jjakq27 Posted January 3, 2006 Report Share Posted January 3, 2006 From AP Sources: PITTSBURGH, PA-Low level rumors regarding the future of Steelers head coach Bill Cowher continue to resurface a day after the league completed week 17. While the team clinched the final wild card birth in the AFC, team officials were trying to downplay reports of Cowher's possible exit from his native Pittsburgh.With the expected resignation of Dick Vermeil after the Chiefs final game on Sunday, Cowher's name has surfaced as a possible candidate to replace him. He has a history with Kansas City, as he was the Chiefs defensive coordinator for Marty Schottenheimer before taking the Pittsburgh job after the 1991 season. Embattled Jets coach Herman Edwards is also an early candidate for the vacancy should he be released by the Jets.Insiders say that team officials and some coaches have grown weary of Cowher's style and personality. While he is one of the most successful coaches over the last decade and a half, the Steelers have only been to one Super Bowl since Cowher took the reigns from Chuck Noll in 1992.Cowher has privately told them that at times he feels burdened by the pressure of coaching his hometown team. His failure to win the Super Bowl and cement his legend has eluded him as well. These sources also say that some team officials are still bitter over the loss to the New England Patriots last season when the Steelers had homefield advantage after a 15-1 record. His reluctance to deviate from the power running game has left some insiders frustrated with the direction of the team. While QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB Willie Parker are newcomers to the team, and have been key performers this season, many are concerned with the overall age of the team and the eventual retirement of star running back Jerome Bettis.When asked for a comment on Monday, Cowher stated that he was preparing to play the Cincinnati Bengals and that was all he would say about the rumors. The Steelers are 2.5 point favorites in their wild card playoff game against the Bengals on Sunday. Based on previous coaching changes, some form of draft pick compensation will likely be required if Kansas City is able to lure Cowher from Pittsburgh. A similar scenario occurred when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to pry John Gruden from the Oakland Raiders in 2003 following Super Bowl XXXVII. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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