In one of those out-of-nowhere moments, former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis told Sirius XM's Mad Dog Radio last week that former Steelers coach Bill Cowher was "holding out" for the Giants' head-coaching position. Bettis obviously played for Cowher for several years, so his comments hold a little weight. And you know it had to make Cowher wince to have a former player expressing an opinion about a job that's currently filled.
On Thursday evening, Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News asked Cowher to respond to Bettis' comments.
"I haven’t talked to Jerome Bettis in two years,” Cowher said. “I’ll leave it at that.”
Here's what Bettis said about Cowher's interest in the Giants last week:
"That’s the team that he really coveted,” Bettis said. “This is where he always wanted to be. The Mara family, he’s been very close to them. … He’s known them very well and was on the inside track -- before the Giants won the Super Bowl -- for that job. And I think he’s holding out for that opportunity if it presents itself."
Now there's a chance Bettis could be 100 percent correct about Cowher coveting the job during the '07 regular-season, but if the two men truly haven't spoken in two years, then Bettis' recent statements are probably pure speculation. I'm curious whether Giants fans think '09 was an aberration or if they believe that Coughlin did a really poor job in attempting to salvage the season.
Let's say the Giants go 9-7 and miss the playoffs next season. Do you think Coughlin would be fired? Let me hear from you in the comments section.