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Bill Cowher says he’s ready to consider “opportunities”

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Nearly four years after leaving the Steelers and joining the CBS studio team, Bill Cowher has made it clear that he’s ready to return.  Maybe.

But he isn’t making his interest known by, for example, pretending to be interested in a college job.  Cowher is instead doing it the old-fashioned way.

He’s saying so.

I’m open to listen to opportunities,” Cowher said in an online chat at USAToday.com, via Michael Hiestand of USA Today.  “I’m very comfortable at CBS.  I’ll keep all my options open.  And I’ll only answer those questions at the end of the season.  I’m not going to comment on any hypothetical situations until the entire season is over.”

The best fit for Cowher, in our view, remains the Giants.  After a slow start, however, the Giants have propelled themselves into playoff contention.  If they make it, the job likely won’t be open.  If they don’t make it, coach Tom Coughlin could be out — especially since he’s 64 and entering the final year of his contract.

Panthers fans remain very interested in Cowher making the move from Raleigh to Charlotte.  But owner Jerry Richardson likely is unwilling to give Cowher the kind of money and power he’d want.

Also working against Cowher in 2011 is the potential for a lockout that would wipe out much of the offseason practice schedule.  Any team that brings in a new coach could end up with less time to make a proper transition.

Then again, if anyone can make it happen with limited time, it’s Cowher.

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50 Responses to “Bill Cowher says he’s ready to consider “opportunities””
  1. myspaceyourface says: Dec 10, 2010 10:09 AM

    Are you suggesting he might want to coach at the college level?

  2. shackdelrio says: Dec 10, 2010 10:11 AM

    I’m still thinking Miami

  3. gypjet says: Dec 10, 2010 10:12 AM

    I like Cowher but I think he is overrated bigtime.

  4. favreflavoredwaffles says: Dec 10, 2010 10:14 AM

    I’d like to see him back in the NFL…..except coaching an AFC team.

  5. savocabol1 says: Dec 10, 2010 10:15 AM

    Cowher’s goes to the broncos. you read it here first.

  6. bravin4evr says: Dec 10, 2010 10:17 AM

    To hell with a lockout. If there is a chance to get a coach like Cowher, you sign him!

  7. njhitman says: Dec 10, 2010 10:17 AM

    Pittsburghs GM is his best fit

  8. polegojim says: Dec 10, 2010 10:21 AM

    Please come to Denver. Please.

  9. cincyorangenblack says: Dec 10, 2010 10:21 AM

    Come back to the AFC North Bill, you know it’s the toughest division in football. And you know he’d love another crack at the Ravens and Steelers, but this time in the orange n black stripes….

  10. adrianpeterson28 says: Dec 10, 2010 10:22 AM

    Minnesota Vikings

  11. medialovesthecowboys says: Dec 10, 2010 10:25 AM

    “Panthers fans remain very interested in Cowher making the move from Raleigh to Charlotte. But owner Jerry Richardson likely is unwilling to give Cowher the kind of money and power he’d want.”

    ——————————————————

    And why should he? Its not like he just admitted that he doesn’t know what he’s doing anymore. And it’s not like the Panthers are in last place…oh wait.

  12. champgiff says: Dec 10, 2010 10:29 AM

    Dear Pat Bowlen,

    Get it done.

    Signed,

    The entire Broncos fan-base

  13. FoozieGrooler says: Dec 10, 2010 10:32 AM

    There’s one place he definitely won’t go… and that’s Dallas, at least not as long as Jerry Jones is still around.

  14. georgeanderson2 says: Dec 10, 2010 10:41 AM

    Cowher might end up in Miami, he has Dan Marino in his ear at all times. Dan is constantly being hounded by Dolphins ownership and CEO to get to Cowher.

    Cowher has a good gig though sitting in a studio and being healthy. I am sure he gets paid well for his time. What does he have to prove? Didn’t we see this with Jimmy Johnson? You realize that the players are different, the game is different and is it all worth it, when you could work in a studio commenting and nobody can take away anything you did as a coach? He should stay away from coaching, he did it for a long time and was great,but it is time for new blood in the league.

  15. bigdaddyraven says: Dec 10, 2010 10:45 AM

    Cowher is so overrated.

