Tag:Bill Cowher
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:36 pm

Report: Dolphins looking at Cowher, Harbaugh

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For now, Tony Sparano remains the head coach of the Dolphins. But that hasn’t stopped Miami’s front office from flirting with other candidates.

The Miami Herald, citing multiple sources, writes today that the Dolphins have reached out to Bill Cowher and Jim Harbaugh to determine their interest in possibly taking over for Sparano.

The paper writes that Cowher backed away from the flirtation over issues of power – Miami wanted to keep its GM and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, while Cowher wanted to hire all his own assistants and choose the GM with whom he worked.

A contingent of Dolphins officials also watched the Orange Bowl on Sunday and liked what they saw from a Harbaugh-led Stanford Cardinal offense.

The Dolphins, I imagine, have a low probability of landing either of those coaches, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to try.  Meanwhile Sparano, who’s been taking shots from his players recently, waits to learn his fate.

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

Cowher 'insulted' by 'disrespectful' coach rumors

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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Posted on: December 19, 2010 12:27 pm

Cowher could be looking at a trio of teams

Bill Cowher apparently is looking at three teams (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If former Steelers coach Bill Cowher wants to return to the sidelines, the Giants, the Dolphins and the Texans are the clubs he’d like to take over.

That’s according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, via Pro Football Talk.

Two of those clubs raise an interesting quandary. New York is still in the playoff hunt, so it seems rather silly to think that Tom Coughlin would be in danger of getting fired. Miami hasn’t had a fabulous season, but Tony Sparano has only been on board for three seasons, and he hadn’t appeared to be on any hot-seat list (yet, you have to wonder if the prospect of getting Cowher would inch Sparano toward the unemployment line).

The Texans move would actually make sense. If the Texans don’t make the postseason – and they most likely won’t – coach Gary Kubiak probably should be relieved of his job.

With plenty of firepower on offense (QB Matt Schaub, WR Andre Johnson and RB Arian Foster) and with Cowher’s background as a tenacious defensive coach, the hiring of Cowher seemingly would be a very good move for an organization that still has never made the playoffs.

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:55 pm

For the gambler in you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you’ve watched the Patriots the past two weeks – dominating the Jets and the Bears – you know they’ve got to be the odds-on favorites to win the Super Bowl. And according to bodog.com, they most certainly are, garnering 5/2 odds that they’ll win the championship.

But that’s not what we’re here for. Nope, we’re here to discuss the best prop bets of the week. So, here they are:

Will the Bengals win another game in the 2010 regular season?

Yes -260

No +200

The three teams remaining on Cincinnati’s schedule: vs. the Browns, vs. the Chargers and at the Ravens. Obviously, the Bengals best chance to win occurs this Sunday vs. Cleveland, though I didn’t pick Cincinnati to win. I’d go with winless the rest of the year.

When will the New York Jets score their next TD?

1st quarter Week 15 vs. Pittsburgh 9/4

2nd quarter Week 15 vs. Pittsburgh 3/2

3rd quarter Week 15 vs. Pittsburgh 13/2

4th quarter Week 15 vs. Pittsburgh 11/2

Won’t score a TD in Week 15 5/1

Love this question. The Jets, as you might know, haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in nine quarters. Against the fourth-ranked defense in the league in the Steelers, they might not score again this week. My question, though, is this: why are the odds of scoring a TD in the second half worse than not scoring a TD at all?

What will be the first type of dog will Michael Vick own after his supervised release?

Pit Bull 1/1

Bulldog 2/1

Labrador 5/1

Golden Retriever 6/1

German Sheppard 7/1

Poodle 25/1

Chihuahua 30/1
(Must own a dog by December 31st 2012 for wagers to have action)

Couldn’t even begin to answer this question. And why is there no choice of labradoodle?

What will Bill Cowher's role be for game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Remain with CBS 5/2

Coach of the Panthers 7/2

Coach of the Broncos 9/2

Coach of the Texans 5/1

Coach of the Cowboys 15/2

Coach of the 49ers 8/1

Coach of the Bengals 10/1

Coach of any other team 2/1  
Not to be a homer, but I’d go with him remaining a CBS analyst.

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Posted on: December 12, 2010 8:43 pm

Report: Cowher not a candidate for Cowboys gig

Posted by Will Brinson

When a coach is fired, people like to suggest that Bill Cowher (of CBS Sports, natch) could replace them. That's because he's a talented coach, he's available and he's been sought after.

According to a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, however, there's no need for Cowboys fans to get too worked up about the possibility of landing Cowher, as a "source with knowledge of the situation" tells him that Cowher hasn't and won't be a candidate for the Dallas job.

Provided this is true, it's not all that surprising. Cowher's a guy that wants personnel control. Jerry Jones is an owner that doesn't offer up a whole lot of personnel control.

Although Cowher's "big name" fits well with the type of splash hire that Jones probably wants to make, and while Cowher certainly has strong knowledge of handling the 3-4 defense that Dallas runs, in the end it just doesn't seem like the way that Jones will go because of the conflicts involved in the decision-making area of the team.

