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Bill Cowher: It’s highly unlikely I’ll take a coaching job

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Despite rampant speculation that he could return to the sidelines, former Steelers coach Bill Cowher doesn’t see himself taking an NFL coaching job.

Cowher said on CBS This Morning that he plans to continue working on television for the foreseeable future.

“I’ve never closed the door,” Cowher said. “But it’s highly unlikely any time in the near future you’ll see me coach.”

Cowher has sent mixed signals in the past about whether he wants to return to coaching, and he said “never say never” today when talking about the possibility that he’ll return. That suggests that he might come back some day, if the right opportunity arises.

But the right opportunity is apparently not in Washington: A day after General Manager Bruce Allen said he hadn’t contacted Cowher, Cowher confirmed that.

“There’s nothing to that. I was never contacted by the Washington Redskins,” Cowher said.

Some day, some team might contact Cowher at a time when he has the itch to return, with an opportunity that sounds too good to pass up. But Cowher doesn’t sound like that day will be any time soon.

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55 Responses to “Bill Cowher: It’s highly unlikely I’ll take a coaching job”
  1. bigjdve says: Jan 3, 2014 9:56 AM

    Now you know that he is interested and talking to people. It seems that when it comes to head coaches either College or Pro, if they say they are staying put, not going anywhere, or haven’t discussed going somewhere they typically are.

    Saban, O’Brien, and Petrino are some good examples.

  2. sparty0n says: Jan 3, 2014 9:57 AM

    Mayhew make the call! What can it hurt? The Lions NEED someone the players will respect.

  3. maskill6 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:58 AM

    So you mean there’s still a chance? (fingers crossed)

  4. steelbydesign says: Jan 3, 2014 9:58 AM

    Let me start off by saying that I’m a Steelers fan and have a lot of respect for Coach Cowher.

    That being said… The only way he’s ever going to come back (and I don’t think he will) is if he could get a big contract, come in and be allowed to bring in all of his guys, and has complete control over the roster. There’s also been rumors in the past he’d like to already have a good QB on the roster.

    The chances of all of those dots connecting is unlikely.

    And why throw a ton of money at a big name like Bill Cowher? Who knows if he’s even still got it?

    Most teams would rather sign a young, hungry guy than the big name for a ton of cash. How’d it work out for the Redskins?

  5. packattack1967 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:59 AM

    I don’t want him in the division but he’s exactly what the Lions need.

  6. jagsfan1 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:59 AM

    While he is probably better than the latest and greatest coordinator flavor of the month – he has been away so long he is serious retread material.
    I am sure he is happy doing what he is doing – but if the right team offered him 5yrs/30-35m – it would be pretty tough to turn that down.

  7. iloveagoodnap says: Jan 3, 2014 10:01 AM

    This story comes out every year. Every year. When will we learn this guy and Gruden are both contet where they are and staying put?

  8. atlfan31833 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:03 AM

    You know he is waiting for Carolina to open up. Rivera just happened to turn things around after the 1-3 start. That bought him another season or 2.

  9. ssac3408 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:03 AM

    They didn’t finish his quote. ” It’s unlikely I’ll take a coaching job,….unless it’s with The New York Giants.”

  10. steelnucs says: Jan 3, 2014 10:03 AM

    Why would he leave that cushy studio job where he makes a fortune (but does have to sit next to a couple buffoons in Sharpe and Esiason – I guess for that much I’d tolerate them also) for a job filled with stress, moronic players, idiotic reporters asking dumb questions and probably more losses than he is used to?

    Although by the time he does decide to coach again, his offers might be a tad lower.

  11. howiefeltersnatch says: Jan 3, 2014 10:05 AM

    Its nice that he think’s he’s still relevant in regards to coaching

  12. dpdonny says: Jan 3, 2014 10:07 AM

    Cowher = Overrated.

  13. charmcitychampions says: Jan 3, 2014 10:10 AM

    Translation. Dan Snyder has to PAY ME in truckloads of Gold Bullion.

  14. El Pollo Loco says: Jan 3, 2014 10:10 AM

    Im surprised teams
    haven’t reached out to Jimmy Johnson about becoming their GM.That guy and he alone built that Cowboy dynasty in the 90s.

  15. bobzilla1001 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:13 AM

    Cowher will not consider a return to the NFL until Tomlin’s contract expires after two more seasons.

