Many Pittsburgh Steelers fans have never come to terms with the retirement of former head coach Bill Cowher. In fact, many of these same fans are still longing to watch “The Chin” pace the sidelines. This week, those fans will at least get to experience watching Cowher at the stadium one more time. Unfortunately, it will be as a commentator in the booth.CBS is going outside the box for the Week 6 coverage, sending members of their studio pre-game show into the field to call games involving their former franchises. For Cowher, this will mark his debut as an announcer.
This will be an interesting twist and a possible challenge for Cowher, who has stayed away from detailed criticism of the Steelers since his retirement following the 2006 season. As a commentator in the booth, he may not have a chance to be so politically correct, especially with the always biased Phil Simms and Jim Nantz in the booth next to him.
Cowher also knows exactly what head coach Mike Tomlin is experiencing, suffering some rough seasons during the middle of his own Steelers’ tenure. In fact, looking back at his record, his 2000 incarnation of the Steelers started 0-3, before rebounding to finish 9-7. What made that even more troubling was the fact that the team was coming off back-to-back losing campaigns. While that team did miss the playoffs, they did provide a blueprint on how to rebound.
In all, Cowher spent 15 seasons on the Steelers’ sideline compiling a 149-90-1 regular season and 12-9 playoff record, with 10 playoff appearances, eight division titles and one Super Bowl victory.
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