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Old 10-04-2006, 07:29 AM   #1
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By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, October 4, 2006


Having a record of 1-2 the season after winning the Super Bowl means the Steelers need coach Bill Cowher at the top of his game.
The Steelers have to find a way to beat the Chargers in San Diego on Sunday night. Lose, and it's an uphill battle to the playoffs.

"We're in a hole digging our way out,'' guard Alan Faneca said. "When you start out 1-2, you can't leave any stone unturned. You've got to somehow turn the tide, because you definitely don't want to go 1-3.''

Cowher is on the hot seat because he's the head man in charge. He's a winner with a track record for successfully motivating his teams to focus and re-group.

His reaction to the Steelers needing to win a big game on the road is to have no reaction at all.

"I think we're fine. I don't think anybody's pushing the panic button,'' Cowher told reporters yesterday during his weekly press conference. "There's still too much football left to get caught up in all the other things except for us.''

Sorry. Wish I could tell you that Cowher leaped onto the small table in front of him, beat on his chest like a set of bongo drums and vowed to move heaven and earth in search of a victory. But Cowher isn't wired that way.

When the defending Super Bowl champions lose two of their first three games, the Steelers Nation wants trickery and gimmicks.

Cowher wants his players to look within for simple solutions.

"There's been a better sense of urgency in practices. We've got to transfer it onto the field,'' Cowher said. "This first month we've faced some pretty good football teams. We're not where we want to be. The biggest thing right now is focusing on us and continuing to get better.''

Every team is different. Every team has its own chemistry. This year's Steelers' chemistry is different from last year's team.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has played poorly, as his just-above-freezing 34.3 passer rating indicates. Roethlisberger has been off his game, but there is a need for patience after only two games (he didn't play in the opener) and everything that Big Ben has gone through. He may be struggling, but he gives his team confidence.

The Steelers will try to establish the run with Willie Parker, but they'll take shots downfield because Cowher believes in his QB. He told reporters that Roethlisberger is beginning to jell with his receivers.

Cowher relates to his players, and they play hard for him. The Steelers are strong mentally. There is a bond in the locker room that extends to the field. They believe they're better than everybody else.

"He allows us to still stay relaxed. Even though we know we have a lot of pressure on us, we don't feel that way,'' cornerback Deshea Townsend said of Cowher. "He doesn't make it where you feel too tight, where you play too tight. He does a great job of getting us prepared.''

Three other times (2002, 1997 and '93), Cowher's Steelers opened the season 1-2 and qualified for the playoffs. The record shows the Steelers will bounce back again this year, and Cowher will lead them.
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Old 10-04-2006, 08:20 AM   #2
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Three other times (2002, 1997 and '93), Cowher's Steelers opened the season 1-2 and qualified for the playoffs. The record shows the Steelers will bounce back again this year, and Cowher will lead them.
AMEN!!! Cowher will have his team ready to do battle on Sunday night and continue to keep them focused, motivated and lead them onward back up the ladder....count on it.

Good read, LLT.
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Old 10-04-2006, 08:25 AM   #3
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Three other times (2002, 1997 and '93), Cowher's Steelers opened the season 1-2 and qualified for the playoffs. The record shows the Steelers will bounce back again this year, and Cowher will lead them.

That is a very important stat, I think the Steelers will definately bounce back this year.
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Old 10-04-2006, 02:06 PM   #4
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i just hope that we dont fall too far behind.
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Old 10-04-2006, 04:44 PM   #5
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Batch or Bust.

I do agree with alot of your post; however....

Ben had a great first season. But he is not playing with the same body or brain that he had previous to his motorcycle accident and appendectomy. Not even Superman could play without significant rehab. The motorcycle accident ALONE should have kept the medical staff from allowing him to play. PERIOD. Ben should not play until he can get back up to playing on a PROFESSIONAL level. Why are some Steeler fans, the coaches and the medical staff putting their heads in the sand? This is the NFL, not high school football. Let's remember that football is a TEAM sport and the best players deserve to play.

Charlie Batch has shown he plays on a professional level and its stupid not to be using him at least until Ben is capable of playing at an NFL level. Even in baseball they take out good pitchers when they begin faltering. Can we stop being idiots while the rest of the teams love that we're being so stupid?

I could also comment about overusing Fast Willie but that's another story...
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Excellent read. Another reason to like Cowher.
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