Cowher in no rush to return to sidelines

As soon as the coaching carousel starts spinning, so does the speculation about whether CBS analyst Bill Cowher will coach next season.

But late last month, Cowher told me the soonest he could see himself coaching was 2010. At the earliest. And even then, he didn’t sound very convinced he would be back.

The exact question posed to him was, “Are we going to see Bill Cowher patrolling the sideline again in 2009?”

And his exact answer –- transcribed by the fine young men, Brad Fancon and Jason Kleinman, at NFL.com –- was: “No, I don’t think so. I mean, I’m working on the same extension that the CBA (collective bargaining agreement) is (and that runs through 2010). So I mean, I’m on here until at least 2010 — or more.

“But, I don’t think so. You know what Adam, I’m really enjoying CBS. They’ve been very good and allowed me to come in. Last year was a lot of fun working with James Brown, and Dan (Marino), and Shannon (Sharpe), and Boomer (Esisason). I had a chance to watch more football doing what I’m doing on Sundays than I did when I was coaching, which was just focused on my team. And I really enjoyed the National Football League, all the storylines taking place. It has really filled a tremendous void that I thought was going to be there that I’ve been able to do by doing this little gig I have on Sundays.”

Now, understand. Feelings changes, circumstances change, and Cowher always could change his mind. Certain owners could make it very hard, and compelling, for him. But Cowher certainly did not sound like that would be the case, not when he addressed the issue late last month.

Those who know Cowher say he is very happy with his TV role and his new, less-stressful, more relaxed life. They think it will be his life for a while.

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