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Bill Cowher

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William Laird Cowher

Position: LB
Height: 6-3    Weight: 225 lbs.

Born: May 8, 1957 in Pittsburgh, PA
High School: Carlyton
College: North Carolina St.   (school history)

Playing Record

Coaching Results

Challenges
Year Age Tm Lg G W L T W-L% G plyf W plyf L plyf W-L% Rank Num Won Notes
1992 35 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 11 5 0 .688 1 0 1 .000 1
1993 36 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 9 7 0 .563 1 0 1 .000 2
1994 37 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 12 4 0 .750 2 1 1 .500 1
1995 38 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 11 5 0 .688 3 2 1 .667 1 AFC Champions
1996 39 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 10 6 0 .625 2 1 1 .500 1
1997 40 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 11 5 0 .688 2 1 1 .500 1
1998 41 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 7 9 0 .438 3
1999 42 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 6 10 0 .375 4 2 0
2000 43 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 9 7 0 .563 3 7 4
2001 44 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 13 3 0 .813 2 1 1 .500 1 6 3
2002 45 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 10 5 1 .667 2 1 1 .500 1 10 6
2003 46 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 6 10 0 .375 3 5 0
2004 47 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 15 1 0 .938 2 1 1 .500 1 9 3
2005 48 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 11 5 0 .688 4 4 0 1.000 2 9 6 Super Bowl Champions
2006 49 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 16 8 8 0 .500 3 11 5
15 yrs 240 149 90 1 .623 21 12 9 .571 1.9 59 27

Games over .500: 59
Super Bowl Wins: 1
Overall Championships: 1
Conference Championships: 2
Division Championships: 8

Team's Ranks

Team Ranks in various categories, Lower ALWAYS indicates better performance.
Overall Offense Rushing Off Passing Off Defense Rushing Def Passing Def
Year Tm Tms WL% T/G Pts± Yds± Yds Pts GvA Att Yds TD Y/A FL Att Yds TD Int NY/A Yds Pts TkA Att Yds TD Y/A FR Att Yds TD Int nY/A
1989 KAN 28 14 21 12 4 13 17 21 1 4 5 14 23 26 21 24 19 7 2 8 20 9 12 3 16 4 5 2 6 24 2
1990 KAN 28 6 1 4 11 7 6 2 5 10 18 18 10 18 9 9 1 4 16 5 1 3 12 12 22 1 21 17 5 8 12
1991 KAN 28 9 5 6 10 5 10 2 3 3 14 4 1 21 15 10 8 9 13 7 11 11 18 5 24 7 7 16 11 18 22
1992 PIT 28 4 2 9 11 9 15 12 2 4 10 11 24 23 21 20 5 15 13 2 1 12 17 4 23 1 14 8 6 7 10
1993 PIT 28 9 3 11 4 7 13 7 5 6 7 9 17 9 13 20 6 21 3 8 3 4 3 1 2 11 17 15 7 2 11
1994 PIT 28 2 1 5 5 13 16 1 2 1 5 6 3 24 23 22 1 16 2 2 13 7 7 1 4 7 12 3 1 13 2
1995 PIT 30 3 14 6 2 6 5 21 5 12 6 19 13 9 8 15 24 9 3 9 9 3 2 5 6 19 9 6 18 3 9
1996 PIT 30 6 7 6 5 15 11 21 2 2 3 6 20 30 27 24 17 13 2 4 2 5 3 5 2 2 21 5 6 4 2
1997 PIT 30 5 14 8 5 6 7 23 1 1 3 8 19 26 23 9 22 7 6 11 4 3 1 1 1 10 24 18 22 6 12
1998 PIT 30 18 19 17 21 25 28 19 8 7 24 9 15 22 29 27 25 27 12 7 16 18 13 4 3 11 9 18 3 17 24
1999 PIT 31 22 12 19 18 22 17 7 5 10 7 13 2 17 26 19 16 27 11 12 20 23 26 13 29 11 1 4 11 23 14
2000 PIT 31 13 6 11 18 18 17 3 2 4 4 11 8 29 29 28 1 22 7 6 8 13 12 6 12 3 12 9 5 13 9
2001 PIT 31 2 9 2 2 3 7 2 1 1 2 2 5 28 21 24 2 7 1 3 16 1 1 1 5 14 18 4 13 17 3
2002 PIT 32 6 15 9 3 5 8 28 3 9 14 17 20 16 7 8 25 7 7 16 6 1 1 20 8 5 26 20 9 8 9
2003 PIT 32 20 21 19 18 22 19 13 16 31 23 32 13 10 14 16 15 19 9 15 20 15 12 20 10 19 6 11 16 20 18
2004 PIT 32 1 5 5 2 16 11 5 1 2 6 19 4 32 28 19 8 8 1 1 11 2 1 5 5 9 5 4 1 9 5
2005 PIT 32 5 9 5 7 15 9 6 1 5 5 12 5 32 24 12 9 2 4 3 11 5 3 7 1 5 24 16 2 19 3
2006 PIT 32 13 27 11 3 7 12 29 14 10 8 11 21 14 9 12 30 7 9 11 13 6 3 4 3 24 24 20 16 6 16
15 yrs %tile 75 68 72 76 62 60 60 89 81 76 63 62 33 37 43 59 57 84 79 70 77 80 83 78 70 55 68 74 67 71

