Skip to content

Cowher looking to win, not get paid

Premiere Of Warner Bros. "The Hangover Part II" - Arrivals Getty Images

When Bill Cowher left the Steelers after the 2006 season, it was believed that he called it quits because he knew that he’d never make in Pittsburgh the kind of top-of-market money that guys like Mike Holmgren, whom Cowher beat in Super Bowl XL, was receiving.  And so the thinking was that, after making TV money for a few years at CBS, Cowher would return to the NFL, get paid top dollar, and make back all the money he would have made with the Steelers, and then some.

If that’s what Cowher was thinking then, it’s not what he’s thinking now.  Peter King of Sports Illustrated pointed out during Sunday’s broadcast of Football Night in America that Cowher’s top priority is to go to a situation in which he thinks he’ll win.

Of course, there’s a chance Cowher gets paid and wins.  But winning is the more important factor, as it probably should be.  Too many Super Bowl-winning coaches have undermined their legacies via NFL second acts that didn’t work out.  None has won a Super Bowl with a subsequent team.  (Holmgren came the closest.)

Cowher could be the first to do it.  And it sounds like he’ll only return to a situation in which he believes he will.

And that makes the franchise that secures the rights to Andrew Luck the most likely to be able to lure Cowher back to coaching in 2012.

Permalink 100 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Pittsburgh Steelers, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
100 Responses to “Cowher looking to win, not get paid”
  1. jeffro33 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:36 PM

    Some fans are going to mention Philadelphia because a change in philosophy/manhood is needed, but there is no way Andy Reid is done until the team is sold.

  2. drshakedown74 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:36 PM

    I don’t understand why Luck has anything to do with where Cowher goes. If luck goes to Miami, I doubt Bill wants to be part of that debacle down there.

  3. marinephinfan says: Oct 24, 2011 1:36 PM

    A franchise QB alone doesn’t make a Super Bowl contender out of a team. I’m assuming Cowher knows this though.

  4. drshakedown74 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:37 PM

    Cowher should go to Cincy.

  5. dcpatfan says: Oct 24, 2011 1:38 PM

    overrated coach looking to stay overrated.

  6. kalispellmt says: Oct 24, 2011 1:39 PM

    Please come to Chicago, the weather is fine.

  7. marty2019 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:39 PM

    “And that makes the franchise that secures the rights to Andrew Luck the most likely to be able to lure Cowher back to coaching in 2012.”

    That is nonsense. The team that gets Luck will be the team with the worst record. Why would Cowher think he could win there?

  8. wte1 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:40 PM

    In 15 seasons Bill Cowher only wone one Super Bowl while coaching a very talented team.

    If Rex Ryan had coached that team he would have won 9 or 10 rings.

  9. gmf1991 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:40 PM

    If he cares about winning, Luck has nothing to do with where he coaches. He’d easily prefer a team with an established QB rather than a rookie QB.

  10. neilanblomi says: Oct 24, 2011 1:40 PM

    If the eagles canned the fat man its easily the best job available since Cowher handed off his team.

  11. moelester says: Oct 24, 2011 1:40 PM

    I am getting really tired of hearing about Andrew Luck. Loads of potential? Sure.. but how many other guys in history have had loads of potential only to find it irrelevant int he NFL.
    It is getting painfully old hearing about this kid

  12. tzoppi says: Oct 24, 2011 1:41 PM

    Cowherd

  13. flyinhighwithvick says: Oct 24, 2011 1:42 PM

    I’m sure it’s about winning, but in the end, like everything else, it will be about money. I guarentee whatever job he gets, he’ll be one of the 5 highest paid coaches in the league.

  14. jbl429 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:42 PM

    marinephinfan says:
    Oct 24, 2011 1:36 PM
    A franchise QB alone doesn’t make a Super Bowl contender out of a team. I’m assuming Cowher knows this though.

    —–

    Tell that to the Colts.

  15. Lev says: Oct 24, 2011 1:42 PM

    Cowher / Luck in Indy??

  16. dldove77 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:43 PM

    Most second acts haven’t worked because the coaches think they can be coach and GM, which wasn’t the situation with their old team. If Cowher intends to just coach at his new team, he has a realistic chance of succeeding.

