SAN FRANCISCO — The change at the top of the Giants’ coaching staff also has affected Bill Cowher.

The former Steelers coach and current CBS analyst has long been connected through media rumblings and rumors as the team’s choice to succeed Tom Coughlin if and when that day came. It was so much of a hot topic that whenever the season under Coughlin got hot — which it did regularly during the last few years — Cowher would be asked about his interest in the job.

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Now that Coughlin has been replaced by Ben McAdoo, though, Cowher is off the hook for those kinds of questions. Asked by Newsday on Monday of Super Bowl 50 week if that was a relief, he grinned that chinny grin.

“That’s a true statement, yes,” he said.

Cowher said the Giants never reached out to him, not even as a feeling-out process or to gauge his interest in a return to the sideline.

Though Cowher sometimes grew weary of the Coughlin and Giants questions from reporters and fans alike, he said he never took real exception to them.

“It’s all good,” he said. “I’m flattered. I think the coach they got is going to do a great job. It’s a great organization, good quarterback. I wish them all the luck. Seriously.”