Full Coaching History

Year Age Level Employer Role
1985 28 NFL Cleveland Browns Special Teams
1986 29 NFL Cleveland Browns Special Teams
1987 30 NFL Cleveland Browns Secondary
1988 31 NFL Cleveland Browns Secondary
1989 32 NFL Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator
1990 33 NFL Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator
1991 34 NFL Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator
1992 35 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
1993 36 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
1994 37 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
1995 38 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
1996 39 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
1997 40 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
1998 41 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
1999 42 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
2000 43 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
2001 44 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
2002 45 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
2003 46 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
2004 47 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
2005 48 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
2006 49 NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach

Challenges

Date Down ToGo Location Detail
1999-10-03 1 10 1-10 PIT 34 U Mark Brunell pass complete to Keenan McCardell for 11 yards (tackle by Dewayne Washington).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
1999-12-18 1 10 1-10 KAN 17 U Mike Tomczak pass incomplete is intercepted by Eric Warfield at KAN-0.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
1999Challenges: 2 Overturned: 0 Upheld: 2
Date Down ToGo Location Detail
2000-09-17 3 7 3-7 CLE 5 O Tim Couch pass complete to Darrin Chiaverini for 7 yards (tackle by Chad Scott).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Tim Couch pass incomplete intended for Darrin Chiaverini
2000-09-24 3 9 3-9 OTI 18 U Kent Graham pass complete to Hines Ward for 17 yards (tackle by Marcus Robertson).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2000-10-15 1 10 1-10 CIN 15 O Corey Dillon left end for 15 yards (tackle by Lee Flowers).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Corey Dillon left end for -1 yards (tackle by Dewayne Washington)
2000-10-22 3 2 3-2 CLE 2 O Kordell Stewart sacked by Orpheus Roye for -1 yards. Kordell Stewart fumbles (forced by Orpheus Roye), recovered by Jamir Miller at CLE-0.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Kordell Stewart pass incomplete intended for Plaxico Burress (defended by Orpheus Roye)
2000-11-19 2 10 2-10 PIT 15 O Mark Brunell pass complete to Jimmy Smith for 15 yards, touchdown.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Mark Brunell pass incomplete intended for Jimmy Smith (defended by Chad Scott)
2000-11-19 2 12 2-12 JAX 23 U Kordell Stewart pass incomplete intended for Plaxico Burress (defended by Erik Storz).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2000-12-16 3 4 3-4 WAS 22 U Richard Huntley up the middle for 11 yards (tackle by Matt Stevens). Richard Huntley fumbles (forced by Matt Stevens), recovered by Greg Jones at WAS-9 (tackle by Mark Bruener).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2000Challenges: 7 Overturned: 4 Upheld: 3
Date Down ToGo Location Detail
2001-11-04 3 1 3-1 PIT 47 O Jerome Bettis right tackle for no gain (tackle by Ray Lewis and Corey Harris). Jerome Bettis fumbles (forced by Ray Lewis), recovered by Chris McAlister at PIT-47 (tackle by Jerome Bettis).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Jerome Bettis right tackle for no gain (tackle by Ray Lewis and Corey Harris)
