Everybody who was a Steelers fan in the past ten years likes Bill Cowher.
However, after looking at this article:
in hindsight, was he that good?
He’s made some very questionable decisions, particularly on offense, although it could be the fault of the front office. His starting quarterbacks have included:
Bubby “Not the Janitor” Brister
Charlie “Mr. Basketball” Batch
Kordell “The Mendoza Line” Stewart
Tommy “Mr. Fetal Position” Maddox
Neil “The Cheater” O’Donnell
and a young Ben Rothlisberger.
While the defense has always been good, this could be more because of Dick Lebeau instead of Cowher himself.
The running game has always been good, but then again, is it luck or skill? Did Cowher really have more influence than the front office in bringing in Jerome Bettis (trade), Duce Staley (FA) or Willie Parker (undrafted rookie, friend of the Rooney family)?
Special teams in particular have always suffered while under Cowher. The Steelers have a system where the future starting LB’s play special teams, and when they “graduate”, their replacements aren’t as good.
Nearly all his assistants became successful head coaches elsewhere. Did his assistants have the real coaching talent?
So, looking back, was Cowher really an elite coach?