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Old 12-25-2006, 02:32 PM   #1
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Default Changes coming?

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CHANGES COMING IN THE 'BURGH?

In the wake of a 31-7 thumping at home against the Baltimore Ravens, Steelers chairman Dan Rooney has hinted that there will be changes come 2007 in areas other than the roster of players.

"The players? Yeah," Rooney said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "We need some players, obviously, but I think we're going to be able to get some."

What about the coaching staff?

Says Rooney: "I have nothing to say about that at this time."

Though it's highly unlikely that Rooney would terminate head coach Bill Cowher, Rooney's words could be interpreted as a reflection of exasperation with the distraction that Cowher's uncertain status for 2007 has created in 2006. And that could be, we believe, contributing to the reports that the Rooneys want Cowher to make a quick decision about 2007. In addition to the reality that the a search for a new coach should start sooner rather than later, there clearly will be none of the Lord Favre nonsense in Pittsburgh, and that the Steelers organization won't allow itself to be held hostage while Cowher ponders whether the franchise is worthy of another year of his services.

Rooney's comments also could be a hint that the presumptive favorites to replace Cowher -- offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and offensive line coach Russ Grimm -- might not be the locks that many thought they would be, since they are part and parcel of the team's significant regression in 2006.

Our guess? Keep a close eye on Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, a minority candidate whose hiring by Rooney would breathe extra credibility in the rule that carries the family name. Moreover, Rivera is a guy who can bring the Cover 2 defense back to the place where it blossomed more than 30 years ago.

Of course, why hire Rivera when his boss, Lovie Smith, might be available? There's a belief in some circles that, unless Smith gets a quick and meaningful extension from the Bears after the 2006 season ends, he could try to force his way out of town.

From the tribune.... http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_485677.html

What about Cowher?
By Mike Prisuta
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, December 25, 2006

In the end, they failed to hold up their end, but Dan Rooney wasn't holding it against his Steelers after the Ravens spoiled Christmas Eve and stole the Steelers' playoff dreams.

Admittedly "very disappointed and down" upon being eliminated from postseason contention, Rooney was asked if the Steelers were still comprised of championship stock despite the 7-8 record they will drag to Cincinnati for the meaningless regular-season finale on New Year's Eve.

"The players? Yeah," Rooney said. "We need some players, obviously, but I think we're going to be able to get some."

The coaching staff, apparently, is another matter entirely.
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Thumbs up Ben: "We will get better."

Good read on ESPN:

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Old 12-25-2006, 03:51 PM   #3
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It's obvious the Steelers -- and their quarterback -- need some help.
"We need some players, and I think we'll be able to get some," team chairman Dan Rooney said.



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Old 12-25-2006, 05:24 PM   #4
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I still believe.......Revenge Tour 2007. Be there.
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It's obvious the Steelers -- and their quarterback -- need some help.
"We need some players, and I think we'll be able to get some," team chairman Dan Rooney said.



About 4/5ths the way down the page at http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2708178




I actually think Mr Rooney needs a greater hand in our "War Room". Colbert seems to be too infatuated with the "bargain/project" guys with some "upside" and little else on their resumes. (After the 1st round)
I'm not saying you should always go with the "sexy" pick. (This is buisness) But damn,.....don't shy away from true talent thinking that we'll be good because we have some average "stop gap" players on the roster.


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Old 12-25-2006, 05:47 PM   #6
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Default Re: Ben: "We will get better."

Hey Ben, if you don't mind, make sure it starts with you cause you stunk pretty much all season.
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Well, he has the right idea of getting some players. I mean, we can only go up from here. I think that the team will work more on their defensive secondary, and their total offense in general in this off season most of all.

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Well, this isn't surprising.
So, opinions on the changes? Who's going? Who's coming?
I have a few ideas about who's leaving player wise.

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Default Re: Ben: "We will get better."

I like the confidence in hines saying they'll be more consistent. May this April be leading us on another Yellow Brick road to a Super Bowl Win.
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