October 28, 2013 |
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.
July 26, 2010 |
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.
January 12, 2010 |
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.
December 28, 2009 |
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.
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.
July 4, 2009 |
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.
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.
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.
September 18, 2008 |
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.
March 20, 2007 |
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.