  16. house068 says: Dec 10, 2010 10:45 AM

    FoozieGrooler says:
    Dec 10, 2010 10:32 AM
    There’s one place he definitely won’t go… and that’s Dallas, at least not as long as Jerry Jones is still around.

    ————————————————-

    Agreed.

    I said Denver when McDaniels got fired but they don’t want to give someone a ton of power. Cowher is better when he doesn’t have all of the power anyway.

  17. jeffa43 says: Dec 10, 2010 10:46 AM

    Cowher is a winner… The next place he shows up, will also soon become a winner… Thank you spit shield… You remain a hero in Pitt, and always will.

  18. 4dabears says: Dec 10, 2010 10:49 AM

    The Chin in Chicago

  19. jefbob says: Dec 10, 2010 10:51 AM

    “Come back to the AFC North Bill, you know it’s the toughest division in football. And you know he’d love another crack at the Ravens and Steelers, but this time in the orange n black stripes….”

    x2

  20. artiesliver says: Dec 10, 2010 10:52 AM

    Dallas Cowboys

  21. njhitman says: Dec 10, 2010 10:52 AM

    cincyorangenblack says:
    Dec 10, 2010 10:21 AM
    Come back to the AFC North Bill, you know it’s the toughest division in football. And you know he’d love another crack at the Ravens and Steelers, but this time in the orange n black stripes….

    ———————————————
    LMAO I guess you never read what he said last time he was asked if he would join another team from the North . A shot at the Steelers thats funny since Pitt would be the only team he would go to the North for Dumb ass Ben Gals fans And noless join a team thats worst then the BROWNS now thats real funny

  22. pastabelly says: Dec 10, 2010 10:53 AM

    bravin4evr says:
    Dec 10, 2010 10:17 AM
    To hell with a lockout. If there is a chance to get a coach like Cowher, you sign him!
    ===============================

    I agree with you and disagree with Florio. Furthermore, if there’s a lockout, it gives Cowher that much more time to put his management team in place. Carolina makes the most sense considering Cowher has a home there and Fox appears to be on the way out. Draft the Stanford QB and move forward with Cowher. Nothing makes more sense than that from Cowher’s and the team’s perspective.

  23. pittsburghsteelerz says: Dec 10, 2010 11:04 AM

    “I like Cowher but I think he is overrated bigtime.”

    ————–

    I believe the Steelers had the best record in the NFL while he was coach… AND he never had a QB until Big Ben.

    But, yeah, he’s overrated.

    I think the only reason he retired is because he knew his wife was sick… why else would you leave one of the best jobs in all of professional sports.

  24. mithrilsoul says: Dec 10, 2010 11:07 AM

    If the Bears had a bad season and fired Lovie Smith, I think Cower would be a great fit for Chicago. Strong D, a solid #1 RB, and a QB who can actually be good if you don’t ask too much of him…sounds a lot like the kind of teams Cower won with at Pittsburgh.

    However with the Bears looking like a playoff team, the odds are against Lovie being fired, which means this won’t be an option. Too bad.

    Broncos & Vikings could each be decent possibilities. I see either of those as more likely than any of the coaching positions we suspect will be open by season’s end. Maybe throw in Tennessee as a distant 3rd if they can Fisher.

  25. packattack1967 says: Dec 10, 2010 11:13 AM

    Cowher, overrated? compared to whom? Vince Lombardi? Tom Landry? He went to the playoffs 10 of his 15 years and won a SB. Pretty good. Does somebody put him on a pedestal somewhere? His he on some list of the greatest coaches of all time?

  26. steelersmichele says: Dec 10, 2010 11:15 AM

    Cowher left the Steelers because his wife was diagnosed with cancer, which is admirable. I think he would have continued to coach otherwise. He’ll want control and money, and until he proves otherwise, he deserves it–although seeing him on the sidelines for another team will be weird.

  27. runwright44 says: Dec 10, 2010 11:17 AM

    I hope he goes somewhere. I’m sick of listening to the all the boneheads at CBS constantly referencing him as Coach Cowher.

