Early Monday morning on the Boomer & Gio Show, the boys were talking about the disaster that is the New York Jets, and this was Boomer’s synopsis about the #TankForTrevor possibility:
“The Jets right now, on the business side, can’t sell the crap that’s on the field. Most people want the team to continue to lose to go get Trevor Lawrence and start over. So if you have Trevor Lawrence with a name coach, all of a sudden, the business side is ramped up, and they can start selling sponsorships and season tickets and merchandise.”
It’s the exact situation the Jets were in 23 years ago when Bill Parcells came in to reinvigorate the franchise: bad team with a No. 1 pick and a whole lot of culture change coming.
“Bill wanted to shop for the groceries and he also had a No. 1 pick, which he ended up using on Keyshawn Johnson,” Boomer said. “Too bad he couldn’t use it on Peyton Manning, but at the end of the day, a guy and a presence like that in the building brings instant credibility, and everyone has to be aware of who the main guy is.”
Who could be that guy? Gio mentioned that Jim Harbaugh might be available if he parts ways with Michigan – “I don’t like the mix for him and the New York media,” Boomer said, though – and then added Sean Payton as another possibility in the Parcells mold of “established name to trade for.”
“If they have the No. 1 overall pick, the Jets job becomes the No. 1 job available, maybe with the exception of the Chargers,” Boomer said.
And then, Gio brought out the “one million to one” shot that checks all the boxes: former Pittsburgh boss (and Boomer’s CBS NFL Today colleague) Bill Cowher...and when he said “but that’ll never happen,” Boomer perked up.
“Really? What do you mean it’s never going to happen?” Boomer asked, and when Gio defended himself, Boomer laughed, insinuating he might have a different opinion.
“All I know is that yesterday, he was showing me and Nate (Burleson) film of him coaching on the sideline where he was mic’ed up, and we looked at each other like, ‘hmm, what does that mean?’” Boomer said. “Is he sending a message? I’ve worked with him for 14 years and I’ve never seen that.”
Boomer did note that Cowher is 63 years old, but “he is a really fit 63 years old.”
“He was saying to me yesterday, he’s the one that told me the Jets job is going to be really attractive, and they could hire whomever they want,” Boomer said, “and he told me he loves Joe Douglas.”
Gio had to recap it at that point, because the news was mind-blowing for all…and then, another Boomer bomb.
“I asked a couple people at CBS yesterday, when I was talking to Adam Schein and Kyle Long, and I asked the guys who were Jets fans,” Boomer said. “All five of them were, and when I asked what they’d think about coach Cowher being the Jets coach, they went wild.”
Booms knows something, because as Eddie mentioned, “every time someone has asked you about Cowher coming back, you pour water out of a firehose on it, so this is a total 180.”
Cowher’s wife is apparently a huge Jets fan who talks about the Jets using “we,” according to the Booms, so don’t be surprised if Bill Cowher wins the job by a nose…or a chin, as it were.
“What happens if Woody Johnson comes back, and he’s fed up, and they have the No. 1 pick, and Woody wants to make Bill Cowher the highest-paid coach in the NFL…does he say yes?” Gio asked.
“The way Leon Hess did with Bill Parcells?” Boomer asked. “The highest paid coach? All the chips have to fall in a row and then get pushed into the middle. I am not Bill’s agent, but I don’t know how you say no to that. But that’s just me.”
Boomer then refused to answer, noting that “my opinion will get twisted around into clickbait, and say ‘Coach Cowher would coach the Jets for $20 million a year,’” and that “I would hit him over the head with a hammer if they offered him that and he said no.”