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House of Steel
01-02-2007, 12:03 PM
Rooneys to meet with Cowher on TuesdayESPN.com news services
Will Bill Cowher coach the Steelers in 2007? The answer might come Tuesday.

Bill Cowher: NFL Coaching Record


If Bill Cowher doesn't return as Steelers coach, he'll leave behind quite a legacy in the Steel City.

Season|Record|Playoffs
1992|11-5|0-1
1993|9-7|0-1
1994|12-4|1-1
1995|11-5|2-1
1996|10-6|1-1
1997|11-5|1-1
1998|7-9|None
1999|6-10|None
2000|9-7|None
2001|13-3|1-1
2002|10-5-1|1-1
2003|6-10|None
2004|15-1|1-1
2005|11-5|4-0*
2006|8-8|None
Totals|149-90-1|12-9

* -- Won Super Bowl

A Pittsburgh Steelers source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that team chairman Dan Rooney and team president Art Rooney II will meet with Cowher and are expected to push Cowher to make a decision Tuesday on whether he will resign after 15 seasons as head coach.

Cowher had hoped to take up to a week from the end of the season before making a decision.

The team source told Mortensen that the Rooneys believe Cowher likely is going to walk away and want to start the process of finding a new coach, in part because their in-house potential replacements, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and assistant head coach/offensive line Russ Grimm, are potential head coaching candidates for other NFL teams.

The 49-year-old Cowher, whose tenure with the same team is the longest of any current NFL coach, began weighing retirement shortly after the Steelers won the Super Bowl in February. He is signed through 2007 but, for the first time since being hired in January 1992, could not work out an extension.

Cowher has said several times recently he is not burned out, and there is no indication he would retire if he quits now -- the Steelers themselves anticipate he would be back on an NFL sideline as early as 2008.

Cowher's decision appears tied to family and money. He would like to spend more time at home since his youngest daughter, Lindsay, has only 2 years of high school remaining. His two oldest daughters, Meagan and Laura, attend Princeton.

The problem: Cowher's wife, Kaye, and Lindsay are now living in a new home in Raleigh, N.C., where Cowher attended North Carolina State and the family has many friends. But the Steelers aren't interested in having Cowher significantly reduce his presence in Pittsburgh by constantly shuttling back and forth to North Carolina, where he also owns a summer home.

Another problem: Cowher, for the first time, seems focused on being one of the NFL's highest-paid coaches in his next contract.

Cowher made about $4 million this season, or about half of what Seattle coach Mike Holmgren is making. The Steelers are giving no indication they are willing to pay any coach $8 million a year.

However, there seems little doubt Cowher could make that kind of money should he retire, work next season as an NFL analyst for a TV network, then sign with another team in 2008 or 2009 after all of his daughters have left home.

NFL Insider Chris Mortensen appears on Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.



This is it do or die man. BLACK TUESDAY IS COMING!!! I hate this waiting game now. OH THIS IS NERVE WRECKING.

TampaSteelGirl
01-02-2007, 12:05 PM
PLEASE COME BACK!!! SHOW BILL THE MONEY PLEASE!!!!!!!! :pray:

AZ_Steeler
01-02-2007, 12:13 PM
I think if the Rooney's force him to make a decision today then he will definitely walk! Nobody wants to be forced into doing anything especially when it comes to their career.

BlacknGold Bleeder
01-02-2007, 12:17 PM
There is no way to force the issue. If Cowher tells them yes he's staying today he can always change his mind later, what are they going to do fire him??? Hold on maybe they will.... though I don't see this happening, that way they don't let him be the bad guy for wanting more money... ohhh the headaches this is causing

House of Steel
01-02-2007, 12:19 PM
Next Tuesday is going to be a day of reckoning for the Steeler Nation. Thanks for the table, Chris, appreciate it. Looks a whole lot better. I am with there, Bleeder, this is getting to be a migrane headache from hell.

Steelersfan
01-02-2007, 12:24 PM
Interesting article I just read. There's a lot more to it than just this quote so be sure to read the whole thing.


Sometime after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL in February, Cowher revealed to some in the organization he was entertaining thoughts of retiring. But those sentiments were heightened when he apparently balked at a contract extension he was offered by team president Art Rooney II, a deal that would have paid Cowher between $6 million and $6.5 million annually in the final years of the contract, according to several people who have knowledge of the situation.
It is difficult to determine where the contract would have put Cowher among the National Football League's top-paid coaches because such salary information is not made available by NFL teams or agents. Unlike player salaries, which are compiled by the NFL Players Association and shared among NFL teams, coaches salaries are closely guarded secrets.
But, it is likely the deal would have made Cowher one of the top five paid coaches in the league, and perhaps made him among the top two or three. It is believed Cowher will earn approximately $4.5 million this year, which would place him, by most estimates, among the top eight paid coaches in the league.


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06365/750301-66.stm

BlacknGold Bleeder
01-02-2007, 12:25 PM
I know this is blasphemy but looking at his playoff record ... it leaves alot to be desired ... take out last season and he was below .500 for playoffs

House of Steel
01-02-2007, 12:32 PM
This is getting nerve wrecking. I remember reading that, Dan. I was like, you stupid ***, Cowher, turning down a chance to make $6 to $6.5 million a year salary. Being a top eight in salary for an NFL coach, I would of been damn happy. What on Earth is going through Cowher's head anymore?

