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Cowher returns to coaching, but not really

Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher left the game after the 2006 season.  And he has yet to return.

But he was back on the sidelines Saturday.  At Heinz Field.

Buried at the bottom of Michael Hiestand’s Monday grab-bag in USA Today is this gem:  “[Cowher] plays the coach of the Gotham City Rogues in an upcoming Batman movie and stalked the sideline at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field during filming Saturday.”

A baker’s dozen of Steelers attended the shooting on Saturday, as football players; the folks at WTAE-TV took a closer look at the event.

I’ve got a feeling that The Dark Knight Rises will earn about a billion dollars.  And that it will stink.

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38 Responses to “Cowher returns to coaching, but not really”
  1. hobartbaker says: Aug 8, 2011 6:05 PM

    Tomlin still can’t get anyone to believe he is an NFL head coach.

  2. readysethike says: Aug 8, 2011 6:08 PM

    it will only stink if its PG-13…if they can gear away with trying to make it somewhat kid friendly, it should be worth watching.

    on another note: Rise of the Apes was horrible

  3. iplayforrexryan says: Aug 8, 2011 6:15 PM

    Christopher Nolan will make those steelers players look so badass. Good choice just in terms of looks. Cowher, Roethlisberger, Hampton and the others have true grit.

  4. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 8, 2011 6:20 PM

    They originally said there would be no 3rd installment for the series, and the quote on why was something similar to [How many times have you seen a second sequel that was any good?]

    So hopefully they put enough time and effort into the movie to make it worthwhile.

  5. kyleortonsarm says: Aug 8, 2011 6:23 PM

    As if there was any question that it would stink.

  6. pthompson1187 says: Aug 8, 2011 6:32 PM

    Cowher has that old school coach look to him, should be interesting to see him in the new batman movie. I find it funny he will be “coaching” some of the players he used to coach. i guess tomlin was unavailable for the part haha

  7. 6ringnationsparksjealousy says: Aug 8, 2011 6:34 PM

    One of the three greatest coaches EVER. Cowher, Tomlin, and Noll. Best three ever by far. You win SBs with those guys. 6

  8. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Aug 8, 2011 6:38 PM

    Anne Hathaway in leather and you idiots think it will stink!?!

  9. kevo126 says: Aug 8, 2011 6:40 PM

    “One of the three greatest coaches EVER.”

    hahah good one

  10. ahgeez says: Aug 8, 2011 6:56 PM

    Stink?.. That’s gotta be a joke. Dark Knight is pretty amazing.. And the rising will be orgasmic.

  11. sdw2001 says: Aug 8, 2011 6:58 PM

    “I’ve got a feeling that The Dark Knight Rises will earn about a billion dollars. And that it will stink.”


  12. Christian says: Aug 8, 2011 7:00 PM

    The two most overhyped movie franchises ever are the Christopher Nolan “Batman” (“Batmen”?) movies, and the Sam Raimi “Spiderman” (“Spidermen”?) movies.

    If Nolan really wanted to impress moviegoers with a Pennsylvania coach, he would have cast Dave “Half-stache” Wannstedt. “Aw, Batman’s got a knee.” (Rumples hair with hand.)

  13. pmars64 says: Aug 8, 2011 7:05 PM

    Dark Knight was more action movie than comic hero movie but still excellent viewing. Nolan is not stupid either. He wouldn’t do 3rd movie without a decent script although I didn’t like Inception. The Prestige was much better and while some hated Memento, I loved it. Maybe Rising can’t top DK, but it will blow away 3rd hero movies like X-men, Spider-man, etc.

  14. 52crabcakes says: Aug 8, 2011 7:20 PM

    this is a good reason not to see the movie.

  15. jobotjones says: Aug 8, 2011 7:24 PM

    Batman couldnt handle the chin in a brawl.

  16. halftermguv says: Aug 8, 2011 7:35 PM

    Interesting side note, Heinz Field was actually the second choice for shooting the football scene.

    M&T Stadium in Baltimore was first.

    However the scout crew sent by the film maker never returned. Half were stabbed by a Ravens linebacker and the other half were run over by a drunk Ravens player.

  17. murraysons says: Aug 8, 2011 8:17 PM

    Do movie studios have to follow the Rooney Rule?

  18. axespray says: Aug 8, 2011 8:17 PM

    “However the scout crew sent by the film maker never returned. Half were stabbed by a Ravens linebacker and the other half were run over by a drunk Ravens player.”
    and steeler fans cry and complain about Big Ben Rape jokes….

    “Gret Oriingial juys!,,,the steelezr don’t rape! ka-durrh!?”

  19. laxer37 says: Aug 8, 2011 8:20 PM

    According to Wikipedia, 9 out of 10 superheroes said they root for the Steelers.

  20. patmacrevis says: Aug 8, 2011 8:34 PM

    Bring the chin to miami…he is all we need

  21. mulehead70 says: Aug 8, 2011 8:36 PM

    What the movie writers aren’t telling you is that Bill Cowher is a coach during the day, and at night, he becomes the Batman’s arch enemy, “The Sprayer”.