  17. steelbydesign says: Oct 24, 2011 1:43 PM

    “And that makes the franchise that secures the rights to Andrew Luck the most likely to be able to lure Cowher back to coaching in 2012.”

    I wouldn’t be so sure. While Luck is a great centerpiece to build around, if Cowher wants to compete for a Superbowl that likely wouldn’t happen for 5 years at least (keeping in mind he’d be picking #1 to take luck).

    The only team I’d say that might be true for is if the Colts decided to fire Caldwell, and they end up with the #1 pick.

    I would think a team that has talent already in place (and has under-performed to get their HC fired) would be more likely… Somewhere like Philadelphia, New York Giants, San Diego (if they choke late again).

  18. joetoronto says: Oct 24, 2011 1:43 PM

    “Cowher looking to win, not get paid”

    He’ll coach for free?

  19. rodgerthat says: Oct 24, 2011 1:44 PM

    I sure hope this Luck kids has what it takes to be successful in the NFL. I can’t remember any time in the history of the NFL that a college player has been anointed such a savior, as this kid. The pressure is going to be pretty heavy i would think. You read all these articles and listen to all these stories and I could swear he is already a first ballot hall of famer without taking a snap……

  20. nbcstinks says: Oct 24, 2011 1:44 PM

    Nice “Purple” tie coach.

  21. steelerchicken says: Oct 24, 2011 1:45 PM

    He walked away to spend time with his wife who was dying. I never understood why he walked away with a franchise QB. Unfortunately we learned a few years later why he walked away. It was amazing how his family and friends kept that a secret in today’s 24 hour demand for the next big story.

    Bill your a Hall of Fame coach. You won with Tommy Maddox, Kordell Stewart, O’Donnel, Ken Grahamn, Mike Tomzack and finally won the Big Game with Big Ben. Do not come back and ruin your legacy with a terrible team.

  22. suckleague says: Oct 24, 2011 1:45 PM

    “Cowher should go to Cincy.”

    “Please come to Chicago, the weather is fine.”

    I think some may have read over this line:

    Cowher looking to win, not get paid

  23. cmb79 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:46 PM

    My guess? San Diego.

  24. derekjetersmansion says: Oct 24, 2011 1:46 PM

    If this is the case, then the next head coach of the New York Football Giants is Bill Cowher. He’s been waiting for Coughlin to get canned for a while.

    He’s also starting to realize that asking for $7 million when Raheem Morris gets no more than half of that AND is a halfway decent coach is ridiculous.

  25. southpaw2k says: Oct 24, 2011 1:46 PM

    I’d bet dollars to donuts that Bill Polian would go after Cowher if Jim Caldwell were to be fired by season’s end. Caldwell is too much in the Tony Dungy-style of coaching, and a change in philosophy would do good in Indy.

  26. woodyg says: Oct 24, 2011 1:46 PM

    Really don’t understand why the “so-called experts” & the media continue to assert that Andrew Luck is the answer at QB for any team in need of a QB ….. Luck is a college QB that obviously is at the top of the college game but this does not mean it will translate to the NFL ….. There are a slew of ‘can’t miss’ QBs that came out that never made it in the bigtime ….. The physical attributes that Luck possesses doesn’t guarantee he’ll be an elite QB in the NFL …..

    On Cowher ….. His days are in the past ….. He’ll pull another Joe Gibbs & then return to the booth ……

  27. londonfletcher says: Oct 24, 2011 1:46 PM

    If he has “a good chance of winning” right off the bat, then why would said team need a new head coach?

  28. brutus9448 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:47 PM

    parcells came close as well. he went to a superbowl with the pats and afc championship game with the jets.

  29. joetoronto says: Oct 24, 2011 1:47 PM

    cmb79 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:46 PM

    My guess? San Diego.
    *************************************************
    He better move fast then, they’ll be in L.A. next year.

  30. bombacim says: Oct 24, 2011 1:48 PM

    Mr. Cowher –

    There are currently GM and head coaching spots available in Chicago where you can be successful at both.

    Sincerly –
    Virgina McCaskey

  31. dickroy says: Oct 24, 2011 1:48 PM

    I’m sure there are at least 15 teams in the NFL that would love to have Cowher.

  32. snowpea84 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:49 PM

    Cowher is over rated. That being said, he’s certainly better than guys like Norv Turner.

