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83-Steelers-43
12-16-2006, 01:52 AM
Money motivates Cowher's stance

By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, December 16, 2006


What people don't realize is that Bill Cowher is motivated by the same factors away from the football field that motivate his players.

In particular: Mo' money, mo' money, mo' money.

When Cowher said during a conference call this week that he would make a decision on his future with the Steelers shortly after the season concludes, it was nothing more than psychological ? not to mention financial ? warfare.

Cowher is a winner. He ranks fourth among active NFL coaches with 159 career victories (including playoffs). He has the highest winning percentage of any Steelers coach. The Steelers have the best overall record in the league since 1992, when Cowher took over as coach.

Plus, he's won a Super Bowl.

Winning a Super Bowl placed Cowher in a different coaching stratosphere.

Accolades are great. But money ? the size of a coach's or a player's paycheck ? is the best way to determine who's hot and who's not.

Take money out of the equation, and Cowher's decision to discuss his coaching future with the North Carolina media when the same topic is off-limits to the Pittsburgh media makes little sense.

All season, Cowher has talked around questions regarding his coaching future so that you'd think he was running for political office.

But suddenly, a few days before the Steelers play the Panthers in Charlotte ? in the same state where he and his wife purchased a $2.5 million home in Raleigh ? he's telling his life story to reporters and leaving his future with the Steelers open for speculation.

Bottom line: Cowher wants to be paid for who he is, and what he's accomplished.

Cowher still brings a lot to the table, despite this year's 6-7 record following last year's Super Bowl season.

Overall, the guy is organized and a motivator. He relates well to his players, and they play hard for him.

At the end of the season, Cowher will meet with chairman Dan Rooney and president Art Rooney II. Cowher broke off contract talks before the start of this season, breaking a tradition of always signing an extension prior to the season. Next year is the final year of his contract.

There is speculation that Cowher will return in 2007. There are rumors he will return, but only at a much-higher salary.

Maybe the Steelers bring him back because he's owed one year on a contract worth about $4 million.

Maybe Cowher doesn't come back because he wants to be paid a lot more.

Does Cowher still have it? Despite this year's record, the Steelers have been competitive (with the exception of the 27-0 blowout loss at Baltimore).

Cowher has never, ever lost control of the locker room. That's the key. He's still in charge.

Those are the questions the Rooneys have to ask, along with Cowher's commitment to remaining with the Steelers. They're all fair questions, but the money issue can't be ignored.

Ultimately, pro athletes are defined by how many zeroes are at the end of their salaries.

Well, pro coaches have egos, too. Especially coaches with a Super Bowl victory on their resume.

The Rooneys still have a business to run ? with or without Cowher.

They most likely have a short list of coaching candidates that includes offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and assistant head coach/offensive line coach Russ Grimm.

Cowher is the face of the Steelers. It's doubtful the Steelers really want to make a coaching change. The Rooneys stuck with Cowher a few years ago when most teams would have cut him loose.

There's a loyalty factor for Cowher to consider, but Cowher is a hot commodity, and it's important to strike when the iron is hot.

The poetntial dilemma facing the Steelers is much deeper than the coaching on the field.

It might ultimately come down to Cowher wanting the Steelers to pay him what he feels he's worth, and preparing to move on in the event that they don't.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_484548.html

NV STEELERS 723
12-16-2006, 04:08 AM
Only BC can answer these questions after our season....I say he comes back, for about 7 million a year...The Rooneys have the cash..$$$

Atlanta Dan
12-16-2006, 08:24 AM
Cowher is entitled to seeking the market rate, but if the Steelers would not meet his price in pre-season why would they meet it now?

Based on his record he certainly is one of the top 5 coaches in the league, but Cowher's value certainly has not gone up after this season.

He is leaving unless he is getting divorced, in which case he will need a big raise to cover the property settlement, alimony, and child support.

Dook
12-16-2006, 08:43 AM
This article has no supporting proof.

So Bill didn't extend his contract, only he and his wife know why he didn't. Maybe he misses not being there at his daughters sports events. Maybe he came back this year to take one more shot at winning a super bowl.

He might have already made up his mind last year when he bought that house in NC and no amount of money would have changed it.

