Cower is the only one who I think ultimately will come back to coaching if the right situation arises (Philly seems pretty ideal for him). He's also the only coach of those you mentioned who wasn't fired.
Mooch won't coach again - he loves life too much now!
Gruden wants to come back, but I think teams feel the game has passed him by.
Cowher - I never see him on TV - is he just a pre-game show guy? He'll come back - he likes the players. But not for some lousy rebuilding gig.
The coaches that get fired and immediately join another team have something to prove, so they keep coming back despite having made good money and being set. I really think coaches should not be hired after they've been a HC for more than 8 years. They are too burned out. No matter what they say, they just don't have the energy or motivation to put in the hours and dedication required to lead a team to a championship anymore -- not in today's year round league. In the old days, they had time each year to rejuvenate -- that is why coaches could last so much longer.
I honestly think only Cower but for deeper reasons. Losing his wife like that has still gotta be rough as hell, man. I use Liam Nesson as another example. He has worked non stop ever since his wife died. He's pumping out films every couple of months. It's good medicine while he still recovers from that tragedy.
I think at some point Cower will need that too. I think he'll be able to use it as a positive too. He does have leverage with that ring and his record though. He's in a great position to demand just about anything.
One story I heard was that Gruden and A.J. Smith are close. Gruden in San Diego would be interesting, or if Smith get canned by Spanos they could pair up and pick a vacancy . . . hopefully not in St. Louis.
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