  16. baddegg says: Jan 3, 2014 10:19 AM

    Translation: fork over a boat-load of cash and I’ll think about it.

  17. donterrelli says: Jan 3, 2014 10:21 AM

    He’s waiting for Tom Coughlin to retire/get fired and take the Giants job.

  18. primenumber19 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:22 AM

    Phil Simms told me a few years ago he didn’t think cowher would leave the studio as he has become very comfortable being on tv. I thought he was covering for his buddy, now I can see he was telling the truth.

  19. dalfanforever says: Jan 3, 2014 10:24 AM

    Why would he? He’s earning millions by sitting in a studio working a couple days a week than staying awake 20 hours a day game planning. He’s comfortable and not getting younger. Great coach, but why stress your body to the edge?

  20. tikisays says: Jan 3, 2014 10:24 AM

    Maybe he could coach the Packers-they could use some help in both coaching and ticket sales.

  21. kevinb73 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:25 AM

    I don’t believe he will coach again unless he sees a team that is poised to win a Superbowl within a year. I’m sure he doesn’t want to have to rebuild or spend time wiping whinny players behinds. He will probably never coach again. #stayintheannouncersbooth

  22. fishtank86 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:27 AM

    Offer him the keys and control to everything Stephen Ross.

  23. anpsteel says: Jan 3, 2014 10:29 AM

    Bill would be good in Detroit, but Whiz is a better fit for your offense – and he’ll bring the same degree of accountability.

  24. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 3, 2014 10:31 AM

    Cowher has standards. He would only return to the Steel City.

  25. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 3, 2014 10:31 AM

    That TV gig looks good to me. Why would he want to come back. He gets paid to talk about football and never be wrong. He should stay in TV.

  26. tavisteelersfan says: Jan 3, 2014 10:40 AM

    I don’t think he has the fire in his belly anymore, and why would he. He did the 7 days a week, 18 hours a day for a long time and won the big one. At the same time, his wife got ill and died young. He more than most, knows the cost of that type of commitment, the cost of putting off time with your loved ones. If he is making a decent living, I have a hard time seeing him go for the coaching livestyle.

  27. wisconsinhillfolk says: Jan 3, 2014 10:40 AM

    Good. The guy was/is burned out. I think folks who suggest that the Lions or any other team “back up the truck” and give Cowher complete control of an NFL team have lost their minds. The guy has zero experience in the front office. No billionaire would make a reckless decision like that.

  28. steelerben says: Jan 3, 2014 10:41 AM

    He’s staying behind the desk at CBS until Tom Coughlin retires.

  29. apkyletexas says: Jan 3, 2014 10:50 AM

    I’ve said it for years – Cowher’s perfect job is waiting for him when Dick LeBeau retires.

    What better way to spend your time than to innovate new defenses in Pittsburgh, and then walk into the Hall of Fame as a former player, Head Coach, and DC – just like LeBeau did.

  30. trenaro says: Jan 3, 2014 10:50 AM

    I believe NYG/Jets is the only job he would want – if any job. Maybe Redskins, we will see….

  31. lolo376 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:51 AM

    Everyone knows he wants the Carolina job, maybe even go back to the Steelers when Tomlin gets the boot

  32. dman40 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:52 AM

    Bill Cowher would never coach for Dan Snyder! He has to have full control! And Snyder treats the Skins like a little boy with a toy!

  33. ponder7vikings says: Jan 3, 2014 10:52 AM

    please vikings!!!!!

  34. gbrim says: Jan 3, 2014 10:57 AM

    Cowher is perilously close to never getting a phone call about an NFL head coaching job again. And I think he is just fine with that.

  35. riverhorsey says: Jan 3, 2014 11:02 AM

    Bill lost the fire he won’t be back.

  36. indytom87 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:06 AM

    The reality is someday the networks will replace him with someone fresher. They always do. Every 10 years we get a new generation of fans who don’t know or remember the guys sitting at the desk. They solve that be rotating them out in favor of newer ex-players and coaches. Cowher won’t be any different.

    The goal is to optimize his TV deal without losing street cred with the league for his coaching. I am sure if the “wind of irrelevance” starts blowing his way, he will jump back into coaching. In the interim, sit back, relax, and collect that check from CBS.

  37. travishenrykid says: Jan 3, 2014 11:06 AM

    The guy doesn’t go to practices or games like Gruden (or Vermeil did while he was in TV), and doesn’t know many of the young assistants in the league to build a staff. And, he’d have LOTS of trouble with the new rules. He should stay in the studio.

