Bill Cowher
Former American football coach and player
Bill Cowher
William Laird "Bill" Cowher is a former professional American football coach and player in the National Football League (NFL). In Cowher's fifteen seasons as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team won eight division titles and made ten playoff appearances. Cowher has reached the Super Bowl twice, winning one. He is the second coach in NFL history to reach the playoffs in each of his first six seasons as head coach, a feat previously accomplished by Paul Brown.
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Should the Cleveland Browns cut Johnny Manziel? Bill Cowher thinks so [poll]
LATimes - over 1 year
Less than a week after his latest off-field incident, Johnny Manziel was on Cleveland's active roster Sunday. But not everyone agrees with the Browns' decision to stand by their backup quarterback. "I believe in second chances but after the second chance, to me there's a zero-tolerance policy....
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Lou Spanos Leaving UCLA To Become Tennessee Titans' LB Coach
Bruins Nation - about 3 years
Football's coaching carousel has finally affected the Bruins, though not in the way most observers would have predicted. Over the past month, we have all kept an eye on the coaching market and the possible effect of that market on the Bruins and our conference rivals and future opponents. After Jim Mora and Adrian Klemm rejected generous offers elsewhere to stay in Westwood, all seemed stable at UCLA for the upcoming year. Until today. The Tennessee Titans have just announced their hire of Bruin defensive coordinator Lou Spanos as the team's new Linebackers coach, the same position he held with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins before coming to UCLA after the 2011 season. Spanos will be joining the staff of new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, whom he worked with as part of Bill Cowher's staff with the Steelers. Coach Spanos has been a key part of the culture change and overall turnaround of the Bruin football program under Coach Mora. I hope we can all agree ...
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Welcome to the Lions Den, Coach Caldwell: Challenges Facing the Future Ex-Coach
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Today, the Lions announced their latest casualty -- Jim Caldwell. And one happy man, Ken Whisenhunt, is now in the employment of a far less-talented team but a far more talented owner. Whisenhunt was the chosen one. He was the reason we all were rooting for the Chargers to lose on Sunday to Peyton Manning. But as luck (and Lions lore) would have it, Peyton did win a rare playoff game -- but Kenny chose the Titans over working for his former teammate and current Lions GM, Martin Mayhew. Very wise choice, KW. No Lions coach has ever been a head coach after his tenure with this franchise. It's really an incredible run. Even the Bengals have been to the Super Bowl a few times. Even Tampa Bay and Seattle, who joined the NFL a hundred years after the Lions, have been there -- Tampa Bay even won. Fantasy Coaches and Curses The names have been batted around, of course. Jon Gruden is smart. Bill Cowher is crafty. Jimmy Johnson is a genius. Tony Dungy, who grew up a Lions fan a ...
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CBS’ NFL analysts talk about Texans’ prospects in 2013
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
My question to the assembled CBS Sports talent roster on this week’s network conference call regarded where the Texans are in their current window of opportunity as they look for a Super Bowl berth and to what degree they need better play from quarterback Matt Schaub to get there. (The Schaub element, I must add, was a reflection of the fact that practically the entire call had been spent talking about which quarterbacks needed to step up this season.) Phil Simms: “More help. Give him more chances to make plays, more talent around him on the outside. Last year they were kind of missing that one playmaker. Tighten up the defense. The pass defense really struggled at the end of the year. “Where are they in that window? They’re right in the middle of it. They’ve still got young players they keep adding to it. The Texans are going to be … I don’t see them falling off the wayside (and) they have to win this year or next I look at teams like maybe New England, Denver, the Giants, teams t ...
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Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher shows a lighter side in music video
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Apparently former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach and current CBS analyst Bill Cowher is dating a singer named Queen V. And apparently she needed a tall bearded guy with a big chin to wear eyeliner in a music video. Here is the finished product, and if there is any better way to start your weekend, we can’t think of one.
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Bill Cowher wears eye makeup in girlfriend's music video
USA Today - over 3 years
Tough men wear makeup.
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Cowher in car accident in NYC: Report
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher avoided significant injury during a car accident in New York City on Sunday afternoon, according to the New York Daily News.
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Bill Cowher: 'No plans on coaching'
Chicago Times - about 4 years
Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher addressed reports that he wants to return to coaching by saying that he plans to stay at CBS, where he works as a studio analyst.
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Bill Cowher says he'll be an NFL coach again eventually
USA Today - about 4 years
Bill Cowher says he's coming back to coaching eventually. But when?
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Who Might Fill the NFL Coaching Openings
NYTimes - about 4 years
When NFL coaching jobs open, the names Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy immediately surface as potential candidates.
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Schottenheimer For Chiefs GM: WWMD?
