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83-Steelers-43
11-28-2006, 07:03 AM
Gene Collier: Count Cowher among those who should go
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Got the Steelers game wrong Sunday.

I thought they'd lose, 30-0.

Maybe you saw a hopeful and heroic fourth quarter in Cleveland the previous week, 21 points that alchemized a 24-20 victory; I saw a team that was so much like the Browns as to be barely distinguishable from them, barely above pathetic.

That a twitching Steelers offense cowered -- or is it Cowhered? -- at the approach of Sunday's raucous Ravens beating wasn't terribly surprising, although it was a minor annoyance that Baltimore lost interest at 27-0.

Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan was just slightly wrong as well.

"Pittsburgh is no run-of-the-mill team," he said.

That's supposed to be a compliment and, although I'd also be inclined to argue that the Steelers are a run-of-the-mill team, the fact is, the mill closed Sunday. The last shift filed out about 4 p.m. A skeleton crew will work the laundry through five meaningless season-ending cycles, but basically, the 2006 Steelers are a boarded-up gates-locked eyesore.

It's time to scrawl some graffiti and whip rocks through the windows.

With an eye on the 2007 edition of what is still one of sports' elite franchises, the fact is that the Steelers can plainly do without a number of the people who less than 10 months ago were some of the components, some vital, of a Super Bowl champion.

Foremost among them would be whoever that is walking around disguised as Bill Cowher.

Of all the relatively serious implications of Sunday's Ravens rollover, none was more important than the Steelers' demeanor at their moment of truth. They were sluggish, unfocused, even feckless, meaning that after 15 years as one of the NFL's best motivators with a well-deserved and effectively deployed reputation as a player's coach, Cowher could find nothing in his psychological bag to adequately prepare this team for the 60 minutes in which the season hung in the balance.

Maybe that's because, along with his other bags, his psychological bag is packed for North Carolina. Normally Cowher is an intense stew of emotions, at least on game day, but this season, a passersby who had once just hoped to avoid the spittle is now more likely to hear the unsung James Taylor lyrics:

In my mind, I'm goin' to Carolina.
Can't ya just feel the sunshine
Can't you just feel the moonshine
Maybe just like a friend of mine
It hit me from behind
Yes I'm goin' to Carolina in my mind.

If there are guest quarters at the $2.5 million home the head coach has purchased in North Carolina, perhaps special teams coach Kevin Spencer could crash there while he pursues employment elsewhere. Spencer may be the best special teams coach in the known universe, but his players have rewarded him with not only the kind of performance that gets people in that niche position fired, but the most ridiculous special teams autumn in memory.

"These next five games should mean a lot to the guys on this team," Hines Ward said. "We're going to find out who will be here next year. We'll find out who will keep practicing hard and keep working hard. We have to keep working and keep fighting.

"We will find out a lot of about the character of our team in the next few weeks."

You'd better hope it's better than the things we found out in the past few weeks, things such as that Najeh Davenport, despite what Cowher calls "great body lean," is of little utility on this team, especially returning kicks. The only question there is, if Davenport actually broke one some Sunday, would he get to the end zone Monday or Tuesday.

We've also seen mounds of evidence that much like in 2003, Cowher's previous losing season, the offensive line is suddenly a foundation gone squishy. When you can't run, you can't throw under anything but relentless pressure, and when you can't stay on the field, your defense, no matter how accomplished, will tire and fail. Jeff Hartings, Kendall Simmons and Max Starks are no longer strengths.

"I can't get mad at the linemen," Ben Roethlisberger said. "They did a good job."

In the Steelers game?

With nine sacks and 22 yards rushing, perhaps Bart Scott hit Roethlisberger even harder than we thought.

Between now and the time the mill reopens, someone will have to figure out what people like Joey Porter and Clark Haggans and Cedrick Wilson and Nate Washington are bringing to this unbalanced equation as well.

Smells like a job for the next head coach.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06332/741748-150.stm

83-Steelers-43
11-28-2006, 07:14 AM
Finally, somebody in the Pittsburgh media said it!!! Hopefully the Rooney's agree.

83-Steelers-43
11-28-2006, 07:53 AM
And this from the Baltimore Sun....

Roethlisberger roughed up

Steelers coach Bill Cowher should be ashamed of himself for playing Roethlisberger the entire game. Roethlisberger was sacked nine times and hurried nine others. He could easily dominate ESPN's "Jacked Up" segment, especially when Ravens linebacker Bart Scott stretched him out late in the first half.

Roethlisberger is only a shell of his former self, and you can see it in his eyes. The kid is totally lost, and he never should have been the starter at the beginning of the season because of his motorcycle accident shortly before training camp.

