Cowher, however, told his agent and others concerned that he absolutely will not speak with any team that does not have a head coaching vacancy.
One thing that could alter this scenario is if Ross fires Dolphins coach Tony Sparano in-season, which could well open the door for preliminary talks. Cowher doesn't plan to take any job until after the season's over.
Sparano has been under fire all season as the Dolphins have sputtered to an 0-6 start.
Cowher, currently an analyst at CBS Sports, left coaching after winning the Super Bowl in 2006. He is one of the first names to come up when people talk about any potential NFL coaching vacancy.
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