PS I'll admit 2 of these guys I didn't even know where head coaches right now.
Gruden, Cowher, Holmgren?
I'm okay with a "retread" coach. Heck, Parcells was a retread. What we need is experience, level-headness, and an action over words mentality. Those three guys do seem to have it. My preference would be for Cowher.
Jay Gruden as head coach.
Let him bring in his own people.
Fire Tannenbaum, hire Kevin Abrams, assistant GM of the Giants who served under both Accorsi and Reese. If not Abrams, I think Mangini would be a good general manager, despite being a bad head coach.
Possible defensive coordinators could be the Niners Defensive line coach, Jim Tomsula, who is very highly regarded or possibly even (gasp) Rob Ryan who is most likely on the way out of Dallas since Jones isn't going to fire Garrett and their defense hasn't exactly been amazing.
My sentimental pick for head coach or offensive coordinator would be Chad Pennington, who I think will be as good if not better than Harbaugh has been in San Francisco.
Any mention of Cowher, Reid, or Holmgren should force you to perma ban yourself from JI.
I have nothing against the idea really. Heck I'd take Andy Reid. I just don't think it is a good idea taking a coach that has been away from the game for more then a year. Gruden is only coming back because no one likes him on TV. He wasn't a great coach he just stepped into the right place at the right time. He was 57 and 55 not exactly a great win %. Dungy was the real master mind of that team. Cowher I doubt he comes back. I think he is just using it as leverage to get a better TV deal. He'd be stupid to want to come back give people actually like him. Holmgren maybe. I'd rather Rex to be honest. As much as people are bashing him as a GM I'd take him over Tanny though.
I think Pennington would make a great OC. The guy had everything it took to be a great QB and leader, except the arm strength which isn't needed for coaching.
It seems like ages since we had true leaders like Penny and Martin on this team. What the hell happened???
The debate over an offensive or defensive minded HC is ludicrous. What the Jets need is a "head coach" minded HC. The HC is in charge of EVERYTHING. Offense, Defense, Special teams, all the other coaches, practice, game plans, how to use the personnel who are on the roster. Heck, other than situations where there are contract consideration, for the most part the HC gets to pick the players that fill out his 53 man roster.
Let's get a guy that understands he is HC, rather than a DC or OC who happens to be a HC.