Updated: 11:30 p.m. - Bill Cowher has turned down the Jets job according to reports. Now the Cowher sweepstakes will turn to Denver who are expected to atleast inquire about Cowher.
2:05 p.m. The New York Jets have not closed the door on Bill Cowher despite Cowher wanting total control. Chris Mortensen of ESPN is now reporting that a high ranking Jets official told him that the team is still planning to speak to Cowher about its vacant head coaching job. The source goes on to tell Mortensen that the Jets would be willing to do "whatever is necessary" to land Cowher if he is truly interested in taking the job.
Cowher is believed to be interested in New York and there is a lot of buzz around the Steelers locker room today that Cowher has been in contact with Alan Faneca in the past 24 hours. Stay tuned.
Although Bill Cowher has interest in the Jets head coaching vacancy, sources tell ESPN's John Clayton that he told the Jets that he won't be a candidate because he would like to have the ability to bring in his own personnel person. Jets owner Woody Johnson plans to keep Mike Tannenbaum as his general manager after firing Eric Mangini as head coach Monday.
Clayton also writes Cowher has told friends the Jets job interested him for several reasons. First, Cowher would love to be coaching in the New York market. Second, two of his daughters are either going to school or working in the New York-New Jersey area.