  33. danno1212 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:49 PM

    Who ever gets Cower can count on a Super bowl win!….It will only take like 10 years to get there!

  34. wezalo says: Oct 24, 2011 1:49 PM

    Winning rules out Indy

  35. nationalmediacansuckit says: Oct 24, 2011 1:49 PM

    Enough with this Luck kid already. Starting to Beat this drum equity to much a out as much as Tebow. Besides why would Cohwer go to a team with a rookie QB just to wait until he develops. Makes no sense.

  36. andre504 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:49 PM

    With the Dolphins and Colts in prime position to draft Luck, reports are out that he may be likely to pull an Eli Manning. In this case, I would laugh @ MIA and Indy! And yes, Cowher is a bit overrated in my book. I would take Tomlin over him any day of the week.

  37. galvestontexans says: Oct 24, 2011 1:50 PM

    Still trying to figure out how we already know that Luck will not suck? I mean I know the experts always get it right. ie. Leaf, Russell and a few other cant miss QB’s. You guys act like this guy is the next Payton Manning or Tom Brady. Just sayin

  38. glac1 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:51 PM

    so he learned that it’s the organization and players that make good coaches!

  39. ncsteeler says: Oct 24, 2011 1:52 PM

    Cowher seems to have his head on straight. After all, how much did he make with the Steelers – maybe $20M after taxes and he’s making a nice sum pontificating on CBS. He doesn’t need money – it’s a nice neighborhood to be in. Sure, if a nice deal came along I’m sure he’d take it but it’d have to be someplace that’s on the edge (going around 8-8 with a commitment to winning) rather than a 2-14 dissaster $30M under the salary cap and no interest in spending it.

  40. londonfletcher says: Oct 24, 2011 1:53 PM

    Sorry, I wasn’t thinking about Philly or the Chargers…

  41. radrhatr says: Oct 24, 2011 1:58 PM

    Who wants to wait 15 years for him to win another Super Bowl. That’s how long it took in Pitt.

  42. seahawks4alltime says: Oct 24, 2011 1:59 PM

    Wouldn’t it be funny if Bill was hired by Seattle??

  43. phinfan says: Oct 24, 2011 1:59 PM

    “You want to win? Okay I guess we need to look for another coach then”

    - Miami Dolphins Organization.

  44. mrgroovesd says: Oct 24, 2011 2:00 PM

    I can only hope he would go to San Diego but that’s hopeful wishing. I know his style and his tough coaching style can light a fire but the only problem is AJ is never getting rid of Norv. AJ is gonna ride the Norv bus til the wheels fall off. Also, Cowher is a Marty guy and I don’t think AJ wants one of those again especially someone who was under Marty before. Crossing fingers he would come to SD.

  45. paul197343 says: Oct 24, 2011 2:07 PM

    I’d bet he ends up in Indy. Caldwell looks to be on thin ice.

  46. twlaux says: Oct 24, 2011 2:09 PM

    Cowher isn’t going to the Chargers..We are very happy with norvelle..

  47. municrew says: Oct 24, 2011 2:11 PM

    So he would coach the Packers for free? He was winning in Pittsburgh when he left. I’m guessing he didn’t move on because he lost a couple games, he left because it was about the money.

  48. milehighsal says: Oct 24, 2011 2:11 PM

    Cowher would never, I repeat never go to San Diego. For one he’s an East coast guy. Second, I don’t care how good the Chargers might be, no Super Bowl winning coach would work under AJ Smith.

    For you guys who are tired of hearing about Luck, the same things were being said about Peyton Manning when he was at Tennessee. He stayed an extra year as well. Luck is not going to Miami, especially if they get stupid and hire Urban Meyer. Luck’s father is too smart to let his son go there and anyone who follows football knows he wants to go to Denver.

  49. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 24, 2011 2:13 PM

    Part of what makes a coach like Cower so effective is mystique. He’s spent the last couple years verbally vomiting and getting all touchy feely on national tv.

    His mystique is gone and so is his power. He’ll probably come back somewhere eventually but he’ll never be the same.

  50. tedmurph says: Oct 24, 2011 2:20 PM

    Cowher a Hall of Famer? Is there a Hall of Spitting? Not unless he comes back and wins at least 1 more ring. Overrated, one of the worst ‘big game’ coaches of his era. Should have been much better with the players he had to work with.

