December 29, 2006

Is This Bill Cowher's Final Steel Curtain?: Bill Cowher's 15-year coaching career with the Pittsburgh Steelers may come to an end in Cincinnati against the Bengals, a team he's beaten more than any other. Though a year remains on his current contract, Cowher moved his wife and youngest daughter to a new home in Raleigh, N.C., earlier this year, according to Most Valuable Network, and there's persistent speculation he'll retire next week.

posted by rcade to football at 08:21 AM - 16 comments

As ridiculous as it seems, maybe it is time for Cowher to move on. It would be beyond strange to envision anyone else on the Steelers' sideline, but it's inevitable. If he does "retire," I expect he'll take a year off, do some TV work here and there, then take his choice of practically any job, pro or college, he desires. That being said, I expect the Steelers to make a respectable push to resign him during the offseason. They owe him that much.

posted by dyams at 08:31 AM on December 29, 2006

Crazy scenario: He takes a year or two off, then becomes the next head coach at Penn State. I seriously doubt that would ever happen, but an interesting "what if".

posted by SummersEve at 08:34 AM on December 29, 2006

If anyone has earned the right to got out on his own terms, it is certainly Cowher. I can't imagine anyone else pacing the sidelines of Heinz Field though.

posted by trox at 08:50 AM on December 29, 2006

No offense intended, rcade, but I really dislike these speculative posts. Nothing has happened, and no one knows what will happen. When something happens, then it will show up on SportsFilter. In the meantime, Cowher says it all: "That’s for next week. We’ll talk about that next week." This week the Steelers hopefully will focus on beating their rivals the Bengals and hopefully get to 8-8. IF Cowher retires I will miss him ont he sidelines, and I hope that Russ Grimm gets his shot. Personally I think he would be a good match.

posted by scully at 09:10 AM on December 29, 2006

You're closer to the situation than most, terrapin. I don't think most NFL fans outside Pittsburgh recognize how strong the rumors have been of an impending Cowher retirement, and this could be our last chance to see the NFL's longest-tenured coach on the Steeler sidelines.

posted by rcade at 09:29 AM on December 29, 2006

Well, the game isn't going to be nationally televised, so I am not sure that alerting users here will necessarily translate to people getting to see coach Cowher for the last time. And this still isn't news, it is still rumor. I hear that Bill Parcells may be fired after this season. Should I find a link to a Washington Post article—the Cowboys' biggest rivals being the NFL team from Washington, afterall, and therefore an excellent source for material on the Cowboys—and a fan board that only speculates about the posibility and post it to the front page of SportsFilter? Personally, I don't think so. I am (obviously) a Steelers fan, but I am not questioning the validity of this post based on my closeness to "the situation." I just don't think speculation is the basis for a good FPP here. The fact that Cowher has said his decision will be announced next week means there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss the issue when Cowher makes the decision. I will admit that I am a bit miffed (and only a bit) at your decision to link to a Cincinnati newspaper article. There are plenty of articles on the Post Gazette's site about "the situation." I also know you like to post ...ummmm.... hot issues, so I must say I am not surprised :)

posted by scully at 10:37 AM on December 29, 2006

Well, I've seen Bill smiling on the sidelines a lot this year, despite the pretty terrible season. I've hardly ever seen him froth at the mouth after someone screws up. To me, that's an indication he'll soon be leaving...

posted by fabulon7 at 12:55 PM on December 29, 2006

I agree with Carson Palmer, Bill Cowher is too good (and too young) to be gone forever. The strut and jutting jaw with the remnants of spittle will prowl another sideline soon. Keep your umbrellas close by.

posted by Tokens0605 at 10:33 PM on December 29, 2006

And this still isn't news, it is still rumor. true, but it's still a very STRONG rumor. Put it this way, as a fellow Steeler fan I would be SHOCKED if he did decide to stay. The writing appears to all be on the wall and rcade is just showing everyone the wall :-)

posted by bdaddy at 01:22 PM on December 30, 2006

And this still isn't news, it is still rumor. Well, it's news to me.

posted by Lester at 02:50 PM on December 30, 2006

Take a year off and come back and coach another team your too good of a coach to retire

posted by luther70 at 02:57 PM on December 30, 2006

If he stays, I will be very happy. If he leaves, I will be sad. (just like I was when Lloyd, Green, Woodson, Burress, Kirkland, et al left.) But the Steelers will survive, and who knows, maybe come out better in the long run. I don"t think anyone did themselves bodily harm when Chuck Noll retired, so we will abide.

posted by steelergirl at 09:30 PM on December 30, 2006

Post Gazette says the Steelers expect him to retire.

posted by SummersEve at 12:17 PM on December 31, 2006

Maybe I'm just being picky but the headline Steelers expect Cowher to quit (from SummersEve's article) just doesn't seem right to me. It makes him sound like a loser or a failure. Retire seems much more appropriate than quit.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:51 PM on December 31, 2006

This just in, Bill Cowher still has NOT made a decision. Repeat, Bill Cowher still has NOT made a decision about his future in Pittsburgh. I can't find the Las Vegas odds on his return, but with rumors running so rampant, it is ASSUMED at least 2-1 against. YYM, while I agree with you somewhat, since he still has a year left on his contract he would technically be quitting. Also, as many have pointed out, he is only, what, forty-nine? So he may return, meaning he will not have retired. Kinda like boxers.

posted by scully at 05:52 PM on January 04, 2007

The Steelers have called a press conference for Fri, Jan 5 at 1pm regarding Cowher.

posted by SummersEve at 07:27 PM on January 04, 2007

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