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Cowher says he has “no plans on coaching”

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When it comes to conflicting reports, we’ve often seen ESPN-on-ESPN crime.  For the first time ever, we’ve seen Bill Cowher-on-Bill Cowher crime.

At the outset of the CBS Saturday NFL pregame show, host James Brown addressed the status of the former Steelers coach, who has been out of the game since 2006.

“Coach, this week it was reported that you are looking to return to the sidelines,” Brown said.  “You’ve been asked this for six consecutive years.”

Cowher didn’t hesitate.  “Contrary to reports, I have no plans on coaching,” Cowher said.  “I plan on being with one team.  And that is this team here at CBS.”

Fine.  Yet again, Cowher has denied that he plans to coach.

But here’s the thing.  This time around, Cowher is contradicting no one but himself.

There were no “reports” this week that Cowher wants to return to the sidelines.  During a CBS Super Bowl media event, Cowher specifically told Neil Best of Newsday that Cowher plans to return to coaching.

Specifically, Best asked Cowher if he “plans” to return to coaching, and Cowher said, “Yes.”

Later, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette added via unnamed sources that Cowher’s return remains four or five years away.  Still, his comments from Saturday didn’t talk about now versus the future.  They were broad and they were sweeping and he said he has no plans to return to coaching.

Only days after saying that he does.

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34 Responses to “Cowher says he has “no plans on coaching””
  1. accipiterq says: Jan 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    After his wife passed on it probably helped him put things in perspective. He’s made his money, won his ring, and probably just wants to enjoy the solitude of his life outside of the studio right now. Nothing wrong with that.

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 12, 2013 3:59 PM

    Zero stress plus good salary tv gig > a ton of stress plus better salary coaching job. I’ve heard of coaches sleeping in the office. I’ve never heard of an analyst sleeping in the office. Well maybe after the thanksgiving game a few guys go into a food coma.

  3. jakec4 says: Jan 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    Just keeping it vague or flat out denial is easier than being put on the spot by one of his big mouth studio cronies like Shannon Sharpe on live TV had Cowher taken the bait from JB.

  4. Deb says: Jan 12, 2013 4:01 PM

    I don’t plan on being a multi-millionaire. But if the Publisher’s Clearinghouse van shows up in my drive, my plans will change. Right now, Cowher’s content where he is. If the right offer from the right team comes along, Cowher’s plans may change. When and if that happens, it will be a story. It’s not a story now.

  5. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 12, 2013 4:01 PM

    Everyone thinks this guy is a god yea he had a good career so far but hes won 1 superbowl an lost 1 an choked in all hes other big games an he prolly wouldnt of won one if the colts didnt miss a fieldgoal back in 06.

  6. source7769 says: Jan 12, 2013 4:02 PM

    he has no plans to coach until coughlin calls it quits

  7. zombiebuddha says: Jan 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    Damn, this guy is like Ross Perot on those old SNL sketches. “Larry I’m out of the race!” (2 minutes later) “Larry! Larry! I’m back in the race!”

  8. bobzilla1001 says: Jan 12, 2013 4:06 PM

    As someone who watched Cowher’s weekly pressers throughout his 15-year career in Pittsburgh, I always had the suspicion that he was growing sick and tired of having to deal with the “modern” celebrity players.
    Nothing upset Cowher more than the media’s innane questions about Ben Roethlisiberger and his alleged injuries, from broken toes to high fevers…

  9. pjhurley5 says: Jan 12, 2013 4:06 PM

    You realize that the reason people make these statements in absolute terms is that people in the media will hyper-analyze what it could possibly mean if they aren’t absolute. Then, the same members of the media criticize them for changing their mind or being inconsistent with something that they previously said. It’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t for them.

  10. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 12, 2013 4:06 PM

    He will rejoin the Steelers as the assistant HC and we will win another SB. We are important and relevant and you are not.

  11. showtyme34 says: Jan 12, 2013 4:08 PM

    He probably knows that if he says straight out that he wants to coach, now or in the future, he will never hear the end of the questions (where, when, what is he waiting for). I don’t see it a contradiction to say he has no plans on coaching if he is thinking he might coach in the future. It is an inclination not a definitive plan. Even if he has a plan, why spark the media and attention to say anything now?

  12. fdugrad says: Jan 12, 2013 4:11 PM

    NO plans primarily due to NO offers, it apparently seems.

  13. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 12, 2013 4:13 PM

    After his wife passed on it probably helped him put things in perspective. He’s made his money, won his ring, and probably just wants to enjoy the solitude of his life outside of the studio right now. Nothing wrong with that.

    Amen, couldn’t have said it better. Not sure anyone can. He’s a man with nothing left to prove and plenty to enjoy. As long has he’s found another passion, which it sounds like he has, he’ll be completely fulfilled.

