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Prosdo
07-18-2005, 09:12 PM
Twenty-five seasons have passed since the Steelers last won a Super Bowl, and a new generation hungers for a championship of its own in Pittsburgh. After coming close so often over the past decade, the president of the franchise believes it's time to add another Vince Lombardi trophy to the club's aging quartet.

"I think for the people who have been around for awhile now, I think we all feel like it's time," Art Rooney says. "We've been close and we have to take that last step."

The Steelers were the surprise of the NFL last season when, behind a rookie quarterback, they became the first team from the AFC to go 15-1. But they also became only the second 15-1 NFL team not to reach the Super Bowl when they lost the AFC Championship game at home for the fourth time in 11 years.

Nothing less than a Super Bowl will be good enough this season, even though they suffered losses in free agency. Coach Bill Cowher worries that it will be difficult to match last year's determination by a team embarrassed with its 6-10 record in 2003.

"Going into this season there will be talk of this football team being one of the preseason favorites," Cowher says. "Those are the things you have to fight. Complacency can create a lot of disappointment if you are not careful. I think that is the challenge we have."

Rest of the article: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/specials/preview/2005/teams/afcn/pittsburgh_steelers.html

The article was good in my opinion. The only thing I didn't like was the last part. Kendrell Bell had been injuried and Larry Foote played well. No doubt is Kendrell a great player, but he wasn't exactly a big impact on last year.

ericnie18
07-18-2005, 09:16 PM
your right man,we just have to wait out the patriots and i figure we then have a shot.if brady would just get injured we might have a chance.until then we might have to settle on division titles.MAN THAT PATS TEAM IS TOUGH.

Prosdo
07-18-2005, 09:26 PM
I'm not sure where you found that in that article but hmmm.. The Pats are a great team, but they can be beat. It's only a matter of us playing like we know how to play. We did not do that in the AFC Championship game. This year I think it will be different.

bigbensgirl7
07-18-2005, 09:31 PM
I'm not sure where you found that in that article but hmmm.. The Pats are a great team, but they can be beat. It's only a matter of us playing like we know how to play. We did not do that in the AFC Championship game. This year I think it will be different.
At least I hope so :)

Livinginthe past
07-19-2005, 05:08 AM
I read a small article -which goes back to just after the Pats v Steelers Conference game last year which may give a genuine impression of the Pats regard for the Steelers, here it is :

It?s about 20-25 minutes after the Patriots defeated the Steelers 41-27 and New England owner Robert Kraft is standing outside the entranceway of the team?s locker room. He?s wearing a cheek-to-cheek smile.

As Kraft is engaged in conversation, Steelers owner Dan Rooney approaches him. You can see the disappointment in Rooney?s face; after all, he?s getting older and who knows how many more chances he?ll have to see another championship in this great city. As he gets closer, he hugs Kraft, leaning into him like a kid looking for comfort.

Then, in a raspy voice, Rooney wishes Kraft and the Patriots good fortune in the Super Bowl.

?We?ve tried to emulate the great job you?ve done,? Kraft says as Rooney walks away.

Then, as Rooney heads back to the Steelers? locker room, Kraft stops him.

?Thank you Dan. That was very classy.?

It was such a genuine moment, caught by only a select few who happened to be within earshot. And for those who don?t know Dan Rooney and the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was a reflection of why the organization is considered one of the NFL?s best.

regards NM

STEELERDYNASTY
07-19-2005, 12:07 PM
I read a small article -which goes back to just after the Pats v Steelers Conference game last year which may give a genuine impression of the Pats regard for the Steelers, here it is :

It?s about 20-25 minutes after the Patriots defeated the Steelers 41-27 and New England owner Robert Kraft is standing outside the entranceway of the team?s locker room. He?s wearing a cheek-to-cheek smile.

As Kraft is engaged in conversation, Steelers owner Dan Rooney approaches him. You can see the disappointment in Rooney?s face; after all, he?s getting older and who knows how many more chances he?ll have to see another championship in this great city. As he gets closer, he hugs Kraft, leaning into him like a kid looking for comfort.

Then, in a raspy voice, Rooney wishes Kraft and the Patriots good fortune in the Super Bowl.

?We?ve tried to emulate the great job you?ve done,? Kraft says as Rooney walks away.

Then, as Rooney heads back to the Steelers? locker room, Kraft stops him.

?Thank you Dan. That was very classy.?

It was such a genuine moment, caught by only a select few who happened to be within earshot. And for those who don?t know Dan Rooney and the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was a reflection of why the organization is considered one of the NFL?s best.

regards NM


Excellent post........thanks

VaDave
07-19-2005, 04:45 PM
IMO we'll be very competitive, 15-1 is a stretch, but we will win our share. Will this be the year? I guess will have to let them play the games to find out. Dang, I wish they were playing now....

clevestinks
07-19-2005, 05:42 PM
your right man,we just have to wait out the patriots and i figure we then have a shot.if brady would just get injured we might have a chance.until then we might have to settle on division titles.MAN THAT PATS TEAM IS TOUGH.


Wait out the Pats?
If Brady gets injured we MIGHT have a chance?

You suck dude. Number one, I for one would like to beat the Pats in the AFC champ game. With Brady at qb. Don`t want no hand outs. We want to win the right way.

clevestinks
07-19-2005, 05:46 PM
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It was such a genuine moment, caught by only a select few who happened to be within earshot. And for those who don?t know Dan Rooney and the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was a reflection of why the organization is considered one of the NFL?s best.

regards NM[/QUOTE]

To respect the NFL you have to respect the Rooneys, they have always done things the right way. And have always tried to improve the quality of the league.

Let me also say it was a classy move on Krafts part for pointing it out.

Thanks for the post NM.

Livinginthe past
07-19-2005, 07:47 PM
You're welcome, it was a good article, on a different note - I dont know who he is but ericnie18 is quite obviously a Patsfan.
Despite being a Pats man myself I dont particularly like his style - seems awful childish to keep pretending to be a Steeler fan - then finding a way of paying backhanded compliments to Pitts whilst bigging up the Pats.

Im sure you already guessed all this - just saying you shouldn't waste anymore posts replying.

Regards

NM

SteelersNation7
07-19-2005, 07:50 PM
For us to win The Super Bowl...Cowher's going to have to stop being stubborn and make the right adjustment in the big game (When needed) stop running on first and second down EVERY single Time.....He did that a few years ago against the Pats and he did it last year against them...and it killed our Roookie QB...Ben was a sitting duck...because Cowher would not go against Steeler Football...Run,Run Run...even if it meant going to the Super Bowl..
Ever wonder Why Cowher hasn't won the big one yet????

clevestinks
07-19-2005, 07:54 PM
yeah I figured as much. Its hard to ignore them.

clevestinks
07-19-2005, 07:59 PM
For us to win The Super Bowl...Cowher's going to have to stop being stubborn and make the right adjustment in the big game (When needed) stop running on first and second down EVERY single Time.....He did that a few years ago against the Pats and he did it last year against them...and it killed our Roookie QB...Ben was a sitting duck...because Cowher would not go against Steeler Football...Run,Run Run...even if it meant going to the Super Bowl..
Ever wonder Why Cowher hasn't won the big one yet????

Cowher has taken the team to the big one. Look how many coaches come and go and never come close. Cleveland has had eight head coaches to our two, since 1970. They have never made it with any coach. This is not as easy as it seems. Cowher puts competitive teams on the field often. He has played for the AFC championship 5 times. Although his record is 1-4 in these games. In these days of free agency, I think he manages his talent well. Does he NEED to win a bowl ? Yes. He has had to good a career already , for it to have all been forgotten, because if no ring.

Livinginthe past
07-19-2005, 08:02 PM
For us to win The Super Bowl...Cowher's going to have to stop being stubborn and make the right adjustment in the big game (When needed) stop running on first and second down EVERY single Time.....He did that a few years ago against the Pats and he did it last year against them...and it killed our Roookie QB...Ben was a sitting duck...because Cowher would not go against Steeler Football...Run,Run Run...even if it meant going to the Super Bowl..
Ever wonder Why Cowher hasn't won the big one yet????

I agree totally with this analysis. There is one school of thought that says you have to stick with the game plan that got you so far but I think that leads to you being a predictable side.
The Patriots thrive on being able to adapt to any given situation - you have to change your look to be able to stay with them.
In the same way we know what is going to happen to Peyton Manning every year we also know what the Steelers will bring.


Knowing this, of course, is no guarantee of winning - but it sure makes life easier.

Regards

NM

ironcitychef
07-20-2005, 11:14 AM
I think that balance comes in time. To pass more often on first would require us to put more options in play as well. The TE's instead of blocking for extra protection would leek out allow a possible rusher(plus our TE were not pass catching pedigrees), or since Duce was hurt it would require Bettis to get to the outside for a swing pass or such(and he had that bizarre fumble deal last year which rarley happend before), so I like rolling the dice with the highest % of just handing off. Since NE was playing 8 LBS roaming anyway we might not have handle the screens as well anyway. Maybe this year, Ben can read and recognize a little better to allow some protection to go pass active to give us more balance. Does anyone know which 50% of the playbook we were using anyway? Maybe some of the balance was in that...

Avoid LLoyd1975
07-22-2005, 03:38 PM
I think we could steam roll through our schedule again. We are more experienced at key positions and most importantly the experience of our youth has developed some. The team has the taste of victory still from last year even though we got handled by the patriots when it counted.