During his 15-year stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Cowher was regarded as one of football’s very best coaches. When he hung up his whistle after 2006, a lot of people assumed that it was only a matter of time before he made his comeback. In fact, the Carolina Panthers were believed to be frontrunners for his services on numerous occasions.
Well, six years later, Cowher has yet to return to the football field. And given the sheer total of vacancies out there right now, one can’t help but wonder: is the ex-Steelers coach not getting mentioned as a possible candidate for any coaching jobs because he’s been out of the game for too long?
It’s a valid theory, but not one that Cowher himself buys into.
“I did it for 27 years. You don’t just forget things overnight. One thing about this job is it’s been really good because it allows me to study the game and do features on the game. I want to know what I’m talking about so I’m watching tape. It’s not like I’m out of it. I know how the game is changing.”
When asked by Neil Best of Newsday if he would be interested in coaching again, he replied: yes.
And yet here we are. The Chicago Bears are interviewing something like a dozen candidates to replace Lovie Smith, and Cowher’s name is nowhere on the list. Similarly, the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles all have openings – at no point has Cowher’s name even been uttered.
There has to be a reason.
For what it’s worth, Jon Gruden hasn’t coached in three years. That hasn’t stopped him from being one of the most discussed candidates around. Is the gap between not coaching since ’09 and not coaching since ’06 really that massive?
It will be interesting to see how teams react now that Cowher has publicly stated that he is interested in coaching again.
(Kudos Pro Football Talk)