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Bill Cowher plans to return to coaching eventually

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Bill Cowher, who coached the Steelers for 15 seasons but has seemed content working in television since leaving Pittsburgh after the 2006 season, says he expects to return to the sidelines eventually.

Asked by Neil Best of Newsday if he plans to coach again at some point, Cowher answered, “Yes.”

Cowher also said that being out of the NFL for several years wouldn’t preclude him from being a successful coach again when he wants to return. Cowher noted that until he left the Steelers, he had worked for an NFL team as either a player or coach for his entire adult life, and he still follows the game closely as a studio analyst for CBS.

I think it’s a non-issue,” Cowher said of his time away from coaching. “I did it for 27 years. You don’t just forget things overnight. One thing about this job is it’s been really good because it allows me to study the game and do features on the game. I want to know what I’m talking about so I’m watching tape. It’s not like I’m out of it. I know how the game is changing.”

There’s precedent for coaches returning to the sidelines after years in broadcasting. Most notably, Dick Vermeil retired as the coach of the Eagles in 1982, spent most of the next 15 years working in television, and then returned to coach the Rams in 1997, eventually winning a Super Bowl in St. Louis.

The 55-year-old Cowher thinks that he’ll someday follow in Vermeil’s footsteps.

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  1. tluke25 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:46 PM

    And the franchise he signs on for will be lucky to have him.

  2. rr2000k says: Jan 8, 2013 6:46 PM

    He still has lots of spittle to fling.

  3. ninjapleazee says: Jan 8, 2013 6:46 PM

    Please come to Chicago

  4. jonsey2028 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:49 PM

    Let the bidding begin!

  5. dlions18 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:50 PM

    I hope he waits until the Lions fire Jim Schwartz

  6. blazertop says: Jan 8, 2013 6:50 PM

    Good fit in Houston, but Kubiak is on a lifetime contract…

  7. jakec4 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:51 PM

    He’ll probably still pick against himself when whatever team he coaches plays the Steelers. It would be nice to get this homer out of the booth and back to the sideline.

  8. nyjad says: Jan 8, 2013 6:51 PM

    He’s waiting for coughlin to retire, so he can take over the giants

  9. FinFan68 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:52 PM

    He probably just said that because nobody has really mentioned him lately. Generating some interest for future contract negotiations.

  10. dumbpollack says: Jan 8, 2013 6:52 PM

    When??!!!!!!!

  11. keiselsbeard says: Jan 8, 2013 6:53 PM

    Please God, please make the Rooney’s fire Tomin & bring back The Chin!

  12. pilot2011 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:55 PM

    I seriously think he is waiting for the right time to coach in Carolina. If they don’t make the playoffs next year, he’ll likely take the gig in Charlotte for the 2014 season.

  13. telergy says: Jan 8, 2013 6:55 PM

    15 years 1 title w/ steelers

  14. greymares says: Jan 8, 2013 6:56 PM

    I’m guessing he’s waiting for Carolina or the New York Giants

  15. kash71 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:56 PM

    Coaches literally live in their offices and football field. Being away from their families for many months out of the year, its understandable after winning the big one why you might step away for a while.

  16. blueballz77 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:57 PM

    He’s waiting for Tom C. to retire to coach the Giants Bank it!

  17. kelvinmchale says: Jan 8, 2013 6:57 PM

    Only difference is Vermeil actually added something to the broadcast.

  18. captainwisdom8888 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:57 PM

    As a diehard Eagles fan through thick and thin, I would be overjoyed if Cowher came in and turned our organization into anything that remotely resembles that of his former Pittsburgh Steelers. The culture of the Philadelphia Eagles needs serious reform, and the class and professionalism that seemed to be synonymous with Eagles football has since been dwindled to a short supply.

    He’s coached in Pennsylvania for a large portion of his life…why not come on back?

  19. boondocksaint7 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:57 PM

    Good luck Bill where ever you coach! Here we go Steelers!!

  20. hockeyfan28 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:58 PM

    Maybe he’ll finally get his wish and Tom Coughlin will lose enough games to be the next giants coach since he’s been rumored to be wanting that job for about 3 years now.

