Bill Cowher will return to coaching…but when?

Bill Cowher hasn’t coached in so long that his name didn’t come up as immediately as it used to when the firing of NFL coaches began Dec. 31.

Bill Cowher didn’t often look like this the last time he coached. (Bill Lawrie / Getty Images)

Now, though, Cowher himself is putting his name out there. Asked by Newsday’s Neil Best if he plans to coach again one day, Cowher replied succinctly and unequivocally:

“Yes.”

Cowher, who left the Pittsburgh Steelers after the 2006 season, is only 55 and confident that he could pick up where he left off. He admitted that “it would be a challenge” but added “that’s probably why I would get back into it, because of the challenge.”

Although he stressed that he’s not interested in any of the remaining job openings for the 2013 season, Cowher is not concerned that the game has passed him by.

“I think it’s a non-issue. I did it for 27 years. You don’t just forget things overnight,” Cowher, a CBS studio analyst who was attending the network’s Super Bowl press event Tuesday, said. “One thing about this [TV] job is it’s been really good because it allows me to study the game and do features on the game. I want to know what I’m talking about so I’m watching tape. It’s not like I’m out of it. I know how the game is changing.”

There’s a fairly significant precedent for returning successfully to the sideline.  Dick Vermeil, who left the Philadelphia Eagles in 1982, worked in broadcasting before returning to coach the St. Louis Rams, with whom he won a Super Bowl.

Cowher also delivered a zinger at the press event. Asked if, a la Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez, he’d ever get a tattoo of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Cowher replied: “At least he won me a Super Bowl.”

Boom. Now, let the speculation for the 2014 season begin. Where’s the best landing spot for Cowher? And where do you think he’ll end up?

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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