  51. braddavery says: Oct 24, 2011 2:20 PM

    This makes no sense whatsoever. If he’s looking to join a winner, why would he want to join the worst team in the league who will be drafting Luck.

  52. r8rsfan says: Oct 24, 2011 2:20 PM

    He has a chin the size of Texas – hello Cowboys.

  53. facelessman75 says: Oct 24, 2011 2:21 PM

    I love how goofy everyone seems- the fact is Cowher probably wants GM RIGHTS or maybe just wants to be like holmgren and become a president of ops or something.
    And people this suck for luck give me a break! You guys are gonna make him the next ryan leaf! One guy (manning rule) doesn’t make a whole team!!

  54. jeepin08 says: Oct 24, 2011 2:23 PM

    He is doing just fine as a greeter at walmart. Leave him there. As a analist, he still hugs the stealers every chance he gets.

  55. zinn22 says: Oct 24, 2011 2:24 PM

    None has won a Super Bowl with a subsequent team. (Holmgren came the closest.)

    ————————————————————–

    Parcells came the closest. Although the argument could be made that Parcells was not the same coach with out BB running his defense.

  56. gnorules says: Oct 24, 2011 2:25 PM

    Since when has Cowher been worried about building anything first other then the defense. Yeah Luck is an amazing QB prospect and likely to be building piece for any rebuilding team that he gets drafted to, but Cowher is likely to spend the first two drafts on his new team building (or rebuilding) the lines and the defense to his liking before getting the next Peyton Manning.

  57. scudbot says: Oct 24, 2011 2:35 PM

    Be careful what you wish for. A guy like Cowher will spend the first year or two getting rid of the players he didn’t draft and who don’t suit his philosophy and he probably won’t have a good scouting organization and/or player development people in place. It could take years to even begin to see what’s what.

  58. Deb says: Oct 24, 2011 2:35 PM

    @snowpea84 and wte1 …

    During Cowher’s 15 years with the Steelers, he posted the best record in the NFL. With Pittsburgh’s eight division titles, Cowher became one of only six coaches in league history to win at least seven. The Steelers made the playoffs 10 times, played in six AFC Championships, and two Super Bowls. The reason there weren’t more Super Bowl wins is simple: Until Roethlisberger, he didn’t have a championship-caliber QB.

    I don’t understand why he’d want to go to the Suck-for-Luck winner. Excepting Indy, most of those teams, well, suck. And losing Manning doesn’t explain what happened to Indy’s defense last night. As a Steelers fan, I’d prefer to see Bill with an NFC team and think the Giants would be the best fit in terms of organization. But I just want him to go where he’ll be happy and successful. As others have pointed out, if he doesn’t try to be coach and GM–and doesn’t have an owner who tries to be coach and GM–I’m sure he’ll do fine.

  59. citizenstrange says: Oct 24, 2011 2:35 PM

    Peter King of Sports Illustrated pointed out during Sunday’s broadcast of Football Night in America that Cowher’s top priority is to go to a situation in which he thinks he’ll win.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Based on what?

  60. tatatoothy says: Oct 24, 2011 2:35 PM

    nationalmediacansuckit says:
    Oct 24, 2011 1:49 PM

    Enough with this Luck kid already. Starting to Beat this drum equity to much a out as much as
    Tebow.
    ___________________________________

    What in the world were you trying to say here?

  61. mike83ri says: Oct 24, 2011 2:38 PM

    “None has won a Super Bowl with a subsequent team. (Holmgren came the closest.)”

    Uh, After Parcells won with the Giants, he took the Patriots from atrocious to a Superbowl. And while they didn’t win under Parcells either, they won 3 shortly after he left with his assistant coach from both the 96 Patriots and the Giants Superbowl teams with the core players being Parcells guys…

    I’d say that’s at least closer than Holmgren.

  62. mistrezzrachael says: Oct 24, 2011 2:38 PM

    No way Cowher OR Luck goes to Miami….not with that whacko owner

  63. milehighsal says: Oct 24, 2011 2:50 PM

    If I was betting on this, I’d go with these 3.

    Giants, Rams or Texans

    Giants have a lot in place but Coughlin has lost connection with the team.

    Rams have a franchise QB, above average O-line and a D-line that isn’t completely terrible. Rams need a WR (or 3) so Cowher could conceivably rebuild the team his way fast.