Big D
12-16-2006, 09:01 AM
Only BC can answer these questions after our season....I say he comes back, for about 7 million a year...The Rooneys have the cash..$$$

I couldnt disagree more. The Rooneys may have money. But there buisness smarts are why the steelers are as successful as they are. We are talking about daniel snyder. We are talking about the Rooneys. This team would no way pay bill cowher 7 million a year. I dont think they would deem it a smart buisness decision. Espically after the circus we have seen since the superbowl.

stillers4me
12-16-2006, 09:03 AM
This is simply a "one man's opinion" type article. People say that he isn't putting forth any effort to coach a winning team. If he is motivated by money, doesn't it make sense that if the Rooney's wouldn't give him what he wanted in the preseason negotiations, that slacking for a season to prove his worth is a little counterproductive????? If it's more money he's holding out for, I tend to think that a winning season would prove the point alot better.........

Big D
12-16-2006, 09:06 AM
This is simply a "one man's opinion" type article. One one hand, people say that he isn't putting forth any effort to coach a winning team. If he is motivated by money, doesn't it make sense that if the Rooney's wouldn't give him what he wanted in the preseason negotiations, that slacking for a season to prove his worth is a little contraproductive????? If it's more money he's holding out for, I tend to think that a winning season would prove the point alot better.........

thats very true. And if he did want to be the highest paid coach in the nfl why wouldnt you give your 100% instead of standing on the sidelines showing zero emmotion

Livinginthe past
12-16-2006, 09:45 AM
Personally I think that a winning coach is worth every cent of a $7million contract, especially when you consider the deals that are given to players who have a fraction of the impact.

Think about how much the schemes of a HC can help make or break a players reputation - Joey Porter and other OLB's in the 3-4 for example.

Look at the effect Cowher is having on the stock of Ike Taylor - huge contract and he is only seeing playing time as a nickel/dime back.

Cowher basically controls the effectiveness of all the money the Steelers have invested in players.

The main concern with shelling out the big dollars (at least how I see it) is that it creates a precedent further down the line in future negotiations - but lets be honest - this isn't a WR with a 5 year shelf life we are talking about its a HC with a shelf life that is alotlonger.

The Rooney's are certainly very canny operators when it comes to running the franchise, but that means that they make the decisions that are best for the Steelers - not that they are 'tight' with their money.

Im not saying that Cowher should stay, but if he wanted to and the Rooney's thought he was the best guy for the job I think that $7million would represent good value for money.

It should be remembered that the HC's salary doesn't count toward the cap.

Big D
12-16-2006, 09:48 AM
Personally I think that a winning coach is worth every cent of a $7million contract, especially when you consider the deals that are given to players who have a fraction of the impact.

Think about how much the schemes of a HC can help make or break a players reputation - Joey Porter and other OLB's in the 3-4 for example.

Look at the effect Cowher is having on the stock of Ike Taylor - huge contract and he is only seeing playing time as a nickel/dime back.

Cowher basically controls the effectiveness of all the money the Steelers have invested in players.

The main concern with shelling out the big dollars (at least how I see it) is that it creates a precedent further down the line in future negotiations - but lets be honest - this isn't a WR with a 5 year shelf life we are talking about its a HC with a shelf life that is alotlonger.

The Rooney's are certainly very canny operators when it comes to running the franchise, but that means that they make the decisions that are best for the Steelers - not that they are 'tight' with their money.

Im not saying that Cowher should stay, but if he wanted to and the Rooney's thought he was the best guy for the job I think that $7million would represent good value for money.

It should be remembered that the HC's salary doesn't count toward the cap.
so you are saying a coach that hasnt given his 100% this year should be rewarded with a 7 million dollar contract. For the most part this is the same team that took us to the super bowl. I were the rooneys i would have a hard time shelling out 7 million a year for a coach that is comming off a losing season as well as a whole season of controversy

TheKreiderQuotient
12-16-2006, 10:00 AM
JMO, but if Cowher is letting this all play out the way it is going only as a ploy for more money, I personally have lost a tremendous amount of respect for him. No other organization would have kept him around as long as he has been here to allow him to win that Super Bowl. He has become very rich because the Steelers gave him this job and have had the confidence and vision to keep him there. I know it's an antiquated view in this day and age, but if he is going to stay he owes it to the Rooney's to not hold them hostage which I fear this is getting to.