2001-12-02 1 10 1-10 MIN 20 U Todd Bouman pass complete to Michael Bennett for 80 yards, touchdown.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2001-12-02 2 7 2-7 MIN 22 U Kordell Stewart left end for 21 yards (tackle by Tyrone Carter).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2002-01-20 2 11 2-11 PIT 23 U Kordell Stewart pass incomplete intended for Matt Cushing is intercepted by Chris McAlister at PIT-25 and returned for 18 yards (tackle by Hines Ward).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2002-01-27 3 15 3-15 NWE 42 O Tom Brady pass complete to Troy Brown for 19 yards (tackle by Jason Gildon).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Tom Brady pass incomplete intended for Troy Brown (defended by Jason Gildon)
2002-01-27 2 12 2-12 PIT 23 O Kordell Stewart pass complete to Hines Ward for -9 yards (tackle by Tebucky Jones). Hines Ward fumbles (forced by Tebucky Jones), recovered by Ty Law at PIT-14.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Kordell Stewart pass complete to Hines Ward for 13 yards (tackle by Tebucky Jones)
2001Challenges: 6 Overturned: 3 Upheld: 3
Date Down ToGo Location Detail
2002-09-09 2 10 2-10 NWE 27 O Kordell Stewart sacked by Willie McGinest for -11 yards. Kordell Stewart fumbles (forced by Willie McGinest), recovered by Roman Phifer at NWE-42 and returned for 58 yards, touchdown.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Kordell Stewart sacked by Willie McGinest for -73 yards. Penalty on PIT: Unsportsmanlike Conduct, 15 yards
2002-09-29 1 10 1-10 PIT 30 U Tim Couch pass complete to Dennis Northcutt for 15 yards (tackle by Chad Scott).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2002-10-13 3 4 3-4 PIT 28 U Jon Kitna pass complete to Chad Johnson for 9 yards (tackle by Dewayne Washington).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2002-10-27 2 2 2-2 RAV 31 O Tommy Maddox sacked by Peter Boulware for -3 yards. Tommy Maddox fumbles (forced by Peter Boulware), recovered by Anthony Weaver at BAL-33 (tackle by Alan Faneca).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Tommy Maddox pass incomplete (defended by Peter Boulware)
2002-11-10 4 18 4-18 ATL 17 U Chris Mohr punts 48 yards, returned by Antwaan Randle El for 2 yards (tackle by Mark Simoneau). Antwaan Randle El fumbles, recovered by Mark Simoneau at PIT-37.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2002-12-15 2 7 2-7 PIT 27 O Rodney Peete pass complete to Steve Smith for 27 yards, touchdown.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Rodney Peete pass complete to Steve Smith for 23 yards (tackle by Chad Scott)
2002-12-15 2 1 2-1 PIT 1 O Rodney Peete for 1 yard, touchdown.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Rodney Peete up the middle for no gain (tackle by Aaron Smith and Kendrell Bell)
2002-12-29 1 6 1-6 PIT 6 U Jamal Lewis left guard for 4 yards. Jamal Lewis fumbles, recovered by Alan Ricard at PIT-0, touchdown.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2003-01-05 2 14 2-14 CLE 16 O Kelly Holcomb pass complete to Kevin Johnson for 21 yards.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Kelly Holcomb pass incomplete intended for Kevin Johnson
2003-01-11 4 11 4-11 PIT 21 O Tom Rouen punts 39 yards, returned by Derrick Mason for 30 yards (tackle by Hank Poteat). Penalty on Hank Poteat: Ineligible Downfield Kick (Declined).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Tom Rouen punts 39 yards, returned by Derrick Mason for 19 yards (tackle by Hank Poteat). Penalty on Chris Hope: Ineligible Downfield Kick, 6 yards (no play)
2002Challenges: 10 Overturned: 6 Upheld: 4
Date Down ToGo Location Detail
