NEW YORK (92.3 The Fan/AP) — Cue the Bill Cowher just bought a house in Strongsville jokes.
The former head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers and current CBS Sports analyst dropped a bombshell in an interview with Newsday – he probably will return to the sidelines and coach again at some point.
Cowher’s name has been a popular one among Browns’ fans since he left the Steelers following the 2006 season and will become even more intriguing with the Browns searching for their 6th coach since 1999.
The 55-year-old Cowher coached the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1992-2006, winning a Super Bowl after the 2005 season. He is now a TV analyst for CBS.
He tells the newspaper on Tuesday the challenge of returning to coaching after a long layoff is motivation for him to come back. But he says hasn’t been contacted by any of the five NFL teams hunting for a new head coach, and he isn’t tempted by any of those opportunities either.
Cowher also doesn’t feel his time in TV will be a hindrance should he decide to return to the sidelines.
“I think it’s a non-issue,” Cowher told the paper. “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.”
Dick Vermeil, who retired as the coach of the Eagles in 1982, spent the majority of the following 15 years in the booth. Vermeil returned to coach the Rams in 1997 and won a Super Bowl in St. Louis.
Cowher’s career coaching record is 149-90-1. The Steelers went 8-8 in his final season.
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