Big D
12-16-2006, 10:09 AM
JMO, but if Cowher is letting this all play out the way it is going only as a ploy for more money, I personally have lost a tremendous amount of respect for him. No other organization would have kept him around as long as he has been here to allow him to win that Super Bowl. He has become very rich because the Steelers gave him this job and have had the confidence and vision to keep him there. I know it's an antiquated view in this day and age, but if he is going to stay he owes it to the Rooney's to not hold them hostage which I fear this is getting to.

Very true. How many owners would have kept there coaches after posting a 7-9 6-10 and then a 9-7 season. The rooneys did this out of loyalty for cowher. And this is how he repays the organization. I know there are alot of Bill Cowher fans out there and i'm one myself but he has conducted this season in such a piss poor manor I dont want him back next year.

Big D
12-16-2006, 10:12 AM
and let me throw one more thing out on Cowher. Before last year his coaching record was 5-9 in the playoffs. More reasons Cowher should be thankful of the rooneys

Livinginthe past
12-16-2006, 10:13 AM
so you are saying a coach that hasnt given his 100% this year should be rewarded with a 7 million dollar contract. For the most part this is the same team that took us to the super bowl. I were the rooneys i would have a hard time shelling out 7 million a year for a coach that is comming off a losing season as well as a whole season of controversy

No, im not saying that Cowher specifically should be paid that money - im saying that a coach who has a record of success with a franchise over an extended period of time should be worth that type of money.

For the record, I think Cowher will be gone after this year.

But when you look at the rosters between this year and last, you have to admit there hasn't been a massive overturn of players - therefore, the most decisive factor has been the coaching (or lack thereof).

Theoretically, if Cowher were able to give the Rooney's a guarantee that he would honor a regular 3/4 year contract (I know the rumor persists that he wants a 1 year rolling contract) he would be worth that money.

A Cowher who just hangs on for another year to see out his contract wouldn't be worth 7 cents.

NM

Big D
12-16-2006, 10:17 AM
LITP. Has belichick signed his contract extension yet?

Atlanta Dan
12-16-2006, 10:28 AM
Money can be worked out - what Cowher wants at this stage of his life he will not achieve through a paycheck.

With no intent to turn this into a psychology board, there is a concept called the hedonic treadmill, which is described as follows:

As soon as your material position improves, researchers have found, there is a remarkable tendency to adapt. The thrill is gone, as they say. ''When we monitor how people are affected by the house or car, it's not anything like they expected,'' Mr. Layard said. ''Your happiness does go up for a while, then it returns to the base level.''

If you think that sounds like a recipe for that chronic not-quite-satisfied feeling, you would be right. People tend to crave more money and more things to restore that peak of good feeling -- only to adapt to those pleasures and seek the next high -- an addictive phenomenon that economists have called the hedonic treadmill.

''Some people might say, isn't that the way all life is? But the answer is no,'' .... ''If you have good friendships, you don't feel the need to have more and more friends. If you have a good marriage, you don't need more and more marriages to stay satisfied.''

So the quest for a financially fulfilling new year -- at least in conventional terms -- might not add to your store of joy. There is something about the pursuit of money itself that seems to put happiness just out of reach. In fact, studies have shown that whatever people earn, they tend to estimate that the real amount they need to live is still higher. We tend to compare our financial status with that of those around us, and if ours is lower, suddenly whatever we have is no longer enough.


This can be an explanation for why a coach making $4 million a year can feel "underpaid" becuase he compares his salary to that of a coach making $6 million a year. It also can provide an explanation for why if you have been doing the same job for 15 years (and finally achieved the goal you have been chasing since you entered the NFL) while your familiy is 500 miles away in Raleigh more money is not going to solve your potential discontent with that situation.

I do not believe Cowher's situation is about money.

Livinginthe past
12-16-2006, 10:33 AM
LITP. Has belichick signed his contract extension yet?

As far as I am aware, nothing has been signed yet.

The latest info is this (dated 3 days ago)

Asked about the status of coach Bill Belichick's contract, Kraft said, "Bill and I have an agreement that we don't discuss his contract."

