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Old 01-15-2014, 05:06 PM   #1
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Post Cowher dismisses impact of 'Spygate'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Cowher dismisses impact of 'Spygate'
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PITTSBURGH -- Bill Cowher has a message for Pittsburgh Steelers fans who think their team was cheated out of a trip to the Super Bowl 10 years ago: Get over it.

The Steelers were drummed by New England, 41-27, in the 2004 AFC Championship Game at Heinz field, a loss that came under suspicion a couple of years later when the Patriots were caught trying to steal signals and formations by illegally videotaping opposing teams.

“We didn’t lose the game because of any 'Spygate,' because of them having any additional things,” Cowher told 93.7 The Fan on Wednesday. “[If] they’re guilty of anything they’re guilty of arrogance because they were told not to do something but it was something everybody does. They got caught doing it with a camera.”

Cowher, who coached the Steelers from 1992-2006, said what the Patriots did happened regularly in the NFL before the league allowed coordinators to relay plays to their quarterback and defensive signal-caller via a helmet radio.

“Stealing someone’s signals was a part of the game and everybody attempted to do that. We had people that always tried to steal signals,” said Cowher, whose 2004 team won 16 consecutive games before losing to the Patriots in the AFC title game. “What happened when we lost that game is they outplayed us. It had nothing to do with stealing signals or cheating or anything else.”

Cowher, an NFL studio analyst for CBS, interviewed Patriots coach Bill Belichick last week, and he said the two talked extensively afterward, the first time they had done so since they were both NFL assistant coaches.

Cowher professed his admiration for Belichick and the sustained success he has enjoyed in the salary-cap era.

The Pittsburgh native also made it clear on Wednesday that he won’t be matching wits against Belichick -- or any other NFL head coach -- anytime soon.

Cowher reiterated that he has “no interest” in returning to the sideline even though his name has been linked to head-coaching vacancies every year since he retired from the Steelers in January 2007.

Cowher, who went 149-90-1 and won a Super Bowl in 15 seasons with the Steelers, acknowledged that he has received his share of inquiries about returning to coaching.

“It’s flattering but it never gets very far,” Cowher said. “If I ever want to get back into coaching I should be calling teams they shouldn’t be calling me. That’s when you know you really want to do it.”
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:45 PM   #2
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Default Re: Cowher dismisses impact of 'Spygate'

Bill belichick only wins championships with bill cowhers players....












...on the opposite side of the field.
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:09 PM   #3
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Belichick only wins with mike vrabel (and hank poteat) and cowhers alquippa neighbor, try law.
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:51 PM   #4
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Patriots'* Super Bowl record:

0 wins, 4 losses, 3 disqualifications.
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What is he supposed to say? Anything else and he comes across like Mike Holgrem.
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What is he supposed to say? Anything else and he comes across like Mike Holgrem.
Well, there's that cushy $3 million+ per year NFL studio analyst salary to think about as well. At least Esiason had the guts to call a spade a spade.

Keep up the official league narrative, Bill...



"The reason I destroyed the tapes is they were totally consistent with what the team told me," Goodell said during his State of the NFL speech. "It was the appropriate thing to do and I think it sent a message."

It certainly did, Rog...
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As much as I dislike the Patriots, I admire Belichick. He will go down as the best coach, so far, in history. You might bring up they haven't won a Super Bowl in 10 years. Consider that if they win Sunday, half of the seasons Brady started in, they went to the Super Bowl. Are you kidding me? Now that's success.

Consider the 70s Steelers to the 2000s Pats. Both hated around the league because of their success. People blamed the Steelers for doping, yet we know most of the league did it too, much like stealing signals. I'm not defending the act. Just saying if you're successful for that long, something has to do with the leadership.
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Cowher said that everyone tried to cheat, the difference (that he didnt mention) is the Pats did it "far" better and on a higher level than anyone else. No way the Pats win 41-27 over that yrs Steelers team, during a Steelers home game, without "un-divine" intervention.
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As fun as it is to hate on the Pats, if anyone actually believes Spygate had that big an impact they're foolish. Did it give them a slight unfair advantage? Probably. But those were still great Patriots team and I think the impact is severely overblown. The Pats definitely still win at least one or two of those Super Bowls even without Spygate, if not all 3, and let's be honest they whooped our butts in 04 and I don't think it had much to do with Spygate at all.

If those players took the time to correctly memorize every team's signals to the point that in an actual game situation they could process it and adjust to each play specifically to counteract it, hell, they deserved to win just based on that dedication. But I guarantee that didn't happen. Maybe on a handful of plays a game but I bet you could count that number on one hand.
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Default Re: Cowher dismisses impact of 'Spygate'

Of course he would say that!! How many Home Championships Games did Cowher Lose again? 4 too many!!
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