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Cowher 'insulted' by 'disrespectful' coach rumors

Posted on: December 26, 2010 12:33 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2010 6:33 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

A lot of speculation bubbled up last week that Bill Cowher (who happens to work for CBS' Sports) had a "wish list" of teams he wanted to coach.

The three teams on the list -- the Giants, Dolphins and Texans -- all have currently-employed coaches, and that fueled more speculation as to why Cowher (or someone associated with him) would leak the info with those teams' respective coaches clinging to their gigs.

On Sunday, Cowher addressed the issue at the start of The NFL Today, stating that he was "insulted" by the report.

"I have too much respect for the profession, I know how hard it is," Cowher said. "I don't wish for anyone to be fired. And for someone to insinuate that I'm doing that right now is disrespectful to them and I'm insulted by it.

I would not do that to the profession and I hope every one of these coaches has an opportunity to come back. I'm not naive enough to say there won't be changes at the end of the year and I'll address that at the end of the year."



Cowher also pointed out that he's got "a pretty good team" with CBS who happens to be heading to the playoffs before repeating the point that he was insulted by the report.

What made the "leaked list" so surprising is that it doesn't fit Cowher's M.O. in the first place -- he'll have plenty of opportunities to coach teams in the NFL and doesn't likely need to let a team with a soon-to-be-fired head coach know in advance that he's interested.

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Comments

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 1:13 pm
 

Cowher 'insulted' by 'disrespectful' coach rumors

JimmyNick4 said: "his coaching in the early years was outstanding but as time went on he had lost control of most of the team. it had become the preverbable tail wagging the dog as the team was run by joey porter, hines ward and kordell stewart."

That's what I was responding to below.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 1:12 pm
 

Cowher 'insulted' by 'disrespectful' coach rumors

Run by Kordell Stewart? Come on man! That's the most ridiculous thing I ever heard... and it makes everything else you said in the post seem even more doubtful.




Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:26 pm
 

Cowher 'insulted' by 'disrespectful' coach rumors

Cowher? I barely knew her



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:11 pm
 

Cowher 'insulted' by 'disrespectful' coach rumors

"Bill was plugging more waitresses in and around town and he had become an embarressment to the organization and the rooneys had had enough."

If what you state is true, then why do the Rooney's give Ben Rothlisberger a pass? He has had three off-the field instances (one involving a motorcyle, two involving women) which have put himself in a bad light and affected his on-field performance. I guess being a 2X Super Bowl winning QB helps...



Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:03 pm
 

Cowher 'insulted' by 'disrespectful' coach rumors

Cowher is over rated 1 Super Bowl win in 15 years. Give me a break




Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:01 pm
 

Cowher 'insulted' by 'disrespectful' coach rumors

living in pittsburgh allows you to see more than what these men want the national media to know. by no means did cowher "retire" from the steelers organization. he was given the choice to "resign, call it a retirement" or be publicly fired by the rooneys. bills had received several private reprimands for his off field activities that did not bind with the rooneys or the sacrament of marriage. bill was plugging more waitresses in and around town and he had become an embarressment to the organization and the rooneys had had enough.

his coaching in the early years was outstanding but as time went on he had lost control of most of the team. it had become the preverbable tail wagging the dog as the team was run by joey porter, hines ward and kordell stewart.

i thank him for passion and the winning brand of football he was able to contribute to the steelers but this "halo" that he has around his head is a thing of fiction.




Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 11:26 am
 

Cowher 'insulted' by 'disrespectful' coach rumors

Hopefully he'll stay out of the NFC east...too much of a circus.  You can't buy that kind of entertaiment!!  Mico-managinging owners slinging money into the toilet (Wash & Dallas), the 'dog-eat-dog' QB position in Philly, G-Men getting "F" rating on closing a game...as well as many sideshow dramas, mishaps, failures and buckets of attitudes are the high points of this division.  Cowher would have to clean so much house, he's not gonna come out of it clean unless he takes them to the championship.  Anyhow ,if he comes back I wish him luck. 
Texans could use him though....



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 10:42 am
 

Cowher 'insulted' by 'disrespectful' coach rumors

Excellent analysis Boston Rob.  As you pointed out, sometimes it’s not so much what Coach Cowher said, its more about what he didn’t say. By using the strategy you described Coach Cowher can get his name in-the-conversation, protect himself from being accused of using his CBS platform to declare his candidacy for open of potentially open coaching positions while not appearing to be back-stabbing his contemporaries. It seems you have exposed Coach Cowher’s attempt at false humility and indignation.




Since: Oct 3, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 10:26 am
 

Cowher 'insulted' by 'disrespectful' coach rumors

I don't want to start any rumors, but I could have sworn I saw Marino whispering into the phone at the end of last weeks show (19 DEC 10).
Chould he have been making cladestine calls to the owners of a few teams or worse  (insert the suspicious hamster) JAY GLAZER ??? You gotta know that where ever "awsome Bill from pittsburgville" ends up it will be for top dollar (respect is sooooo over rated !!!).



Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2010 9:51 am
 

Good coach and a better man ...

*Almost* every team whose owner does not insist on a "yes" man (Al Davis, Billy Ford, etc need not apply) would love to have Cowher as their coach. He's in a group of perhaps ten of the best modern coaches ... and it isn't just because he can teach run practices and make game time decisions. His players and coaches play for the man


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