However, a team official did confirm a Globe report from last January that said any representation that 2006 is the last year of Belichick's contract would be incorrect.



http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2006/12/13/kraft_is_positive_about_all_this/

Its the New England Patriots - you dont expect this to be straight forward do you? :wink02:

NM

Big D
12-16-2006, 10:42 AM
As far as I am aware, nothing has been signed yet.

The latest info is this (dated 3 days ago)



http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2006/12/13/kraft_is_positive_about_all_this/

Its the New England Patriots - you dont expect this to be straight forward do you? :wink02:

NM

But yet have you noticed that belichick still gives his all. The only problem i have with belichick is that he wont let ea use his name on madden and he always "retires" after season one

nicesteel4life
12-16-2006, 04:15 PM
so you are saying a coach that hasnt given his 100% this year should be rewarded with a 7 million dollar contract. For the most part this is the same team that took us to the super bowl. I were the rooneys i would have a hard time shelling out 7 million a year for a coach that is comming off a losing season as well as a whole season of controversy

STUPID! comment Big D. I usually agree with much you say but to blame the Steelers record on Cowher is totally insane! I blame it on injuries and swelled heads mostly.The team is still motivated, just a little to late(hopefully Not). Give him what he wants to stay, we'll get it back 3 fold! Coaches Coach and Motivate, not fumble and throw picks!

Big D
12-16-2006, 04:18 PM
STUPID! comment Big D. I usually agree with much you say but to blame the Steelers record on Cowher is totally insane! I blame it on injuries and swelled heads mostly.The team is still motivated, just a little to late(hopefully Not). Give him what he wants to stay, we'll get it back 3 fold! Coaches Coach and Motivate, not fumble and throw picks!

I'm not saying it is totaly cowhers fault. I've seen questionable decisions on cowher all year. And tell me you think this team is honestly motivated. I'm not the only poster on this site who has expressed the fact that this team isnt motivated.

nicesteel4life
12-16-2006, 04:38 PM
I agree the motivation is less than exspected. But SWELLED heads has caused most of that. I think there motivated more now than the first half of the season. Including Bill himself. But no matter how good a coach is Players make the outcome. Was not slamming you becuase I respect you, we have fought side by side and the comment just struck me wrong.

Big D
12-16-2006, 04:57 PM
I Was not slamming you becuase I respect you, we have fought side by side and the comment just struck me wrong.

what are you talking about?

HometownGal
12-16-2006, 10:41 PM
thats very true. And if he did want to be the highest paid coach in the nfl why wouldnt you give your 100% instead of standing on the sidelines showing zero emmotion

I appreciate what you're saying here, D, but I still don't see the relevance of Bill Cowher not jumping around on the sideline, spewing and spitting, to his "lack of giving 100%". You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink - a very wise man said that once. The players themselves have often stated this season that they are the ones out there making the bone-headed mistakes and not making the plays when they need to. You can teach the mechanics, the maneuvers, etc. and lay out the best game plan known to mankind, but ultimately it is the players as individuals who have to execute and keep themselves under control - jmho.

Whether The Chin is holding out for more green or not is unknown at this time, I still see Bill Cowher wanting to go out on top or at least near the top - he's a proud kind of guy.

nicesteel4life
12-16-2006, 11:00 PM
what are you talking about?

Against other posters, is your memory that short? lol

Big D
12-17-2006, 12:15 PM
Against other posters, is your memory that short? lol

I'm not going to get into a childish pissing match with you. Your post wasnt very fluent.

HometownGal
12-17-2006, 02:15 PM
Against other posters, is your memory that short? lol

C'mon nicesteel - play nice. :flap: :wink02: Even though you or others may disagree with another's post, everyone is entitled to their own opinions as long as they don't go overboard and break the very simple rules around here.

nicesteel4life
12-17-2006, 04:36 PM
never ever, was just reminding him of when SlashSteel harrased him and I helped. Thats it! Opinions are always welcome...

Big D
12-17-2006, 04:38 PM
never ever, was just reminding him of when SlashSteel harrased him and I helped. Thats it! Opinions are always welcome...

yeah and I appreciate that. I honestly didnt understand your post