  28. mayfieldroadboy says: Dec 10, 2010 11:20 AM

    Cowher started as a player with the Browns and started his coaching career with the Browns (just like Chuck Noll; my, how the Steelers like ex-Browns’ players and position coaches). Holmgren back to the 49ers, Mangini to the Texans, and Cowher…?
    Just sayin’…

  29. wilsonphillipsgroupie says: Dec 10, 2010 11:26 AM

    Just Shiva-blasted a co-worker. Should make for an interesting afternoon.

  30. JSpicoli says: Dec 10, 2010 11:38 AM

    Dude gets a lot of mileage from winning one sb and otherwise tanking his team in every other playoff he was ever in.

    Without that one SB victory, given to him by the zebras, he would be known as the guy who can’t win the big one, see Marty Schotenheimer.

    That said, he is not a bad coach at all, just not some kind of HOF coach you love to make him into because you love his chin, and he won one SB.

  31. haleyistheman00 says: Dec 10, 2010 11:42 AM

    Go to the broncos and maybe win a super bowl in 14 years

  32. kmgoody says: Dec 10, 2010 11:45 AM

    What’s with the fascination with Cowher and the Giants? Coughlin isn’t going anywhere

  33. importantpftcomment says: Dec 10, 2010 11:46 AM

    Did I miss something somewhere? Where was it printed about what Cowher wants? Money? Power? How do you know these things Florio?

  34. mean13 says: Dec 10, 2010 11:59 AM

    I say Carolina and drafts a QB 1st overall.

  35. japdouds says: Dec 10, 2010 12:00 PM

    Cowher is only coming back if he gets a team with a top flight QB.

    …that already has his 3-4 defense in place,

    ….that is stocked with talent, but underachieves.

    …that will likely fire it’s horrendous head coach soon.

    ….for a team that will miss the playoffs

    ….and their QB better be from Cowher’s alma-mater of NC State. And he better be a QB Cowher coached in the Senior Bowl and fell in love with.

    ….and the weather better be nice in said city.

  36. japdouds says: Dec 10, 2010 12:01 PM

    Hmmm, San Diego the perfect fit Cowher has been waiting on? You heard it here first!

  37. wtf2812 says: Dec 10, 2010 12:04 PM

    Hahaha … pastabelly giving props to a Steelers legendary coach! he hates the Steelers and all they stand for, but would love to have Cowher coach his team. Would probably love to have Harrison play for his team, too. Interesting.

  38. mrgroovesd says: Dec 10, 2010 12:07 PM

    I know it’s a long shot, but it would be nice for him to come to San Diego. Bolts need a coach that can get them ready at the start of the season and not get them to a slow start as they have with a current coach they have.

  39. imongo says: Dec 10, 2010 12:10 PM

    VIKINGS…ARE YOU LISTENING!?

  40. pukey60 says: Dec 10, 2010 12:14 PM

    All right repeat after me, Bill Cower is NOT Vince Lomabradi – rinse and repeat

  41. Deb says: Dec 10, 2010 12:33 PM

    Yes, unimportant, as usual you missed something. Those who actually follow the sport are familiar with what Bill has said through many in Pittsburgh. We know the level of control he had with the Steelers and that he’s not the kind of man to step backward and become another owner’s lap dog. We know money was an area of contention reported during Bill’s previous contract negotiations.

    Unlike you, some have studied the game, the league, the teams, and their inner politics for a long time–just as some of us posted things you know nothing about long before you got here.

    Cowher wants to steer his own ship and for his compensation to reflect his achievements. However, he’s maintained close ties to Pittsburgh. He won’t coach within the division and will probably go to the NFC where he’d only face the Steelers once every four years barring a Super Bowl meeting.

    Mike, I’d love to see him w/the Giants. The Mara connection is too perfect. Think he’d do well on the big stage. But right now, Coughlin seems to have things in hand. Richardson should make concessions to get a coach of his caliber after this nightmare.

  42. jamie54 says: Dec 10, 2010 12:54 PM

    japdouds says:
    Dec 10, 2010 12:01 PM
    Hmmm, San Diego the perfect fit Cowher has been waiting on? You heard it here

    No s… sherlock it would be nice but the fact is as long as AJ Smith is the GM he’s not going to bring in a head coach that would want the amount of power that Cowher would demand. Everyone says replace Norv Turner but with whom? AJ would only bring in another clone type of Norv whom he would be able to control so don’t go getting your hopes up.

