Report Says the Absence of Woody Johnson Upset Cowher

From: New York Daily News

New details of the Jets’ quick and ill-fated courtship of Bill Cowher have come to light. He had agreed Tuesday to speak with the Jets about their vacancy, but he withdrew his name from consideration several hours later because, in part, he wasn’t able to speak directly with owner Woody Johnson, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. “Bill Cowher easily could’ve been enticed to coach if Woody Johnson would’ve taken a sit-down meeting with him,” the person said.

“Cowher’s camp was told that Woody was out of the country and couldn’t have a sit-down with him.” Chances are, it wouldn’t have changed the outcome, according to a person close to Cowher, but the “Where’s Woody?” routine apparently was the last straw for the former Steelers coach.

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