Instead, Cowher tried to make him into a "Super Bowl" quarterback by throwing the ball instead of staying with the running game. Even more embarrassing for Cow- her is the fact that he won't play backup Charlie Batch, who has been successful when called on to play in the past two years.

Roethlisberger had no chance yesterday, yet Cowher kept throwing him out there to take a beating.

Infamix
11-28-2006, 08:27 AM
And this from the Baltimore Sun....

Roethlisberger roughed up

Steelers coach Bill Cowher should be ashamed of himself for playing Roethlisberger the entire game. Roethlisberger was sacked nine times and hurried nine others. He could easily dominate ESPN's "Jacked Up" segment, especially when Ravens linebacker Bart Scott stretched him out late in the first half.

Roethlisberger is only a shell of his former self, and you can see it in his eyes. The kid is totally lost, and he never should have been the starter at the beginning of the season because of his motorcycle accident shortly before training camp.

Instead, Cowher tried to make him into a "Super Bowl" quarterback by throwing the ball instead of staying with the running game. Even more embarrassing for Cow- her is the fact that he won't play backup Charlie Batch, who has been successful when called on to play in the past two years.

Roethlisberger had no chance yesterday, yet Cowher kept throwing him out there to take a beating.


Yeah that really made me mad. Roethlisberger should not have played the rest of the game after he got the wind knocked out of him.

83-Steelers-43
11-28-2006, 08:31 AM
When a game is going that bad and where nothing seems to be going right (count the Raider game also), you should take him out. Not only were things going horrible with that team in general this past Sunday, but Ben was also getting demolished on every other down.

MACH1
11-28-2006, 10:35 AM
Their not going to fire cower, he allready quit.

bradness113
11-28-2006, 10:39 AM
Thats for sure. He quit after he won his superbowl
COWHER:monkey:

BigDuke6
11-28-2006, 11:35 AM
Thats for sure. He quit after he won his superbowl
COWHER:monkey:

Oh MY Gawd !!!! What a sig !!!!! LMAO !!!!!!!

coachspeak33
11-28-2006, 12:42 PM
Bill isnt making me happy right now, thats for sure. I am not too thrilled, however, withthe idea of having whisenhunt as our HC.... he has driven me crazy all year long.... i dont want to rip him too bad... lets just say he is running neck and neck with "the chin" for most annoying steeler during the 2006 season.

I dont love the article but i find it extremely necessary..... billy needs to hold himself more accountable than looking completely dumb founded every game, all game long, only to follow that performance up with meaningless declarations such as...."that will never happen again"..... that was his statement after 3 personal foul penalties ..... IN 3rd GAME OF THE DAMN SEASON.... looks like billy is getting soft in his old age.

Cape Cod Steel Head
11-28-2006, 12:59 PM
BTW, we shouldn't be running Cowher off. He's less than one year removed from a Super Bowl and has an outstanding record.

If he's leaving at the end of the year, he should go ahead and leave now. But if he wants to come back in 2007 he should be welcome.Not if this is how he is going to coach! Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord spilt ya!

Preacher
11-28-2006, 12:59 PM
One thing I don't get about the NFL is the unwillingness to bench a QB who'shaving a bad day. In baseball, you take the pitcher out if he's getting shelled. Why not do the same in football?

I'd sit Ben the rest of the year. He's had at least 2 concussions inthe past 6 months. The season's over for all intents and purposes. Let Ben heal...Batch can handle the pounding better right now. You have to protect your franchise QB.

WHile I absolutely disagree with the "Bench Ben" crowd... This is one post that has some merrit.

I do disagree however, take Ben out now, and he starts to lose what timing he has with his receivers. Now... I would be all for bringing in Batch, or even Brian St. Pierre and letting them get a little work in the fourth quarter. or even the third and fourth quarter. But Ben needs to stay in.

tony hipchest
11-28-2006, 01:03 PM
One thing I don't get about the NFL is the unwillingness to bench a QB who'shaving a bad day. In baseball, you take the pitcher out if he's getting shelled. Why not do the same in football?

I'd sit Ben the rest of the year. He's had at least 2 concussions inthe past 6 months. The season's over for all intents and purposes. Let Ben heal...Batch can handle the pounding better right now. You have to protect your franchise QB.the fans and rooneys pay to see ben play.

that would be like going to see your favorite band in concert and they throw a back up singer in there cause the lead singer has a cold.

plus ben needs to start padding the stats of his hall of fame career :wink02:

Texasfan
11-28-2006, 01:08 PM
WHile I absolutely disagree with the "Bench Ben" crowd... This is one post that has some merrit.

I do disagree however, take Ben out now, and he starts to lose what timing he has with his receivers. Now... I would be all for bringing in Batch, or even Brian St. Pierre and letting them get a little work in the fourth quarter. or even the third and fourth quarter. But Ben needs to stay in.

