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July 26, 2010 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
Kaye Cowher, the wife of ex-Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher and a former basketball player at North Carolina State and in the now-defunct Women's Professional Basketball League, has died of skin cancer. She was 54. Cowher died Friday in her native North Carolina, where the family relocated at her urging during Cowher's final year as coach in 2006, one season after the Steelers won the Super Bowl. "Kaye was such a loving and compassionate person and she was the foundation of our family," Bill Cowher, now an NFL analyst with CBS, said in a statement.
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November 24, 1997 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a tough bunch that plays football on the muscular, visceral level. They're also almost universally picked to wind up in the AFC playoffs this season. So neither Steelers coach Bill Cowher nor any of his players could explain exactly what went wrong yesterday at Veterans Stadium, where the Eagles looked like the playoff-bound club and the Steelers a team that had simply lost its way. "It was a game of mistakes and missed opportunities," said Cowher, wincing at the impact of five turnovers by his offense and no takeaways by his defense.
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January 29, 2006 | By Ashley Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Three years ago, when only two of the National Football League's 32 head coaches - a mere 6 percent - were African American, the league instituted a policy whereby teams looking for a head coach had to interview at least one minority candidate. The policy was named the Rooney Rule, for Pittsburgh Steelers owner Daniel Rooney, then the chairman of the league's diversity committee. Now, the NFL might need to construct a Rooney Rule 1a. This year, 10 teams have had coaching vacancies - a whopping 31 percent - because a head coach was fired, resigned under pressure, retired or, in one case, left on his own volition to take another job. "That's a bad trend," Rooney said.
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January 29, 1996 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The underdog Pittsburgh Steelers promised to lay it all on the line in yesterday's Super Bowl against the Cowboys. Instead, they ran it into the line. "I just call what's given to me," quarterback Neil O'Donnell said. "I run what comes through the helmet. All those calls came from the sideline. " The margin of the Cowboys' 27-17 victory will peek deceivingly from the record book in years to come. Even after a bad first half, the Steelers had transformed a game they weren't supposed to win into a game in which the NFL championship was within reach.
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January 31, 1999 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mike Shanahan is much too ordinary-looking to be a football coach. He's small and wiry, not one of those fleshy, lumbering guys who always seem ready to drop into three-point stances. He's got the lean and leathery face of a jockey and the barely disguised sneer of a hockey coach. His unsmiling brown eyes are missing the overt passion of those of a Don Shula or a Bill Cowher. Mike Shanahan is much too finicky to be a football coach. He has an accountant's infatuation with humdrum detail.
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January 30, 2002 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Marty Schottenheimer was hired yesterday to coach the San Diego Chargers, becoming the fifth coach the AFC team has had in seven years. Schottenheimer, who was fired in Washington a little more than two weeks ago, replaced Mike Riley, who was dismissed on Dec. 31 after going 14-34 in three seasons. The Chargers did not disclose terms of Schottenheimer's contract. But the San Diego Union-Tribune said it was worth between $6.5 million and $7.5 million over four years. Schottenheimer, who was fired in Washington when he refused to relinquish control over player personnel, will work under general manager John Butler.
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December 4, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher announced yesterday Tommy Maddox will start at quarterback Sunday against Houston. Cowher said Maddox was playing too well before getting hurt Nov. 17 to lose his job to an injury. Kordell Stewart played virtually error-free in the two-plus games Maddox was out with the head and neck injuries that left him paralyzed for more than a half-hour. But Cowher apparently is convinced Maddox gives the Steelers (7-4-1) the best chance to go deep into the postseason.
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August 16, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Wide receiver Hines Ward ended his 15-day contract holdout and reported to the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday, without the new contract he wants or a promise he'll get it. Call it the persuasion of coach Bill Cowher, who talked at length with the four-time Pro Bowl receiver on Sunday night and convinced him of his importance to a team that went 15-1 last season. "For me, I needed to hear that from my head coach, this support - that's all a player can ask for. If your coach doesn't have confidence in you as a ballplayer, maybe you need to part ways," Ward said.
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January 12, 2009
WE'VE NEVER PARTICULARLY cared for Bill Cowher as an NFL analyst, and now we have even more reason to dislike him. When asked if he thought the Eagles or Cardinals would win the NFC Championship and advance to the Super Bowl, Cowher replied: "I don't think there is any question [the Eagles] can go in there and win. Will they? I don't think they will. I know you talk about the highlight that was Thanksgiving Day, but that was a short week, having to come to the East Coast . . . But this is a different Arizona Cardinals team . . . This is a football team that is running the football.
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July 26, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Bill Cowher matched the worst record (6-10) of his tenure last year and his Pittsburgh Steelers failed to make the playoffs for the fourth time in 6 years. Still, Cowher and his representatives are negotiating a contract extension with the team. League sources confirmed to ESPN.com the discussions, which first were reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and which likely would extend Cowher's contract by at least 3 years. His current contract runs through the 2005 season. The newspaper said the two sides are making "good progress" toward a deal.