Arrowhead Addict - over 4 years
I cannot say that it is an incompetence thing, a pride or arrogance or attitude thing, a corporate culture thing, or simply a bad luck thing, but I do know that whatever it is, it is without question a very exasperating, very disappointing, excuse-exhausted thing.  I am talking about Scott Pioli’s tenure as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs Football Club. A hire that initially seemed all hopeful and shiny new has lost all of its brilliance, all of its hope. Sadly for us weary, die-hard fans, the time has come for Clark Hunt to own this failure, start fresh, and try once more. To that end, I contribute my voice and my vote. I suggest a GM with a proven track record of fixing broken teams, re-infusing them with fundamental football and fiery motivation, and galvanizing all that into a highly competitive, highly feared NFL team, year in and year out. I suggest somebody who is out front with the media, articulate, unafraid to speak his mind and connects with fans in a natural, ...
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Bill Cowher Returns to the Middle East Alongside Leslie Frazier, Ben Kotwica and Eric Mangini During Fourth Annual USO/NFL Coaches Tour
Yahoo News - over 4 years
In celebration of America’s independence and our service heroes stationed around the globe, the USO and NFL kicked off summer 2012 with their fourth annual USO/NFL Coaches Tour to the Middle East. Having foregone their holiday plans to spend time with troops is former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach and current CBS Sports analyst Bill Cowher; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier; New York Jets assistant special teams coach/U.S. Army veteran Ben Kotwica; and former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Eric Mangini. ...
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Report: San Diego Chargers interview Bill Cowher [Updated]
LATimes - about 5 years
Are the Chargers considering replacing Norv Turner with Super Bowl-winning coach <a class="fplink fp-30844" href="/bill+cowher">Bill Cowher</a>? According to the New York Post's Mark Cannizzaro, Cowher already has had an interview with the Chargers, "who were gauging his interest," and the Steelers coach-turned-TV analyst did indeed  express interest in coaching in San Diego. [Updated, 8:28 a.m., Dec. 24: A Chargers spokesman on Saturday dismissed the report as false.] The Chargers are 7-7 and in danger of missing the playoffs for a second consecutive season. It isn't just Turner's job that's in jeopardy, but that of General Manager A.J. Smith. Cowher has been linked to other jobs too, among them is possibly replacing Tom Coughlin as coach of the Giants. In October, Cowher released a statement saying he had not been contacted by any teams and did not plan to return to coaching next season. "I'm here to say to you today, I do not plan on coaching next year," he said two m ...
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CBS' Bill Cowher: TV might be permanent
USA Today - over 5 years
After saying on-air that he won't coach next season, CBS' <a class="fplink fp-30844" href="/bill+cowher">Bill Cowher</a> suggested later that he might stay in TV permanently.
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Bill Cowher says he'll stay at CBS next year
USA Today - over 5 years
CBS' <a class="fplink fp-30844" href="/bill+cowher">Bill Cowher</a> Sunday said, "I do not plan on coaching next year. I love where I work, and more importantly I enjoy the people that I work ...
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Gaga in Gotham -- 10 reasons why we loved Batman in the 'Burgh - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Field trip, part one -- Take the chance to be in a Batman movie, add free entry to Heinz Field and throw in some Steelers and former coach Bill Cowher and you, my friend, just won the lottery. True, many unpaid extras wilted in their seats,
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Cowher: 'Troy is going to finish a Steeler' - CBSSports.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
We put that question to former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, who now works as an NFL analyst for CBS. Specifically, did the organization factored youth and health into their decision to sign Lawrence over Troy? &quot;That&#39;s absolutely got to be their thinking
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Cowher
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 56
    Lindsay married NBA forward Ryan Kelly of the Los Angeles Lakers August 2, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Cowher was on the cover of EA Sports' 2006 video game NFL Head Coach. He appears in TV advertising for Time Warner Cable. How the Steelers fared in games with Cowher as head coach. Note: How the Steelers fared in playoff games with Cowher as head coach.
  • 2010
    Age 52
    Kaye Cowher died of skin cancer at age 54 on July 23, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Bill and Kaye have three daughters. Daughters Meagan and Lauren played basketball at Princeton University, and Lindsay played basketball at Wofford College before transferring to Elon University. In 2007, the Cowher family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina from suburban Pittsburgh. Meagan married NHL forward Kevin Westgarth of the Calgary Flames.
    In July of 2010, Cowher was the keynote speaker for National Agents Alliance at their Leadership Conference.
