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Cowher continues to send mixed signals about whether he’ll coach again

Bill Cowher

In January, Bill Cowher disputed rumors that he plans to coach again.  Rumors that, you know, he started himself.

Cowher is now at it again, sending mixed signals about whether he’ll ever return to the game he left nearly seven years ago.

I had the best job in the NFL,” Cowher tells Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  “I realize that, that’s why all the talk about me coming back is just that.  I had the best job in the league; I didn’t get out of it to get back in it.”

So you’re done, right?

“I would never say that,” Cowher said.  “I don’t know how I’ll feel in two years.  Never say ‘never’ because then you become a hypocrite.  I’ve seen too many other people in my profession say ‘never’ and come back.  Always keep doors open in life, that’s the important thing to do.”

How Cowher feels in the future will depend in large part on when Tom Coughlin stops coaching the Giants.  Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, who knew (possibly before Cowher did) that 2006 would be Cowher’s final year in Pittsburgh has said repeatedly that Cowher wants to coach the Giants.

Cowher will get a taste of the stadium in which the Giants play on Sunday, since he’ll be joining the booth at MetLife Stadium to call the Steelers-Jets game.

The way things are going in Pittsburgh, maybe Cowher eventually will get another crack at the best job in the league.

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53 Responses to “Cowher continues to send mixed signals about whether he’ll coach again”
  1. coltzfan166 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:09 PM

    He lives in North Carolina, right? That Panthers job will be available at the end of the year.

  2. censoredagain says: Oct 12, 2013 4:10 PM

    Please keep this guy away from the Giants. Some new, young blood is desperately needed, not another re-tread with old ideas.

  3. coachjohnharbaugh says: Oct 12, 2013 4:10 PM

    i hope he comes back so i can make him my son

    #whosyodaddy

  4. kd75 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:12 PM

    Cowher must be sick of his neighbors stealing his Time Warner cable box…

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    dr. rydze INDICTED.

  6. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    He’ll be the new Giants coach…only New York can contain that ego.

  7. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 12, 2013 4:16 PM

    Come to Houston, please!

  8. misterdreamer119 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:20 PM

    go away chin man.

  9. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:20 PM

    It probably won’t happen but Tomlin really should be fired. He won a Super Bowl and made another with Cowher’s team, and (along with help from the GM) has run them into the ground.

    People say Tomlin steered them back on course. Its easy, when a team won a Super Bowl two year earlier, and then gets healthy! Tomlin is overrated (though not to the extent of Rex Ryan)

  10. rhinojr says: Oct 12, 2013 4:24 PM

    Hw won’t coach the Panthers because the owner Jerry “cheapo” Richardson won’t pay him…

  11. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:25 PM

    The Steelers have steadily declined since he left. Maybe he’ll end up back in Pittsburgh if and when they fire Tomlin.

  12. bignugs says: Oct 12, 2013 4:26 PM

    Cowher’s already a legend in Pittsburgh, no way he gets back on that sinking ship. Tomlin and management have systematically destroyed that team. They are in desperate need of a total overhaul, starting with the Rooney’s. Don’t believe me, while the team is 0-4 the Steelers, I mean the Rooney’s, are hold a rally for Obamacare this weekend.
    The elder Rooney is more interested in using his position to advance his personal/political views. His sons are busy trying to chase grandpa’s former glories pushing a style of football that is obsolete. Todd Haley has been involved in 4 off the field incidents in the last month, including one at a bar at 1:15 am the night before a game. Mike Tomlin looks like a deer in headlights and can only offer clever sayings instead of real coaching. At this point he’d be better served selling used cars. At least the team can’t play any more ping pong.
    Sorry Steeler fans, but this franchise is in a bad spot that not even Bill Cowher can pull you out of. Boy are the next ten years gonna be fun.

  13. clownsfan says: Oct 12, 2013 4:27 PM

    He’s waitin for the Giants job.

  14. vegasgreek says: Oct 12, 2013 4:30 PM

    THE NY GIANTS WILL HIRE BILL BELICHEAT AS HC WHEN THEY CAN COUGHLIN. BOOK IT ! HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE THE GIANTS HC . GOLDEN SHOWER COWHER WILL END UP WITH A CLOWN TEAM LIKE THE JETS AFTER NOT SO FAT REX GETS THE AXE.

  15. stlluna7 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:34 PM

    I would rather he coach with the Giants…..

  16. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:35 PM

    vegasgreek says:
    Oct 12, 2013 4:30 PM

    “THE NY GIANTS WILL HIRE BILL BELICHEAT AS HC WHEN THEY CAN COUGHLIN. BOOK IT ! HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE THE GIANTS HC . GOLDEN SHOWER COWHER WILL END UP WITH A CLOWN TEAM LIKE THE JETS AFTER NOT SO FAT REX GETS THE AXE.”

