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When it comes to charting Cowher’s career, don’t bet against Bettis

Rosenthal posted earlier tonight the eye-opening comments from former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis regarding his belief that former Steelers coach Bill Cowher is waiting for the Giants job to come open.

And Bettis has a high degree of credibility in these matters. He was one of the first to proclaim with any degree of fact that 2006 would be Cowher’s last season with the Steelers.

I really think this is the last year for Coach Cowher in Pittsburgh,” Bettis said at halftime of an NBC preseason game between the Redskins and the Bengals in August 2006. “I talked to him after the season was over and I really think he was really a different coach, a different guy.”

This time, Bettis sounds even more certain.

“He would have definitely gotten the [Giants] job and if [Tom] Coughlin doesn’t get that team back in the right direction next year I think they’ll pull the plug,” Bettis told Chris Russo of Sirius XM Mad Dog Radio.

We still think there’s a chance the plug gets pulled this year, if the Jets end up closing out Giants Stadium by hosting the AFC title game.