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83-Steelers-43
12-13-2006, 10:33 PM
Cowher: decision must be made on coaching future
Wednesday, December 13, 2006

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bill Cowher admitted for the first time today that he must make a decision soon after the season whether to continue to coach the Steelers or retire to his new home in Raleigh, N.C.

Cowher, in a conference telephone call with media in Charlotte, N.C., was asked if he would be stepping aside at the end of the year.

"There will be something at the end of the year," Cowher said. "I'll sit back and put a lot of thought into it and make a decision accordingly. Right now my focus is purely on trying to find a way to win these last three games and see where that takes us."

Cowher previously has acknowledged that he's taking things year by year as a coach. Speculation on his future with the Steelers began after it became public in March that he and his wife, Kaye, had purchased a $2.5 million home in Raleigh.

Kaye and their youngest daughter, Lindsay, have since moved to Raleigh. Lindsay is a sophomore in high school. Bill Cowher visited them this past weekend after the Steelers played on Thursday night. It's at least the third time he has visited Raleigh during this season -- once after the Thursday night season opener and again after the team's bye weekend of Oct. 1.

Cowher told his Charlotte audience that he planed on making his home in Raleigh, eventually.

"There's no question about that," said Cowher, a Pittsburgh native who attended North Carolina State. "Obviously, my wife and I both grew up in the Raleigh area. We love the Raleigh area. My daughter is going to school there now and that's definitely from our long-term respect what our viewing was. That was the basis of that."

Asked if the Steelers' outcome this season might affect his decision, Cowher answered it would not.

"No. A lot of deep thought will be put into it. It won't be a knee-jerk reaction. It will be something that is well thought out and a decision will be made accordingly."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06347/745964-100.stm

Atlanta Dan
12-13-2006, 10:46 PM
"No. A lot of deep thought will be put into it. It won't be a knee-jerk reaction. It will be something that is well thought out and a decision will be made accordingly."

Think about this folks - you need to decide whether to stay in a multi-million dollar a year job, which for added pressure has an additional significant impact on your personal life, while needing to make that decision probably within the next month, and you are going to start thinking seriously about it 18 days from now?

Give me a break - either this is a high stakes game of contract chicken with the Rooneys or Cowher already has decided he is gone, since I do not believe the Rooneys will let "will he stay or will he go?" hang over the 2007 season.

83-Steelers-43
12-13-2006, 10:58 PM
No, remember? Cowher is permitted to make his decision w/e he wants. He's "earned that". Screw the future of this team, one man is more important.

Stlrs4Life
12-13-2006, 11:04 PM
Interesting, why couldn't he say something like this months ago? Why wait till now?

83-Steelers-43
12-13-2006, 11:05 PM
Interesting, why couldn't he say something like this months ago? Why wait till now?

The million dollar question.

Livinginthe past
12-13-2006, 11:18 PM
It seems as if Cowher is a little more forthcoming with the Carolina media than he is with their Pittsburgh counterparts.

You have to wonder at some of the questions though - "Do you think the outcome of this season will affect your decision?" - what are the expecting to hear at this point?

An admission that a postseason appearance would have made him stay?

I think the realisty is that he has made a decision (to leave) but we wont hear it until the season has finished.

NM

83-Steelers-43
12-14-2006, 09:04 AM
Found this part of the ESPN article just a tad bit interesting......

"Some close to the organization have suggested that Cowher has not demonstrated the same passion for his job this year as he did in previous seasons."

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2696865

coachspeak33
12-14-2006, 09:13 AM
what concerns me the most is that the HEAD COACH of this football team is that on one hand he says he is gonna give this decision a lot of thought.... really????....

cause I think he has given absolutely zero thought to the possibility that he might become a distraction to his own team by *****-footing around with a bunch of "yes men" reporters in the steel city who "cowher" (no pun intended) down at the feet of the great, all knowing Billy cowher.

He feeds his very fragile ego by refusing to address his coaching future.... he refuses to address it to the media..... his players at no point have hinted any sort of discussion that they have had with him personally or as a team as to whether or not he is gonna stick around and help clean up the mess he took part in making..... does he do this so he can hear them (reporters, media, etc) beg him to stay?????

I hope he stays.... but on the condition that he signs a long term deal and stops his attitude of, "I am on a year to year basis as a coach now."

What balls on this guy!!!!.... year to year basis???? What does he mean exactly.... his future as a head coach involves no planning for the future??? He is never gonna attempt to think ahead?????

Oh but I forgot, and I am sure all of the sheep on here will attempt to remind me, so I will say it for them....here goes:
"He won a super bowl baaaaaaaaa, nobody can question him baaaaaaaa, hall of famer baaaaaaaaaaa, were not worthy baaaaaaaaaa, sufferin sucotash baaaaaaaaaa, how dare the rooneys not extend my contract while two years still remain on it baaaaaaaaaaaaa, they must treat me and the players completely differently baaaaaaaaa, but please always refer to me as a players coach baaaaaaa, did I mention he won a SB? baaaaaaaaaa, did i mention that he has neither been wrong in the past nor is he wrong now baaaaaaaaaa

Atlanta Dan
12-14-2006, 09:16 AM
"Some close to the organization" could be the cleaning lady, but it is my impression Art Rooney II and Cowher are not best buddies. Although Art is the alleged head of the franchise, Ed.B. of the P-G has reported Cowher has been meeting with Dan Rooney during the last several weeks, after contract negotiations handled by AJR II this past summer went nowhere.

