If you had Week 8 in your "When will some sad-sack team pin their hopes to Bill Cowher?" pool this year, congratulations. You nailed it.
Cowher's getting calls from the Miami Dolphins, according to Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com.
Cowher, now an analyst for CBS Sports, said he won't comment on coaching rumors. However, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, intermediaries for the Miami Dolphins have contacted people close to Cowher about coaching the team.
Now, everyone will deny this because no one wants to admit they are looking to fill a job that's already filled. In this case, the job of Tony Sparano. The Dolphins issued a statement to CBSSports.com declining comment.
The Dolphins are 0-6 and their current head coach, Tony Sparano, is openly talking about his imminent dismissal. I don't know that it's possible for a person to be closer to getting canned without actually having been canned. Sparano returning to coach the Dolphins in 2012 would be roughly as surprising as Matt Moore being the NFL MVP in 2011.
That leads us to Cowher, where most head-coaching searches seem to start, and justifiably so. He won a Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2005, and in 1992, was the AP's NFL Coach of the Year. He had a coaching style that was both demanding and player-friendly, illustrated by his ability to spend half a game covering players in spit and the other half hugging their spittle-encrusted bodies.
As Freeman points out, there will be denials all around, since it's a major breach of NFL etiquette to talk about filling a head coaching job currently held by someone else (a rule the Dolphins sometimes follow). We haven't heard the last about this, though.