Bill Cowher Reportedly Interested in Returning to Coaching

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IJanuary 8, 2013

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 11:  Former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher attends the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils on February 11, 2009 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)
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From the studio to the sidelines, Bill Cowher knows his football.

That being said, it's no surprise the 55-year-old former head coach is interested in returning to the NFL at some point during his lifetime.

Don't get your hopes up, fans of the teams currently without a head coach. It appears this move is quite some time away—even with all the firings we've witnessed since the conclusion of the NFL regular season.

According to Bob Glauber of Newsday, Cowher replied, "Yes," when asked whether or not he plans on returning to coaching at some point.

It has been quite a long layoff for the former Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl-winning head man. He hasn't coached in the league since 2006, spending time with CBS' morning-coverage team since then and staying active in head-coaching rumors each season.

Even though it's been quite some time, Cowher apparently isn't worried about his six-year layoff affecting his ability to adapt to the ever-changing game.

Here's his quote from the piece (courtesy of Pro Football Talk):

“I think it’s a non-issue,” Cowher said of his time away from coaching. “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. I know how the game is changing.”

There are a handful of teams that would love to break the bank to sign Cowher this season, but it appears he's content breaking down film and plotting his return at his own pace. However, now that league officials know he's got the itch, they might try to lure him out with a lucrative deal or promise of power within an organization.

Enjoy Cowher's analysis for now—it appears he'll be back on the sidelines soon.