- The Washington Times - Monday, January 5, 2009

Bill Cowher doesn’t plan to coach in the NFL next year and will stay with CBS Sports as a studio analyst.

Cowher was recently wooed by the New York Jets but said during “The NFL Today” on Sunday that he’s taking it “year to year.”

“It’s a privilege and an honor to be a head coach in the National Football League,” Cowher said. “And I have been flattered about the attention, but the timing right now is not right. I don’t plan on coaching next year.”

The Super Bowl-winning coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cowher took himself out of the running as a candidate for the Jets job Dec. 30. He also was a candidate for the vacant Cleveland job but asked to be taken off the list.

DOLPHINS: Owner Wayne Huizenga says Bill Parcells is staying with Miami.

Huizenga said Parcells has decided to stay for another season after the team’s playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Parcells’ contract allows him to leave and still receive the $9-12 million remaining on his four-year contract if the team is sold. That sale is expected to be completed soon.

But Huizenga said Parcells told him Friday he plans to remain as executive vice president of football operations.

BROWNS: Cleveland owner Randy Lerner will interview Baltimore’s director of pro personnel George Kokinis for the club’s general manager position, a meeting that could clear the way for Cleveland to hire fired New York Jets coach Eric Mangini.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Smith and Tony Sparano performed so brilliantly as rookie coaches, it was almost impossible to separate them.

Atlanta’s Smith edged Miami’s Sparano by one vote Sunday for the Associated Press’ coach of the year award.

Both coaches oversaw sensational turnarounds, leading their teams from last-place finishes in 2007 to playoff berths this year. Their achievements were reflected by the closeness of the balloting, with Smith getting 23 1/2 votes and Sparano 22 1/2 from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL.

After improving from 4-12 to 11-5 and making the NFC playoffs as a wild card, the Falcons fell 30-24 at Arizona on Saturday night. That should not detract from a memorable season that bodes well for the football future in Atlanta.

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