Koopa
01-02-2007, 01:34 PM
I know this is blasphemy but looking at his playoff record ... it leaves alot to be desired ... take out last season and he was below .500 for playoffs

that is why i never liked him, oh sure, he gets nice regular season wins, but when you at home every superbowl are conference championship what's the point, might as well just suck lol cause we still end up being where the worse teams in the league are lol

anyway, i think it's stupid to force him to give you an answer today, let him at least take another day, i know other coaching jobs have opened and you want to get a good coach fast, but come on, cowher has been here forever and at least give him the respect to take another day or 2 to decide......

Friday133
01-02-2007, 02:39 PM
Next Tuesday is going to be a day of reckoning for the Steeler Nation. Thanks for the table, Chris, appreciate it. Looks a whole lot better. I am with there, Bleeder, this is getting to be a migrane headache from hell.

next tuesday? i think its got to be today.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-02-2007, 02:44 PM
That article that AZ put up caused alot of stir when it first came out and now it's coming back to light again.

I heard on the Steelers Radio Network that Cowher's season end press conference has been postponed indefinately. Normally it takes place today but due to his impending decision on whether or not to coach they will not know when they will have the official press conference until a decision is made.

Cowher needs to realize too that he can't pull a Brett Favre here and take awhile to think about it. While potential coaches won't get taken off the board right away they will start interviewing now so we need to have as much upper hand as possible to try and land the guy we want.

LatrobePA
01-02-2007, 04:48 PM
http://kdka.com/topstories/local_story_002145146.html

Troyisabeast_43
01-02-2007, 06:04 PM
I respect Bill Cowher a lot but the longer he goes with this crap of not making an announcement and saying he doesnt know the worse the Steelers chances will be of getting the right coach in here they want to hire. Remember a head coach has to hire assistants and other personel to work with them when they are hired. And the assistants on here also have to decide what they want to do with their future. So if Cowher thinks he can play this Mickey Mouse game for another 2-3 weeks and say I still need time to decide he is dead wrong. If he cares enough about this organization he will make this decision here this week within the next couple of days so that the Rooney's can start bringing guys in here right away to determine who is going to get the head coaching job. From where I stand personally if Cowher doesnt make a decision by the end of this week and carries this into next week still sometime Im going to be very very pissed. The Rooney's need to give Cowher an ultimatum and tell him by Friday this week at the very latest we need a public announcement to whether your going or staying. The longer Cowher drags this thing out here the harder its going to be to find the right Head Coach that the Rooney's want. I find it completely ridiculous that Cowher still hasnt made up his mind yet and that he really doesnt know what he wants to do. I just dont believe it at all.

SteelersfaninPhilly
01-02-2007, 06:20 PM
I respect Bill Cowher a lot but the longer he goes with this crap of not making an announcement and saying he doesnt know the worse the Steelers chances will be of getting the right coach in here they want to hire. Remember a head coach has to hire assistants and other personel to work with them when they are hired. And the assistants on here also have to decide what they want to do with their future. So if Cowher thinks he can play this Mickey Mouse game for another 2-3 weeks and say I still need time to decide he is dead wrong. If he cares enough about this organization he will make this decision here this week within the next couple of days so that the Rooney's can start bringing guys in here right away to determine who is going to get the head coaching job. From where I stand personally if Cowher doesnt make a decision by the end of this week and carries this into next week still sometime Im going to be very very pissed. The Rooney's need to give Cowher an ultimatum and tell him by Friday this week at the very latest we need a public announcement to whether your going or staying. The longer Cowher drags this thing out here the harder its going to be to find the right Head Coach that the Rooney's want. I find it completely ridiculous that Cowher still hasnt made up his mind yet and that he really doesnt know what he wants to do. I just dont believe it at all.



I can believe it. You just got to know. That Porter and others. Let BC know what they think and want in season ending meetings. I imagine BC is pretty torn right now on what he wants to do.

House of Steel
01-02-2007, 07:08 PM
Boy, I tell you, I feel like a complete jackass for posting this article up when it wasn't true. That is the last time I listen to ESPN and Mortenson the Fat.

TampaSteelGirl
01-03-2007, 10:20 AM
The thing to me is, I don't believe Bill would try pulling a Brett Farve, first of all he's too classy for that and secondly he's not that kind of person. He loves the Rooneys and this entire organization. This is not something he needs to take lightly and I"m sure this is the biggest, toughest decision he's ever made in his life. He deserves some time to think about it and not make a rash decision becuase someone is rushing him and then he regrets his decision. I admire the Rooneys for giving him time to reflect, spend time with his family and decide his future. I dont' believe he would be playing with the Rooneys at all...this is tough for him. Take your time Bill and make the right decision...................TO COME BACK!!!!! :greengrin:

BlitzburghRockCity
01-03-2007, 10:26 AM
IF he knew which way he was leaning at the end of the season like he kept telling everyone, and then had his meetings with the players and owners, they may have complicated the issue some; which would say to me that he was ready to retire but then after hearing all the heartfelt words from his players, the maybe he's having second thoughts about not coming back.

TampaSteelGirl
01-03-2007, 10:35 AM
IF he knew which way he was leaning at the end of the season like he kept telling everyone, and then had his meetings with the players and owners, they may have complicated the issue some; which would say to me that he was ready to retire but then after hearing all the heartfelt words from his players, the maybe he's having second thoughts about not coming back.

I definately agree with what you just said...I'm sure it's easy to say it until it's the end and then your heart takes over...I hope that's the case. Again, i'd love to see him stay...:towel: