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    Cowher expected to retire Friday at news conference

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    Cowher expected to retire Friday at news conferenceBy John Clayton
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    Bill Cowher has informed his assistant coaches he is stepping down as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers after 15 seasons.

    Cowher wanted to take a week to make his decision, and the Steelers were willing to give him until next Monday or Tuesday to make a decision. But after talking over the situation with the family and the Steelers, Cowher decided to move up his announcement until Friday.

    The Steelers scheduled a 1 p.m. eastern press conference to discuss Cowher's situation. Although the team did not announce a decision, the word of his resignation was delivered to his assistant coaches.

    Cowher built a home in North Carolina and wanted to spend more time with his family there. Though the Steelers wanted him back, Cowher was looking for the chance to get away from the game for an indefinite period. Even though he could get his name in some of the job currently open, Cowher will not coach in 2007.

    First, the Steelers control his contractual rights through the 2007 season. Any team wanting him to coach would have to offer the Steelers a bounty of draft choices to get the rights to talk to him.

    Second, Cowher doesn't want to coach in 2007. Apparently, his decision doesn't have much to do with money. He is indeed going to take this season off and relax although it's not out of the question for him to do some television work. Cowher is expected to be working this weekend for a network, an arrangement he made several weeks ago.

    Cowher finished 161-99-1 in his 15 seasons with the Steelers. Thanks to Cowher and Chuck Noll, the Steelers have had one of the most stable coaching situations in the NFL.

    Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and assistant head coach Russ Grimm are among the leading candidates for the Steelers job.

    By making his decision known Friday, Cowher gives the Steelers the ability to talk to some of the assistant coaches currently in the playoffs. The NFL gives teams looking for head coaches until Sunday night to set up and conduct interviews with coaches currently in the playoffs. That could put the Steelers in position to talk to Cam Cameron of the Chargers and Ron Rivera of the Bears among other assistants.

    The Steelers will meet Friday morning to discuss replacements.


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    Re: Cowher expected to retire Friday at news conference

    Some people are already throwing his name around with the Dolphins.

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    Re: Cowher expected to retire Friday at news conference

    Quote Originally Posted by BigGameMN View Post
    Some people are already throwing his name around with the Dolphins.
    Are you kidding me!? He's retiring, not quitting!

    Silly people and their silliness.


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    Re: Cowher expected to retire Friday at news conference

    Quote Originally Posted by Varg6 View Post
    Are you kidding me!? He's retiring, not quitting!

    Silly people and their silliness.
    Yeah, Like when Junior Seau retired from the Chargers.:x

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    cowher if he retires will be unable to coach another team in the NFL till 2008!

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    Re: Cowher expected to retire Friday at news conference

    Turns out he resigned, so I'd look for him to be back in coaching in a couple of years.
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