Bill Cowher Tells the Browns No; Browns to Focus on Scott Pioli

Adam Gretz

by Adam Gretz

The holiday season doesn't bring good tidings for everybody. Just ask those head coaches who are spending the New Year cleaning out their offices.

With Romeo Crennel out of the picture in Cleveland, seemingly all eyes turned to former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher. He's been the talk of Cleveland since the Browns all but eliminated themselves from postseason contention, and the rumor that he may have purchased a house in Strongsville, Ohio only dumped gasoline on the inferno. Because, after all, it's just a short drive to not only downtown Cleveland -- roughly 20 minutes -- but also the Browns' practice facility in Berea, Ohio.

Well, sorry, Browns fans, but once again your dreams have been smashed, as Cowher informed Browns owner Randy Lerner that he has zero interest in coaching anywhere in 2009, and unfortunately for them, anywhere includes the city of Cleveland. From Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

"I got word that he was available for an informal conversation because he was very aware I had him at the top of the list, getting involved with the Browns," Lerner said. "He wanted to tell me personally that he did not anticipate coaching in 2009. I wouldn't say Bill Cowher was the first choice, but I would say Cowher was the clear, no-questions-asked, guy you wanted to ask where he stood."

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