not sure if Cowher would take a job where he had the chance to draft a Top 10 QB in his first year

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    Fox and his staff were already invited to return next season.
    That's right. I heard that the other day. Guess that means he's not gonna go there. Thanks buc.
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    If that's the case then he'll probably stay retired.
    I just looked real quick and you're right, the teams that would want a HC don't have much in the way of a QB. Not sure if Cowher would take a job where he had the chance to draft a Top 10 QB in his first year

    I think Lovie gets the axe. They will talk to Cowher. Cowher would then have a decent QB who can excel under the right guidance and a defense that is a tweak here or there away from being in the Top 10 again. Plus, Uralcher will be back and ready to go.

    This is where Cowher will probably land in my opinion.

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    I think Lovie gets the axe. They will talk to Cowher. Cowher would then have a [HIGH-LIGHT]decent QB who can excel under the right guidance[/HIGH-LIGHT] and a defense that is a tweak here or there away from being in the Top 10 again. Plus, Uralcher will be back and ready to go.

    This is where Cowher will probably land in my opinion.
    Cutler has had some issues with picks this season,but I watched him last night, and when he's on he's impressive. He can really fire that football.
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    Default Re: Mutiny? Bucs consider ousting first-year coach Morris, call Cowher

    I'm guessing the writer of this article never really looked at a map.

    Tampa Bay, which is located close to Cowher's Carolina home
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    I'm guessing the writer of this article never really looked at a map.





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    I'm guessing the writer of this article never really looked at a map.



    No, he's right. According to my ruler and that map, it's only about 3 inches away!

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    Default Re: Mutiny? Bucs consider ousting first-year coach Morris, call Cowher

    Has anyone seen pics of the house Cowher bought in NC?

    **** is that place nice.

    I wouldn't be leaving it for 9 months outta the year.

    Although....

    The mortgage payments on 4.5 million might make me consider it.

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