  38. tvjules says: Jan 3, 2014 11:12 AM

    Back up the Brinks truck… and he’ll make the Lions a serious contender.

  39. unclebluck says: Jan 3, 2014 11:13 AM

    “Most teams would rather sign a young, hungry guy than the big name for a ton of cash. How’d it work out for the Redskins?”
    Probably the same way it worked out for my Bills with the young and hungry guy from Syracuse…..mmmm…..6-10….I believe…..

  40. osiris33 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:16 AM

    Cowher is an even bigger joke as a coach than he is as a TV “personality.” He’s never won anything that the refs didn’t hand to him on a silver platter. He was totally outcoached by Mike Holmgren in that Super Bowl game but the Seahawks had big play after big play erased by the black and white striped MVP’s.

    All of which makes him the perfect coach for the Lions.

  41. tshirttom says: Jan 3, 2014 11:20 AM

    I hope the Lions at least contact him for an interview. They are not that far away from a championship.

  42. bigdawg24 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:34 AM

    His name should be Bill “Coward”

    He just sits in the CBS Studios each week rooting on the Steelers living in the past.

  43. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:40 AM

    Broadcasting is a cushy job compared to coaching. It doesn’t pay anywhere near as much, but you get to have a life outside of your job. And Cowher and any other formerly successful NFL head coach made tons of money already.

    This is a quality of life decision. Easy job, pays well, time with family, time to enjoy life and whatever he does to amuse himself other than football.

    No brainer.

  44. Youknowimright says: Jan 3, 2014 12:10 PM

    It is highly unlikely he will be offered another coaching job, at this point. The NFL has changed since he left. His style of football doesn’t play out anymore. It’s the non-contact football league. It’s filled with spread options and pistols and kickoffs that go 10 yards out of the endzone. Stay retired Bill you do a great job on TV.

  45. winstonjed44 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:11 PM

    Cowher and Gruden are rumored for every vacant head coaching job in NFL and even some college jobs. They obviously are not going to leave their comfortable jobs/lives for the stress of the NFL unless they’re paid very handsomely and they’re going into a great situation with an established QB and pieces to work with.

  46. hendawg21 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:12 PM

    Well Chuckie Gruden and Bill Cowher are just so full of themselves, personally I wouldn’t want either, Cowher been away from coaching too long, and Chuckie well he won a SB with a team that Dungy help build…what else did he do?

    Every time there is a coaching vacancy it’s the media/talking heads who throw these two names out there! Isn’t time to move away from the retreads and find some new blood in coaching???

  47. briang123 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:20 PM

    Who’s Bill Cowher?

  48. irishmanknowsall says: Jan 3, 2014 12:21 PM

    Frozen football. Fantastic. Colts, Eagles, Bungles, Packers. As always, two close games, two blowouts. eagles and packers roll.

  49. cheapglazers says: Jan 3, 2014 12:35 PM

    Cause he wants Rivera’s job

  50. phinfan says: Jan 3, 2014 12:45 PM

    Take a college job… wouldn’t those nice sparkly bowl game trophies be nice next to your superbowl trophy?

  51. DonRSD says: Jan 3, 2014 1:52 PM

    He is waiting for the Giants job to open up.

  52. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 3, 2014 5:12 PM

    Let’s face it.

    Without the league gifting the bus a SB this guy hasn’t won anything.

  53. snipedanglecelly13 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:33 PM

    Lions should make a phone call. It would put the lions in the right direction

  54. schmorlsnode says: Jan 3, 2014 10:24 PM

    Cowher left coaching because his wife was dying of cancer
    (malignant melanoma) and moved to North Carolina for her last
    years. He has a new lady in his life which may be one of the reasons
    he won’t coach – long hours, prima doña players and owners. It would be hard to get what he had with the Rooneys in Pittsburgh

  55. mustang6984 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:21 AM

    Why would he want to? I mean, really…WHY?!?!?! Look at the bulk of owners that ere in the market. NO ONE wants to work for them. Cowher is a driver…a hard driver. he will do things HIS way…and not take a moment of attitude form anyone, player, coaching staff or owners.

    Plus all those hours and travel? Nah…his current gig is much nicer. Going to take a heck of deal to get him back out on the chalk-lines again. Don’t blame him either.

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