    More Details Hide Details He talked about work ethic, leadership and how that transfers into the work force. He said it's not about what you accomplish, it's about who you touch along the way. Cowher had a part in the movie The Dark Knight Rises (2012), which was filmed at Heinz Field, the home of the Steelers, in downtown Pittsburgh. He played the head coach of the Gotham Rogues. After coaching he started reading 9th grade PIAA Gil's basketball Assistant coaches under Bill Cowher that became Head Coaches in the NFL: Bill Cowher's late wife, Kaye (née Young), also a North Carolina State University graduate, played professional basketball for the New York Stars of the (now defunct) Women's Pro Basketball League with her twin sister, Faye. Kaye was featured in the book Mad Seasons: The Story of the First Women's Professional Basketball League, 1978–1981, by Karra Porter (University of Nebraska Press, 2006).
  • 2009
    Age 51
    Putting an end to numerous unfounded rumors of his return to coaching in the NFL in 2009, Cowher stated on The NFL Today that he did not plan to coach again in the immediate future.
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  • 2008
    Age 50
    On March 4, 2008, Cowher responded to rumors concerning his coaching future by stating, "I'm not going anywhere."
    More Details Hide Details The rumors started after the Cowhers placed their Raleigh, North Carolina home on the market, but their intention was to build a new house two miles away.
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 49
    In 2007, Cowher appeared in the ABC reality television series Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, featuring a dozen celebrities in a stock car racing competition.
    More Details Hide Details Cowher matched up against Gabrielle Reece and William Shatner.
    On February 15, 2007, he signed on to The NFL Today on CBS as a studio analyst, joining Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, and Boomer Esiason.
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    During the following season, there was talk about Cowher leaving the Steelers, ostensibly to spend more time with his family. On January 5, 2007, Cowher stepped down after 15 years at the helm of the franchise.
    More Details Hide Details The Steelers hired former Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin as Cowher's successor. Cowher's record as a head coach is 149–90–1 (161–99–1 including playoff games).
    Cowher resigned as head coach of the Steelers on January 5, 2007, 11 months after winning Super Bowl XL in 2006 over the Seattle Seahawks.
    More Details Hide Details Cowher was replaced by current Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. Before being hired by the Steelers in 1992, Cowher served as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs under head coach Marty Schottenheimer. He is currently a studio analyst for The NFL Today. Born in Crafton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Cowher excelled in football, basketball, and track for Carlynton High. At North Carolina State University (under Coach Lou Holtz), he was a starting linebacker, team captain, and team MVP in his senior year.
  • 2006
    Age 48
    On February 5, 2006, Cowher's Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XL by defeating the Seattle Seahawks 21–10, giving Cowher his first Super Bowl ring.
    More Details Hide Details Through the Super Bowl, Cowher's team had compiled a record of 108–1–1 in games in which they built a lead of at least 11 points.
  • 2005
    Age 47
    At the conclusion of the 2005 season, the Steelers had the best record of any team in the NFL since Cowher was hired as head coach.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 37
    In 1995, at age 38, he became the youngest coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details Cowher is only the second coach in NFL history to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first six seasons as head coach, joining Pro Football Hall of Fame member Paul Brown. In Cowher’s 15 seasons, the Steelers captured eight division titles, earned 10 postseason playoff berths, played in 21 playoff games, advanced to six AFC Championship games and made two Super Bowl appearances. He is one of only six coaches in NFL history to claim at least seven division titles.
  • 1992
    Age 34
    He became the 15th head coach in Steelers history when he succeeded Chuck Noll on January 21, 1992 – but only the second head coach since the NFL merger in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Under Cowher, the Steelers showed an immediate improvement from the disappointing 7–9 season the year before, going 11–5 and earning home field advantage in the AFC after the Steelers had missed the playoffs six times out of the previous seven years.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 27
    He was the Browns' special teams coach in 1985–86 and secondary coach in 1987–88 before following Schottenheimer to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1989 as defensive coordinator.
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    Cowher began his coaching career in 1985 at age 28 under Marty Schottenheimer with the Cleveland Browns.
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  • 1979
    Age 21
    Cowher began his NFL career as a linebacker with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1979, but signed with the Cleveland Browns the following year.
    More Details Hide Details Cowher played three seasons (1980–82) in Cleveland, making him a member of the Kardiac Kids, before being traded back to the Eagles, where he played two more years (1983–84). His tenure in Philadelphia included tackling a young Jeff Fisher (who later became the head coach of the Tennessee Titans) when playing against the Chicago Bears, causing Fisher to break his leg. The two would later be rival head coaches and friends in the AFC Central division, and Fisher has credited his injury at the hands of Cowher with having the unintended consequence of propelling him into coaching. Cowher primarily played special teams during his playing career, and placed emphasis on special teams during his coaching career. Cowher credits being a "bubble player" during his playing career with influencing his coaching career, feeling that such players work the hardest for a roster spot (and sometimes still get cut, hence the term "bubble player"), and thus make better head coaches than those with successful playing careers.
    He graduated in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in education.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on May 8, 1957.
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