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BlitzburghRockCity
01-03-2007, 01:10 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_486755.html


The Steelers want coach Bill Cowher back for a 16th season -- and even more if he's willing -- but they say it's up to him.

Team President Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he and Chairman Dan Rooney met separately with Cowher on Tuesday and left it to him to decide his coaching future. The Steelers believe Cowher will make a decision within a week, possibly as soon as Friday.

"I told him we'd like to see him come back. We very much would like to have him back," Art Rooney II said.

Cowher has one year remaining on his contract, but is considering retiring. Rooney said Cowher was given the option of coaching the final year of his contract without signing an extension.

Well it could happen as soon as Friday, so let's keep our fingers crossed for whatever outcome each of us wants to hear, but it's good to see the team wants him back if he's willing to stay. That just shows how dedicated the Rooney's are and how much they believe in him.

DIESELMAN
01-03-2007, 01:13 AM
Me personally would like to see him back. He knows what hes got with the Steelers. He still has the passion for the game and he knows the potential this team already has. C'mon Billy boy you know where you need to be.....Lets do this already.....:helmet:

BlitzburghRockCity
01-03-2007, 01:16 AM
There were times this year when I was ready for a new regime, well maybe not completely ready but moreso just bitching and complaining because we stunk up joint and underachieved after so much success last year...but the longer this drags on the more I think about wanting him back.

Steelersfan
01-03-2007, 01:33 AM
Hey if BC wants to come back and still has the fire I'd be happy to see him back. But if he has any doubts I would just as soon him leave so we can get on with the "team".

House of Steel
01-03-2007, 08:51 AM
I WANT THE CHIN BACK!!! DAMNIT COWHER GET BACK IN THE SADDLE HERE!!! This is the best job in the NFL to be the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers and having the best owners to back you up.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-03-2007, 10:12 AM
Hey if BC wants to come back and still has the fire I'd be happy to see him back. But if he has any doubts I would just as soon him leave so we can get on with the "team".

And that's the worst thing, we don't know how bad he wants to be here, and if he does come back is it mainly for the money or is his heart really into it. :nonod:

TampaSteelGirl
01-03-2007, 10:14 AM
Please come back Bill!!! To me it just wouldn't be the same..I was younger when Chuck Noll was a coach so I feel more attachment to Cowher..Man it just wouldn't be the same without him and I think the boys feel the same!!! First Bettis, then Coach Cowher!! Please come back!!!! :hail:

AZ_Steeler
01-03-2007, 11:50 AM
Let's think about this for a moment... BC comes back to fulfill his final year on his contract and makes it known that he will retire at then end of the 2007 season... Now it becomes the "BC Tour of 07" and the team has something to play for... Didn't the Steelers just have a scenario like this ;)

TampaSteelGirl
01-03-2007, 03:51 PM
yes and wouldn't it be great for Bill to go out right after another SB win??? :tt02:

Captcoolhand
01-03-2007, 04:08 PM
As much as I like BC; if that was me walking in his shoes, doing all that he did in the last 15 years - I might have to walk away too. To be with my family at his age and have the money that he has made over the years. I would consider it. I just feel that he might have missed out of the best year of his kds life, but still have a chance to make up for the last few before they are off and gone.

BlitzburghNation
01-03-2007, 07:28 PM
Great notion,,,,,,,,,,That arrangement might just get us our 6th super !

Captcoolhand
01-04-2007, 12:39 AM
Well if you honestly think we are going to get it with BC and his attitide, you might me waiting another 15 yrs

OneSteelSoldier
01-04-2007, 12:53 AM
I'm gonna go with my heart, and say that he's coming back. He will finish out his contract and then, next year he will sign for alot more money. I'd rather be stuck on the top of Mount Everest in speedo swim trunks, then to look for a new coach!! :lol:

Aunkster
01-04-2007, 01:15 AM
Let's think about this for a moment... BC comes back to fulfill his final year on his contract and makes it known that he will retire at then end of the 2007 season... Now it becomes the "BC Tour of 07" and the team has something to play for... Didn't the Steelers just have a scenario like this ;)


these are my thoughts,im selfish,I want him for more than one year,if he is going to do just one more then lets hire someone else.

the Rooneys have been very lucky and very good with their choices because they are able to hire people and keep them for multiple years ,that what I want but again im selfish:dunno:

SteelersfaninPhilly
01-04-2007, 04:37 PM
Look for the fins to ask the Steelers for permisson to speak with Cowher.

