Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher looks on during football action...

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher looks on during football action against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh. Credit: AP, 2006

Bill Cowher used to coach the Steelers, who are 0-4, and now lives in New York, whose Giants are 0-5. And, of course, the Jets always are only a couple of losses away from their next crisis.

So naturally the perpetual speculation surrounding a return to the NFL has heated up again, even though he has not coached since 2006.

Well, how about it Coach Cowher?

"I continue to keep the door open," he said Wednesday during an interview to promote his appearance in the CBS game booth with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms for Sunday's Steelers-Jets game. "I don't want to be like these other guys who said, 'I'm retired,' but then they come back."

Cowher, 56, said given how young he was when he left coaching, he does not want to close off any options. Having said all that, he emphasized he is not looking to leave television work.

"I am in such a great place right now," he said. "I'm really enjoying what I'm doing with CBS and want to get better at it."

Cowher works as an analyst on the network's long-running "The NFL Today" pre-game studio show on Sundays.

Cowher still maintains a home in North Carolina but primarily is based on Manhattan's East side. "I love living up here," he said.

In January, Cowher told Newsday that while returning to coach after such a long layoff would be a "challenge," he believes it is one he could overcome.

"I did it for 27 years," he said then. "You don't just forget things overnight. One thing about this [TV] job is it's been really good because it allows me to study the game and do features on the game . . . It's not like I'm out of it. I know how the game is changing."

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