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Old 06-28-2006, 10:08 PM   #1
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Default How now, Bill Cowher?: Suddenly, coach leaving future with Steelers open

Wow, I didn't know it was this serious. I'm gonna post it here, just in case you missed it.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Coach Bill Cowher will take his 15th Pittsburgh Steelers team to training camp in one month. The question now is whether there will be a 16th season -- or a 17th or an 18th.

With the Super Bowl champions' vacation time dwindling down to weeks instead of months, Cowher -- who has two seasons left on his contract -- has not signed an extension despite offseason talks between the team and his agent.

Asked recently how many more years he would coach the Steelers, Cowher said, "I'm taking it year by year" -- an answer he had never given before.

Previously, the Steelers have never allowed the man with the third most victories among active NFL coaches go into any season with fewer than two seasons left on his contract. They signed him to an extension even after the Steelers missed the playoffs for three consecutive seasons from 1998-2000, and Cowher's next team went 13-3 and reached the AFC championship game.

But, for the first time in the career of only the second Steelers coach in the last 37 years, circumstances are different.

First, the Steelers have won the Super Bowl that had eluded them for 26 years and Cowher for the first 13 seasons of a career that saw his teams reach six AFC championships game before he won the NFL title.

Cowher had long called not winning the Super Bowl "the void" that had always been there in his career and now it's gone.

Second, Cowher -- one year away from age 50 -- has begun to show signs that he might be getting weary of the nearly year-around grind of being an NFL coach and is looking toward retirement.

Cowher has always said he planned to coach the Steelers until his three daughters graduated from high school. Two daughters, Meagan and Lauren, are now varsity basketball players at Princeton, while the third, Lindsay, will be a high school sophomore.

However, unlike her two older sisters, Lindsay apparently will not finish her scholastic basketball career at Pittsburgh's suburban Fox Chapel High School. Cowher and wife Kaye recently purchased, through a trust set up by his agent's company, a $2.5 million home in Raleigh, N.C.

Cowher's wife and youngest daughter apparently plan to live there this fall so Lindsay can attend school and play basketball there. Bill and Kaye Cowher both graduated from North Carolina State and have long planned to live there after Cowher's coaching career ended. They also own a summer home on the North Carolina coast where they were staying the week of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident.

While the Cowhers purchased the home last fall, news of the transaction did not break until after the Steelers won the Super Bowl. It caught the Steelers by surprise, since Cowher had not given any signs of moving from the $900,000 home in Pittsburgh that he bought shortly after being hired in 1992.

With a big new house located out of state and no new contract, Cowher may be looking beyond Pittsburgh and the Steelers. And what the Steelers don't know is if Cowher might be inclined to coach a team other than theirs, perhaps after he tried retirement for a year or two in his early 50s and decided he wanted to coach again.

Also, the Steelers likely must pay substantially more for a coach than they ever have before if they are to re-sign Cowher. His current contract is worth about $4 million, but Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren's recent deal raised the bar for upper-tier coaches to the $7.5 million to $8 million range -- about double what the Steelers are paying Cowher.

The Steelers have the same policy with coaches as they do players, and that means no contract talks once a season begins. Should Cowher not get an extension before the Sept. 7 opener against Miami, the Steelers face the possibility of going into the next offseason with Cowher in the final year of his contract.

Team president Art Rooney II has said only that the Steelers want to get a new deal done before the season starts.

With a 141-82-1 record, Cowher ranks 14th in NFL history in coaching victories.
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Old 06-29-2006, 05:03 AM   #2
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Default Re: How now, Bill Cowher?: Suddenly, coach leaving future with Steelers open

This is one fan that says "Please Stay Cowher"
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Old 06-29-2006, 08:35 AM   #3
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i am not worried, i thin wiz or grimm could handle it
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Default Re: How now, Bill Cowher?: Suddenly, coach leaving future with Steelers open

Personally, I think it's all a ploy by Cowher to get the same contract that Holmgren got, because I can't see him walking way from $7-8 million per season, no matter how much "the grind" gets to him.
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:13 AM   #5
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Default Re: How now, Bill Cowher?: Suddenly, coach leaving future with Steelers open

I would have to say he is "priming the well"
If the Steelers want to pay him HUGE...He will Stay!
If the Steelers dont want to pay him ....He will retire for a few!
Com'on He deserves it either way
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:50 AM   #6
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This story is pure speculation by a reporter with nothing to write about. I wouldn't worry about it too much. When Cowher does decides to retire. though, I can't see Mr Rooney trying to talk him out of it. Cowher is a great coach, but once he decides to retire, that means that he lost that fire in him. Without that burning desire, Bill Cowher would be an ineffective coach.
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Default Re: How now, Bill Cowher?: Suddenly, coach leaving future with Steelers open

I think this is a pivotal year for Cowher....

How much does he have left in the tank???

If we repeat...is that enough for him??

Wiz stayed for a reason...I do believe he is being primed as the next HC
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This story is pure speculation by a reporter with nothing to write about. I wouldn't worry about it too much. When Cowher does decides to retire. though, I can't see Mr Rooney trying to talk him out of it. Cowher is a great coach, but once he decides to retire, that means that he lost that fire in him. Without that burning desire, Bill Cowher would be an ineffective coach.
I agree this latest Cowher story (which does nothing but repeat what has been discussed in the Pittsburgh media for months) is one that is written by a reporter with nothing to write about.

Of course, with the Internet, sports talk radio, ESPN & the NFL Network, lots of folks have nothing to write or talk about but need to fill up the available space.

The story of "will the defending SB champs coach retire?" is such an easy deafult subject on a slow news day that we will be hearing about it constantly unless/until Cowher signs a new contract. If no contract is signed, we then will start hearing "is Cowher's uncertain status a distraction?" stories.

This is one subject I will attempt to tune out.
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Default Re: How now, Bill Cowher?: Suddenly, coach leaving future with Steelers open

If Mr. Holmgren is getting $7 million, I think our coach deserves at least the same amount. But why buy the house in CA? Why won't he wait until something is done? Is it like that trick Alexander was playing during the Pro Bowl by wearing Panthers hat, when there was a talk about his salary between him and the Seahawks?
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Default Re: How now, Bill Cowher?: Suddenly, coach leaving future with Steelers open

About a month ago I did a 180 on Cowher as HC. This is his last year. DO I want to see him go? HELL NO!

BUT if he thinks he is giving less than 110% then even he knows it's time to pass the torch. This is one case in which I don't think it's about negotiation.
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