By Eric Schmidt

Bill Cowher’s name surfaced in the last few days over comments that he made, stating he would like to return to coaching in the NFL. Cowher has been out of the coaching ranks for six seasons now, and speculation over a possible return to coaching next year with five teams having vacancies suddenly began. His possible return will not happen next season as some clarity was added to Cowher’s comments.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette writes that Cowher’s return likely won’t happen for at least another four to five seasons. Dulac cites a source close to the former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach.Dulac writes that the source told him that Cowher was contact by NFL teams this season, likely one of them being the Cleveland Browns.

If Cowher returns in five years, he’ll be 60 and will have been out of the game for over 10 years. Other coaches have had long absences from the coaching ranks before ultimately returning. Dick Vermeil dropped out of coaching in 1982, retiring from the Philadelphia Eagles, he returned in 1997 with the St. Louis Rams and ultimately led the Rams to a Super Bowl title in 1999.






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