  14. somekat says: Jan 12, 2013 4:15 PM

    Translation : “I put my name out there for a specific job, that team didn’t contact me, I’m now taking my name off the table”

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 12, 2013 4:15 PM

    bengalsstillsuck says:
    Jan 12, 2013 4:01 PM
    Everyone thinks this guy is a god yea he had a good career so far but hes won 1 superbowl an lost 1 an choked in all hes other big games an he prolly wouldnt of won one if the colts didnt miss a fieldgoal back in 06.

    2 3 Man let it go…he has one trophy your team doesn’t have.

  16. dalucks says: Jan 12, 2013 4:16 PM

    How about an article on a good idea coach Cowher had. Coach Cowher suggested that the NFL should expand the roster so players do not feel pressured to play hurt.
    I have thought for 2 years now that a 46 man gameday roster does not make sense for a 16 game season. The team roster and gameday roster should be at 63 players with a 10 player practice squad. Players should be inactive for a week and replaced with a practice squad player if they are injured with a concussion for example.
    Teams need more players so injuries do not decimate a teams chance of being good each year.

  17. jessethegreat says: Jan 12, 2013 4:19 PM

    So he’s basically saying I’m happy, but if the money is right, I could be persuaded into coaching again

  18. phillyphever says: Jan 12, 2013 4:23 PM

    I really don’t see him coming back to the sidelines. If he’s happy with this gig on CBS, why leave? He’s got his ring, he’s got nothing else to prove.

    BTW, before Ben came along, who exactly did he have at QB during his time in Pittsburgh? Neil O’Donnell? Kordell Stewart? Mike Tomczak? Tommy Maddox? Not exactly Terry Bradshaw-quality there is it?

  19. lancewhite00437 says: Jan 12, 2013 4:46 PM

    Best didn’t aks Cowher if planned to return to NFL coaching, just if he planned to return to coaching. Cowher could have been thinking Pop Warner coaching.

  20. emmac13 says: Jan 12, 2013 4:47 PM

    This year Pitt did not make the playoffs. After they miss it again next year he is hoping they show Tomlin the door. Then Cowher goes back to Pitt to take them to the playoffs. Cowher is better than Tomlin and he wants to prove it.

  21. strahan92 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:12 PM

    Next head coach of the Giants.

  22. dlions18 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:12 PM

    After Schwartz gets fired next year I hope he goes to Detroit.

  23. boondocksaint7 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:20 PM

    Anyone who thinks he didn’t get an offer is an idiot. The Browns beg him every year to come out of retirement. Plus 2 or 3 others that they never mention. There are very few NFL coaches that are the face of a franchise. He is one! If he ever comes back it will be in his terms. He’s earned it and has nothing to prove to anyone. If he doesn’t, it won’t be from lack of offers!

  24. chief67 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:35 PM

    I don`t blame Cowher one bit , he`s got it cushy ! Why go back to the rat race that is the life of a head coach ?

  25. kingpel says: Jan 12, 2013 5:36 PM

    How old are his children? Maybe he is just waiting for them to reach the next stage of their lives before he recommits himself to coaching.

  26. drush127 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:56 PM

    His plans will change very quickly when the Giants job opens up.

  27. chi01town says: Jan 12, 2013 5:56 PM

    Good!! so Chicago will NOT make the mistake of bringing in another
    OLD system. NOT that Cowher aint
    a good coach because I think hes
    better than most. I just want the team to play the game thats being played today.

  28. hatesycophants says: Jan 12, 2013 6:28 PM

    Well… He’s terrible in the studio. His perspective is nothing unique or special. It should be, but it isn’t. The mush-mouth and mispronounced names are disturbing. He is as difficult to listen to as Shannon Sharpe.

    Has anyone considered not asking him every freaking off-season?

  29. apage53915 says: Jan 12, 2013 6:40 PM

    Contradictory or not, he is one hell of a football coach and is by far and away the best available out there. The Steelers are still using the same guys on defense he had when he was coaching years ago.

  30. ak18346 says: Jan 12, 2013 7:25 PM

    he’s waiting on the Panthers job to open up

  31. t8ertot says: Jan 12, 2013 7:25 PM

    “Damn, this guy is like Ross Perot on those old SNL sketches. “Larry I’m out of the race!” (2 minutes later) “Larry! Larry! I’m back in the race!”

    Ross Perot? What is this, 1992?

  32. bert1913 says: Jan 12, 2013 8:24 PM

    Does anyone here ever answer the door when no one ever knocks?

  33. thesmedman says: Jan 12, 2013 9:10 PM

    The longer is does TV, the more coaching stale he will get, and less attractive he will be. Vermeil returning was truly unique. Don’t think every HC can do what Vermeil did.

  34. mackcarrington says: Jan 12, 2013 10:07 PM

    “I’ll throw my hat back in the coaching ring when one of those New York City jobs open up.”
    - Bill Cowher

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