  43. surshot says: Dec 10, 2010 1:01 PM

    He still has one Daughter in college and she is going to a school in NC he live close to charlotte

    You read this here that Bill Cowher will be the Panthers next coach.

    He wont take the job in Cleveland or any were else.

    If you watched the tlak btwn him and Dan Marino you would have known what’s up
    inside source

  44. AlanSaysYo says: Dec 10, 2010 1:06 PM

    I love the line “he’s only won one Super Bowl.” Like 1) it’s easy to just go out and win a Super Bowl, and 2) a halfway decent coach should have won three or four of them.

    A coach like Bill Cowher does not come along every year or even every ten years. There should be a line of mediocre franchises knocking at his door right now.

  45. blackngoldmachine says: Dec 10, 2010 1:08 PM

    He’ll never go college. Cowher would never visit a potential recruit and kiss their ass to come play for him…no way.

    Dallas or New York.

    Denver? lol.

  46. brintfarvruhsux says: Dec 10, 2010 1:47 PM

    FoozieGrooler says: Dec 10, 2010 10:32 AM

    There’s one place he definitely won’t go… and that’s Dallas, at least not as long as Jerry Jones is still around.

    ——————-

    Completely agree; Cowher is too smart….

  47. jerrycolatrella says: Dec 10, 2010 1:49 PM

    Cowher is perfect for the Panthers for three reasons.

    1. He lives in North Carolina.

    2. The Panthers will probably have the 1st pick in the draft to get QB Andrew Luck.

    3. They have a solid running game with Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to take the pressure off Luck, if they draft him.

  48. sportsdrenched says: Dec 10, 2010 2:00 PM

    Bill Cowher going to the Broncos or Chargers is a terrible idea for everyone in involved.

    Mostly because it would be bad for the Chiefs.

  49. Bubby Brister says: Dec 11, 2010 12:22 AM

    “I like Cowher but I think he is overrated bigtime.”

    ————–

    “I believe the Steelers had the best record in the NFL while he was coach… AND he never had a QB until Big Ben.

    But, yeah, he’s overrated.

    I think the only reason he retired is because he knew his wife was sick… why else would you leave one of the best jobs in all of professional sports.”

    —–

    Look, I’m a huge Steelers fan and I’ll always have a but of a soft spot for him, but the guy was extremely overrated.

    He never wanted to draft Ben. He didn’t believe in franchise QBs. He got his way in 2000 when they passed on Chad Pennington for Plaxico Burress (which, in hindsight, seems alright with me) and then again in 2004, they wanted to take a QB but Cowher wanted DeAngelo Hall. Even after they talked him into it, he wanted Philip Rivers over Ben. Ben was never Cowher’s guy. Had it not been for flukey injuries, he would have sat on the bench for 2 years and never sniffed that 15-1 record his rookie season and Super Bowl following his second.

    Bill, aka Schottenheimer Jr., lived in a 1969 fantasy world and believed the key to winning was playing strong defense and running the football. He refused to accept the reality that, despite some exceptions, the only way you were getting the job done in the playoffs in this day and age is through the quarterback. And this stubborn fool stuck to his ways and as a result found themselves losing in the playoffs. Every. Single. Year.

    The only reason he has a ring right now is because Ken Whisenhunt somehow talked him into coming out in the playoffs in ’05 doing the one thing nobody expected from them — throwing the football. They won that ring in spite of him, not because of him, and the proof is in the pudding. You can say it was with “Cowher’s team” all you want, but Tomlin came in and installed a more aggresive offense and it paid off in just his second year.

    Just like his “dad”, if you want a motivator, a hard-nosed, no nonsense coach who can get the most out of his players, he’s your man. He’ll get you a lot of W’s. But if you want championships, unless he plans on being a little more open minded this next go, he’s absolutely not the answer.

  50. artiesliver says: Dec 11, 2010 12:53 PM

    One championship in 14 years.
    Don’t look down on that.
    You could be a Titans fan who has had Jeff Fisher coaching their team for 17 YEARS AND NO CHAMPIONSHIPS!
    Jeff Fisher is the most overrated coach ever!
    His game calling is predictable and he’s a bad player manager.
    He is on the competition committee and that still han’t helped his teams chances.
    He’s a jerk and a fraud.
    And if he was black he would’ve been fired years ago.

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