Bill Cowher on coaching in NFL: 'I didn't get out of it to get back in'

Bill Cowher last coached in the NFL in 2006. (USATSI)
Bill Cowher coached the Steelers from 1992-2006, retiring a season after winning Super Bowl XL. He's spent the last six-plus years as a studio analyst for CBS' The NFL Today, but the rumors persist: When will he return to coaching?

Cowher has said on more than one occasion that it won't happen anytime soon, and last January he couldn't have been more clear: "I have no plans to go back into coaching."

He sounded a similar tone this week when speaking to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.

“I had the best job in the NFL,’’ Cowher said of his 15 years coaching the Steelers. “I realize that, that’s why all the talk about me coming back is just that. I had the best job in the league; I didn’t get out of it to get back in it.”

Does that mean Cowher has decided to never coach again?

“I would never say that. I don’t know how I’ll feel in two years. Never say ‘never’ because then you become a hypocrite," he said. "I’ve seen too many other people in my profession say ‘never’ and come back. Always keep doors open in life, that’s the important thing to do.

“I’m very happy doing what I’m doing. I work at it, I’ll get better at it, it has allowed me to do things in life I never could have have. I’m in a good place.’’

So for the the seventh straight offseason, it sounds like Cowher's name won't appear on any coaching short lists. Then again, as he points out, never say never.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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