2003-09-14 3 2 3-2 KAN 2 U Tommy Maddox pass incomplete intended for Plaxico Burress.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2003-09-28 3 5 3-5 OTI 9 U Tommy Maddox pass complete to Hines Ward for 4 yards (tackle by Scott McGarrahan).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2003-10-12 3 17 3-17 PIT 36 U Tommy Maddox sacked for -17 yards. Tommy Maddox fumbles, recovered by Verron Haynes at PIT-19.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2003-11-02 3 14 3-14 PIT 14 U Matt Hasselbeck pass complete to Darrell Jackson for 14 yards, touchdown.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2003-11-23 2 5 2-5 PIT 20 U Kelly Holcomb pass complete to Andra Davis for 14 yards (tackle by Chad Scott).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2003Challenges: 5 Overturned: 0 Upheld: 5
Date Down ToGo Location Detail
2004-09-12 4 1 4-1 PIT 43 U Chris Gardocki punts 51 yards.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2004-09-19 3 9 3-9 PIT 27 U Tommy Maddox sacked by Gary Baxter for -7 yards. Tommy Maddox fumbles (forced by Gary Baxter), recovered by Terrell Suggs at PIT-25 and returned for 24 yards (tackle by Hines Ward). Penalty on Verron Haynes: Chop Block.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2004-09-26 2 12 2-12 MIA 36 U A.J. Feeley pass complete to Derrius Thompson for 11 yards (tackle by Deshea Townsend).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2004-10-10 1 10 1-10 CLE 33 U Jeff Garcia pass complete to Aaron Shea for 35 yards (tackle by Chris Hope).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2004-10-31 2 4 2-4 PIT 14 O Tom Brady pass complete to David Patten for 2 yards (tackle by Chris Hope). Penalty on Chris Hope: Face Mask (15 Yards), 6 yards.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Tom Brady pass incomplete intended for David Patten. Penalty on Chris Hope: Face Mask (15 Yards), 7 yards
2004-11-14 4 3 4-3 CLE 24 O Derrick Frost punts 38 yards, muffed catch by Ike Taylor, recovered by Aaron Shea and returned for no gain.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Derrick Frost punts 38 yards
2004-12-12 2 5 2-5 NYJ 28 U Chad Pennington pass complete to Justin McCareins for 43 yards (tackle by Willie J. Williams).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2005-01-23 3 7 3-7 NWE 28 O Tom Brady pass complete to David Givens for 44 yards (tackle by Russell Stuvaints).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Tom Brady pass incomplete intended for David Givens
2005-01-23 2 4 2-4 PIT 31 U Ben Roethlisberger pass incomplete intended for Hines Ward is intercepted by Eugene Wilson at NWE-45.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2004Challenges: 9 Overturned: 3 Upheld: 6
Date Down ToGo Location Detail
2005-09-18 3 3 3-3 HTX 25 U David Carr pass complete to Jabar Gaffney for 3 yards (tackle by Ike Taylor).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2005-09-25 3 4 3-4 NWE 39 O Ben Roethlisberger pass incomplete intended for Antwaan Randle El is intercepted by Eugene Wilson at NWE-34 and returned for 2 yards (tackle by Antwaan Randle El).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Ben Roethlisberger pass incomplete intended for Antwaan Randle El
2005-10-16 3 2 3-2 PIT 10 U Byron Leftwich pass complete to Matt Jones for 10 yards, touchdown. Penalty on Troy Polamalu: Roughing the Passer, 15 yards.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2005-10-23 2 1 2-1 PIT 16 O Carson Palmer pass complete to Chad Johnson for 16 yards, touchdown.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Carson Palmer pass incomplete intended for Chad Ochocinco
2005-12-11 3 7 3-7 PIT 34 O Ben Roethlisberger pass incomplete intended for Cedrick Wilson (defended by Charles Tillman).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Ben Roethlisberger pass complete to Cedrick Wilson for 12 yards (tackle by Charles Tillman). Cedrick Wilson fumbles (forced by Charles Tillman), recovered by Heath Miller at PIT-46