  21. jpat2424 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:01 PM

    Da Bears need this guy!! Please!!!

  22. delusionalcardsfan says: Jan 8, 2013 7:01 PM

    Cards!!

  23. steelbreeze676 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:01 PM

    I’d rather hire someone who’s hungry. Out There someone who hasn’t been given a chance yet is and will be a better coach. How do you build a championship staff instantly when you’re not even involved in coaching anymore? He doesn’t know who the best positional coaches are much less coordinators. Just like Gruden, you had your chance now go find something else to do.

  24. jackdaniels1 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:02 PM

    This guy Has been out of the game so long he doesn’t know what halftime is. You missed your window Bill, but sitting in a studio playing Monday morning quarterback ain’t a bad gig either

  25. pebes21 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:04 PM

    He will be the successor to Coughlin for NYG when he decides to hang it up.

  26. kev86 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:04 PM

    He’s waiting for Coughlin to retire

  27. victorycruz says: Jan 8, 2013 7:04 PM

    He is indeed waiting on Tom Coughlin to retire. He lives in NY, and is very close with the Mara’s and Tich’s. He’s still plenty young, and everyone knows TC will not be around for anymore then 2 or 3 more years.

  28. snccoach says: Jan 8, 2013 7:04 PM

    Cowher to Carolina after next year.

  29. docboss says: Jan 8, 2013 7:05 PM

    We love Coach Vermeil, but it sure helps if you have Warner and Faulk! “The jockey does not carry the horse across the finish line”.

  30. aljack88 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:05 PM

    What about Joe Gibb’s comeback?

    The longer Cower is away from the sidelines the worse the chances are for success.

  31. salventuri says: Jan 8, 2013 7:06 PM

    I guess that television gig isn’t working out too well.

  32. dirtysouthironmen says: Jan 8, 2013 7:06 PM

    Looks like this will be David Caldwell’s first order of business once he arrives in Jacksonville.

  33. mjkelly77 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:10 PM

    Bill Cowher plans to return to coaching eventually
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    If Schwartz doesn’t pick it up, it may be with the Lions next year.

  34. goldrush4949 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:13 PM

    I’ve said all along he and the Browns are destined for each other.

  35. aljack88 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:14 PM

    hockeyfan28 says:
    Jan 8, 2013 6:58 PM
    Maybe he’ll finally get his wish and Tom Coughlin will lose enough games to be the next giants coach since he’s been rumored to be wanting that job for about 3 years now.
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    Not guessing Cowher would be his successor, but I doubt Coughlin will survive another non-playoff season. His mishandling of the Giants’ RB situation this past season could be signs that he is slipping.

  36. badguy711 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:19 PM

    He only won one title and needed to the fix to get it. Stay on TV Bill, it gives me one more reason to never turn on the CBS Pre Game show.

  37. stoolerz says: Jan 8, 2013 7:23 PM

    Please Cowher, just fade away. Tomlin exposed you as an underachiever.

  38. mungman69 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:23 PM

    Get a job.

  39. waldoampere says: Jan 8, 2013 7:23 PM

    If Cowher is waiting for the Giants job he’s making a mistake. It made sense and would’ve been a good idea a few years back but if he waits another two years he’ll inherit an aging QB and a franchise that had a lot of success. The only way to go would be down.

  40. kegpack says: Jan 8, 2013 7:24 PM

    Too bad nobody cares anymore Bill. And nobody should, maybe everyone just realized you have only 1 Lombardi in 20 years of coaching. You weren’t a head coach that long because you’re a legend, you were a head coach for that long because you worked for the Rooneys – who are notoriously patient.

    Anywhere else and he would have been canned in 5 years – I mean Tomlin won a ring his 1st year with the same squad.

    Ya I’m not drinking the Cowher koolaid

  41. steelbydesign says: Jan 8, 2013 7:29 PM

    Another season like the one they just had in Pittsburgh and he might get his old job back.

  42. dolphins4 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:30 PM

    Jeff Lurie is too cheap to hire him to coach the Eagles.Lurie is at the Dollar General for assistant coaches trying to find the next Ray Rhoads.

