The Chin vs. The Bus

Although his previous television gig — at noon Tuesdays during the Steelers’ season — never got rave reviews, Bill Cowher has landed a big-time TV contract with CBS that will make him part of the network’s pre- and postgame shows. He will share the set with Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, James Brown and Shannon Sharpe.

I’ve spent the morning nursing a big welt on my head that formed when I DID NOT SEE THIS COMING!  I mean, I vaguely remember seeing him during one of the playoff games sitting at the booth and I thought, my, he looks completely out of place there.
The Chin is a lot of things.  Cool.  Passionate.  Spitty.

Some things the Chin is not is all of the things he needs to be in order to be good at this job. Eloquent. Witty. Enunciating. Having control of his spit.

This is going to be muy interesante!

He plans to do this for a few years he says, so that means it will be a bit of time before we see him coaching The Cowboys … and when that happens, I’ll be organizing a chartered tour to Dallas so that we can all find his lawn and throw trash on it.

You in?


  1. Lino Gunn
    February 16, 2007 9:59 am

    PG, I’m in, am accumulating coffee grounds and orange peels now.

  2. GenieBottle
    February 16, 2007 10:50 am

    I can sleep better at night knowing that the chin did not stayed unemployed for long and that his family will not starve. He should have stayed in coaching.

  3. Dave
    February 16, 2007 11:09 am

    I’m in.

    And get Bell….she can bring her boys to pee on his mailbox.

  4. PittinDC
    February 16, 2007 1:28 pm

    I’m in. And I’m moving back home if he ever ends up coach of the Redskins.

  5. DickO
    February 17, 2007 8:55 am

    Who cares, the guy is a jerk and a liar! Anyone who disrespects the Rooneys(Art Jr) at his “RESIGNATION PRESS CONFERENCE” because he didn’t get $$ that he thought he was worth is a jerk! By the way don’t you think he could’ve made mention of Dick LeBeau as a thank you (his list was very short) since his only 2 Super Bowl App. were with LeBeau as his Defense Cordinator. Cowher never made mention of Dick Hoak or even attended Hoak’s retirement press conference. The list could go on and on. He’s a great actor so CBS and the public will like him, maybe he should forget the coaching gig and become a politician.

  6. Ditto
    February 17, 2007 10:01 am

    I agree with DickO. What a jerk. Having had to work in some capacity with this guy I can tell you I am glad he went to NC and CBS. Good bye. He is such an egotistical asshole. His wife is as well. They really believe they are so above most of us, trust me. I won’t say I hope he tanks at CBS – that would not be nice. I hope more people get the chance to see through him like some of us who had to work with him at one time or another. Good bye you stuck up creep.

  7. DickO
    February 17, 2007 10:57 am

    Come on you guys, come out the closet i know there are many of you that weren’t fooled by this jerk! I have felt this way about Cowher for about 8 years, so it isn’t something that i’m about spouting out about because i love and respected him soo much and was heart broken when he RESIGNED. The Rooney’s gave him soo much in 15 years(money,patience,security,respect)and he awarded them with 1 trophy and alot garbage. Think about it, if a coach like Parcells, Belichick, Holmgren, Shannahan, ect. would’ve had the teams and the oppurtunities that Cowher had in; 94,96,97,98(lost the team 0-5 last 5)04,and 06(2-6 start)I think the best game he coached was Super Bowl XXX, he did all he could do and the players just didn’t execute(Neil,Andre,O-Line)But something happend to Cowher after that Super Bowl loss, his EGO. He never seemed to be the same again, as in putting the team first and checking his EGO at the door. Remember 01′ playoffs, the weakest link on that team was special teams. They beat Baltimore eaisly in the Divisonal RD, but what was Balt. only TD? A Kickoff return. What did Cowher say the week of the Championship game, “NO Changes, WE ARE WHO WE ARE”. That’s great asshole, were you saying that when Troy Brown was running down your sideline for a TD! My next blog will get into how Cowher messed with “The Bus’s” career.

  8. Jonathan Potts
    February 17, 2007 2:48 pm

    Wow, a stubborn, egotistical football coach. Will wonders never cease? I’m not sure it’s any secret that Cowher didn’t work and play well with others. He was not necessarily great at cultivating talent among his assistants, and we can all remember his spat with Tom Donahue.

    But he’s a professional. If he wanted more money, that’s his perogative. Yes, the Rooneys demonstrated tremendous loyalty to him. On the other hand, Dan Rooney himself has said that from a business standpoint, the team’s goal isn’t necessarily to win championships. It’s to be competitive enough to sell tickets and ensure long-term stability. The Rooneys are good people, but they are not saints. They are business people like the other NFL owners. Cowher at least ensured that they were one of the most consistently competitive teams in the league. (Which isn’t to say that the team shouldn’t have won at least one or two more AFC championships.)

