Bill Cowher Won’t Return as NFL Coach in 2012, to Stay With CBS

Bill Cowher, who won a Super Bowl during 15 seasons as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ coach, said he won’t return to coaching next season and will remain with CBS Sports as a National Football League analyst.

Cowher coached the Steelers from 1992 to 2006 and the NFL Network reported last week that associates of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross had contacted Cowher’s agent about the 54- year-old possibly replacing Tony Sparano. The Dolphins fell to 0-7 with yesterday’s 20-17 loss to the New York Giants.

“I’ve not been contacted directly or indirectly by any football team or any organization,” Cowher said yesterday on CBS Corp. (CBS)’s “The NFL Today” pre-game show. “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.”

Cowher, who had a 149-90-1 record with the Steelers, said although he’s “flattered” by the job speculation, he enjoys working for CBS and plans “on being back in the same seat next year.” Sparano said yesterday he hasn’t been distracted by questions about his job security with Miami, which is one of two winless teams left in the NFL.

“I’m not really worried about that,” Sparano said at a news conference after the Dolphins blew a 17-10 fourth-quarter lead against the Giants. “If my team plays like that, we’re going to win games. I believe in the group in there and any of that other stuff is not relevant.”

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