    ———————–

    OH MY GOD I’VE NEVER TAKEN A MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH CLASS I MUST TYPE IN ALL CAPS WITHOUT PROPER GRAMMAR OR PUNCTUATION.

  17. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 12, 2013 4:39 PM

    The steelers have steadily declined since dr. rydze came under federal suspicion, was fired, and INDICTED for hgh/steroid distribution.

  18. newjerseygiants says: Oct 12, 2013 4:43 PM

    Giants need a young coach with creative ideas. Not this retread.

  19. dcapettini says: Oct 12, 2013 4:44 PM

    I think that Tomlin is getting a bad rap. It was the GM who decided to mortgage the future by backloading everybody’s contracts and by wasting top draft picks on O-linemen who have not produced. The Ravens got Eugene Moore and Pittsburgh got Levi Brown. Nothing Tomlin can do about that. It will be a couple more bad years for Pittsburgh while they clear out some more high priced fading stars.
    If Cowher is talking 2 years, he may be able to rebuild the team with a clean cap slate at that time. Why go into the pressure cooker in NY or try to breathe life in the stillborn franchise in Carolina? He’s a God in Pittsburgh.

  20. packersarethebest says: Oct 12, 2013 4:44 PM

    As a NYC resident, I hope he gets a coaching gig soon, cause I’m tired of his lame Time Warner Cable commercials. Plus I wouldn’t mind seeing him as the NY Giants.

  21. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 12, 2013 4:51 PM

    The steelers have steadily declined since dr. rydze came under federal suspicion, was fired, and INDICTED for hgh/steroid distribution.

    Finding hgh/steroids is not hard. Go to your local gym.

  22. jg8771 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    Cowher still has a house in Raleigh but he spends 90% of his time in New York now, where he purchased a condo last year. I think the Giants job is the only one he would consider returning for.

    As to all the Steeler fans who say Tomlin won “with Cowher’s team”, get a clue. First off, Cowher was 8-8 his final year in 2006. Every team every year is different and Cowher doesn’t deserve a drop of credit for a Super Bowl championship two years after he retired.

    I’ve been a Steeler fan my whole life and during Coach Cowher’s tenure there were a lot of idiots who said: “he can’t win the big one”, he doesn’t know what he’s doing!” And: “we would have never lost that game if Coach Noll was still running the show!” Now that he’s retired, he’s Saint Bill. I have a strong hunch that those same people are now cursing Coach Tomlin.

    Here’s the thing Steeler fans, be careful what you wish for. We all wanted Bruce Arians run out of town and got what we wanted, how’d that work out?

    Kevin Colbert deserves the lion’s share of the blame for the team’s current predicament. Look at the last five drafts, they’re absolutely terrible. We also can’t sign any worthwhile free agents because of the salary cap hell we’re in. At the end of the day Coaches need players to win. Chuck Noll won 4 Superbowls in the 70′s. He didn’t win any in the 80′s. Did he become a worse coach or did he not have near the talent?

    Fortunately the Rooneys aren’t as stupid as much of our fanbase and won’t fire Coach Tomlin. Hopefully they do get rid of the offensive coordinator.

  23. aboveaveragejoe11 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:56 PM

    Cowher is near the top of my ever-growing list of ex-coaches & ex-players who I’ve lost respect for. I lump Cowher in with Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Shannon Sharpe, etc (it’s a long list) who have transitioned from something they were great at to doing something that, IMO, they do quite poorly, sports analysis/commentary.

    Personally, I hope he does coach again and clear the airwaves of his zero-value added commentary (hell, the whole 1-hour NFL pregame show concept is obsolete in light of 24/7/365 coverage, no?). But Cowher’s cache as a great coach has been eroded with time…and years of listening to him spit trite observations into a studio mic.

  24. Juan says: Oct 12, 2013 5:04 PM

    What’s the fascination with Cowher ? He took his team to the Super Bowl twice in 15 years. Take away his championship season of 2005 & his playoff record is 8-9. He built his .623 winning percentage by beating up on the Browns & Bengals to the tune of 40 – 14. Giants can have his over hyped butt.

  25. bearssuck says: Oct 12, 2013 5:11 PM

    This guy is some goofball.

  26. wearethesteelers says: Oct 12, 2013 5:11 PM

    Cowher should come back to Pitt as an assistant coach. No one would be more worthy.

  27. browns627 says: Oct 12, 2013 5:23 PM

    bill will never be what he was….

  28. joetoronto says: Oct 12, 2013 5:24 PM

    The Chin has an itch that has to be scratched.

  29. 6ball says: Oct 12, 2013 5:26 PM

    .

    How would we understand the NFL if he wasn’t on the pregame show?

    .

