February 5, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas — Facing third-and-6 at the Jets' 40 with 2 minutes left in the AFC championship game they led 24-19, the Steelers made a call that reminded us why Mike Tomlin was the one making it. Instead of running the clock down to put the game in the hands of the NFL's fiercest defense, the Steelers dared to fail. Ben Roethlisberger dropped back, scrambled to buy time and completed a nifty 14-yard pass to unproven rookie Antonio Brown . "We weren't going to play not to lose," Tomlin said.
December 23, 2010
Texans need Cowher Ken Murray Baltimore Sun ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Bill Cowher has a wish list of three teams — the Texans, Dolphins and Giants. Of the preferred three, the Texans are best situated to make a rapid rise. Their offense is top-notch, though their defense is not. But Cowher knows defense. The Dolphins are the team that Bill Parcells built — and abandoned when he saw it wasn't going to work. The Dolphins have no quarterback.
July 25, 2010
Kaye Cowher , the wife of ex-Steelers coach Bill Cowher and a former basketball player at North Carolina State and in the now-defunct Women's Professional Basketball League, has died of skin cancer. She was 54. Cowher died Friday in her native North Carolina, where the family relocated at her urging during Cowher's final year as coach in 2006, one season after the Steelers won the Super Bowl. The family had lived in Raleigh since. The Cowhers met at North Carolina State, where Bill played linebacker.
December 28, 2008
THE TOP FIVE 1 Titans (13-2) Re-established control in AFC. 2 Steelers (11-4) Too many high-wire acts. 3 Colts (11-4) Must play outdoors this postseason. 4 Giants (12-3) Play them or sit them? 5 Panthers (11-4) Run defense shredded by Giants. THE BOTTOM FIVE 28 Bengals (3-11-1) Too little, too late. 29 Browns (4-11) Is Bill Cowher on deck? 30 Chiefs (2-13) Decision due on Tyler Thigpen. 31 Rams (2-13) Bill Devaney takes over. 32 Lions (0-15) Who cares more in Green Bay today?
January 9, 2008
In the day's biggest upset, it took nearly 30 minutes before a message board poster first posited: Maybe the Ravens should hire Joe Gibbs. Such is the nature of the 21st-century coaching search. While owners and team executives embark on meticulous searches, fans make their dream hires by pulling names from a hat. Or elsewhere. No, Gibbs, who resigned his position yesterday as Washington Redskins coach, isn't heading this way, but the more intriguing question in these parts is this: How will the Ravens' hunt for a new coach be affected by a parallel search just an hour down the road?
January 4, 2008
Despite the final results of 2007, in announcing the Ravens would seek a new coach, owner Steve Bisciotti left the definite impression that he feels his team is closer to the top of the NFL dog pile than it is the bottom. "I believe we have the nucleus of a team that can get back to the Super Bowl," he said earlier this week. If that's the case - if Bisciotti thinks success is right around the corner and not along the horizon - the Ravens might not have as many options in their coaching search as they're letting on. In fact, among the six-pack of candidates the search apparently has focused on, only a couple inspire the confidence they can take the current roster and produce immediate results.