To say Bill Cowher was a successful coach in the National Football League is sort of an understatement. According to the Sporting News, in the 15 seasons he coached the Pittsburgh Steelers; the team won eight division titles and played in six AFC Championship games while going to the playoffs ten times. That leaves little surprise that the NFL rumor mill has started churning away, especially with several head coaches being fired already. In fact, it would seem that the Bill Cowher coaching rumors are being put to bed, or at least that he is interested in returning to a coaching career in the NFL. A report on ESPN.com by Chris Mortensen has confirmed that a source close to Cowher indicates he is ready to listen to offers from NFL teams interested in his services. There can be little doubt bringing in Coach Cowher would energize even the most lackluster of teams and their fan base.
While the specific teams mentioned in the report are the Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, and New York Giants, one has to figure that if a coach of Cowher’s pedigree were to suddenly come available the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, and his enormous pocketbook would come into play. While Cowher is currently an analyst on CBS Sports, he would most likely listen to any offers from any club, it is clear, as the ESPN report indicates, he is looking for “strong ownership with a good talent base.” Obviously, those qualifications leave out more than a few NFL franchises, but it also includes several possible teams, which only really complicates the issue of where the coach could end up and stokes the fires of speculation. Basically, the only real solid information is that the former head coach is interested in coaching again.
The most likely scenario is a team signing Cowher to a lucrative contract after the current season is complete. However, that may not be after the Super Bowl and just might be after the regular season. Still, just because the former head coach is interested in listening to offers does not necessarily mean he will be on the sidelines in 2011. Of course, that will not stop the rumor mill from churning away at the various places the former Steelers coach could possibly land. One thing seems completely certain. Fans will not be seeing Coach Cowher pop up on any reality shows where contestants get voted off of an island. Could you imagine casting a vote against “The Jaw”?