  9. DickO
    February 17, 2007 8:44 pm

    You’re right the NFL is big business, but I think winning championships is a priority.The Steelers will NEVER have a problem selling tickets, the waiting list for tickets is 35-40 years. Last season when they won the World Championship there merchandise sales was out of this world and still is in the top 3. I’m not naive and think the Steelers are going to win a championship every year, BUT the Rooneys and their staff scouts,Colbert,and coaches have put Cowher and the oragnization in a postion to be competitive each year. How many owners put their teams in that position each year? Not many at all, think about the who’s and the not’s. I know the Rooneys are not completely clean when it comes to their business, but there are plenty of NFL cities that would welcome the way they do business than how it is being done currently. Cowher will not last 5 years in his next coaching gig.

  10. GaryE
    February 18, 2007 12:55 am

    It’s refreshing to see that folks on this post see through the facade of Cowher. The Rooney’s were way to kind to him, and DickO is absolutely on target about Cowher not lasting 5 years in a head coaching gig with another team. With the talent, resources, and commitment bestowed upon him by the Rooney family and the Steeler organization, the Steelers should have won at least 2 more Superbowls during Cowhers tenure. Granted, he was a good motivational coach, he didn’t know squat about the X ands Os of the game as evidenced with his failure to acknowledge and correct weaknesses, to make real-time adjustments, and to accept responsibility for poor decisions. He’s just not that bright. I will not miss him. Go Steelers!!!

  11. Sofa King
    February 20, 2007 2:00 pm

    I’m surprised at everyone’s reactions to this post. The fact of the matter is that Cowher is the reason we were competitive at all for the last 15 years. Something has to be said for a coach, and an organization, that is so respected by it’s players that they are willing to take pay cuts and other concessions to stay with the team. Making the playoffs 11 out of 15 seasons is an incredible feat, even if we could have “won it all” a few more times.

    While I have, in general, trusted the Rooneys over the years, let’s not give them all of the credit for the team’s success. Don’t forget, they were there during the dreadful last decade of Noll’s career and Cowher came in and instantly we became a contender again. At first I was optimistic about the selection of Tomlin, but now as I watch him fill his staff with under-achieving, inexperienced coaches, I’m already having my doubts. I’m seriously questioning the Rooneys wanting a “new look” Steelers when the “old look” Steelers of the Cowher era were a damn fine unit. Why fix something that isn’t broken?

    Regardless, let’s not all act like a bitter jilted lover when it comes to Cowher moving on. Pittsburghers sometimes have a tendency of turning their back on those that have brought them success as soon as that person moves to the next stage in their life. I, for one, appreciate all that Cowher did for us and would be delighted to see him back on our sidelines someday, even though I know that’s probably just a dream.

  12. DickO
    February 20, 2007 10:39 pm

    Sofa King are you a Steelers fan or Cowher fan? Cause if you are a Steeler fan than you loved Jerome Bettis. My HAPPYNESS of Bill Cowher resigning his job with the Steelers has more to do with his LACK of CLASS and being a overated as a Head Coach than it is with me being upset that he resigned. Let’s take a quick look at how Bettis was treated his last few seasons in Pittsburgh. The 02′ season when Bettis tweaked his knee 1/2 way through the season, because Cowher fell in love with Tommy Gun and Famous Amous the Steelers lost their idenity that carried over to that unforgetable 03′ season. Remember in the Tennessee playoff game, the Steelers had just taken a late 4th qtr lead and there’s Bettis standing on the sideline in uniform never getting a carry and McNair goes down and ties it up and they go to OT and you know the result. At the end of that season Cowher tells Bettis to take a pay cut and lose weight or he will be cut. Bettis does both, reports to camp the best shape in years and Cowher annouces 2 WEEKS into camp that Zeroue is the starter and the Steelers are now going run a version of the West Coast Offense.By WK 9 the season is in the shitter and he turns to Bettis to bail his dum ass out, but it’s too late in the year to go back to a power running team.Free agency comes and Cowher now thinks he needs Duece Staley. At the urging of Cowher they sign Staley to a contract(4yrs-14mill)that you would think had 3 other teams involved in the bidding when they were bidding aganist themselves. Bettis was told once again to take a pay cut and be the backup or else. We all know what happend in that magical 04′ season. Did I say that Bettis had to bail Cowher’s dum ass out again? This time almost to a Super Bowl birth. I figure that Cowher cost Bettis 1500-2000 yards in his career which would’ve put him in the Barry Sanders catagory.Bettis is the BEST BIG back ever to play in the NFL to date. But Bettis kept coming back and being the team leader(they lacked this past year) he is and checking his EGO at the door so he could win a championship.I think it has been along time since Cowher checked his EGO at the door.How about the 02 Championship game when the Steelers most glarring weakness was special teams play. The week before against the Ravens, the only TD the Ravens scored was on a kickoff return. Asked during Championship week what would be done to correct the special teams problems and he answered “WE ARE WHO WE ARE”, no changes. Hey Bill were you thinking that when Troy Brown was running past your sideline for a TD! The list goes on and on if you think about it,it’s large.During Super Bowl Week this year, Hines Ward was on Sirius sat radio and he commented that it would have been better if Cowher would’ve been up front with the team and let them know he wasn’t coming back. They all knew it and he kept telling them he was and then he didn’t know. He didn’t know because he wanted to see if the Rooney’s were going to up the anty $$$$. Mike Tomlin and his new staff deserve a chance,so don’t start that they aren’t good enough when they haven’t even got to mini camp yet. Cowher got plenty of chances.

