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Bill Cowher's future in doubt after loss

Dec. 25, 2006 at 4:02 PM   |   Comments

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A day after his Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Baltimore Ravens 31-7, coach Bill Cowher's future with the NFL franchise was in serious doubt.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Cowher, who has the longest tenure of any current NFL coach, may soon be unemployed after his Steelers were officially eliminated from playoff contention with Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

Steelers owner Dan Rooney commented on the state of his team as it approaches its season finale next week with the Cincinnati Bengals.

"The players? Yeah," Rooney explained regarding the future of his current 7-8 team. "We need some players, obviously, but I think we're going to be able to get some."

Yet those comments were cut short when Rooney was asked about the possible future of his team's coach since 1992.

"I have nothing to say about that at this time," he responded.

The paper said the disappointing season, which follows last year's Super Bowl victory, also has Cowher refusing any comment regarding the remaining year left on his contract.

Topics: Dan Rooney
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