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Bill Cowher: I would return to coaching

Bill Cowher, right, talks with safety Troy Polamalu

Bill Cowher, right, talks with safety Troy Polamalu during the last day of mini-camp in Pittsburgh. (May 15, 2006) (Credit: AP)

Bill Cowher hasn’t coached since leaving the Steelers after the 2006 season, but the former Super Bowl winning coach has an eye toward returning to the NFL. He just doesn’t know when. 

Asked today at a CBS event promoting the network’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII whether he plans on returning to coach at some point, Cowher told Newsday’s Neil Best, “Yes.”

Cowher, 55, wouldn’t say when he might return, or with which team. But he did say it wouldn’t be a problem getting back to coaching after such a long hiatus.

“I think it’s a non-issue,” Cowher said. “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.”

Cowher said he didn’t think he would be behind in terms of strategy because of his current job as a CBS analyst.

“This here with CBS has still allowed me to be part of the changing game,” he told Best. “It’s ever-evolving. If I ever did [come back] I don’t think it would be a problem. It would be a challenge but I think that’s probably why I’ll get back in it, because of the challenge.”

The Jets put out feelers to Cowher in 2009, but concerns about an exorbitant salary prompted the team to go in another direction. The team wound up hiring Rex Ryan.

Cowher’s name has come up in connection with other openings, but he has yet to make a comeback. Sounds like that day might not be far off.

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