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BlitzburghRockCity
03-11-2005, 06:03 PM
We've had home field advantage in the playoffs so often and we seem to blow it at the wrong time. Now you can contribute that to, well, Kordell was choker, or we were just over confident or whatever. And last year, I think Ben was just at the end of his rope in the championship game. The turnovers just killed us, as did the bad decisions and breakdowns at other positions on both sides of the ball . but the learning experience was valuable to say the least.

Still though, there are some that would say, just gimme a first round bye and a home playoff game, and lets risk going on the road in the AFC champ. game. I still say thats crap. If u can play infront of ur home town,u always want that advantage.

HinesWard4Life8682
03-11-2005, 06:36 PM
yeah... like Hines Ward said

"It's the worst feeling to see them celebrating on our field."

They blew home feild advantage twice against the pats

clevestinks
03-11-2005, 06:43 PM
Hines ward also said that he would almost rather play on the road. He feels the team is more focused and has a better sense of unity when they stay together in hotels and that. Still we like going to the games and watching them win. I say get home field advantage and stay at the Sheraton downtown, stay together all weekend if you want, take the gateway clipper to the game together, just win the damn game.

ironcitychef
03-12-2005, 12:02 AM
No way. Play at home. Besides the fact that it is a statistical advantage(I think it was like 60-70% of home teams won this year), look at Cowher's record on the road in the playoffs. Anyone see any wins?

JerseySTEEL
03-12-2005, 12:12 AM
we were just egttign back what we gave the Raiders hehe.

Steelersfan
03-12-2005, 02:15 AM
No way. Play at home. Besides the fact that it is a statistical advantage(I think it was like 60-70% of home teams won this year), look at Cowher's record on the road in the playoffs. Anyone see any wins?

On the other hand "how many wins he got at home in the AFC championship?" That would be a big 1. The only common piece here is the coach. I'm telling ya, I like Cowher but I think he his stubborn and doesn't like to change things up. You have to do that to win in the playoffs! He plays not to lose games when he should be playing to win them. The FG at the start of the 4th quarter is a case in point. You are down by 14 so what does a FG do? Not a thing but show the Pats we aren't willing to take the chance to win.

JerseySTEEL
03-12-2005, 02:18 AM
Fan that whole game he did risky calls and we screwed them up so u cant say he wasnt playign to win.

Steelersfan
03-12-2005, 02:23 AM
Fan that whole game he did risky calls and we screwed them up so u cant say he wasnt playign to win.

Could you tell me what plays we called that were risky and we screwed up? The Bettis fumble? That didn't even matter as it was 4th down and we didn't get it. I can't think of another that would be rated as risky. The FG did nothing for the team. What would he have to lose? Down by 11 or 14? Still 2 scores (with a 2pt conversion which is where we were to begin with). Should have gone for it, best case we are down only 7, worst the Pats get the ball at the 2 and we are still down 2 scores.

JerseySTEEL
03-12-2005, 02:26 AM
After u ahd 2 fumbles and drops int he endzone u dont go for it it ant madden. its football u go with what got u there and put a couple sneaky plays in there, the thing we didnt do at all was creens which i thougth was rly dumb they work well for us.

Steelersfan
03-12-2005, 02:33 AM
I agree with the screens. We didn't do nearly enough that game. But when you are down 14 and the other team is scoring you need to "try" and do the same. FG's will not cut it in the playoffs unless you are kicking the last one. As much as I hate to say it we were lucky to get by the Jets. We never should have won that game the way it played out. Against the Pats and being down we should have let it all hang out and gone for the win.

JerseySTEEL
03-12-2005, 02:37 AM
by that afc game our team was beat we were 15-1 our playes have all had injurys we were tired and bettin up. we lost the game dotn keep saying we should have done soimthign its kinda annoying these monday quaterbacks, its over we lost we got this season so buck up lol.

Steelersfan
03-12-2005, 02:44 AM
by that afc game our team was beat we were 15-1 our playes have all had injurys we were tired and bettin up. we lost the game dotn keep saying we should have done soimthign its kinda annoying these monday quaterbacks, its over we lost we got this season so buck up lol.

