Bill Cowher Open to Return to Coaching; Will the Chicago Bears Call?

Bill Cowher would like to return to coaching… eventually.  According to Newsday, Cowher wants to return to the coaching ranks:

Ever since Bill Cowher rode off into the sunset, we’ve been wondering when he’ll return to coaching in the NFL.

Nearly six full seasons later, Cowher is still retired. So will he ever return to the sidelines?

“Yes,” Cowher told Newsday, via Pro Football Talk, when asked if he plans to coach again at some point.

When that will be is anyone’s guess.

SI’s Peter King thinks Cowher’s return should be to the Bears ASAP:

If Cowher wants to coach again, he should consider the Bears–strongly. QB, good def base, smart GM. Where’ll he find that in ’14, ’15?

Very true and many Bears fans would support that idea.  Cowher’s experience and passion would seem to be an ideal fit in Chicago.  Has the game passed Cowher by?  He’s been out of coaching since 2006.  That’s a lifetime ago in coach-speak but Cowher doesn’t think it’s an issue:

“I think it’s a non-issue,” Cowher said of his time away from coaching. “I did it for 27 years. You don’t just forget things overnight. One thing about this job is it’s been really good because it allows me to study the game and do features on the game. I want to know what I’m talking about so I’m watching tape. It’s not like I’m out of it. I know how the game is changing.”

It appears clear that Phil Emery’s plan involves bringing in an offensive-minded head coach.  Plus Cowher will likely want to have a little more say in personnel decisions than Phil may want to give him.  If Emery’s search flops and he makes the wrong pick, who knows, maybe Cowher will be ready to take over the Bears in 2015?

What do you think?  Would you want Cowher patrolling the Bears sidelines?  Has the game passed him by as he’s been sitting in a TV studio the last 6 years?  Vote in our poll and let’s see your comments.

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  • Michael Schenck

    Not only would I love to see Cowher in Navy and Orange, I think its th best option. Cold weather coach known to be as passionate as “Da Coach” was in the 80′s. And he is right when he says the game has not passed him by. He has rather smart commentary in his current job and must study the game in order to succeed as a commentator. The only weakness is being able to coach the new games vs the 2006 game. That is the only question mark I see.

  • Matt Ellett

    Peter King is right. This is a perfect fit. Cowher and the Bears have to know it. I understand the Bears are looking for an offensive minded coach, but part of being a great head coach is surrounding yourself with the right offensive coordinators. Three of Cowhers Offensive Coordinators (Whisenhunt, Gailey and Mularkey) were head coaches last year and are ALL available to join him in Chicago in 2013. Take your pick. In 15 season in Pittsburgh, Cowher made the post season 10 times and made it to the AFC championship or further 6 times. He did it with the likes of Neil O’Donnell, Kordell Stewart, and Tommy Maddux etc.. Cutler has his faults but is considerably better than those guys. C’mon Emery and Cowher!! This cannot be more perfect!!!! Super Bears, Super Bowl!!!!!!