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Cowher talks coaching, Tebow's role in the running game

Tim Tebow runs the ball while warming up

Tim Tebow runs the ball while warming up before the game. (Aug. 18, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

There was speculation last week that Bill Cowher's move to New York City (and into a $2.65 million, two-bedroom condo on the Upper East Side) was a sign the former Steelers coach was preparing for an eventual move to either the Jets or Giants' sidelines.

Cowher, an analyst for CBS' The NFL Today show, said Thursday night on The Jim Rome Show that he "kind of got chillbumps" when he watched the Giants-Cowboys from MetLife Stadium -- his first time watching a game in a long time, he said.

But for now, Cowher's enjoying his broadcasting career.

"Yeah you miss parts of it," he said of being an NFL coach.

But Cowher, who led the Steelers to a Super Bowl in 2005, went on to say he really loves his job on CBS.

"So I don't miss it enough to want to go back to be honest with you," he said.

Cowher hit the airwaves again on Friday, this time on The Boomer and Carton Show. The ex-coach said at one point, "I love New York City. It's awesome. It's a great place to be," but he wasn't asked about his desire to coach again. Instead he talked mostly about the state of the Jets as they head into Sunday's season opener against the Bills.

Cowher thinks the Jets defense has a chance to be the best ever under Rex Ryan -- but, like most fans, he has questions about the offense.

"Can they pull the wagon long enough for the offense to find its identity?" he asked.

Cowher likes rookie Stephen Hill, who he believes will be a good complementary receiver for No. 1 wideout Santonio Holmes. But, in regards to the offense as a whole, he said "it's a slippery slope when you fall behind in games." That means the defense will be on the field a lot longer and, in turn, will tire quicker.

Cowher acknowledged the Jets are thin at running back. But he expects Tim Tebow to factor into the ground and pound game, especially if featured back Shonn Greene gets hurt. Some of those carries, said Cowher, will inevitably go to Tebow.

"In a different type of offense, in terms of the Wildcat formation, I think that's where they have to go at this point," he said. "...Because there is a very thin depth situation at running back, but then you have Tim Tebow who really becomes that guy.

"Let's face it, he's best when he has the ball in his hands as a threat."

The former coach-turned-studio analyst said he has no doubt the Jets will use starting quarterback Mark Sanchez under center while Tebow is lined up at tailback or fullback on certain plays.

"Oh, I dont think there's any question," Cowher said. "I think we will see that at some point. The only concern is, how much of that takes away from what you're trying to establish from an identity standpoint on the offensive side? You've got to be very careful in trying to do too much."  


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