One apparent missstaement in the ESPN article is the impression Cowher must work 1 more year for the Steelers or the Steelers can seek compensation from any team that hires him. Everything else I have read states that the Steelers get compensation only if Cowher coaches somewhere else in 2007, which ain't happening; if he sits out 2007 he obviously does not get paid, but he then can sign anywhere he wants in 2008 or after with the Steelers not having any contractual right to seek draft choices from Cowher's new team as compensation for releasing Cowher from his contract.

The sit out and do some TV, followed by a mega-bucks contract somewhere else, still seems the likely scenario to me.

coachspeak33
12-14-2006, 09:27 AM
I feel this is worth repeating........ he was disappointed because they didnt extend his deal with TWO YEARS remaining on his existing contract!!!!!

this is an organization that has strict policies on holdouts and contract disputes.

this is an organization that has let fixtures in the franchises history walk because they wanted to be paid exactly what their market value was throughout the rest of the league.

Now did I want them to throw a ton of cash at Jason Gildon at the end of his good years when younger talented LB's were there???? NO WAY!!!

But Bill has got some big ones on him to call himself a players coach while he whines cause he wants better treatment from the organization than the players have EVER gotten here.

Infamix
12-14-2006, 09:27 AM
This whole thing has been a distraction to the team, wether they want to admit it or not.

Atlanta Dan
12-14-2006, 09:29 AM
Cowher's contract traditionally has been extended with two years to go. I believe when the extension was not negotiated this summer that, combined with the family moving to Raleigh, prompted speculation there was trouble.

Big D
12-14-2006, 09:40 AM
"No. A lot of deep thought will be put into it. It won't be a knee-jerk reaction. It will be something that is well thought out and a decision will be made accordingly."

Think about this folks - you need to decide whether to stay in a multi-million dollar a year job, which for added pressure has an additional significant impact on your personal life, while needing to make that decision probably within the next month, and you are going to start thinking seriously about it 18 days from now?

Give me a break - either this is a high stakes game of contract chicken with the Rooneys or Cowher already has decided he is gone, since I do not believe the Rooneys will let "will he stay or will he go?" hang over the 2007 season.

I couldnt agree more. I think he made the decision to quit right after the superbowl but wanted to ride out this season. I think he was concerned how the team would play if he announced before the year that he was quitting he thought the team would quit on him

Infamix
12-14-2006, 09:40 AM
Cowher's contract traditionally has been extended with two years to go. I believe when the extension was not negotiated this summer that, combined with the family moving to Raleigh, prompted speculation there was trouble.

Yeah, and I'm sure his wife had alot to do with his dead expression on the sidelines.

Big D
12-14-2006, 09:42 AM
I think fans are getting overly excited about the fact that we have won 4 out of 5. But the fact of the matter is we lost to two shit teams. Bucs and browns. And although the saints win was impressive it did come at a point in the season when the saints werent playing there best football.

Atlanta Dan
12-14-2006, 09:57 AM
I couldnt agree more. I think he made the decision to quit right after the superbowl but wanted to ride out this season. I think he was concerned how the team would play if he announced before the year that he was quitting he thought the team would quit on him

I think Cowher has mishandled this, but in defense of him coming back this year, I have read he actually planned to quit after the 2005 season (hence the purchase of the house in Raleigh). But after the magical playoff run, if Cowher would have quit after the SB it pretty much locked the Steelers into hiring Whiz or Grimm, since there were a lot of hires last January and many HC candidates outside the organization were already taken. In addition, Whiz or Grimm would have had difficulty pulling a staff together.

So rather than force the organization to limit its options, Cowher may have come back not only to repeat but because the Rooneys & Cowher agreed the team should not be trapped into a limited replacement search.

Unfortunately, Cowher appears to have mailed it in this year, which should not have been how he played this out for 2006.

BigDuke6
12-14-2006, 01:59 PM
AtlantaDan - You are most likely right. Certainly on the "mailing it in part". What has been frustrating to me this year is that while watching the losses mount it appeared to me the team wasnt as well prepared or focused as our opponents. This is especially apparent on STs.

polamalufan43
12-14-2006, 03:10 PM
Well, we know that the team, well most of it anyway.... wants him to stay. But think about it, people want him to stay when he wins, but they start getting out the torches and pitchforks when he loses.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

Eztarget
12-14-2006, 04:08 PM
If he comes back next season it better be with the mindset to win again. You can clearly see this year his heart just wasn't in it. At this point I hope he does retire and hands the reigns over to our Offensive Coordinator (who's name I'm drawing a blank on, and I'm too lazy to look it up).