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Old 11-30-2005, 02:19 PM   #11
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Well put kingdean!!!
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Old 11-30-2005, 03:54 PM   #12
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You can't put that all on Cowher, Wiz calls the plays, they do go through Cowher but they originate with Wiz. I agree, Cowher certainly should have the insight to say, no this isn't working, lets try something else.
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Old 11-30-2005, 07:52 PM   #13
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Cower stepping on Wisenhunts play calling wouldn't do any good for his confidence.. Granted he could do it occassionally but constatntly you might as well get rid of him which isn't a bad idea at this point.. We need a different persepective cause this shits gettin older than George W. Bush....and that's pretty damn old!!!
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we lost cause it was another big game and cowher was coaching and our oline sucks ass
I'm curious who would you like to see coach our team?
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Old 11-30-2005, 08:20 PM   #15
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I'm curious who would you like to see coach our team?
someone that doesn't choke in big games with the play calling........
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someone that doesn't choke in big games with the play calling........
b. belichick and his supporting cast isnt leaving. who else does that leave?
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Yeah how is it when Maddox was our QB we threw 4 straight plays(all incomplete) but with Ben we run even if it is 8 in the box?

My thinking is because Whiz and Cowher feel that with Ben in there, teams will have to respect the pass and not put 8 or 9 in the box. They were guilty of using Ben as a first and second down decoy?

Livinginthepast, what exactly , if anything, worries you about facing Cowher? We've seen the things you think are his weaknesses, explain his positives, IYO, please?
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My thinking is because Whiz and Cowher feel that with Ben in there, teams will have to respect the pass and not put 8 or 9 in the box. They were guilty of using Ben as a first and second down decoy?

Livinginthepast, what exactly , if anything, worries you about facing Cowher? We've seen the things you think are his weaknesses, explain his positives, IYO, please?

If I had to list positives, they would be -

1. He is an excellent motivator - his teams always seem to play fired up

2. He runs a tight ship - there is little or no dissention in the ranks - even Pittsburgh legends like Bettis consider their words carefully before offering critisism.

3. He is clearly able to identify not only top level talent, but talent that will work in a Steelers Jersey.

If I am totally honest there is nothing that scares me about the prospect of the Patriots facing a Cowher coached team.

That is not quite the same as saying that I dont respect the power of the Steelers - but I think that Cowher, far from complementing his teams talent, actually takes away from it with his stubborn, one dimensional playcalling.

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I'm going to try and balance this with 2 articles...sorry, I can't find the link to the first.

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Watching the Pittsburgh Steelers play football is about as exciting as going to a gym and watching men lift weights, or witnessing a tow truck pull a car out of a ditch, or viewing a steamroller as it smooths out a new patch of asphalt. The Steelers are as solid as an anvil, and about as scintillating.

They also might just represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

Certainly, the Colts are all the rage, and deservedly so. And they were impressive in beating the Steelers on Monday night. Indy likely will have the home-dome advantage in the playoffs and therefore a clearer path to the ultimate game.

But championships are won with sound, tough, fundamental football. That’s why the New England Patriots have three rings. They grind out efficient drives on offense and they give little ground on D — at least before this season.

The Steelers have similar team DNA, and it has always been so. They reflect the work ethic of the city in which they play. They pound the ball on the ground. They’re frugal but efficient in the passing game. And they play brutal defense. Above all else, they control the line of scrimmage and are rarely outmuscled.

There are many worthy coach of the year candidates. Usually that award goes to the coach who does the most with the least, a surprise team like the Chicago Bears. But if Bill Cowher doesn’t win, he should get an honorary award for career achievement for consistently keeping his team strong, physical and competitive. If smashmouth has a face, it is that of Cowher.

The Steelers don’t generate much excitement, but they might when it’s all over.


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Steelers' O-line cracks in pressure-packed dome
By Joe Starkey
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, November 29, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS -- You'll no doubt hear complaints today that the Steelers were too conservative in the first half Monday night, that they kept quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in a strait jacket by running the ball on their first seven first-down attempts.

The obvious reply: Better a strait jacket than a stretcher.

Have you seen this offensive line perform lately?

Forget about Kendall Simmons (and the fact that he managed to commit three false-start penalties in a span of five plays). These guys were getting pushed around like Richard Simmons in what ultimately became a 26-7 Colts blowout.

By the fourth quarter, you wanted to cover your eyes every time Roethlisberger dropped back.

Yes, there were extenuating circumstances. The Colts used an incredibly raucous crowd to get ridiculous jumps off the snap. That only made Roethlisberger more of a sitting duck.

What's more, left tackle Marvel Smith was trying to block Dwight Freeney on one healthy ankle, and finally, he left the game on the Steelers' second possession of the second quarter (after apparently injuring that one healthy ankle). He was replaced by rookie Trai Essex, who quickly tried to catch up to Simmons in false-start penalties.

One occurred when the Steelers lined up 4th-and-2 at the Colts' 32 with 7:52 left in the third quarter, trailing, 23-7.

They were forced to punt.

The vaunted Steelers' running game has been ground to a halt. After managing all of 70 yards last week, it had 27 yards on 15 carries in the first half last night.

Something better change Sunday against Cincinnati. That's when the real season begins. A loss, and the Steelers (7-4) will be in danger of missing the playoffs. A victory, and they'll control their destiny in the AFC North.

The unbeaten Colts (11-0), obviously, are the class of the AFC, but they aren't unbeatable. Historic regular seasons and memorable regular-season victories aren't worth all that much come playoff time.

The Steelers can tell you about that.

But when the Colts are clicking, they are something to behold. And when the home crowd is rocking, the Colts are usually clicking. Had the energy level been any higher at kickoff, the RCA Dome would have lifted off the ground like a hot air balloon.

The Colts appeared to have 18 players on the field on defense, swarming the Steelers on the game's first possession.

The Steelers, conversely, appeared to have no players on the field on the Colts' first play from scrimmage. Marvin Harrison beat Ike Taylor at the line of scrimmage, hauled in a perfectly lofted spiral from Peyton Manning and raced to the end zone untouched for the longest touchdown reception (80 yards) of his distinguished career.

At the point, the noise level approached brain-splitting proportions. A quick blowout seemed imminent. But the Colts were too stoked. Harrison committed a personal foul in the end zone, pushing Taylor in the face, to kill a possible touchdown drive.

That was one of four personal fouls assessed to the Colts in the first half.

The Steelers survived at 10-0 and turned the momentum on a brilliant Troy Polamalu interception that led to a touchdown. But Jeff Reed missed a 41-yard field-goal attempt that would have tied it, and Roethlisberger made a bad throw late in the half. His errant pass settled into safety Mike Doss's hands with 15 seconds left.

That set up a Colts' field goal that made it 16-7.

The Steelers' failed onside kick -- not such a bad idea -- to open the second half put the Colts in business at the Steelers' 36. Seven plays later, Manning hit Bryan Fletcher with a 9-yard scoring strike.

That made it 23-7 -- and the Steelers simply aren't built to erase that kind of a deficit.
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