I think this was never established this season.

Preacher
11-28-2006, 01:10 PM
Not if this is how he is going to coach! Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord spilt ya!


Agreed. Thanks for all the good years. You are welcome in this town any time. Come by and visit the team whenever. Hope you enjoy life in the Carolinas!

But as of now... GOODBYE!

Preacher
11-28-2006, 01:13 PM
I think this was never established this season.

Actually, Ben talked about this issue a while back. He was having a LOT of problems with HOlmes because Holmes looks like he isn't really running. Ben said he would then look back to Holmes, and Holmes was WAY down the field.. or at the end of his route.

It took a lot of time for Ben to figure out Holmes. Now, I want that to continue. On the otherside, I want the Recievers to keep working on timing with Ben. They need a lot of work. More then just training camp next year will offer.

MACH1
11-28-2006, 02:31 PM
Actually, Ben talked about this issue a while back. He was having a LOT of problems with HOlmes because Holmes looks like he isn't really running. Ben said he would then look back to Holmes, and Holmes was WAY down the field.. or at the end of his route.

It took a lot of time for Ben to figure out Holmes. Now, I want that to continue. On the otherside, I want the Recievers to keep working on timing with Ben. They need a lot of work. More then just training camp next year will offer.

Some people might not like this but I think all the starters need to play more than one series in the preseason games too. Risking injuries aside, but that would help out immensely with chemistry and timing. IMHO

Black@Gold Forever32
11-28-2006, 04:28 PM
Why should Cowher care if Ben's takes an ass beating he won't be the coach of the Steelers next year and doesn't care if Ben ruins his career. When the game was out of hand I agree that Ben should have been pulled from a health stand point. With all the health issues Ben has had this year it served no purpose to let Ben take a ass kicking like that for the whole game.

**** off Bill Cowher and enjoy North Carolina.

X-Terminator
11-28-2006, 05:39 PM
Unbelievable...no, actually it isn't. Cowher has given this franchise so much over the years, and because he has one bad season, here come the wolves wanting to throw him under the bus, and then run him over. Very, very typical of the fans and the media. Seriously, I hope he stays next season and finishes out his contract, just to spite each and every one of you.

paw-n-maul-u
11-28-2006, 07:32 PM
its a great article, but those who are calling for bens benching and cowher to get the boot are ridiculous. Our problems are a lot bigger than our franchise quarterback and HOF coach. LB's getting older, very young secondary, offensive line cant hold it together, smith and faneca have even been playing a little above average at best. our WR's are young and inexperienced. our RB, though spectacular at times, has lots of "those" kind of games where it would make a fantasy football owner cry and throw a keyboard. (trust me i know). personally I think that cowher will hang around for atleast another year. How can you go out like this??? i think he would be ashamed to. The rooneys need to break the bank a little this year and have a solid draft, esp. in the early rounds where players can contribute immediatley. the core players of this team are still good to make another run for the next five years, and i think a long offseason will be just what the steelers need toget back on track.

Stlrs4Life
11-28-2006, 08:01 PM
None of that shit was Bens fault. Our OL is worse than Clevelands if ya ask me. They should all line up and let Ben kick them in the balls. I think they are jealous of Ben.

Ambridge
11-28-2006, 08:45 PM
Unbelievable...no, actually it isn't. Cowher has given this franchise so much over the years, and because he has one bad season, here come the wolves wanting to throw him under the bus, and then run him over. Very, very typical of the fans and the media. Seriously, I hope he stays next season and finishes out his contract, just to spite each and every one of you.

I believe fans can stomach Bill Cowher and the Steelers having a bad season but I don't believe fans are going to accept a Dis-interested, detached, uninspired and semi-comatose head coach(regardless of his past accomplishments)lead this team to such a pathetic season with about as much emotion and energy as it would to change a light bulb.

As each game goes by you can see Bill Cowher is struggling to seem even the slightest bit interested and it's a shame that he's decided to leave his Steeler legacy on such a very sour note.

Ambridge
11-28-2006, 08:50 PM
None of that shit was Bens fault. Our OL is worse than Clevelands if ya ask me. They should all line up and let Ben kick them in the balls. I think they are jealous of Ben.


The entire coaching staff should line up as well.

WWIIOwheelz
11-28-2006, 11:41 PM
I can honestly say that I'm mindblown Cowher didn't give Batch the go after Ben got hit so hard.

Then to make it go on & on for Ben, when he was getting no protection? I got madder & madder with every offensive play of the 2nd half.

No excuse for that, absolutely terrible coaching, and he seemed so antipathetic, shaking his head only, or having no expression at all. Not the same coach as last year.

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