  13. Rick Rubin
    February 20, 2007 11:38 pm

    Talent gets you to the playoffs….coaching gets you the championships. Cowher had plenty of talent supplied to him by the Rooney’s in his years that got them to the playoff’s but he failed the Steelers in the playoffs because he is stubborn and unimaginative. He was by far the easist coach to play against in the post season. Because he never adjusted or changed anything except in 05-06 when the Steelers came out passing and everyone thought they were going to run it. and bam they are in the Super Bowl.I’m sure many coaches would have the Steelers at least one more Super Bowl than Cowher got them. I was done with this guy after Super Bowl XXX. But I must say I agree that Tomlin already worries me based on the poor coaching talent he has scratched together, because like it or not Cowher did surround himself with some awesome coaching talent.Really one of the reasons the Steelers were so successful.

  14. GenieBottle
    February 21, 2007 1:29 pm

    Geez, just when I thought I was done seeing Bill Cowher’s unattractive face on the news or in the paper, there is another even more unattractive face playing nice with Mr. and Mrs. Obnoxious aka the Cowhers. He is gone, thank you and thank God. I am glad. I am so glad. Why do we have to keep resurrecting him?

  15. Sofa King
    February 21, 2007 1:51 pm

    Bettis was TOLD to take a pay cut? Why does that contradict everything I’ve read and everything that Bettis himself has said to date about it? Let’s not forget that Bettis had some injury problems that lead to him being bumped to #2 on a couple of occassions.

    Talent will get you to the playoffs, true, but why is it that the 1 Super Bowl team we had under Cowher was arguably one of the least stacked with respect to talent? Half of the league had more “talent” than we did that year, yet we won it nonetheless. When it comes to football,1/3 is talent, 1/3 is coaching, and 1/3 is the intangible…drive, desire, passion. The Steelers didn’t win XL because they were the most talented team in the league, they won because they wanted it the most. For his flaws, Cowher’s strength was that he was a player’s coach and incited his team to want to play to their highest levels and accomplish more than what they realistically probably should have.

    I don’t really think you can blame him for not winning more Super Bowls, especially when there were such glaring examples of executional breakdowns on an individual level that were incredibly costly. If O’Donnell hadn’t thrown that f***** interception in XXX, it would have been a completely different game. Additionally, there are similar breakdowns in a handful of the AFC Championship games that proved just as costly. If it hadn’t been for those, we might have won 2 or 3 more rings.

    To answer your question, I’m both a Steelers fan and a Cowher fan. I just see it as petty and short-sighted to denigrate someone’s accomplishments simply because they chose to make a career decision that I disagree with. If Cowher would have stayed another 15 seasons and did an exact repeat of his first 15 seasons, but retired a Steeler, your tune would be completely different. Likewise, you deify Bettis right now, but if he had decided to go for more money and finish out his career somewhere else you would be saying similar things about him. Granted, I really don’t want to see Cowher coaching anywhere else…hell, 6 weeks ago it was still unconscionable for me to think of him as anything but our head coach, but honestly the amount of money the Rooneys are willing to pay their coaches is laughable. If I were Cowher and had the track record I did and saw that a schmuck like Mike Holmgren was making double what I made, I’d be a little pissed off myself.

    I’m going to reserve judgment on Tomlin until closer to the start of the season, but I’m just saying that I won’t be surprised if we’re mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by week 10.

  16. Sofa King
    February 21, 2007 1:55 pm

    A quick poll for you Cowher haters:

    Were you saying the same things about him, Mr. Obnoxious, etc., this time last year? Be honest!