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October 28, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It used to be Bill. Then it was Billy. Now it's back to Bill, even if Chip Kelly likes to call him Billy. The story of how Bill Davis became Billy Davis is the story of how a former quarterback came to coach defense. The Eagles once had a former college quarterback turned defensive coordinator. Jim Johnson, like Davis, was a relative unknown before coming to Philadelphia - a journeyman assistant looking to capitalize on another opportunity to lead a defense. Davis is a long way from being mentioned in the same breath as Johnson and his mentors, Dom Capers and Dick LeBeau.
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July 26, 2010 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
Kaye Cowher, the wife of ex-Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher and a former basketball player at North Carolina State and in the now-defunct Women's Professional Basketball League, has died of skin cancer. She was 54. Cowher died Friday in her native North Carolina, where the family relocated at her urging during Cowher's final year as coach in 2006, one season after the Steelers won the Super Bowl. "Kaye was such a loving and compassionate person and she was the foundation of our family," Bill Cowher, now an NFL analyst with CBS, said in a statement.
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January 12, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
Add New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to the list of candidates in the Buffalo Bills' search for a new head coach. The Bills have asked the Jets for permission to interview Schottenheimer, a person told the Associated Press yesterday. It's unclear when the interview might take place, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not revealed their list of candidates to replace Dick Jauron, who was fired in November. The son of former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer, Brian Schottenheimer is in his fourth season as the Jets coordinator.
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December 28, 2009 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Terrell Owens had little chance to celebrate an important career milestone. Owens became only the sixth player in NFL history to catch 1,000 passes yesterday, but his Buffalo Bills had too little offense in a lopsided 31-3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Owens had four catches for 39 yards and said he didn't make a big deal about joining Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, and Isaac Bruce as the only players with 1,000 receptions. "It doesn't bother me," Owens said.
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December 10, 2009
APPARENTLY, close enough is good enough. Jeffrey Lurie and Joe Banner renewed their vows with Andy Reid because, they said, he's the best. Better than Jon Gruden. Better than Tony Dungy. Better than Mike Shanahan and Mike Holmgren and Bill Cowher. "We look at the landscape out there. If we could pick the coach we wanted, it would be Andy Reid," said Eagles puppet master Joe Banner. "You have to look at the circumstances . . . what they've achieved and what Andy's achieved over the course of their career.
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July 4, 2009 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
When the United Football League makes its debut in October, Michael Vick could be one of its players. Michael Huyghue, the commissioner of the four-team league, said the UFL was willing to give Vick a place to play - provided there were no pending legal issues. His rights belong to Orlando. Vick has served an 18-month sentence in federal prison for his involvement in a dogfighting ring. He is under home confinement until July 20, after which the NFL is expected to announce whether the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback will be suspended.
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January 26, 2009
COACHING COMPARISONS are inexact science. You win a championship with an emotional, wired-to-the-max guy like Tom Coughlin or Bill Cowher, well, then that's the way to go. You lose a game you should have won with either at the helm, then those sideline histrionics are construed as unsettling to your squad. Is Andy Reid's demeanor a plus or a minus? Maybe it's a bit of both, good for weeklong preparation, lacking on game-day adjustments and overall mojo. Tom Landry couldn't win the big game for years and it was supposedly because of his stoical approach.
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January 12, 2009
WE'VE NEVER PARTICULARLY cared for Bill Cowher as an NFL analyst, and now we have even more reason to dislike him. When asked if he thought the Eagles or Cardinals would win the NFC Championship and advance to the Super Bowl, Cowher replied: "I don't think there is any question [the Eagles] can go in there and win. Will they? I don't think they will. I know you talk about the highlight that was Thanksgiving Day, but that was a short week, having to come to the East Coast . . . But this is a different Arizona Cardinals team . . . This is a football team that is running the football.
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September 18, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Pittsburgh Steelers will rumble into Philadelphia this weekend and, if their no-nonsense image is to be believed, they'll probably run the entire way behind a couple of burly offensive linemen. Still, the NFL's blackest-and-bluest franchise won't seem quite so tough without spittle-spewing Bill Cowher on its sideline. Cowher, who retired as the NFL's longest-tenured coach in 2007 after 15 mostly successful seasons with the Steelers and is now a studio analyst for The NFL Today, had a face that made players, officials and opposing coaches, well, cower.
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March 20, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
A year ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers were scattered across the country, still celebrating the Super Bowl they had won only 6 weeks before. Bill Cowher was contemplating whether he should step away or retire from coaching. This offseason, there's no rest for a team coming off an 8-8 season that missed the playoffs and changed coaches for the first time since 1992. The Steelers began voluntary workouts yesterday under new coach Mike Tomlin, who was eager to get working with his new team quickly.
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