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12-05-2006, 01:04 AM
Misinterpretation

By Mike Prisuta
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, December 5, 2006


Bill Cowher took a break Monday morning from reviewing video of Sunday's win over Tampa Bay and game-planning for Thursday night's game with Cleveland and indirectly addressed at least one point of contention regarding the profound disappointment that is 5-7.

He still cares.

In discussing a variety of topics, from "negativity" to Ike Taylor's demotion to the performance of Nate Washington to the merits of grass and mud over any artificial surface -- the Steelers coach subtly, yet unmistakably confronted growing sentiment to the contrary that has been percolating throughout what has become a disgruntled Steelers Nation.

The oft-expressed theory among those desperate to identify the reason the Steelers have slipped from Super Bowl champs to also-rans states that Cowher's refusal to clarify his status beyond 2006 is to blame.

He knows he's gone, so he no longer attacks the job with fervor.

He doesn't yell and spit on the sidelines the way he used to when the Steelers were winners, which explains why they've suddenly started losing with such regularity.

The truth is, a number of factors have contributed to the decline and fall of the NFL's defending champions, but the coach failing to publicly state his intentions beyond Dec. 31 isn't one of them.

Are they all as hungry as they were a year ago?

Only the players know for certain.

But to suggest a sense of mailing it in from the top on down has compromised the Steelers' title defense would be as unfair, and as inaccurate as the Steelers losing seven of their first 12 games was unanticipated.

As recently as the Steelers' 27-0 loss on Nov. 26 in Baltimore there was tremendous dedication to the cause apparent to those who were paying close attention to what was taking place.

Free safety Ryan Clark got run over and knocked out of the game, but returned.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger refused to be removed while in the process of enduring a nine-sack assault.

Tight end Heath Miller flung himself headfirst toward a first down that wasn't about to alter the outcome.

The Steelers' record, likewise, cannot be attributed to coaching indifference.

Practice has been stopped this season when the performance was deemed unsatisfactory.

The final team meeting before the Nov. 12 victory over New Orleans featured Cowher asking selected veterans to address their teammates, a motivational string guard Alan Faneca remembered Cowher pulling on one other occasion in Faneca's nine seasons with the Steelers.

Even this week, Cowher is tweaking the routine in a continued effort to spark a sprint to the finish.

In previous years, Cowher recalled, the Steelers took Monday off on the week of a Thursday confrontation.

"We're 0-3 in those games," Cowher pointed out.

This time, they practiced.

The Steelers also were challenged by their coach to "go out there and keep battling week in and week out and not be deterred by what people are saying or where we are."

That might be interpreted by many as just so much rhetoric, but it's apparent that when speaking about his players that Cowher still speaks from the heart.

"It's a very unselfish team," Cowher said. "They've sacrificed a lot for the team, that's what I like about this group of guys. We've been through a lot. A lot has been said about them and it hasn't unfolded the way we wanted it to unfold, but they keep battling and I'm proud of them."

A guy who didn't care wouldn't be that at 5-7.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_482678.html

tony hipchest
12-05-2006, 01:28 AM
Free safety Ryan Clark got run over and knocked out of the game, but returned.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger refused to be removed while in the process of enduring a nine-sack assault.

Tight end Heath Miller flung himself headfirst toward a first down that wasn't about to alter the outcome.


The Steelers' record, likewise, cannot be attributed to coaching indifference.

finally, a nice feel good article (although it doesnt answer if cowher even wants to remain the steelers coach)

one thing i havent noticed is the players giving up or throwing in the towel and i havent noticed the dissention we see in other teams such as the bungles, rams, giants, etc.

i guess thats a good thing to make of a bad season.

fansince'76
12-05-2006, 01:31 AM
one thing i havent noticed is the players giving up or throwing in the towel and i havent noticed the dissention we see in other teams such as the bungles, rams, giants, etc.

i guess thats a good thing to make of a bad season.

Agreed - the guys have all been really classy in dealing with the questioning they've been getting from the press. Could be worse - we could be the Giants.

MACH1
12-05-2006, 01:49 AM
Agreed - the guys have all been really classy in dealing with the questioning they've been getting from the press. Could be worse - we could be the Giants.

Or the Raiders:jawdrop:

fansince'76
12-05-2006, 01:53 AM
Or the Raiders:jawdrop:

I that were the case, I wouldn't be a fan. :ouch:

Preacher
12-05-2006, 01:55 AM
Raiders "D" were doing everything they could not to RIP on the O and ST Sunday afternoon in the post game interviews. It was pretty funny. Gotta give em credit.

fansince'76
12-05-2006, 01:58 AM
Raiders "D" were doing everything they could not to RIP on the O and ST Sunday afternoon in the post game interviews. It was pretty funny. Gotta give em credit.

Art Shell's influence, definitely. That man deserves better.

HometownGal
12-05-2006, 08:20 AM
finally, a nice feel good article

one thing i havent noticed is the players giving up or throwing in the towel and i havent noticed the dissention we see in other teams such as the bungles, rams, giants, etc.

i guess thats a good thing to make of a bad season.

Ding, ding, ding - we have a winner! :thumbsup: I have never believed that the Steelers gave up, though I do still think they may have come into the season with a huge chip on their shoulders as Super Bowl champs, which every team out there preps even harder to knock off, since they were the prior season's "cream of the crop".

Buzz05
12-05-2006, 08:34 AM
Ding, ding, ding - we have a winner! :thumbsup: I have never believed that the Steelers gave up, though I do still think they may have come into the season with a huge chip on their shoulders as Super Bowl champs, which every team out there preps even harder to knock off, since they were the prior season's "cream of the crop".

:iagree: I have never heard of a Cowher coached team giving up and I dont want to think this years team has either

Stilliz
12-05-2006, 07:37 PM
Bunch of blah blah blah iffin you ask me... Fact is Coach AND players thought they could just show up and could win games..Ewwww look at me Im the great big coach who won the SB baby, Im just gonna stand here emotionless cause I aint gotta be all crazy anymore Ima SB winner baby bow down whilest I do nothing here on the sidelines.!!!

no desire--- no focus--- no hunger = 5-7 , now all of a sudden we wanna talk about how great these bunch of guys are and that they stick together.... blah blah blah...