Despite being out of the coaching business the last nine years, Bill Cowher has received multiple offers to join other teams as a head coach. But the combination of his role as a CBS analyst for "The NFL Today" and his lifestyle make it less likely he'd come back to the sidelines any time soon.
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"I've been blessed to have had opportunities to come back pretty much every year, but I really, really love working at CBS," Cowher said. "It starts at the top with Les Moonves and Sean McManus. I've been here for nine years. This is like a family. It reminds me a lot of the Pittsburgh Steelers, how that was run. I had the best job in football. I wanted to move on."
Cowher, 58, coached the Steelers for 15 years before retiring in 2006, a year after winning his only Super Bowl title. He has been working at CBS ever since.
"Fifteen years, I was 49 years old, and it was time," Cowher said. "I'm still part of the game, but I also love the freedom it gives me in the offseason, to be able to travel and do things I never did before as a head coach. I don't have the [scouting] combine, I don't have the draft, I don't have OTAs, I don't have training camp. I start up next month.
"In the meantime, I've been able to spend a lot of time with my children, a lot of time personally traveling and it's a great lifestyle that I wouldn't have if I was coaching," he said.
Asked if he got the right offer to return as a head coach, Cowher said, "I have never even gotten to offers. It's not about an offer. It's about the fact that I had the best job in football [with the Steelers] and I think right now, I have the best job in broadcasting. I love what I'm doing.
"The National Football League has been very good for me," he said. "I've been in the NFL since 1980 -- 35 straight years, as either a player, a coach, an assistant coach, a head coach and now the last nine years at CBS on 'The NFL Today.' I can't imagine not being a part of the NFL in some capacity, and I love this capacity because of the freedom it gives me."