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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    POSTED 10:16 p.m. EST; UPDATED 10:23 p.m. EST, January 1, 2007

    CAPERS TO GET A THIRD CHANCE?

    There's talk in league circles that one of the possible candidates to replace Steelers coach Bill Cowher when/if/when he leaves is Dolphins defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

    Capers was Cowher's first defensive coordinator, and Capers also was the first head coach of the Carolina Panthers. After being fired by the Panthers, he later became the first head coach of the Houston Texans.

    Capers' biggest success as a head coach came in 1996, when he led the fledgling Panthers to the NFC Championship Game.

    He also has a terrible toupee/weave/combover.

    COWHER TO "RESIGN" INSTEAD OF "RETIRE"?

    There's some speculation in league and media circles that, when/if/when Steelers coach Bill Cowher calls it quits in the 'Burgh it might be a resignation instead of a retirement.

    In other words, there's a school of thought that Cowher might quickly be enticed to take a job with another NFL team, if the price is right.

    But since the Steelers hold his rights through the 2007 season, any new team that would be interested in hiring him also would be required to compensate the Steelers with draft picks.

    An industry source has pointed to the Giants and the Falcons as teams with which Cowher could land.

    Another name we're now hearing for Atlanta is former 49ers and Lions coach Steve Mariucci. If, however, Jim Mora couldn't get Mike Vick to perform in a West Coast offense, we can't imagine Mooch pulling it off, either.

    SIX NAMES ON CARDS' INITIAL INTERVIEW LIST

    A league source has shared with us the initial list of guys who will be interviewed for the head coaching job in Arizona.

    The half-dozen candidates are: Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow; Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera; Texans assistant head coach Mike Sherman; Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt; Steelers offensive line coach Russ Grimm; and Colts assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell.

    This doesn't mean that one of those six assistant coaches will be the successor to Dennis Green. It only means that they're the first six to be interviewed.

    POSTED 10:44 p.m. EST; UPDATED 10:54 p.m. EST, January 1, 2007

    SABAN SAYING "SEE-YA" TO SOUTH FLORIDA?

    Here's a quick update as to the ongoing soap opera regarding Dolphins coach Nick Saban.

    The tea leaves currently are suggesting that Saban will accept the offer that the Tide made on Monday.

    We're told that Saban's agent, Jimmy Sexton, has tried to leverage the Alabama offer into another year and/or a raise for Saban with the Dolphins. But we're also told that Miami owner Wayne Huizenga has declined to provide Saban anything beyond the terms to which he agreed two years ago.

    Which means that Saban either will stay put under his current deal, or accept the offer from Alabama.

    Which means that Saban will, we believe, accept the offer from Alabama.

    There's still a question as to whether Saban's contract allows him to walk away, with or without a buyout. Though college coaches routinely jump from one program to another without incident, NFL franchises typically don't allow contracts to be brazenly breached.

    Our guess? Saban and Sexton apparently are confident that Saban can wriggle free. And if there were a silver bullet in the Miami contract that would force Saban to coach either the Fins or no one, we have a feeling that someone from the organization would have leaked the details to the media.

    CRENNEL MUST OVERHAUL STAFF

    Talk in league circles is that Browns coach Romeo Crennel might have to release and replace up to half of his coaching staff in order to have a chance at staying with the team.

    All of the staff, we're told, signed two-year contracts with the team when hired prior to the 2005 season. Now that those contracts have expired, it'll be easier -- and cheaper -- to part ways.

    Stay tuned.
  2. Big Dakota

    Big Dakota New Member

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    We Have To Get Cowher !!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    Not if it costs a slew of draft choices we don't.
  4. stealth

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    one super bowl in 15 years, no thanks to cowher.
  5. VA Cowboy

    VA Cowboy Benched

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    I like him too, but I agree, we don't need to give up picks for him. Tampa did it with Gruden and they got dividends early but it hurt them later.
  6. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    He's had two, but hey let's keep those standards real high.

    :rolleyes:
  7. stealth

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    explain why on earth you guys are wanting a guy that got one super bowl victory in 15 years? you wanna wait 15 years to win the super bowl?
    I like the guy too but his track records not one of making champions.
  8. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    No coach is worth first round draft choices.

    Now if he came with a Herm Edwards price tag, perhaps.
  9. Big Dakota

    Big Dakota New Member

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    If he resigns, we let Pitt sign a NEW HC first. I can't imagine if they hire a new HC we would owe them anything, but i'm not sure on that. One thing i do know is with ONLY 1 year left on his deal, the NFL couldn't give them much more than 1 pick and i'm sure that wouldn't be a 1st. Maybe someone that knows more about this can weigh in?
  10. stealth

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    when did he have two?
    he just got a ring last year thats his only ring.
    it took him 15 years to do it.
    I don't want to wait that long thanks.
  11. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    Tell me what head coach has this sterling track record you speak of?

    They have had a consistent winner up there and he has but three losing seasons out of fifteen I believe.
  12. Big Dakota

    Big Dakota New Member

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    I'm sure you would have said the same about Landry in 1976 :rolleyes:
  13. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    You did not say wins.

    You said "Super Bowls".

    Thanks to Neil O'Donnell, he has but one win.
  14. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    He has been to two superbowls. You did not designate in the original post of winning.

    We should thank Coach, he was the coach of the opposing team that last time the Cowboys won a superbowl.

    Plus he has kept that team in the hunt for years and doing so with a front office that is pretty cheap and therefore rarely willing to pay to keep good players for that team or bring in high end players via FA.

    Really what he has done for that team, with the front office being frugal, is really amazing IMO.
  15. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Considering the 'boys haven't been good enuff to sniff a superbowl in oh 10 years, I'll take a perennial contender with the occasional deep run. And at least it allows the 'boys to develop an identity in which to align itself.

    Some Sundays I don't know what's going to hit the field.
  16. Hailmary

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    I'm confused about this whole coaches under contract / compensation thing. I was asking in a thread last week about Fisher / compensation, and a few had pointed out that the NFL did away w/ that. So which is it? And if the NFL did in fact do away w/ it, how will teams prevent their coachess from jumping ship?
  17. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    That is one thing this team does need again.

    The Steelers have identity. And always have under Cowher.

    You knew you got the Chin and Spittle, a strong running game and an attacking defense.
  18. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Cowher is like Schottenheimer; he will get you to the dance but not much farther. 2 SBs in 15 years, and he was dead lucky to win one.
  19. stealth

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    I grew up in the same neighborhood as coach landry lived. The factis though He wasn't the same inovator he had been. I love landry and what he represented for the cowboys. Cowher represent nothing for the cowboys. He would have to come into a situation different than the one that is familiar to him and frankly He aint worth draft picks. I don't want him.
  20. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    I don't think it has been done away with. I just think the NFL has to approve such deals.

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