Injuries? Monday Qb's? Why do you always attack someone when they state their opinion? You don't think most teams are taking a beating that time of year? Go ask the Pats. They had a whole new secondary by the end of the year and still won. I don't make excuses why we lost just my opinion from watching every game over the past 7-8 years. Thank you NFL Sunday ticket! Cowher plays not to lose. He needs to learn to play to win or we will never win the SB with him.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-12-2005, 08:52 AM
I agree with the screens. We didn't do nearly enough that game. But when you are down 14 and the other team is scoring you need to "try" and do the same. FG's will not cut it in the playoffs unless you are kicking the last one. As much as I hate to say it we were lucky to get by the Jets. We never should have won that game the way it played out. Against the Pats and being down we should have let it all hang out and gone for the win.

Our problem was just that, we got behind early, and we just couldnt push our way back into the game..the closet we came was down by 11 in the 3rd quarter, if I remember correctly. WE did alot of uncharacteristic things in that game that lead to our demise.

JerseySTEEL
03-12-2005, 11:24 AM
lol like i said your monday QB.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-12-2005, 01:14 PM
playing monday QB is only way any football deals w/ the pain of such a great season ended premature. But im over it..except when its brought up here on SF or I see something on steelerslive or the post gazette site.

I say we no longer talk about that game anymore here on SF..too painful. :blah: :o

clevestinks
03-12-2005, 02:55 PM
I agree lets bury it. Its obvious it still holds bitter feelings for all of us

JerseySTEEL
03-13-2005, 12:03 AM
np thats what my point is , its over theres next season group hug lol.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-13-2005, 10:52 AM
Alright, Group hug..done deal..no more.. Whew, glad thats over with.. now, on to the draft !!! :D

ironcitychef
03-14-2005, 11:52 AM
[On the other hand "how many wins he got at home in the AFC championship?" That would be a big 1.]

I still think that is one more than we have on the road. And I would have hated to see us in New Engalnd and be behind early.

JerseySTEEL
03-15-2005, 11:56 AM
true would rather be at home.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-15-2005, 12:45 PM
[On the other hand "how many wins he got at home in the AFC championship?" That would be a big 1.]

I still think that is one more than we have on the road. And I would have hated to see us in New Engalnd and be behind early.

Yeah, no matter what, you always wanna be at home.

clevestinks
03-15-2005, 12:56 PM
Agreed I have a small chance to get tix at home but no chance in NE

SteelersGirlTN7
03-15-2005, 04:03 PM
Hines ward also said that he would almost rather play on the road. He feels the team is more focused and has a better sense of unity when they stay together in hotels and that. Still we like going to the games and watching them win. I say get home field advantage and stay at the Sheraton downtown, stay together all weekend if you want, take the gateway clipper to the game together, just win the damn game.


Just remember the hurricane game and see how things changed after that.

HinesWard4Life8682
03-15-2005, 04:12 PM
On the other hand "how many wins he got at home in the AFC championship?" That would be a big 1. The only common piece here is the coach. I'm telling ya, I like Cowher but I think he his stubborn and doesn't like to change things up. You have to do that to win in the playoffs! He plays not to lose games when he should be playing to win them. The FG at the start of the 4th quarter is a case in point. You are down by 14 so what does a FG do? Not a thing but show the Pats we aren't willing to take the chance to win.

yo steelers fan, just try to be a head coach.dont even think u will be half as good as cowher. its always easy to try and coach a team on the computer.

It was dumb mistakes, turnovers and penalties that hurt us

BlitzburghRockCity
03-15-2005, 05:26 PM
While I agree that none of us is anywhere near qualified to be a head coach.. SteelersFan has apoint, in that BC does not and will not change the way we do things. He doesnt game plan for teams like bellichek does. BC believes in our system and playing out type of football. Which is fine, and I obviously see his point. But when it comes playoff time, the advantage the bellichek has in his game plan.

Im not taking anything away from BC at all, he's an awesome coach and well loved by the players, and I wouldnt trade him for the world. He fits us. But I do think he can be stubborn at times.