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Old 10-20-2007, 08:57 AM   #21
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Default Re: 10 years ago: The 1997 Steelers

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Originally Posted by Atlanta Dan View Post
The decline of that team after 1997 illustrates 2 points: coaching matters and don't let the players dictate hiring deisions.

IMO Kordell's skills and flaws would have been better handled if Chan Gailey would have remained as offensive coordinator through at least 1998.

Instead, Gailey became HC of the Cowboys and Kordell allegedly was given input into the decision to hire the infamous Ray Sherman as O-coordinator. Sherman was so bad that Cowher stripped him of play calling responsibilities before firing him at the end of only one season. Then it was on to Kevin Gilbride trying to turn Stewart into a pocket passer and the team becoming so bad that Cowher almost lost his job after the 1999 season. Whiel Kordell had a very good 2001 regular season, his confidence & mechanics were shot.

A similar inmates running the asylum downward spiral quite possibly would have resulted if Grimm would have been hired over Tomlin.
wow, it's hard now to imagine kordell having input on anything....

i have to agree that while hiring tomlin was not the easy dicision (like shoeing in grimm) it will go down in history as a great move. what a heads up decision. to make such a big (bold) decision in a couple of weeks, and get it right, wow. the rooney's are proving themselves again.!
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