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Report: Cowher is inclined to wait another year

At a time when it appeared that Bill Cowher would return to coaching after three years off, it now appears that he won’t.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, citing an unnamed source close to the situation, that Cowher is not expected to take a coaching job in 2010.

His best option is in Buffalo, and we’ve heard that he really doesn’t want to become the coach there. Options in Tampa and Carolina haven’t materialized.

Though Schefter points out that Cowher likely will be at the top of the “A” list in 2011, the luster of that 2005 Super Bowl title will eventually begin to fade -- and after a certain number of years he’ll face questions as to whether the game has passed him by.

The reality here is that Cowher waited a year too long to make his return. Last season, he could have pitted the Browns against the Chiefs and driven his price to record heights.

So while Cowher has done a great job of keeping his name in the mix for new jobs, he hasn’t done a good job of getting the most out of the opportunities that have come his way.

Pretty soon, there might not be many, especially at his asking price.