  43. andrewproughcfe says: Jan 8, 2013 7:32 PM

    He’s waiting for LeBeau to retire. He’ll be the second Steeler defensive coordinator with former playing and head coaching experience to make it to the Hall of Fame.

  44. tedmurph says: Jan 8, 2013 7:44 PM

    One of the worst big game coaches I’ve ever seen. Lost two AFC Championship games at home to the Pats, when he probably had better teams. Not only that, they got smoked. He just didn’t get it. I know steeler fans love that he spits. Nice. Got lucky in the SB he won. Stop pineing away for the past steeler fans. It’s the system, not the coach. They haven’t had a decent coach since Noll. The longer a coach is out of the game, the more it passes him by. If someone pays Sgt. Slaughter the big dough, they’ll regret it, in my opinion

  45. ccooww says: Jan 8, 2013 7:45 PM

    My sources tell me he wants the Bills job.

  46. jacobsladda says: Jan 8, 2013 7:46 PM

    he is waiting for the ny giants to open up he said it himself he wants to go there

  47. reggiebush25 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:54 PM

    Cowher, Parcells and Ditka had thier 15 minutes of fame as a head coach. Give them a rocking chair.

  48. myspaceyourface says: Jan 8, 2013 8:04 PM

    Tomlin won a SB with the team Cowher built. The Steelers have been slipping ever since.

  49. snaponrules says: Jan 8, 2013 8:07 PM

    !!!!OVERRATED!!!!

    Took him 15 years to get one team to the super bowl and only won it because of it being the most fixed game in the history of the NFL.

    Wouldn’t want him coaching my team.

  50. steel420 says: Jan 8, 2013 8:14 PM

    Cowher coached 15 years for the Steelers and brought them to the playoffs 10 times, participated in 5 AFC championship games, 2 Super Bowls and one the big one in 2005. He’s not the greatest coach ever, obviously, but with his stats you have to rank him up there in the top 20-25 range. How many current coaches can boast that?

  51. draculalambert says: Jan 8, 2013 8:17 PM

    he may be the best coach in the last 40 years…I can’t think of anyone better. He had Kordell and O’Donnell and was good.

  52. tednancy says: Jan 8, 2013 8:36 PM

    Come home to Cleveland.

  53. tarmacjerry says: Jan 8, 2013 8:40 PM

    The game has passed him. I’m certain.

  54. halusbr33 says: Jan 8, 2013 8:41 PM

    kegpack says: Jan 8, 2013 7:24 PM

    Too bad nobody cares anymore Bill. And nobody should, maybe everyone just realized you have only 1 Lombardi in 20 years of coaching. You weren’t a head coach that long because you’re a legend, you were a head coach for that long because you worked for the Rooneys – who are notoriously patient.

    Anywhere else and he would have been canned in 5 years – I mean Tomlin won a ring his 1st year with the same squad.

    Ya I’m not drinking the Cowher koolaid

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    Let’s get those facts correct.

    15 years at the helm, with 1 SB Trophy

    He left the Steelers after an 8-8 season, Tomlin took them to the playoffs the following year.

    In Tomlin’s second season, they took home the Trophy.

    You may not be drinking the Chin’s brand of kool aid, but he is a proven winner and can build a franchise and keep them in the thick of things for the long haul.

  55. baloneyjohn says: Jan 8, 2013 8:43 PM

    Another big mouth, like Gruden in the booth.
    Cowher, adds nothing as that show is one big waste of time

  56. strahan92 says: Jan 8, 2013 8:45 PM

    Giants…we all know it.

  57. aljack88 says: Jan 8, 2013 8:48 PM

    draculalambert says:
    Jan 8, 2013 8:17 PM
    he may be the best coach in the last 40 years…I can’t think of anyone better. He had Kordell and O’Donnell and was good.
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    Joe Gibbs, from 81 thru 92; the only NFL coach to ever win three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks and three different starting running backs.

