I am immediately thinking Parcells and Cowher. I know the thought with Cowher was that he’d take a year or two off and come back, but this is a championship team. Most people think Parcells is going to come back eventually in a managerial role, but how about winning a championship for ending his coaching career after that debacle with Tony Romo?
Maybe Parcells, but no chance with Cowher.
Keep in mind that Pittsburgh was one year removed from actually winning the Championship, so the lure of S.D. as possibly being a championship team probably isn’t that strong with him.
Plus, he left possibly the best ownership in football for personal reasons to spend time with his daughters before they completely grow up, and because he felt like Pittsburgh was too far away from his home in North Carolina. If my Geography knowledge is correct, San Diego might not be his top choice, if he were to even consider coming back to coaching in the next couple years.
One name that hasn’t been mentioned much is Kirk Ferentz from Iowa. He has stated numerous times that he would only leave college for the perfect NFL job, one of which he mentioned was Pittsburgh. Maybe he’ll think about S.D.
I was trying to think of who they could go after – definitely late in the game to go after a name coach, but in their situation (i.e. good team, clicking offense and defense, loads of talent) it doesn’t seem they would take a flyer on an untried assistant coach or even necessarily a proven college coach with no NFL track record.
If you agree with that premise, who’s left? Essentially former NFL head coaches – Parcells and Cowher have been discussed. What about Jim Fassel (he did take NY to the Super Bowl, after all…)? On the next tier down, maybe Norv Turner, Denny Green, Steve Mariucci, Ray Rhodes? Any chance on convincing Vermeil to go to San Diego?
I think Mooch is the only one that would be a realistic choice. Turner, Green and Rhodes are all average coaches.
I know Mooch didn’t do much in Detroit, but come on, it was Detroit. And as long as Millen is still around they are going to suck monkey balls.
Vermeil would be a great choice also but I don’t see him coming back.
But what the hell do I know?