    Texans have a good head start with Wade Phillips as D-coordinator, great running game and WR when he’s healthy. Schaub lacks discipline on the field which Cowher could fix easily. Kubiak is a pushover.

  64. dickroy says: Oct 24, 2011 2:52 PM

    I always thought Bill wanted to coach for Carolina, close to where he and his wife lived, before she passed away. They both went to school near there too.
    But I also think the Giants would be a good fit for him.

  65. grumble69 says: Oct 24, 2011 2:54 PM

    He would do best in San Diego. The Chargers are definitely not a losing team. Nor do they need to be rebuilt from Square 1. They are, however, a team that has not lived up to its potential and that’s where you can put the blame on the coaching/staff. If the Chargers fall short in the playoffs (again), I can see Cowher coming in to take them over that hump.

    And as a Saints fan, I do appreciate all the quality talent they let go and send our way. :p

  66. deconjonesbitchslap says: Oct 24, 2011 2:56 PM

    anybody that gets to work with James Brown is a winner to me. i love that giggle pop.

  67. TurdSandwich says: Oct 24, 2011 2:59 PM

    I’m sure Jeff Fisher will be asking for the exact same thing..

  68. capslockkey says: Oct 24, 2011 3:01 PM

    Apparently even Cowher himself thinks he’s overrated and will only go to a ready made situation to save himself embarrassment. You should be able to win anywhere if you are such a good coach.

  69. realitypolice says: Oct 24, 2011 3:02 PM

    snowpea84 says:
    Oct 24, 2011 1:49 PM
    Cowher is over rated. That being said, he’s certainly better than guys like Norv Turner.
    ====================

    Over rated but “certainly better” than a coach with a 45-24 record (6-3 playoffs) at his current job?

    Hmm.

  70. jamie54 says: Oct 24, 2011 3:04 PM

    cmb79, San Diego would welcome him with open arms. At least the fans would but it’s another thing where AJ Smith feels he runs the team and dictates the moves of the head coach. Cowher is stronger willed and unless Smith relinquishes some of his power and admits the team needs a strong head coach, they’ll never get one. Which is a shame since it’s the fans who lose out having to watch an underachieving team year after year due to the ego pissing contest the GM feels he has to have in order to win.

  71. drush127 says: Oct 24, 2011 3:05 PM

    Hey, don’t be surprised if Cowher still goes to the Giants in 2012 or 2013.

    I know Coughlin isn’t as much on the hot seat right now, but the Giants schedule in the second half is absolutely brutal, and if the Giants miss the playoffs a third straight year, it could mean the end of Coughlin.

    Also, Coughlin is 65, which is right around the age where coaches think about retiring. Wouldn’t surprise me if Coughlin is close to retiring soon, and Cowher could swoop in to take the job.

    The Giants already have a franchise QB with Eli and have a lot of talent, so that could attract Cowher to come and coach the Giants..

  72. tomthebombtracy says: Oct 24, 2011 3:12 PM

    @Steelerchicken: I am a big Cowher fan but the timing of Kay Cowher’s illness does not line up with your story line as nice a sentiment that would be. She contracted your illness much later. The wisdom here is that Kay was going to North Carolina with or without Bill.

    Bill’s timing was bad. He wanted much more money at a time when the swing was toward young coordinators with no head coaching experience. Well, like Tomlin. There’s no salary cap on coaches but in the economic times team saw that overpaying for the likes of bringing Gibbs back and other legacy coaches college or pro…well, the payoff was not there.

    I think Bill will go back to coaching now that his three talented basketball playing daughters (their mom, Kay, played in the WNBA) are gone.

    I think it will be a place where the owner will put up the bucks, give Cowher control….and it will be a place where free agents want to go!

    I agree the Giants would be a good candidate but I like the Miami scenario. Bill will follow LeBron to South Beach.

  73. stew48 says: Oct 24, 2011 3:17 PM

    Thanks Deb. Sure get tired of the comments from the ignorant about one of the very best coaches, Cowher.

  74. 6ball says: Oct 24, 2011 3:19 PM

    .

    It will be an uphill battle for whomever takes the Miami job.
    Your division rivals are New England, the Jets and an improving Buffalo team. With the state of the Dolphin’s roster, it will be difficult for any coach to leapfrog those three.

    .