  30. donruss007 says: Oct 12, 2013 5:31 PM

    “Mr. Cowher, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on Line 1″

  31. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 12, 2013 5:35 PM

    “Mr. Cowher, the CDC is on the other line”

  32. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 12, 2013 5:59 PM

    “I would never say that,” Cowher said = “Hey, if someone wants to pay me say, 12 or 15 mil a year to coach again I’ll probably do it.

  33. tory707 says: Oct 12, 2013 6:03 PM

    Seriously I like cower however he had the best gm and scouts in football and could only win one and he was lucky they even got in that year. My opinion another Andy Reid

  34. sfniners4life says: Oct 12, 2013 6:11 PM

    He lives in N.C. so panthers would be the local team but of course he going want a large market like ny. Not a panthers fan but it be a good fit for him.

  35. briang123 says: Oct 12, 2013 6:18 PM

    Bus Cook must be his agent

  36. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 12, 2013 6:23 PM

    Huge fan of Bill Cowher. Hope he comes back soon.

  37. billmead1976 says: Oct 12, 2013 6:25 PM

    Pat Haden is waiving 7 million around.

  38. bensstinkyfingers says: Oct 12, 2013 6:43 PM

    Pretty sure Booger lips Bill isn’t coming back to the Pitts. Vince Lombardi in in his prime couldn’t fix that joke of team. Cowher if he does come back will ick a team that needs just a little tweaking, as opposed to teams that need complete overhaul/ rebuild such as the Steelers. Would be nice to see the Pouty widdle faces makes when he don’t get calls on the sidelines again.

  39. slick1ru2 says: Oct 12, 2013 7:03 PM

    Tampa needs him.

  40. 1mommicked1 says: Oct 12, 2013 7:04 PM

    he knows how to coach, tomlin does not

  41. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 12, 2013 7:11 PM

    I can absolutely guarantee that Cowher could “fix” the Steelers. He’d bring discipline back into the fold, and, for whatever reasons, the drafts were better when he was here. Coincidence? Maybe. But I believe he and Kevin Colbert were a better draft team than is Tomlin and Colbert.
    Aside from sticking with Joey Porter too long, Cowher was much better at personnel decisions than is Tomlin, who flat-out stinks at it.
    I’d welcome Cowher back in a heartbeat.

  42. rtmus53 says: Oct 12, 2013 7:15 PM

    coltzfan166 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:09 PM

    He lives in North Carolina, right? That Panthers job will be available at the end of the year.

    probably before that, coltzfan

  43. buffaloviking says: Oct 12, 2013 7:31 PM

    Come to Minnesota. WE need a change of Scenery

  44. tory707 says: Oct 12, 2013 7:31 PM

    Rooney rule!!!

  45. tory707 says: Oct 12, 2013 7:32 PM

    Rooney rule!!! Live with its Pittsburg

  46. catfish252 says: Oct 12, 2013 7:45 PM

    Please don’t give him the Giant’s coaching job. Let him go to Carolina. Let Coach Coughlin go out on a good note.

  47. seachicken64 says: Oct 12, 2013 7:58 PM

    I think the game has passed this man by. Really, besides spitting when he talks and his humongous chin, what exactly does he have to offer? By the way, Big Ben is a big fat POS. Troy is pretty cool, despite being a Trojan, the rest of them , not so much.

  48. uncletuna says: Oct 12, 2013 7:58 PM

    Would love watching Cowher and the Giants…

    …geaux down in flames, slowly, terribly…

    …it would make for terrific schadenfreude!

    …Sorry Eli…

  49. kev86 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:05 PM

    He was at giants/cowboys opener last year with the commish.

  50. ningenito78 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:09 PM

    Speaking of Coughlin and the Giants it’s pretty significant he said specifically ‘I don’t know how I’ll feel in TWO YEARS’.

  51. Deb says: Oct 12, 2013 9:53 PM

    No matter what happens with Tomlin, Bill’s time in Pittsburgh is over. That door is closed. I’ve always thought he’d be a good fit for the Giants. The ownership and playing style is similar to Pittsburgh’s. Whatever happens, I’ll always love Cowher and be grateful for what he brought to the Steelers. I wish him success and happiness in every venture–unless he’s going head-to-head with the Steelers.

  52. tory707 says: Oct 13, 2013 10:04 AM

    Ya know all the giants fans that want caught in to go are idiots. The guy is one of the best coaches in football period. Yes this is coming from an Eagles fan.

  53. gobes2105 says: Oct 14, 2013 3:13 PM

    Juan says:Oct 12, 2013 5:04 PM

    What’s the fascination with Cowher ? He took his team to the Super Bowl twice in 15 years. Take away his championship season of 2005 & his playoff record is 8-9. He built his .623 winning percentage by beating up on the Browns & Bengals to the tune of 40 – 14. Giants can have his over hyped butt.

    Yeah take away all his wins and he was terrible!!! Hwe can’t help who was in his division while he was coaching.

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