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Will Bill Cowher retire?

post #1 of 27
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According to this SI article, Bill Cowher will be announcing his decision whether to stay or to retire shortly after next week's game. Do you think he's willing to make a long-term commitment to the Steelers? Do you think he should go? Any opinions as to who will take over his job?
post #2 of 27
I bet he retires, does a year or two of analysis on one of the football pre/post game shows, gets bored and comes out of retirement some place else.
post #3 of 27
Negotiations with his contract extension broke off before the season started. Supposedly Cowher and the Rooneys couldn't agree on money. He has the 2007 season remaining on his contract. Speculation here is that he will retire from the Steelers and sit out the 2007 season and come back to coach somewhere else in 2008 for bigger money. I think he makes over $4 million now, some say his market value in 2008 will be $8 million. Cowher has two daughters playing basketball at Princeton and his wife and younger daughter still in high school have moved from Pittsburgh this past year down to Raleigh where he bought a house. I think he's gone from Pittsburgh. Bad thing is his legacy will include probably the worst defense of a Super Bowl Championship.
post #4 of 27
Someone mentioned one of the Carolina colleges for a Head Coaching position there. His Hammer Matter.
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post
Bad thing is his legacy will include probably the worst defense of a Super Bowl Championship.
Then there are the Raiders who, though they didn't win the 2003 game (blown out by Tampa Bay), have gone on to define post-bowl futility with records of 4-12, 5-11, and 4-12 in subsequent seasons.

Assuming they lose this weekend - a safe assumption - they'll end this season at, gulp, 2-14.

The math: 15 wins and 49 losses since the last big dance.

Talk about the wheels falling off.

Cowher will enter the World's Squarest Jaws contests and dominate.
post #6 of 27
Ryan -

The Raiders keep playing LA & the Bay Area against each other trying to get more stadium consessions. All the bad karma has come back to bite them.
post #7 of 27
Ain't no "them." It's HIM.



I think Phil's note is the likely scenario. Plenty of good talent in the mid- and South-Atlantic regions and someone like Cowher will attract plenty of athletes who might otherwise opt for different schools. Sean Salisbury (NFL network) sees him taking off a year or two then coming back (pros) for a hefty salary.
post #8 of 27
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I believe Cowher will retire from the Steelers after next week's game. It would be really difficult to watch him prowling the sidelines for any other NFL team though. It would be like watching Tom Landry coach a team other then the Cowboys. Cowher and The Chin belong to Pittsburgh.

I wonder what type of job security John fox (coach of the Carolina Panthers) would have if Cowher does retire and moves in to his 2.5 million dollar palace in the Carolinas?
post #9 of 27
I doubt that Cowher will coach college ball (he said he's not interested), that's a whole 'nother animal. Early in the season I thought he'd go, mid-season I thought he'd stay, now I don't know. There are many here that believe this year's let down was on him but I think the o-line needs some work. Baltimore exploited weaknesses, stuffed the run and had Ben looking at the sky while on his back, they've got one good D. (Rrraaalph, ack, ack, barf)

Cowher has said if he coaches pro that he can't see doing it for any team other than the Steelers but 8 million could change that. I think that you can't ask for better owners then the Rooneys and that means a lot to any coach. Can you imagine coaching for someone like the Redskin's Snyder or infamous Oakland Al? Or even Dallas Jones, " Here ya go Big Tuna, I'm givin ya all the big JO... I mean TO".

If Cowher does stay it will be with a contract extension, no lame duck year. If he goes the Steelers should interview many but my guess is they'll stay with Ken or Russ. I think, I think, I just don’t know but he’s likely gone and maybe retired from coaching for good.
post #10 of 27
I totally think he's gone. It seems odd to schedule a press conference just to announce he is staying. What he was able to do with this team over the years is amazing considering the incredible free agent losses and coordinator losses he suffered through. Not to mention he went to all those afc championship games with top notch qb's such as Neil O'Donnel, Kordell "cry me a river" Stewart and a rookie with big ben. His biggest fault was being overly loyal to some players such as stewart.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by ryan View Post
Sean Salisbury (NFL network) sees him taking off a year or two then coming back (pros) for a hefty salary.
This mirrors my take as well if he leaves this year, and my guess is he will unless the Steelers come up with a "can't walk a way from" deal in the next few days.

I'd be real surprised if he took a college job regardless of the money offered. There's just too many factors involved in being a college coach that a guy like Cowler wouldn't want to deal with imo.
post #12 of 27
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette just stated that he thinks Cowher is leaving and the Rooneys have a list of candidates to interview. Bill is scheduled to go to his home in NC the Tuesday after this Sunday's game. Tuesday is the usual Cowher press conference day.
post #13 of 27
If he doesn't leave I think it will only be to redeem himself after this season.

The Steelers will be unlikely to pay him or anyone the money they might get elsewhere and I think we'll see Grim or Whisenhut prowling the sideline next year.

This team still has talent and is only 60,000 turnovers from being in the thick of it this year.
post #14 of 27
The front page of this morning's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette headlines reads Steelers expect Cowher to quit. Money is cited, Cowher wanting $8 million but also personal reasons implying that his wife and daughters move to NC was not a mutual decision.

