Amidst rumors the Dolphins have made contact with former Steelers coach Bill Cowher to discuss the possibility of coaching in Miami next season, Cowher said on CBS' "The NFL Today" that he plans to remain with the network next season as an NFL analyst.
A day after Dolphins owner Stephen Ross denied reports that he had reached out to Cowher's agent to gauge interest in a possible return to the sidelines, Cowher said he had not been contacted.
"I've not been contacted directly or indirectly by any football team or any organization," he said. "It's all speculation, and it's unfortunate because it affects the lives of many people that are in the profession. I am here to say to you today, I do not plan on coaching next year. I love where I work, and more importantly I enjoy the people that I work with up here. So I can put all the speculation to rest. And if I have to repeat this in December again, I will ... . It's a tough profession, I know there is speculation out there. I'm flattered by it to be honest with you. But at the same time it affects too many people's lives. I like what I'm doing right here, and I plan on being back in the same seat next year."
We'll see about that. Consider: Cowher used the word "plan" and not "will" or "will not" to describe his situation, so it remains to be seen if he feels the same way in December and January about returning to coaching as he does now. And, just as he has done when previous speculation about his interest in returning to the sidelines has arisen, Cowher has been consistent in saying he would not consider any job if a head coach was already in place.