  22. daburgher says: Aug 8, 2011 9:04 PM

    the author of this article can’t handle criticism…

  23. daburgher says: Aug 8, 2011 9:34 PM

    he only said it would stink b/c it was filmed in pittsburgh and will feature some of their players.
    if the vikings or wvu players were somehow involved he would say it will be the greatest movie ever

  24. 6ringofsteal says: Aug 8, 2011 10:10 PM

    As if MY team doesn’t have enough distractions,with wife beaters, drunk drivers, sexual deviants, and overall turds now we got Batman Flying Around my stadium and my players being extras in movies when they should be worried about how they can keep this Titanic afloat. I wish they took getting that 7th. ring as serious as I do. I’m really considering rooting for the Browns, they seem to be heading the right direction! Plus I used to be able to pick up chics in my #7 Ben jersey now they all just laugh at me and make rude raper jokes and stuff, it’s getting real old. Sleepless in Pittsburgh

  25. pthompson1187 says: Aug 8, 2011 10:11 PM

    Ann Hathaway in tights???!!! I know someone who’s wearing loose sweatpants to that movie premiere 😉 haha

  26. kevinfromphilly says: Aug 8, 2011 10:11 PM

    If they’d filmed it in Dallas, they could have had Mr. Freeze threatening to kill people at the Super Bowl by dropping icicles on them from the roof of the stadium. Nah, that’s too far fetched.

  27. teal379 says: Aug 8, 2011 10:49 PM

    So the Batman/Gotham deal is usually about a chit hole city with a large crime problem.

    Natch they fill it in Philly with Steeler’s….

    Method actors. I get it.

  28. packmanfan says: Aug 8, 2011 10:56 PM

    So the Stealers became the Gotham City Rogues?
    That logo pictured in the article is very fitting for Ben Rapistbooger.

  29. Deb says: Aug 8, 2011 11:22 PM

    Why do you think it will stink? The Dark Knight was sooo good. They’ve done such a great job with this franchise. Of course, they were doing well with the Spiderman franchise until the third one, too, and that just sucked. But give Gotham a chance …

    And the Chin is so perfect for this job! He won’t need any prosthetic facial additions 😉

  30. thekingdave says: Aug 8, 2011 11:26 PM

    What’s hobartbaker’s success rate of posting something even mildly funny? 5%?

  31. rcunningham says: Aug 8, 2011 11:54 PM

    Great headline.

  32. nfldaddy says: Aug 9, 2011 12:05 AM

    They figured they would just have Cowher in the movie anyway, since Tomlin has Cowher’s team, coaching staff, and offensive and defensive playbooks.

    What coach do you know of that has ever just “taken over” for another coach and left everything is place, even in a case of retirement?

    Tomlin is the biggest fraud in the NFL, because he isn’t a coach, he is the black Bill Cowher.

  33. jrfrom508 says: Aug 9, 2011 1:11 AM

    you think it will still stink???? for realz bruh?? come on, I hate the stupid overrated, rapist supporting steeler fanbase as much as the next rational American but batman is THE BOMB. who cares if those dbags are associated with the latest flick? Cowher is still respected even if big ben is all about assulting chicks and getting away with it. Cowher in a batman movie appeals to me! and i’m a pats fan! good stuff! just sad roethlisberger gets credit for it. dude should serve time like vick did. but this new batman series AWESOME.
    also Tom Brady rules and would never rape chicks. (just a NE disclaimer)

  34. Marv says: Aug 9, 2011 3:08 AM

    How dare you to criticise Nolan? Name a bad movie he’s done… just one!

  35. tomthebombtracy says: Aug 9, 2011 7:32 AM

    Who’da thunk it would be 5 years and Bill Cowher would still not be coaching. Maybe the first year or two his idea, the last three or so, not!

    Cowher is a victim of a trend that started when teams bypassed legacy coaches (or retreads) and went for hot assistants/coordinators like, ironically, Tomlin….and Morris and Harbaugh!

    So there’s another movie filmed in Pittsburgh coming out called “Abduction” with Taylor Lautner. I watched them film from my office a dozen takes of Taylor shooting his way of of PNC Park (seriously). I guess they were trying to make him stay at a Pirates game.

  36. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Aug 9, 2011 7:38 AM

    Actually the first two movies were shot in Chicago. Seeing as they are filming part of “Rises” on a football field I now understand why they moved to another location. The grass at Soldier Field sucks!

    If Batman can’t play on it the NFL shouldn’t either!

  37. feartheelf19 says: Aug 9, 2011 11:53 AM

    The Batman Series of Movies are great and worth watching. At least he actually fights people and has weapons….

    Spiderman is awful, he just swoops around spraying webs and swinging from buildings…. You wanna escape him, head for the flat lands.

    Oh and by the way, They should have filmed it in Cleveland

  38. bsizemore68 says: Dec 19, 2011 3:18 PM

    Perhaps playing a coach in the Dark Knight will get the juice flowing, forget Pittsburgh, they have a coach, Bill, come to Miami and help the owner learn about football. Bill ( of course )

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