Bill Cowher won’t be coaching the Giants

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When the Giants cleaned house earlier this month, a name that had long been linked to the coaching job quickly emerged as a possibility. It’s officially an impossibility.

Via Justin Terranova of the New York Post, former Steelers coach Bill Cowher says he won’t be the next coach of the Giants.

“No, it’s not even about a team, it’s about lifestyle,” Cowher said. “Coaching is always going to be a great challenge and every building dynamic is different. I had the best job in football and I was able to step away and transition from it to a next phase of life, which, quite frankly, I am very, very comfortable with. I am in a very good place.”

Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, who correctly said at the outset of the 2006 that it would be Cowher’s last in Pittsburgh, has previously hinted that Cowher could return to coaching with the Giants. Eleven years later, however, it sounds like Cowher isn’t willing to throw his life into upheaval.

“I have a platform to talk about the game I love and at the same time I have more balance in my life than I’ve ever had before,” Cowher said. “There’s always going to be a tough time of year when coaching changes take place at the end of the season. It’s a tough profession, not a very stable one. When one person leaves it opens opportunities for some other young coaches and there are some other young coaches out there. We’ve seen it can turn around quickly with the right kind of leadership and a few key players.”

The other reality is that the market for high-end coaches stopped increasing at the rate that it had been during Cowher’s final few years in the game. Teams often go younger in part because younger is cheaper than what it would take to lure a lion like Cowher back to the sideline.

Of course, there’s likely a number that could get Cowher’s attention. But no team seems to be willing to go that high, in part because every team seems to be adhering to an unspoken ceiling on what coaches not named Bill Belichick will be paid.

36 responses to “Bill Cowher won’t be coaching the Giants

  1. “Teams often go younger in part because younger is cheaper…in part because every team seems to be adhering to an unspoken ceiling on what coaches not named Bill Belichick will be paid.”

    It is preposterous to suggest organizations base who they fill a head coaching position with based on a few million dollars a year. There is too much at stake to think a GM would risk his own position to save what amounts to less than even the best run teams routinely drop simply churning the bottom of the roster.

  2. “…adhering to an unspoken ceiling on what coaches not named Bill Belichick will be paid.”

    To be perfectly fair, nearly every other team pays two salaries: one to the coach, one to the GM. And Belichick hasn’t had a raise in the last seven+ years.

    Kraft is actually spending LESS money than other owners.

  3. Why would he coach? Has nothing to prove, makes a few million working part time (maybe full time hours during the season but certainly not after it), still gets to hang out with his buddies and the industry, and has far less pressure.

    Certainly doesn’t have to put up with half-wit players, fans, and media types second guessing him all the time.

  4. Would love to see him coach again, love his outburst spoken like Rex Ryan but Cowher is proven better coach.

  5. dirtdawg53 says:
    December 16, 2017 at 2:32 pm
    Why would he coach? Has nothing to prove, makes a few million working part time (maybe full time hours during the season but certainly not after it), still gets to hang out with his buddies and the industry, and has far less pressure.

    Certainly doesn’t have to put up with half-wit players, fans, and media types second guessing him all the time.

    That’s also why Gruden won’t be back. He always drops a sound bite “never say never”, but he hasn’t left the booth yet.

  6. Generally, when coaches are successful at one place doesn’t mean they will successful at their next time around no matter how good of a coach they were before. Just look at Jimmy Johnson, even Bill Parcells who won Super Bowls with the Giants, but never repeated that feat with another team. He got other teams close, but never won again. So, the chances of Cowher being as successful as he was with the Steelers, where he won a Super Bowl, probably wouldn’t reach the same success with the Giants.

  7. From a purely football stand point – just how attractive would the Giants job actually be?

    QB is declining and old – at best.

    OBJ is a head case that really hasn’t won a damned thing.

    Defense has a ton of money spent on it but not built for the long term.

    There’s really nothing else as no coach takes a job because the special teams is awesome.

  8. “Of course, there’s likely a number that could get Cowher’s attention”

    Once you’re making multiple millions of dollars a year, how much more do you need to get your attention? Or does it become just an ego thing at that point? The only thing that will motivate someone like that is if they’re paid more than anyone else in their profession, even if they can never spend it all in their lifetime.

  9. I doubt he would succeed anyway after being away so long. These guys just like their ego stroked this time of year.

  10. Whatever they pay Belichick, it will never be enough. Cowher’s best years would be considered Belichick’s worst.

  11. weepingjebus says:
    December 16, 2017 at 4:37 pm
    Whatever they pay Belichick, it will never be enough. Cowher’s best years would be considered Belichick’s worst.
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    Really? You won’t take Cowher’s best years over Belichick’s years in Cleveland?

  12. The odds of Cowher or Gruden coaching again are about the same as those of Generalissimo Franco ruling Spain again. The only difference is that Franco probably doesn’t care, while Cowher and (even more) Gruden just love having their egos stroked every time there’s a job opening.

  13. Really? You won’t take Cowher’s best years over Belichick’s years in Cleveland?

    Hey don’t confuse a Pat’s fan with facts if they don’t fit their view of actual history.

  14. Like most Steeler fans, I’m a Bill Cowher fan. That stat of his about never blowing big leads (108-1 with an eleven-point lead, or some such thing) is one for the ages. I remember those days when it was 3rd and 5 in the 4th quarter, and every single person in the stadium knew Bettis was getting the ball, and he’d still run for six yards. The O-Line was that good.

    With that being said, however, BC would be a terrible HC choice. I suspect the game is radically different than it was fifteen years ago. Additionally, if you have to beg and plead someone to be your HC, and that HC has nothing left to prove, and you need to back a truckload of money into their driveway, you’re making the wrong choice.

    The ideal head coach (besides someone named Bill Belichick) is best found using the same formula the Steelers have used three times: 1) Someone from outside the organization. 2) Someone who’s never been a HC before. 3) Someone in his 30s. 4) Someone who’s been an NFL coordinator, preferably a DC.

  15. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 16, 2017 at 4:59 pm
    Really? You won’t take Cowher’s best years over Belichick’s years in Cleveland?

    Hey don’t confuse a Pat’s fan with facts if they don’t fit their view of actual history.
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    Please don’t lump all Pats fans into one pile. I, for example, don’t judge all Steelers fans by your posts.

  16. Spare me, Belichick actually won a playoff game with the Browns which nobody else has come close to in decades. If Cowher had coached them, he would have found a way to lose 30 games a year while rubbing his chin and trying on new windbreakers. And it’s the World Champion Patriots, get it right.

  17. I am a Cowboys fan but grew up very close to Pittsburgh. Bill is not only a great coach but a great guy. Any team that’s gets this guy to come back to coaching will get a great coach. I believe he would come back but it would have to be exactly what he wants first and the giants are not it .

  18. John Gruden had a .577 winning percentage after taking over tampa when traded. Bill Cowher had a 623 winning percentage coaching a old school team who for a long time would not pay players to stay after the cap rules. Why would any team want Gruden he won with a team handed to him by Tony D and ran it into a 5-7 team. Gruden should stay retired.

  19. wib22 says:
    December 16, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Agreed. I’m not a dolphins fan.
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    Of course not chip (wink, wink). What team’s colors is this particular sock puppet wearing this week?

  20. Of course not chip (wink, wink). What team’s colors is this particular sock puppet wearing this week?

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    Who is this chip fellow you are talking about? Just a commenter who thinks belichick is worse than cowher

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