  75. bluefan204 says: Oct 24, 2011 3:20 PM

    When they say it’s not about the money, it’s about the money

  76. ihateduke says: Oct 24, 2011 3:28 PM

    Totally overhyped coach. Bill Belicheat used to outcoach him every time. I don’t care how many division titles you win. Winning the Super Bowl is what counts.

  77. carnboys says: Oct 24, 2011 3:37 PM

    He hates the Ravens. Why don’t he coach the Carolina Panthers.

  78. steelerfan999 says: Oct 24, 2011 3:37 PM

    GIVE BELICHEK KORDELL STEWART OR BUBBY BRISTER OR TOMMY MADDUX OR NEIL ODONNELL AND SEE WHAT HE DOES???I FORGOT MIKE TOMZAC

  79. dickroy says: Oct 24, 2011 3:38 PM

    @stew48
    Yes. Its good to see her back. She really offsets some of the screwball comments you see on here.

  80. Deb says: Oct 24, 2011 3:38 PM

    capslockkey says:

    Apparently even Cowher himself thinks he’s overrated and will only go to a ready made situation to save himself embarrassment. You should be able to win anywhere if you are such a good coach.
    ———————————————————
    First, the article is speculating on what Cowher wants, so he hasn’t said he’ll only go to a ready-made situation. The Steelers improved from 7-9 to 11-5 the year Cowher took over. As a young coach, he wasn’t afraid to take over a losing franchise from a legend (Chuck Noll).

    Second, your assertion that good coaches can win anywhere is simplistic. Football is a team sport–in every respect. Mike Ditka gave away an entire draft to get Ricky Williams, putting successors in the hole in terms of young talent. Not even a great NCAA coach can overcome the recruiting dilemma of a team on long-term probation. The NFL is a QB-driven league, and despite Goodell’s ridiculous pipe dreams about European expansion, the NFL can’t find enough elite QBs to start for the 32 existing teams. Some coaches are great at Xs and Os but terrible at player personnel. Some owners refuse to spend to re-sign good players or build adequate facilities. And some won’t keep their noses out of the coach’s business.

    Many factors could keep a good coach from winning.

  81. darkembryo says: Oct 24, 2011 3:45 PM

    Go to Indy. You’ll get to choose your own GM and coaching staff.

  82. Steeler's Will says: Oct 24, 2011 3:51 PM

    I think Bettis was a huge factor in Cowher’s longevity with the Steelers. Without the Bus, and a strong defense, Cowher has several more losing seasons.

  83. jcd213 says: Oct 24, 2011 3:54 PM

    Where Luck goes could play a huge part in where Cowher goes. Look at the Colts without one player at QB.

  84. bobhk says: Oct 24, 2011 3:55 PM

    In other words, he wants a ready made situation. He does not want to get his hands dirty to build something from scratch. That’s not how legacies are built Bill.

  85. olduke says: Oct 24, 2011 3:55 PM

    Les Miles goes to Dallas.
    Urban Meyer goes to Penn State.
    Jeff Fisher goes to Philly.
    Cowher stays at CBS.

  86. raylewis52 says: Oct 24, 2011 4:04 PM

    I like turtles.

  87. axespray says: Oct 24, 2011 4:07 PM

    be funny if he goes to coach the ravens and claims “This is the most talented team I’ve ever coached…. 1 year here felt better than 16 years in pittsburgh.”

  88. steelersmichele says: Oct 24, 2011 4:09 PM

    danno1212 says: Who ever gets Cower can count on a Super bowl win!….It will only take like 10 years to get there!

    That’s still 1 more SB than most of the coahces that come through the NFL.

  89. pftstory says: Oct 24, 2011 4:11 PM

    BS. if/when he comes back he will be one of the top 3-5 highest paid coaches.

    If he didn’t come from Peter King would PFT had added their usual comments of not believing what people say until they actualyl do it?

    And Bobhk has a great point

  90. lacharger2112 says: Oct 24, 2011 4:28 PM

    joetoronto says: Oct 24, 2011 1:47 PM

    cmb79 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:46 PM

    My guess? San Diego.
    *************************************************
    He better move fast then, they’ll be in L.A. next year.
    *****************************************
    I hope you’re right Joe.

