Former Steelers coach takes up TV role

Last updated at 12:37 16 February 2007

Bill Cowher is returning to the NFL less than two months after retiring from his job as the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach.

But he has taken a job with television network CBS rather than accept a post with another franchise.

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He will pass on his expert views as an analyst on Sunday's The NFL Today.

Cowher resigned as the Steelers' coach last month after 15 seasons at the helm and less than a year after winning the Super Bowl.

He plans to spend more time with his family at their new home in Raleigh, North Carolina, but said working on the CBS show allows him to keep his ties to the league.

"I can still be part of it but not have it consume my life," insisted Cowher, who added: "I'm planning on doing this for a couple of years."

He doesn't expect to have any problems covering games featuring his former team and dishing out any justified criticism, saying it would be no different from doing so along the sideline.

"I'd be doing it if I were coaching," he said. "Willie Parker is a good running back but if he fumbles, he knows he would be standing next to me on the sideline."

Cowher does not plan to be judgmental and said: "I'll just be giving an opinion. I'll just be saying that I would have done."

CBS is adding Cowher to the show without any of the other analysts leaving - Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe and Boomer Esiason will return along with host James Brown and former NFL general manager Charlie Casserly.

Cowher's 161-99-1 record ranked him fourth among active coaches last season in career wins.

He won a Super Bowl in February 2006 after six trips to the AFC championship game and ten playoff appearances with the Steelers. They missed the playoffs after going 8-8 in his final season with them.

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