As some point, former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher very well could be back in the NFL as a head coach, but it doesn’t appear as though it will be anytime soon.
“I don’t see myself going back there any time in the near future,” said Cowher, according to Justin Terranova of the New York Post.
This is the time of year when speculation begins as to what head coaching jobs might be open at the conclusion of the season, but for right now, Cowher seems to be very happy with his current job as an analyst for CBS.
“I’ll never say never, but I really enjoy what I am doing at CBS in the studio,” he said. “I want to do my work and be as good as I can be at it. I am in a really good place, talking about all the games with the other guys.”
CBS is trying something new this week as they will send Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe out to games to serve as additional analyst in the booth. Cowher’s assignment just so happens to be the Steelers game against the New York Jets and he promises to shoot straight from the hip while covering the team he coached for 15 seasons.
“I’m a professional doing what I do,” Cowher said, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I love it, it’s challenging. I’m going to be objective. I’ll call it like it see it. I’ll give a perspective from a guy who coached the game before.”
Cowher will be covering a Steelers team on Sunday that is 0-4 and he had some advice for them based on his own experience of starting the 2000 season 0-3.
“You go back to fundamentals when things start to go awry,” Cowher said. “Don’t give up big plays on defense, don’t turn it over on offense.”
That sounds so simple, yet so unachievable right now. For now, let’s hope Cowher’s presence serves as some sort of good luck charm. It certainly can’t hurt.