The Falcons have already begun to put a few feelers out there in their coaching search for 2008, but have already been denied. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that sources indicated that in the wake of Bobby Petrino’s retirement, Falcons owner Arthur Blank contacted Bill Cowher in order to gauge his interest in the head coaching position. Cowher who currently works as an analyst for CBS, indicated that he plans to continue his television and will not return to coaching in 2008.
Cowher retired from coaching after fifteen seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers following the 2006 season. Cowher was successful in leading the Steelers to their first Super Bowl title the previous year since 197?. Cowher had previously led the Steelers to the Super Bowl in 1996, but they lost to the Dallas Cowboys. With the Steelers, Cowher compiled a 149-90-1 record in the regular season, and a 12-9 postseason record.
Mortensen’s report also indicates that current ESPN analyst and two-time Super Bowl winning coach Bill Parcells also has no plans to return to the coaching profession. Parcells was last with the Dallas Cowboys a year ago. Over the course of 19 seasons as an NFL head coach with four different teams, Parcells compiled a 172-130-1 record in the regular season and was 11-8 in the postseason. He won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants in 1987 and 1991, and also led the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl in 1997.