Cowher Associates Still Don't Expect Him to Coach Next Season

People close to Bill Cowher continue to say that the former Pittsburgh Steelers coach doesn't plan to coach in the NFL next season.

The Washington Redskins undoubtedly will try to lure Cowher back to the sideline with a record-setting contract offer. But Cowher already has told the Atlanta Falcons that he isn't interested in coaching next season, and several people who know him say he's content working for CBS as a studio analyst and spending time with his family and they don't expect even Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change Cowher's mind. Cowher, they say, even has been taking piano lessons.

Cowher left the Steelers after last season but has left open the possibility of a return to the NFL at some point.

By Mark Maske |  January 9, 2008; 9:34 AM ET  | Category:  Falcons , Redskins
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It's so simple: Hire grilliams for the year. If he succeeds, keep him around. If he bombs, get Cowher.
So very, very simple.

Posted by: CP#26 | January 9, 2008 11:21 AM

I for one am happy. Keep Gregg Williams and the continuity that the team has. Why bring in a coach who runs a completely different style defense in a 3-4. It is easier for the offense to adjust with a new coach. But when you are speaking about a defense scheme, totally different. You have to get almost all new players to fit the scheme.

Posted by: HTTRedskins | January 9, 2008 3:44 PM

Let's not blow up the stability and chemistry that the team seems to have for the first time in like a million years. Give the job to Williams - that's the smoothest transition to make. Given the job he's done with the defense I think he deserves a shot at being HC. I loved the way he deconstructed the entire defense after the awful 2006 season and made the adjustments that were needed to make one of the best in the league again. The guy deserves a shot.

Posted by: tartanskin | January 10, 2008 4:16 AM

The smart move is to hire a gm first and then hire the best possible coach. This team will not take the next step witout a gm. Williams would be good to replace gibbs if no gm is hired so long as he does not completely shake things up. There is no telling who will stay around from the old staff with gibbs gone and williams as head coach. Saunders may leave and then take some people with him. What about bugle? Or some of the other old coaches? Why would they stay without gibbs there? I think there are a lot of questions to be answered before they hire williams.

Posted by: JG | January 10, 2008 6:31 AM

If you are Gregg Williams you have to be a bit shocked by the fact the Redskins are interviewing his former position coaches from TENN and leaving him hanging in the wind after his defense is what has kept this team respectable for much of the past 4 years.

Posted by: Roy Hobbs | January 11, 2008 5:10 PM

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