Bill Cowher Doesn’t Think He Will Be A Head Coach Any Time In The Near Future

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.

  • Dr. Doom

    And here come the, get on the phone Art Rooney comments. I am not so sure about him in the booth but he does really good on the show.


    He’s done…leaving the door cracked in case the perfect storm job comes, but NFL teams are not giving HC full personnel power anymore…imo that’s why he’s not back in the league.

  • joed32

    I don’t think he wants to go back to the 16 hour days and constant criticism that being a coach involves. He’s happy and probably has enough money.

  • Tom Savastano

    I can see him coaching the Giants in the future..just a feeling..

  • TJimmy

    I he doesn’t want the headache of head coaching, he would make a good Defensive coordinator for any team…maybe even the Steelers one day?

    The Steelers need an emotional leader in a big way.

  • Callentown

    Seemed like he would jump in at HC for the Browns at some point, but he’s had his chances there.

  • J&LSteeler

    The league is a different league. They don’t allow the aggressiveness on the field (hard hitting) that was a cornerstone of his defensive philosophy. And the players have a different attitude, for the most part (all about me). You think Cowher would stand for some of the after-the-catch antics of AB? No, I’d stay in the comfy confines of a good paying studio job, too!

  • Dr. Doom

    Yes because he would comeback to a demotion

  • Dr. Doom

    I think if NYG came calling he would jump at the chance.


    NYG might be that perfect storm, but he turned down JJ in DAL over personnel power…I don’t think NYG will give it up either.

  • Dr. Doom

    Who would work for JJ he is crazy. If he gets his choice of a Gm like Omar Who does not do personnel maybe just maybe.


    True, but he turned down some other jobs…CLE I know, and I want to say CAR wanted him badly. The Texans were hot on him. I just think the NFL has tried the HC with personnel power thing (DAL – Parcells, WAS – Shanahan, SEA – Holmgren) and nobody won a ring doing it and they’ve moved on.

    I think Bill likes being around the game, he can probably keep this CBS gig for 10 more years…easy, I just don’t see him coming back.

  • Dr. Doom

    True I would like to see him come back just for comparison sake. Would make the talk shows really fun. Did you see that Cowher team yeah, he knows how to run that football.

  • Eric

    He is doing great with CBS and TV commercials. He also has a hot musician GF. He isn’t coming back to coaching anytime soon.

  • TJimmy

    He wasn’t fired though, so that’s a little different. I just miss his antics on the sidelines and how he injected motivation into the team from the first year he took the position.


    I think the game, mostly the players have changed since Cowher’s day…the in your your face style doesn’t go over well in the pro game much anymore…he would definitely have a good running game, probably the most penalized DEF in the league for hard hits…I can see Bill putting a million of his $ aside to repay the fines during the offseason…lol!

  • chris ward

    I think Cowher enjoys the CBS gig. I don’t see the chin on the sidelines anytime soon.

  • Dr. Doom

    you remember when Hines was dancing after every catch, and Cowher said it would stop? Hines did it five more times.

  • Dr. Doom

    It is a demotion when you return to a lesser job.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I think we as fans sometimes forget Cowher’s journey.

    He started coaching at a very young age which took away from his family time when his kids were still young. When his wife died, I think it had a serious effect on the way he viewed life. I honestly believe he did some soul searching and decided that from that point forward he would focus on family and relationships over money and football.

    Of course, he still loves the game. But he realizes the commitment to coach an NFL team requires sacrifices he is not willing to make. He has enough money to live comfortably. He has a Super Bowl ring. Is he willing to give up his current life to make a little MORE money? And to win ANOTHER ring? Apparently not.

    And I respect him for that.