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Bill Cowher

Cumulative stats (All positions)

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
22 215-134-2 61.54% 14-14 50.00%

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Biography

Bill Cowher was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1985 until 2006, finishing his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers as their head coach. Over his twenty-two years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative record of 215-134-2. During his career he was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1991 until the 2006 season. The Steelers went 156-99-1 during their sixteen seasons with Cowher as head coach. Throughout Cowher's coaching career his teams led the league in victories during the 2004 season. Cowher won the NFL's Coach of the Year award in 1992 after guiding the Steelers to a 11-5-0 record and a berth in the playoffs. During his time as head coach and defensive coordinator he coached multiple players to outstanding seasons. Six players have received awards at the end of the season under Cowher's coaching. As the defensive coordinator for the Chiefs Derrick Thomas won AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. As the head coach for the Steelers Rod Woodson won AP Defensive Player of the Year, Tommy Maddox won Comeback Player of the Year, Jerome Bettis won Comeback Player of the Year, Kendrell Bell won AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Ben Roethlisberger won AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Last modified: 12/5/2017

History

Year Position Record Playoff record
2006 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2005 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 11-5-0 4-0
2004 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 15-1-0 1-1
2003 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2002 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 10-5-1 1-1
2001 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 13-3-0 1-1
2000 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 9-7-0 0-0
1999 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 6-10-0 0-0
1998 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1997 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 11-5-0 1-1
1996 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 10-6-0 1-1
1995 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 11-5-0 2-1
1994 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 12-4-0 1-1
1993 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 9-7-0 0-1
1992 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 11-5-0 0-1
1991 Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1990 Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers Coach / Defensive Coordinator 11-5-0 0-1
1989 Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach 8-7-1 0-0
1988 Cleveland Browns Secondary Coach 10-6-0 0-1
1987 Cleveland Browns Secondary Coach 10-5-0 1-1
1986 Cleveland Browns Special Teams Coach 12-4-0 1-1
1985 Cleveland Browns Special Teams Coach 8-8-0 0-1

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Fun Facts

  • Bill Cowher ended Jeff Fisher's playing career on a punt return. Cowher broke Fisher's leg while covering a punt.