Cowher Says He Won’t Coach in 2009

The most sought after free agent coach is staying put for at least one more season at CBS.  Bill Cowher, former Super Bowl winning coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, stated on Sunday on “The NFL Today” on CBS that he no longer is interested in coaching a team in the 2009 season.  “It’s a privilege and an honor to be a head coach in the National Football League,” Cowher said. “And I have been flattered about the attention, but the timing right now is not right. I don’t plan on coaching next year.”

Cowher’s name usually comes up as the top name mentioned for every NFL coaching opening, but two teams in particular had tried to talk to Cowher this past week – the Browns and the Jets.  Cleveland, who fired Romeo Crennel a day after the season ended, has been mentioned as the place Cowher would end up for the past two years.  Owner Randy Lerner talked to Cowher the night before the final game of the year in Pittsburgh, but Cowher said he was not interested.

The Jets, who also fired their coach, Eric Mangini, a day after the season ended, wanted to talk to Cowher as well, but reports say the former Steelers coach wanted nothing to do with QB Brett Favre, and was also upset that owner Woody Williams wouldn’t attend a possible meeting, as he is in Eurpoe.

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