Things shaping up where Bill Cowher likely won’t have any viable options in 2011


Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher has expressed a strong desire to return to coaching in 2011 but the issue for Cowher is that there likely won’t be any viable options out there for him. Cowher is seeking the right situation, top dollar and total control. In reality, those kind of options just aren’t out there as teams are exploring cheaper options and going the assistant coach or college route. It was reported last week that the three teams on Cowher’s wislist are the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins. The Giants are bringing back Tom Coughlin taking them out of the running and the Texans are bringing back Gary Kubiak. Houston had been the team mentioned most prominently in Cowher’s inner circle.

Penguins look to make Pitkanen play defense


Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green has been viewed as a scapegoat in Washington after being booed the home crowd in Wednesday’s 6-2 loss against the Penguins. Green who is the most dynamic offensive defenseman in the game, scored 31 goals ( 73 points in 69 games) during the regular season but was a non-factor against Pittsburgh, finishing the series with four assists and a plus/minus rating of -5. What the Penguins did against Washington was make Mike Green play defense. Pittsburgh won the puck possession game and they were attacking offensively at every opportunity they could get. Green is like a extra forward on the ice and he was taking out of his comfort zone against Pittsburgh. The Penguins were able to neutralize Green, and they will look to do the same against Hurricanes puck moving defenseman Joni Pitkanen. Pitkanen is not the same kind of elite player offensively thatRead More »

NFL: Cowher could land in KC in 2010


CBS’ Boomer Esiason, reported this morning on WFAN, that Bill Cowher, his colleague on the NFL Today, is close personal friends with new Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli. Boomer speculates that Cowher could take the Chiefs job in 2010. — WFAN TIOPS Take: Pioli is believed to be considering bringing back Herm Edwards who has one year left on his contract. If he does, this could open up the door for Cowher to land in KC.

NFL: Cowher officially out of running for Jets job


Updated: 11:30 p.m. – Bill Cowher has turned down the Jets job according to reports. Now the Cowher sweepstakes will turn to Denver who are expected to atleast inquire about Cowher. 2:05 p.m. The New York Jets have not closed the door on Bill Cowher despite Cowher wanting total control. Chris Mortensen of ESPN is now reporting that a high ranking Jets official told him that the team is still planning to speak to Cowher about its vacant head coaching job. The source goes on to tell Mortensen that the Jets would be willing to do “whatever is necessary” to land Cowher if he is truly interested in taking the job. Cowher is believed to be interested in New York and there is a lot of buzz around the Steelers locker room today that Cowher has been in contact with Alan Faneca in the past 24 hours. Stay tuned. FromRead More »

NFL: Tuesday’s Steelers practice report


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was at the Steelers facility today and on the practice field but Ben did not practice. Roethlisberger will not practice on Wednesday but he has not been ruled out for practice on Thursday. Very good news on that front. If Roethlisberger were to have a set back next week, the vibe I’m getting is the players are very confident with Leftwich at the helm for a game. Despite the loss to Tennessee in week 16, the Steelers have the swagger they had going into the 2005 playoffs. Mike Tomlin is keeping them very focused on their goal. There’s talk that the Steelers

NFL: Source: Cowher to meet with Jets


The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Romeo Crennel but don’t expect Bill Cowher to be joining the Browns. Cowher has already informed Browns ownership that he doesn’t have an interest in coaching the Browns. While the Browns are not on Cowhers radar, the New York Jets may be. The New York Jets have fired head coach Eric Mangini and a source tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports that Cowher will meet with Jets ownership within the next week to discuss the possibility of coaching in New York. Cowher has not ruled out coaching somewhere in 2009 but the growing consensus is that Cowher will stay retired in 2009. The Kansas City Chiefs are also being mentioned as a team that could make a play for Cowher.

NFL: Browns in talks with Bill Cowher? reports that the Browns are pursuing former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher to replace Romeo Crennel as their next head coach. Speculation has been rampant for sometime that Cowher would be on the Browns radar and a “source with knowledge of the situation” tells PFT that the Browns have already approached Cowher and are willing to give him $9 million a year. Sources around the Steelers believe Cowher would be interested in joining the Browns. It has been widely speculated that Cowher seeks full decision-making control wherever he ends up coaching. In other news, Bill Cowher a North Carolina State University alumnus will give the fall commencement address at North Carolina State University. The ceremony will be held Dec. 17. — Pittsburgh Business Times

NFL: Cowher, Snyder discussed job


Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher spoke to Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder about becoming the Redskins head coach last year. Cowher confirmed that Snyder called him before moving on to candidates like Jim Fassel, Jim Mora Jr., Ron Meeks, Steve Spagnuolo, Steve Mariucci and Jim Schwartz. Cowher is expected to listen to offers regarding a return to coaching following the 08 campaign. Cowher will command up to $8 million per season. Washington Post