We’re sitting around here at FootballScoop Headquarters discussing the various openings when one of our guys, who is soon to receive a raise, brought up an interesting point.
His point involves Bill Cowher and the Carolina Panthers job.
It seems from the outside that Cowher and the Panthers would be great for each other. Carolina is a really good job. As one of our guys explained, “Any job that pays a couple of million sounds good to me. And you are coaching football and working for an owner that isn’t exactly some jackleg like Al Davis.”
While the Panthers have only been to the playoffs 3 of the last 8 years, the organization did play in the Super Bowl under owner Jerry Richardson in 2003. In 2005, they returned to the NFC championship game.
The Panthers have DeAngelo Williams, who was a legitimate MVP candidate late in the 2009 season. More importantly, when they select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the #1 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Panthers will have a franchise quarterback.
Somewhere, Jaws is saying, “And the National Football League is a quarterback driven league.”
Did we mention that Cowher, a multi-millionaire who could live anywhere, already resides in Raleigh, North Carolina?
From the outside, it appears Cowher isn’t interested in the job because Jerry Richardson won’t pay $4 million + for a head coach. At the least, we’ve heard ESPN analysts say that Richardson won’t pony up the big bucks for a guy like Jim Harbaugh.
So, is money keeping Cowher and Richardson apart? As brought up in our discussion, “What’s really the difference in $2.3 million and $4.3 million? How is that going to change the way you live?”
How times have changed in the coaching profession!