Steelerlyn
01-04-2007, 04:47 PM
Look for the fins to ask the Steelers for permisson to speak with Cowher.

BC isn't going anywhere. i hope

SteelersfaninPhilly
01-04-2007, 05:00 PM
Lyn, everything looks like Cowher is gone. Unless he comes to his senses. Reports have the fins ready to give Cowher what he wants.

floodcitygirl
01-04-2007, 05:02 PM
I don't even want to think about him leaving to coach for another team with another year on his contract. Just don't want to think about it.....

Koopa
01-04-2007, 05:05 PM
i read that if john fox doesn't go deep into the playoffs next year it could be his head, and they'd offer a shitload to cowher......

SteelersfaninPhilly
01-04-2007, 05:10 PM
Operating on a timeline established during a Tuesday morning meeting with Steelers ownership, Bill Cowher will return to Pittsburgh next Monday to reveal plans for his NFL future.

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The consensus among high-ranking team officials, and sources around the NFL, is that Cowher will retire as coach of the Steelers after 15 seasons. In fact, it will be stunning if Cowher returns to the team to fulfill the final year of his current contract.

The reason? Ostensibly to spend more time with his family.

There has been rampant speculation since last May, when it was revealed that Cowher and his wife had purchased a home in Raleigh, N.C., that 2006 would be his last season with the team. That speculation was fueled when contract discussions between the Steelers and Cowher's representative failed to produce an extension to his deal.

He has been purposely cryptic about his plans but, in a late-season conference call with Carolina-area media, Cowher acknowledged he would resolve his status for the future shortly after the season ended.

Cowher huddled early Tuesday morning with owner Dan Rooney and team president Art Rooney II before driving to Raleigh to join his wife and the couple's youngest daughter, who lived there all season. During the Tuesday meeting, Steelers ownership did not attempt to press Cowher for a more expeditious decision on his future, and agreed that he should take some time to deliberate.

Within the Steelers' inner circle, it has been widely accepted that a decision would come early next week -- and that Cowher would likely walk away from the NFL for at least a year. One organizational source said that he felt Cowher "had one foot out the door" as early as last spring. Cowher has conceded that, after the team's Super Bowl XL victory 11 months ago, he considered retirement.

Once his existing contract with the Steelers expires following the 2007 season, he would be free to seek employment elsewhere. If Cowher exits the game now, many believe he will explore jobs in broadcasting for the 2007 season.

Typical of Pittsburgh management, the Steelers will allow the situation to play out and will then react. Even though the Steelers slumped to 8-8 in 2006, the roster remains a talented one and the club is capable of a quick rebound.

That, plus the stability and support of ownership makes a Pittsburgh vacancy -- if there is one -- the plum job of all the current openings. Steelers management is confident, should Cowher leave, that it will find a suitable successor.

In-house candidates almost certainly would include assistant head coach Russ Grimm and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, both of whom are candidates for other current openings around the league as well. The Steelers also would interview several outside candidates.

In his 15 seasons, Cowher has compiled a 161-99-1 record, including playoff games. Under his stewardship, the Steelers have won eight division titles, earned 10 playoff berths, advanced to the conference championship game six times, appeared in two Super Bowl games and won one.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com

Koopa
01-04-2007, 05:35 PM
six conference championships and only 1 superbowl came out of it...smh, he is horrible lol.....ppl talk **** about martyball but cowher is the same in the playoffs, conservative and plays not to lose