  58. tedmurph says: Jan 8, 2013 8:52 PM

    reggiebush25 says:Jan 8, 2013 7:54 PM

    Cowher, Parcells and Ditka had thier 15 minutes of fame as a head coach. Give them a rocking chair

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    Takes a lot of nerve to put Cowher and Ditka in the same sentence as Parcells

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    draculalambert says:Jan 8, 2013 8:17 PM

    he may be the best coach in the last 40 years…I can’t think of anyone better. He had Kordell and O’Donnell and was good.

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    Never heard of Belichick, Walsh, Gibbs, Johnson?Wait, I’m sorry, you’re post was way too stupid to respond to. My bad.

  59. dolphins4 says: Jan 8, 2013 9:13 PM

    Cowher power in Philly would be perfect.He could make Jeff Lurie look smart.

  60. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 8, 2013 9:28 PM

    It’s been so long, I forget the booger lip pouty baby face Cowher always used to get when a call didnt go his way. Don’t really miss it. Stay in studio, the game has passed you., just like the steelers run of good teams.

  61. 480volt says: Jan 8, 2013 9:35 PM

    The Pats and Belichick owned this guy for years…he lost two AFC championship games in Pittsburg after a lot of his players already bought Superbowl tickets before the game was even played….lol!!..His annoying chin and drooling foul mouth are really all this guy is about….Steelers always had a stacked roster and Bill just kept coming up short…I’ve seen him out coached in many big games….no thanks…u can have him…

  62. ctown66 says: Jan 8, 2013 9:39 PM

    he better get back in soon…these guys sitting behind a mic for more than 5 years are falling behind and the game will have changed big time by the time they come back.

  63. vikesfan says: Jan 8, 2013 9:53 PM

    Yet more convincing proof to Packer fans everywhere that the Vikings truly are the worst franchise in professional sports.

  64. chattanola says: Jan 8, 2013 10:00 PM

    He went to school in NC as did his wife and they have lived there. Their girls grew up there.

    Since the Panthers are surprisingly holding on to Rivera “for one more year” maybe Cowher uses this year to research and organize a coaching staff and steps in next year.

    When he left the Steelers, IIRC, there was talk of him considering going to Carolina.

  65. kinguga says: Jan 8, 2013 10:43 PM

    Keep an eye on Cowher and the Falcons job if Mike Smith can’t get a win on Sunday.

  66. ruffridin says: Jan 9, 2013 1:17 AM

    If Smith loses again this Sunday I hope Arthur writes him a Blank check

  67. thepunkyqb says: Jan 9, 2013 2:05 AM

    As a lifelong Bears fan, I would be honored if he chose us to come coach for. Phil Emery should kiss the ground that he walks on if that day ever comes. I would hope that his first order of business would be to give Jay ‘Throw my teammates under the bus’ Cutler a one way ticket on the next thing smokin’ out of town. The chances of Cowher coming to Chicago I realize are less than slim-to-none, but it doesn’t mean one can’t dream. Besides, he is the one man that if given the proper opportunity could make the city of Chicago forget about Mike Ditka. No other man coaches with so much heart, devotion and love for the game than Bill Cowher…yet he still finds a way to command respect and leadership from his squad. Amazing!

  68. maddog111 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:14 AM

    480volt says:
    Jan 8, 2013 9:35 PM
    The Pats and Belichick owned this guy for years…he lost two AFC championship games in Pittsburg after a lot of his players already bought Superbowl tickets before the game was even played….lol!!..His annoying chin and drooling foul mouth are really all this guy is about….Steelers always had a stacked roster and Bill just kept coming up short…I’ve seen him out coached in many big games….no thanks…u can have him…
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    You’re a moron. Look at the qb’s in the big games people talk about that he lost. Jim Kelly vs O’donnell. Elways and Brady over Kordell Stewart in two of them.

    The fact is he had his teams near the top of the league almost every year, and never, ever had a franchise QB. It’s easier being Bellichick when you have Tom Brady. Wasn’t quite as easy when he was starting Testaverde and Bledsoe.

    15 years, no franchinse QB. Even when he finally got one that would turn out to be a franchise QB, he took them to the Super Bowl as a second year QB. He was still a game manager at that time.

  69. nananatman says: Jan 9, 2013 11:39 AM

    Giants are waiting!

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