The Steelers will be hard pressesd to find a replacement that has brought the type of success that Pittsburgh is use to. Granted, 2 Super Bowls, 1 win during his tenure but 10 play-offs including 2 AFC Championships and 9 Division Championships in 15 seasons are hard to refute as proof that Cowher is among the best. I will miss him when he goes.
post #15 of 27
It says right here that given the way this last week played out, had the Steelers beat the Ravens last week the Steelers would have got the last wildcard spot not the Chiefs.
post #16 of 27
Ok, so for all you diehard Stillers fans, the latest reports online namely ESPN.com stating that the Rooneys are demanding an answer now are being reported on Steelers flagship TV station KDKA, Pittsburgh as false. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette just reported talking to Art Rooney Jr. that he (Rooney) spoke to Bill this morning and is not expecting an answer until late this week or early next week. Furthermore, Art says that money is not an issue that the issue is where Bill is in his personal and professional life and also that Bill is welcome back to finish out this contract without an extension.

Also, Ken and Russ were given permission to talk to Atlanta and Arizona and the Rooneys would also want to talk to them should Cowher leave. Also being reported on the list of prospective interviewees for Cowher’s spot are Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and former Steelers coordinator and current Georgia Tech coach Chan Gaily.
post #17 of 27
It is a shame that such a great relationship has gone way sour in the past week.
post #18 of 27
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It is a shame that such a great relationship has gone way sour in the past week.
Why do you say it's gone sour in the past week? We've known for the whole season that Cowher might retire. It seems like the Rooney's are giving Cowher a week to think about it, which seems fair. Cowher isn't overly rushed, and the Rooney's are obviously willing to take him back.
post #19 of 27
Phil, read my last post. There is no ill feeling between the Rooneys and Cowher. Art said that money is not an issue and Bill is welcome back next season without an extension.
post #20 of 27
The Dolphins need a new coach.


"I will not be the Alabama coach."

- Nick Saban
post #21 of 27
I'm not a Redskin fan, but I live in the middle of redskin territory (I live about 2 miles from their training camp), and if I were a bettin' man, I'd be bettin that the redskins will be looking for a new coach shortly. I don't think Joe Gibbs is long for the NFL.
post #22 of 27
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The Dolphins need a new coach.


"I will not be the Alabama coach."

- Nick Saban
This morning's local paper speculates that Bill may end up there next year given that Huizenga stated that he wants a winning team, whatever the cost whatever it takes. The scenario is that the Rooneys release Cowher for money and draft picks.
post #23 of 27
jupp - heard the same thing on the radio last week wrt Dolphins. Cowher's been a pretty darned good coach IMO.

I like Don Shula's quote on Saban - "He's a guy who likes to hear himself talk then doesn't follow through and do what he says" - SLAM from the legend
post #24 of 27
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Headline in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on-line.

Cowher to announce his resignation [Friday]

I'm not at all surprised, but I'll be sad to see him go. Whoever his replacement is has some awfully big shoes to fill.
post #25 of 27
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jupp - heard the same thing on the radio last week wrt Dolphins. Cowher's been a pretty darned good coach IMO.

I like Don Shula's quote on Saban - "He's a guy who likes to hear himself talk then doesn't follow through and do what he says" - SLAM from the legend
Not that Shula is wrong, but sour grapes from him. He is also pissed that Alabama fired his son, Mike.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post
Headline in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on-line.

Cowher to announce his resignation [Friday]

I'm not at all surprised, but I'll be sad to see him go. Whoever his replacement is has some awfully big shoes to fill.
After how all of this has played out how could it be otherwise? Still I'm hoping that tomorrow's press conference will be a surprise announcement to extend the contract and stay. That's just fear of the unknown on my part.

Whoever is selected will be coming into a good situation. The Steelers are a good team and should contend next season. Reports say the Rooneys feel that this team is good and doesn't need major changes. They feel that the players need to play better, not make mistakes. Take back one of the 9 turnovers in the red zone and perhaps the Steelers are still playing. I expect that the next Steelers Head Coach will be promoted from within. My guess is Ken Whisenhunt. This will be in keeping with the Rooney's adherence to stability.

Lost in all of this drama was the retirement of running back coach Dick Hoak. Dick was with the organization for forty-five years as a player and a coach. Tony Dungy offered him the O-coordinator job in Tampa but Dick chose to stay. He turned down many more lucrative opportunities because he loved his job and he wanted to be with his extended family. Dick owns five Super Bowl rings for his coaching contributions. Dick will be missed.
post #27 of 27
Whoever becomes Pittsburgh coach has a plum position IMO. This was an unfortunate down year for the Steelers (Rothlisberger injuries and such) but they have a great core of players and coaches never mind ownership and fans.

And I'm not a really a fan being from NE - but they are a good team and whoever gets the job will inherit a contender.

The thing about Saban was his boldface lies just before he left - you could be a little less deceitful I think, say something like you're not sure of your plans or just nothing. But he got right up and said "I will not be coach of Alabama" then 24 hours later was being introduced....
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