2005-12-18 3 12 3-12 PIT 13 O Ben Roethlisberger pass complete to Cedrick Wilson for 11 yards (tackle by Fred Smoot).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Ben Roethlisberger pass complete to Cedrick Wilson for 12 yards (tackle by Fred Smoot)
2005-12-24 3 8 3-8 CLE 47 U Ben Roethlisberger pass incomplete intended for Cedrick Wilson.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2006-01-08 2 6 2-6 CIN 45 O Jon Kitna pass complete to Chad Johnson for 25 yards (tackle by Ike Taylor). Chad Johnson fumbles (forced by Ike Taylor), ball out of bounds at PIT-28.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Jon Kitna pass incomplete intended for Chad Ochocinco (defended by Ike Taylor)
2006-01-22 2 6 2-6 DEN 45 O Willie Parker right tackle for -5 yards (tackle by Al Wilson). Willie Parker fumbles (forced by Al Wilson), recovered by Ian Gold at 50 and returned for 1 yards (tackle by Max Starks).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Willie Parker right tackle for -1 yards (tackle by Al Wilson)
2005Challenges: 9 Overturned: 6 Upheld: 3
Date Down ToGo Location Detail
2006-09-18 3 6 3-6 PIT 32 U Byron Leftwich pass complete short left to Matt Jones for 13 yards (tackle by Ricardo Colclough).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2006-10-08 1 10 1-10 PIT 38 O Ben Roethlisberger pass incomplete deep middle intended for Santonio Holmes is intercepted by Drayton Florence at SDG-6 and returned for 32 yards (tackle by Jeff Hartings).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Ben Roethlisberger pass incomplete deep middle intended for Santonio Holmes is intercepted by Drayton Florence at SDG-6 and returned for 3 yards (tackle by Santonio Holmes)
2006-10-15 3 2 3-2 PIT 2 U Larry Johnson left guard for 2 yards, touchdown.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2006-10-15 4 1 4-1 KAN 1 O Najeh Davenport for no gain (tackle by Keyaron Fox).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Najeh Davenport up the middle for 1 yard, touchdown
2006-10-22 3 1 3-1 PIT 1 U Warrick Dunn up the middle for 1 yard, touchdown.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2006-10-29 1 10 1-10 PIT 42 U Ben Roethlisberger pass incomplete deep right intended for Cedrick Wilson.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2006-12-03 4 2 4-2 PIT 45 U Josh Bidwell punts 44 yards.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2006-12-07 3 2 3-2 CLE 44 O Derek Anderson for 4 yards (tackle by Aaron Smith).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Derek Anderson up the middle for 4 yards (tackle by Aaron Smith). Derek Anderson fumbles (forced by Aaron Smith), recovered by Aaron Smith at CLE-48 (tackle by Derek Anderson)
2006-12-17 2 9 2-9 CAR 50 O Chris Weinke pass complete short left to Keyshawn Johnson for 15 yards.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Chris Weinke pass incomplete short left intended for Keyshawn Johnson
2006-12-24 1 10 1-10 RAV 11 U Willie Parker up the middle for 8 yards (tackle by Corey Ivy). Willie Parker fumbles (forced by Corey Ivy), recovered by Ed Reed at BAL-3 and returned for 32 yards (tackle by Ben Roethlisberger).
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was upheld.
2006-12-24 3 14 3-14 PIT 19 O Ben Roethlisberger pass incomplete deep left intended for Hines Ward is intercepted by Dawan Landry at PIT-37 and returned for 37 yards, touchdown. Penalty on Ed Reed: Unsportsmanlike Conduct, 15 yards.
PIT challenged the ruling, and the play was overturned: Ben Roethlisberger pass incomplete deep left intended for Hines Ward is intercepted by Dawan Landry at PIT-37 and returned for 36 yards (tackle by Marvel Smith). Penalty on Ed Reed: Unsportsmanlike Conduct, 15 yards
2006Challenges: 11 Overturned: 5 Upheld: 6
TotalChallenges: 59 Overturned: 27 Upheld: 32

Worked For

NFL head coaches this coach worked under in his career.
Name Role
Marty Schottenheimer Special Teams, Defensive Coordinator, Secondary