  17. DickO
    February 21, 2007 6:47 pm

    Yes, I have felt this way about Cowher for a long time, winning or not. Read my past comments about 5 up from here, i don’t feel like writing it again. You must not have watched alot of Steeler Football games in the last 5 years because if you did you would agree that Cowher —— Bettis big time! Bettis was always the bigger man. So what you are saying is that the Steelers will be eliminated from the playoffs in week 10 like they were this past season with your hero as head coach. By the way every time the Rooney’s extended Cowher’s contract he was paid in the top 5 each time. Rumor was from Ed B. the Steelers beat writer is that the Rooney’s offered Cowher $6.5 million per season in the new contract. It’s not there fault the Seahawks OVERPAID there coach. That would’ve made Cowher 2nd highest paid, that should tell you something about the mans EGO. I’m done writing on this jerk, because it’s a new era and it’s time to move on. You live in the past, you die in the past.

  18. GenieBottle
    February 22, 2007 7:42 am

    Affirmative! I was saying this stuff about Cowher all along. I have had a firsthand experience working with him so I can say this. He is obnoxious and his wife is too. Let’s just leave it at that – you have your opinion and I have mine. He is a jerk, a wealthy jerk, but still a jerk.

  19. GenieBottle
    February 22, 2007 7:42 am

    Oh, and I am being kind by calling him a jerk. I could call him an ASSHOLE, but I won’t.

  20. Sofa King
    February 22, 2007 8:57 am

    Wait…Steelers game? Aren’t they one of those foosball teams you Americans are so crazy about? That’s the sport where they throw the rock down the ice and sweep in front of it with brooms, right?

    Yeah, I haven’t missed a game in the past 5 years, even though I’ve spent 4 of them in DC where they aren’t on TV every week. Bettis was the man and remains the man, but I just wanted to stand up for Cowher because you never heard this bad-mouthing until he decided to resign. They were knocked out early last year, but it was the exception, not the rule, during the Cowher Era.

    There’s just a lot more uncertainty with Tomlin, maybe he has the magic touch and will be great with the players…his players in Minnesota loved him. It’s just that his staffing choices seem pretty damn suspect so far. Hell, I’ll be as happy as anyone if the Steelers make a playoff run this year, or, God-willing, a Super Bowl.

  21. ken
    February 22, 2007 9:48 am

    Being from so. side PGH..I am a die hard….Cower was also, the he became a bussiness man!…..Right now he is getting his name out there…..its all about the money!
    But the man is a good coach….I now live in detroit….the team…if that is what it is…sucks! I can appreciate cower even more!
    Cower gave the fans and city something competitive on the field every year ( unlike Pirates and Pens )that was his job he did it and now hes gone…..he will get the big bucks….he Will not win another Superbowl….his winning percentage will drop….but he will get paid!
    …Maybe him and Marty Sch.can hook up….good ridence..the new era is here and I support the Steelers and the Rooneys more than Cower!

  22. briez
    February 23, 2007 12:07 am

    OK folks let’s quite beating a dead horse and talk about the New Steelers….With the draft coming up who’d you like to see the Steelers draft? I think it would be nice to get CB Aaron Ross from Texas or Derrelle Revis from Pitt. Then Guard Ben Grubbs from Auburn. We need another RB to compliment Fast Willie what do ya think?

  23. DickO
    February 23, 2007 3:50 pm

    You show me a shut down corner and i’ll show you a good pass rush. I think a tweener, olb/de that can get pressure on the qb. I really think the Steelers have some good cb’s. I think Taylor and Colcough will get better with some better coaching and not used as a scapegoat. I think a cb in rds 2-4 would be a great fit. Don’t 4get the Steelers will have compensitory picks in 4th,5th,and 6th rds maybe 2 extra in 4th. That’s were championships are built. Last draft was bad when it came to picking in those rds. TJ Duckett maybe an option in free agency as well. They had interest in him last year during the draft. The Redskins hardly used him last year. Cuttting lose Townsend might be wise and if you keep him, a pay cut to free up some room would be real wise.

  24. high seas sailor
    February 28, 2007 12:46 pm

    I can’t believe all of you people knocking Cowher, the best Steeler football played since the 70’s. Sure they had some rough times, how many offensive coordinators messing up Stewart, you people don’t remember the Bubby and O’Donnell era’s. I live in Florida and have followed the Steelers for years, Cowher in my opinion is one of the best NFL coaches in the past 2 decades. You guys complain just live in Jacksonville and have DelRio and Byran Leftwich to contend with you would be happy to have a coach like Cowher. GO STEELERS