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Old 09-27-2007, 01:09 PM   #11
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Default Re: Maybe coaching change isn't behind Steelers' 3-0 start

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i'm so sick of fanecas attitude. He wanted whisenhunt or Grimm. How are things going down there is Arizona? I'm sorry but benching a young quarterback like matt leinart is pure stupidity.
I have a feeling faneca may find out what its like in az next year.
I think tomlin has a lot to do with how the team is playing. Just think where we would be with someone like marvin lewis.
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Old 09-27-2007, 01:12 PM   #12
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I have a feeling faneca may find out what its like in az next year.
I think tomlin has a lot to do with how the team is playing. Just think where we would be with someone like marvin lewis.
I couldnt agree with you more. I dont see the cardinals breaking the bank to give faneca his "market value contract" I think Faneca will be playing for the redskins next year
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Old 09-27-2007, 01:36 PM   #13
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I'm not sure if the change in play is due to who the headcoach is or more to the style of the headcoach because the difference between Cowher on the sideline to Tomlin on the sideline is night and day. Cowher ran on emotion and Tomlin runs on preparation (not meaning Cowher was never prepared). Cowher yelled and got in their face Tomlin coaches and explains. Now I"m not saying one style is better than the other just different.
i guess some players take better to being explained their mistakes than being yelled at.
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Old 09-27-2007, 02:31 PM   #14
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Actually... I LOVED Faneca's comments.

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Faneca on how Roethlisberger has more responsibility in offensive coordinator Bruce Arians' system than he did in Whisenhunt's: "I can definitely see where he would like it because he has a little more control. His hands are a little bit more dirty, and it definitely shows that he likes it."
That last part is a big compliment. It SHOWS that he likes it. How, by how he is playing. By the games he is winning. By not throwing interceptions.

And on the article as a whole, I fully disagree. The team was ready to come out and hit people SQUARE IN THE MOUTH. WHy? Because they were sick and tired of hitting each other.

I think Cowher's team would have been 2-1 or 1-2 right now.. probably 2-1. However, the games would have been much closer against the Bills. We may have lost the game against SF.

Again, I can't help it. I really do think it is the coaching.
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:18 PM   #15
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Default Re: Maybe coaching change isn't behind Steelers' 3-0 start

I gotta say that the coaching has to play a big part in the Steelers fast start. Yeah, there are a lot of holdovers from the 05 team and they probably are looking to rebound. However, a fresh start and a different approach to the season from the new coaching staff must have certainly lit a fire under some of these guys. And since Tomlin came in with a reputation as not only a players coach, but a guy who really pays attention to detail you have to figure he was able to get these guys excited about turing things around in a hurry. He gave most of the veterans their due, but he also challenged them to be even better than they had been in the past. Tomlin didn't come at them with a "What have you done lately?" approach. He came at them with a challenge to be better than they had been before. And I think it's obvious they are responding.

However, winning breeds a good feeling. I'll be looking to see how this team responds when they have to come back after a loss or two as the season wears on.
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Old 09-27-2007, 04:52 PM   #16
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Actually... I LOVED Faneca's comments.



That last part is a big compliment. It SHOWS that he likes it. How, by how he is playing. By the games he is winning. By not throwing interceptions.

And on the article as a whole, I fully disagree. The team was ready to come out and hit people SQUARE IN THE MOUTH. WHy? Because they were sick and tired of hitting each other.

I think Cowher's team would have been 2-1 or 1-2 right now.. probably 2-1. However, the games would have been much closer against the Bills. We may have lost the game against SF.

Again, I can't help it. I really do think it is the coaching.
Are you kidding. Cowher would be 1-2 or 2-1! Norv could be coaching the steelers and we would be 3-0. Games may have been closer, I don't know.

These are grown men (most of them) the last thing you should ever need is another grown man trying to get you up for a pro game.

Head coach, too much credit when times are good and too much blame when they are not.

There is a reason why the 9ers and cowboys won SB with diff coaches in the late 80's and 90's. Did you think that Barry Switzer was a great coach or did he just have very good and very motivated talent.
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IMO I think that the Steelers are just gelling together. With Santonio Holmes and Heath Miller and Big Ben getting better with the offense and making better decisions. that is waht is making this team better. But, I alos think that Tomlin has something to do with it....not quite sure what it is but the team seems invigorated and ready to play good football.
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Old 09-27-2007, 05:30 PM   #18
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I think it's a combination of things up to this point. Keeping in mind that we have played the Browns, Bills and 49ers....

Our o-line is playing better. Would still like to see better pass protection at times.

Roethlisberger's decision making is much improved. Throwing the ball away instead of forcing it for starters.

Defense is playing better. It helps that they are not on the field for the majority of the game. Offense is giving them a breather. Ike seems to be back to his old self. And in Jame Farriors own words, Tomlin is letting LeBeau do his own thing and we are seeing the results.

When it comes to Tomlin (from what I've gathered up to this point), he's consistent and he's a leader. I think he makes it clear to ALL of the players that no job is safe. It doesn't matter if your last name is Townsend or Taylor. I'm not sensing a buddy/buddy system with certain players nor do I see him going out of his way to pamper certain players no matter how much arse kissing is going on. The guy is a straight shooter. No B.S. Come to work, do your job and you have nothing to worry about.

As many were stating around the time Cowher was debating on staying or leaving......"Change is good at times".
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Actually... I LOVED Faneca's comments.

And on the article as a whole, I fully disagree. The team was ready to come out and hit people SQUARE IN THE MOUTH. WHy? Because they were sick and tired of hitting each other.

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Not according to these Faneca quotes in today's P-G

"Sometimes it's just circumstances, sometimes it's who you're playing, sometimes it's a little everything."

-- Alan Faneca, on the 3-0 start


Deserved or not, critics blamed the traditionally slow starts by Bill Cowher's Steelers on easy training camps. Then along came Mike Tomlin with a 3-0 start, and people linked it to the "tough" training camp he held in Latrobe this summer.

It sounds good, except for one thing. Tomlin's training camps were easier than those run by Cowher. At least, that's what guard Alan Faneca believes.

"The only thing I would say training camp-wise, it was a little lighter than what we've done in the past," Faneca said yesterday.

And here most everyone thought they were more difficult.

"That was y'all guys," Faneca told the media gathered around him.

While Tomlin scheduled 15 two-a-days, several were canceled and more than half were short special-teams practices. Other times, he cut the afternoon practices short.

Faneca cited his main reason for believing the new staff went easier on them.

"It was just probably less banging, at least up front."


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07270/820885-66.stm

Faneca and Hines have both cooled off on the quotes recently - OTOH Ben apparently cannot shut up when it comes to sending zingers out Arizona's way.

As the Texas saying goes, "it ain't braggin' if it's true." Let's see if Ben is bragging or telling truths with his unceasing series of Whiz-grams after late Sunday.

I admit to having a bad feeling about Sunday's game.
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I've been pleasantly surprised with Hines Ward.

He's going on the whole 'it's in the past, let it go, time to move' route instead of making idiotic and immature comments. Very refreshing and hats off to him.

As for Faneca, I've only seen him do one interview since the start of season. Seems to be keeping to himself for the most part. Not a bad thing when you have a disgruntled guard on your roster.
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