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Cowher: '08 is no go

The Baltimore Sun

After five straight days of interviewing candidates in their head coaching hunt, the Ravens were quiet yesterday.

But Bill Cowher was not.

Cowher, the former Pittsburgh Steelers coach, reiterated to USA Today that he will remain a television analyst through next season.

"I don't have any plans to coach in 2008," Cowher said.

If Cowher wanted to return, he likely would be at the top of the list for every team seeking a new coach.

There had been speculation that the Ravens would make a run at Cowher to replace Brian Billick, who was fired Dec. 31. Owner Steve Bisciotti has denied rumors that he had begun courting Cowher for the Ravens' job during the season.

One reason Cowher wants to stay out of coaching is that doing so allows him to watch his three daughters play college and high school basketball.

"No one from Baltimore has contacted me," Cowher said. "I want to spend more time with my family, and I'm really enjoying and trying to get better at my job at CBS."

The Ravens, meanwhile, did not interview candidates yesterday and might not meet with anyone for the rest of the week.

Since Friday, the Ravens have spoken with (in order): Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett; Cowboys assistant head coach Tony Sparano; recently dismissed Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan; New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer; and Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach John Harbaugh.

Another candidate who could emerge is Marty Schottenheimer, the former San Diego Chargers head coach.

While the Ravens have been interviewing candidates, Ryan has been meeting with other teams about their head coaching openings. After speaking with the Ravens on Sunday, Ryan has visited the Atlanta Falcons and the Miami Dolphins.

Note -- Safety Ed Reed was the only Raven to make the NFL All-Pro team. It is the third time he has made the team. Reed tied for third in the NFL in interceptions with seven.jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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