On the surface, Bill Cowher looked like he wasn't ready to be an NFL head coach. Too young. Too anonymous. Too unproven.
So while the then-34-year-old Cowher might have been on the list to replace Chuck Noll following Noll's retirement after the 1991 season, thanks to the enthusiastic endorsement of mentor Marty Schottenheimer, he wasn't exactly at the top of it.