Anyone else get a sneaking suspicion Bill Cowher was not dispatched to Indianapolis this week to interview Jeff Saturday for Sunday’s edition of CBS’ “The NFL Today?”

That particular pregame studio was the scene of Cowher’s ranting soliloquy on the evils of James Irsay’s decision to hire Saturday, a former player without any NFL coaching experience, to work the Colts’ sideline. From strictly a TV standpoint, the former Steelers’ coach fiery monologue was brilliant.

Delivered with the proper amount of hiss and vinegar, Cowher painted his picture of the coaching lifestyle and how downtrodden Indy assistant coaches were shafted by Irsay, another rich owner who elected to anoint his fair-haired bobo, Saturday, as interim head coach.

Cowher projected an angry sincerity. Jaw-jutting and glaring into the camera, he declared: “I’m speaking on behalf of the coaching profession.” Cowher made anyone watching believe he actually had the weight of that world on his shoulders.

He said Irsay’s decision was “a disgrace to the coaching profession.” Cowher kept doubling down with lines like: “What happened in Indianapolis was a travesty.” CBS should have let him deliver the spiel while pacing the room. For as TV rants go, this would have served to be a great halftime speech, Cowher’s finest moment — and one of the show’s finest — since he joined CBS Sports in 2007.

Yet the test of any TV sermon is the response it generates. Cowher pissed off plenty of big-name Gasbags, like Pat McAfee and Christopher (Mad Dog) Russo.

They made it personal. McAfee, the former Colts punter, told Cowher to “shut the f—k up,” with Dog — on his SXM afternoon-drive show — saying: “You know what’s a disgrace? Cowher walking into the CBS studio (16 years ago) and getting a broadcast job with no experience.” Russo hammered Cowher for three days on the radio and took his beef to national TV on ESPN’s “First Take.”

While Cowher is another former coach-turned-analyst who regularly fuels the fantasy that coaching in the NFL is akin to brain surgery, he was just following a long line of players, and coaches, who went into TV with no previous broadcasting experience. They are not paid to anchor a telecast or be instantly proficient in the mechanics of the gig. They are paid for their personality/star power and capacity to analyze the game.

Yet the argument can be made for former players-turned-analysts working regional telecasts, who were passed over by recently …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


Bob Raissman: Bill Cowher delivers the passion in CBS rant over Jeff Saturday hiring

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