Bill Cowher Thinks Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Has Many Good Years Ahead Of Him

Bill Cowher hasn\’t coached in the NFL since 2006, but he still has a ton of respect for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Cowher was a guest Thursday on NFL Total Access and was asked if he thinks his former 2004 first-round draft pick still has some good years left him, and if anything should be read into the team recently drafting Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones.

“I think he can play more,” said Cowher. “I think that one of the best things to happen was bringing Todd Haley in there, and I think Todd, with what he\’s trying to do with some of the quick passing game, and I think they\’ve addressed the offensive line; I think it\’s going to elongate his career.

“So, I think bringing in Landry Jones is good, because I think he can sit there for a couple of years and learn. I think Ben\’s going to come back. I think, from what I hear, he\’s had a very dedicated offseason. I think he\’s got many, many good years ahead of him.

“But I think the biggest thing is getting a good young quarterback that they can groom. I think Landry Jones they feel good about, and he\’ll have a chance to sit behind a pretty good quarterback and learn from him.”

In the Top 100 Players of 2013 rankings that the NFL Network is currently counting down, Roethlisberger came in 61st overall, so Cowher was asked to weigh in with his thoughts on that as well.

“That\’s pretty bad,” started Cowher. “I mean the guy is a winner; he\’s a competitor. You put him in the fourth quarter and I will take that quarterback over anybody in the league. The guy is very strong in the pocket; he can throw the ball accurately, and he can move. He\’s a better athlete than you give him credit for.

“I think if there\’s a lot of reasons for last year, I think when you look at his numbers prior to being hurt, they were his best numbers of his career, and certainly I think when you don\’t have team success the individual accolades have to suffer. But I tell you what, the guy\’s a winning quarterback; a Super Bowl winning quarterback two times. Yeah, I would say he\’s better than whatever that sixty number was.”

Roethlisberger has said and done all the right things so far this offseason and with the offense expected to evolve some in 2013, hopefully he can become a three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback this year to quiet all of his doubters, one of which definitely isn\’t Cowher.

  • Steve

    If Cower hadn’t left he will still be coach of the Steelers. He left because of his family and wife. He was playing around on her and got caught and I feel she gave Billy an altamadium. “Its me or the Steelers”???, so he left for his family. Bill is from Pittsburgh and will always have his heart here,, where he Grew up and coached. An Apple doen’t fall far from the Tree.

  • samm_73

    I think it speaks volumes he hasn’t taken any job yet. I thought the Carolina job was a no brainer when it opened up. My dream is that once Coach LeBeau retires (probably when he’s 102), Cowher decides he wants to run the defense, or Coach Tomlin respectfully goes to DC and let’s Coach Cowher resume his rightful place in the Steeler kingdom. I know it will never go down either way, but it’s fun to think about.

  • Steve

    Don’t think it’ll happen. Coach Mike has assembled his Team as he wants them. Cower would have to be called U-Nick for his wife to let him come back. Cower has a cake job as an analysis and is pretty good at it, so why mess up a good thing. When you love what you do, it is NOT a job but a passion. Right Dave???

  • JC

    I’m sorry, but your comment regarding Cowher and his wife is idiotic. That’s a pretty big accusation you’re making especially considering she passed away from cancer a few years ago. It’s very possible she was sick during that time and Cowher left to tend to her needs and his family.

  • SteelersDepot

    You are wearing on my patience.

  • In his last year, Bill Cowher needed only 1 win in his last 5 games of the season, to make the playoffs, and he played BR who had head butted a car, had an appendectomy, and then another concussion, instead of playing Batch, who had one of the highest QB ratings that season. He reminds me a lot of Tomlin, this year and last- playing a banged up QB when only 1 win was needed for a playoff spot. I have a lot of respect for both coaches and but they both have a hole in their logic.

  • Shea Fahr

    Well said JC.

  • samm_73

    Took the words out of my mouth. Plus, as I stated I know neither of these scenarios won’t happen. It was just out loud thoughts for fun.

  • PA2AK

    Noll oversaw 8 losing seasons. Everyone has holes.

  • Jazz

    Man, your comments are way out of bounds; this man wife dies about 3-4 yrs after he stepped down from the team. It could have been possible that she was diagnosed with cancer and she needed him to be with her. Moderators should monitor this site more and get rid of ignorant comments like this. However, people need to wake up and smell the roses, Cowher is gone! He’s not coming back nor is Chuck Noll. And for all of you Tomlin Haters, research this; Cowher was hired back in 1992, went to the AFC Championship Game in 1994 and 1995, the Super Bowl in 95 as well. He had a great deal of success with Chuck Noll’s players. Hmm! Funny how people fail to mention that when they talk about Tomlin’s success early on. Bill Cowher was a good Coach, not a Great Coach! Chuck Noll was a Great Coach. Tomlin? The report is still out on him. I’ve said this numerous of times, I thought last year he made some poor decisions as a game Manager and Coach. I hope the Rooney’s sat his butt down and counseled him, he definitely needed it. I will say this about Tomlin, he isn’t conservative at all, he coaches to win the game. Cowher? He definitely had a reputation for Coaching the game not to lose it. Cowher lost 4 AFC Games at Home! Why? Because he was Too Damn Conservative! He was a pupil of Marty Schottenheimer, Mr. Conservative himself. So for all of you Tomlin Haters, the post speaks for itself!