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    Rooneys are not playing long term games with Cowher

    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.

    * -- 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 2½ 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.
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    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.

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    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




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    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.

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    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

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    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




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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlacknGold Bleeder View Post
    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......
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    Quote Originally Posted by House of Steel View Post
    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.

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