  91. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Oct 24, 2011 4:31 PM

    caplocks: you are right that all the things you listed can make it harder (or impossible) for a good coach to overcome, but cowher had none of those handicaps at pittsburgh. actually, he had one of the best situations with the organizational stability, and dick lebeau to run the defense, and the adept drafting of the front office to allow them plug in quality replacements for the free agent departures over the years.

    the one thing he always lacked, however, until ben, was a quality quarterback. i remember the jets stealing neil o’donnell and thinking they had something…but then again, they thought they had something in richie the k……..

  92. bristerfan says: Oct 24, 2011 4:54 PM

    Don’t be surprised if KC ends up being a player for Cowher. Haley stinks. But they have a solid core group of young defensive players, a WR group with a lot of potential in Bowe, Breaston, and Baldwin. If Charles can come back health next year and the added weapon of McCluster, there’s some talent. Cassell isn’t outstanding but they’re going to have a high pick in the draft this year. Maybe Landry Jones is sitting out there for them.

    I don’t follow KC much, but it’s a franchise with a rich tradition and storied ownership. Not too much different that the Steelers. Although he’s not a midwest guy, I could see this being a fit from a pure football perspective.

  93. kscogg says: Oct 24, 2011 4:56 PM

    Sorry but what makes any of you think after 5+ years of not coaching Cowher will be great? Truth is he is just as likely to fail as he is to succeed. I don’t wish failure on him but its crazy to expect him to pick up where he left off. Just like Luck, I don’t see how Cowher could be perceived as the savior for any franchise.

  94. august589 says: Oct 24, 2011 5:00 PM

    If the headline–and Peter King–is correct, then Bill Cowher should coach for free–or at least for the “Coach’s Minimum.” Likely story, I’m sure….

  95. august589 says: Oct 24, 2011 5:08 PM

    “I sure hope this Luck kids has what it takes to be successful in the NFL. I can’t remember any time in the history of the NFL that a college player has been anointed such a savior, as this kid. The pressure is going to be pretty heavy i would think. You read all these articles and listen to all these stories and I could swear he is already a first ballot hall of famer without taking a snap……”

    ————————————————-

    Joe Namath, 1965
    John Elway, 1983
    Peyton Manning/Ryan Leaf, 1998

  96. steelers1981 says: Oct 24, 2011 5:36 PM

    Haters like to rag on Tomlin and say he’s only winning because of the awesome team he inherited from Cowher. People say it will take 10-15 years. Since there are 32 teams in the NFL, on average a team should win the Super Bowl every 32 years so 10-15 is pretty good and when you consider all the conference championships, etc. his teams were in, if you get Bill Cowher and if he’s as succesful for that team as he was with the Steelers, your team will be one of the most successful in the NFL during his tenure with your team

  97. osage44 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:40 AM

    Bill Cowher was a second rate head coach. Its absurd to think that,5 years after ditching the Steelers, he is still in a position to write his own coaching ticket.

  98. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 25, 2011 7:26 AM

    Oh please.

    Everyone that isn’t worshipping this guy like he’s the Second Coming knows that Coward will be asking to be overpaid, given full control of all the personnel & draft decisions, and also given a team he can step right into that doesn’t require a ton of fixing first.

    ANYONE who thinks old “ass chin” will settle for anything less is on ‘something’.

    He ain’t giving up that cozy TV gig he has unless it’s an offer he can’t refuse.

    Some dumbbell owner will give it to him, too.

    It won’t do any good unless the NFL & the refs “help” him win another Super Bowl like they did VS the Seahawks. And since Billy Boy’s next team likely won’t be Pittsburgh again, don’t expect that to happen, anyways…

  99. play4blood says: Oct 25, 2011 7:58 AM

    I could see Cowher in Indi.

    Bring the 3-4 to that defense, using Mathis and Freeney as his OLBs.

    He’d have to rebuild the D-line from the ground up, but the Colts need that anyway.

  100. blowtorch1964 says: Oct 26, 2011 2:36 AM

    Giants or Panthers: both situations where he could win sooner rather than later. Assuming time hasn’t passed him by.

    And Parcells, not only won TWO Superbowls with the Giants, and led the Pats to a Superbowl, also took the Jets to the playoffs and ALSO took the Cowboys to the playoffs.

    The only head coach to guide 4 different teams to the playoffs. That’s a LOT closer than Holmgren.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!