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 3:13 pm

Jerry Jones solicited by SB-winning coaches?

Posted by Will Brinson

It's pretty well established that when Jerry Jones hires a new coach for the Cowboys -- provided he doesn't go with the best-case nuclear option where he coaches the team himself -- it will be someone famous within the coaching world.

Or at least someone successful anyway, and Jones stated on KRLD-FM that he'd heard from "Super Bowl-winning coaches" who were interested in the gig.

"I will say that before I made the decision with Wade Phillips, I had Super Bowl-winning coaches solicit this job," Jones said, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.

This seems pretty logical since it's a good job to get, but boy, does Jason Garrett get any reprieve from additional pressure this year? (Rhetorical A: Probably not.)

Better question: What coaches could have called Jerry? The short list probably involves Mike Holmgren, Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, Tony Dungy and Brian Billick (AKA "The Usual Suspects"). We can scratch at least one of those guys off the list, as Dungy told Dan Patrick on Friday that he wasn't interested.

"I kind of expect to be contacted by ever"body who has an opening now, just to see if you’re interested," Dungy told Patrick, via Pro Football Talk. “And I guess I probably would do the same thing if I was in that situation. I’m not interested. But you never know what’s gonna happen or who’s gonna call."

Sure, those two statements ("I'm not interested" and "you never know what's gonna happen") are totally contradictory, but whatever, it seems safe to say that Dungy and Jerry might not be the greatest fit on the planet.

Dungy did say that Jerry should hire someone who's "like" him, although he didn't provide any specific names to Patrick before pointing out that Jones would probably need someone "high profile" like Cowher, Gruden or Holmgren.

And that's probably the truth, although "high profile" when you're talking about an NFL head coach doesn't have to mean "flashy" or anything of that nature.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:16 pm

For the gambler in you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s our favorite time of the week (or, more accurately, my favorite time of the week. Maybe not everybody’s favorite time of the week). It’s time for the weekly prop bets from bodog. As usual, we’ll skip past the newly-crowned Super Bowl favorites (though the Steelers and Patriots are at 15/2) and go straight to the fun stuff.

Randy Moss - Total receiving yards as a member of the Tennessee Titans in the 2010 NFL Regular Season?

Over/Under  475

At this point, how do you go over? Hell, he might not be with the team in three weeks. Plus, aside from taking defenses away from RB Adrian Peterson in Minnesota – Chris Johnson can expect similar results in Tennessee – Moss simply doesn’t have the gaudy stats this year.

Shawne Merriman - Total sacks as a member of the Buffalo Bills in the 2010 NFL Regular Season?

Over/Under 2.5

At this point, how do you go over? Hell, he might be injured again next week.

Who will be the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys for game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Jon Gruden  3/2

Bill Cowher 5/2

Jason Garrett 4/1

Wade Phillips 50/1

Any Other Coach 1/1

I might be tempted to put a few bucks on Phillips just because the odds are so high. But otherwise, I’m going with “any other coach.” I don’t think Cowher will take it, and I don’t think Jerry Jones would offer Garrett the job. I think there’s a chance with Gruden, but I’d still take the even odds at 1/1.

Will Marvin Lewis be the coach of Cincinnati for game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Yes Even

No 130

I’d go No every day of the week.

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 4:27 pm

Cowher talks about wife, coaching

Posted by Andy Benoit

Over the weekend, Richard Sandomir of The New York Times published an article on Bill Cowher in which the former Steelers coach addressed several topics, including his coaching future and the death of his wife, Kaye.

From Sandomir’s article: B. Cowher (US Presswire)

Cowher, a former Pittsburgh Steelers coach, and his wife, Kaye, moved to Raleigh, N.C., during his final season with the Steelers in 2006 and watched their three daughters grow up. Cowher became a studio analyst for CBS Sports and took piano lessons.

But in February of this year, Kaye Cowher received a diagnosis of melanoma. Late last month, she died, at 54
“It was a quick and unfortunate downward spiral in five months’ time,” he said Tuesday at CBS’s Midtown headquarters. “They went in to remove what they thought was a muscle mass and after doing a needle biopsy, they found the melanoma and couldn’t really find a treatment to cure it.” …

Cowher said that the pace of his wife’s illness was “a tough process.” Standing in a crowded conference room during CBS’s preseason media day, he said: “The medications she went through; the trial she tried, it really exasperated her. She had some moments of clarity in subsequent times. It was a very tough thing to go through and to watch.”

He added, “Cancer, very particularly melanoma, once it gets into your blood, it’s a difficult cancer to stop.”

He said all of this matter-of-factly, the familiar chin barely hidden behind the thin growth of his beard.

Cowher said he and his family have to move on. Does that mean we can expect to see him back on an NFL sideline?

“If the right situation occurred, I’d consider coaching,” Cowher said. “But everyone asks, ‘What’s the right situation?’ I don’t know. I’m not sitting and looking at any one job.”

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