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Old 12-16-2005, 04:44 PM   #1
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Default Where are all the critics this week??

For months , on and off, we`ve debated whether or not Cowher should stay or go. Every loss the critics come out, but when we win all is silent. I am not bashing the critics, everyone of us are entitled to his or her opinion. Mine just happens to be right! LOL

With that said, are we as bad as it seemed during the three game skid? Cowher took alot of heat here, and in the papers. I think that we are comparable to the Bengals, but we`ve had some bad breaks. No I`m not crying sour grapes here, just stating facts.
We split the two games with the Bengals, we both lost to the Colts, and Ben was just back from injuries. We lost to the Jags in a close game and we had a bum at qb, we lost to the ratbirds with that same bum at qb. Its not Cowhers fault that Tommy jsut forgot how to play football. He, along with all of us here, figured it out and replaced the Bum, but the Charlie Batch broke his hand, after a great first half against the brownies. once again not Cowhers fault. So we lost to the ratbirds on OT, and Cowher was once again a hot topic everywhere, cause he could have played a WR at qb. Wow descisions, how head coaches get ripped for that?? Staley is becoming more and more of a bum. Our offensive line has been banged up, and they have had to play for Tommy, and that means the whole defense keys the run. Our linebackers have also had some injuries.

All and all I have to say that I think Cowher has done a pretty good job this season. With all he has had to deal with. And yes there is always the fans who say that he can`t win the big game. We all know and Dallas does to, that we had them on the ropes, ready for a knock out punch. And Neil ripped our hearts out, not once but twice. Hell Cowher went to the AFC championship game with Stewart at qb. How many coaches could have that rag lead thier team that far? Then NE came along, yeah we lost, but they won three out of the last four superbowls. So I`m pretty sure we weren`t the only team they beat in those 3 years. Maybe Cowhers teams werent that bad, Maybe NE was that good.

We will always have debates. And its healthy. But I`m sticking with Coach Cowher. Who knows how bad it may have been without him? Carson, Capers, Lebaeu, Haslett, Mularkey and others were all here, and went on to head coaching gigs. We wouldnt have been better off with them, and our HC!

Just my two cents! Don`t be to hard on me!
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Old 12-16-2005, 05:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: Where are all the critics this week??

Amazing how winning silences the critics at least temporarily.

Bill Cowher and Ken Whisenhunt should get some well deserved praise after the Chicago game.
IMO it was the best offensive game plan of the season.


Hint to Bill Cowher!! Ride the Bus the rest of the way.
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Old 12-16-2005, 06:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: Where are all the critics this week??

I support Bill Cowher and the Steelers. What bothers me the most is the fans who seem to think that we should win 'at any cost'. There are teams out there that pay more than certain players are worth, they pay thugs and criminals millions, they go after TO's who bring dishonor on the team and the league, they encourage cut blocks because they are technically within the rules...Keep the Steelers the class of the NFL.

Some teams flip flop head coach's every few years.

I wouldn't trade the 2001 Steelers for the 2001 Ravens even though they won the Super Bowl.
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Old 12-16-2005, 08:22 PM   #4
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I support Bill Cowher and the Steelers. What bothers me the most is the fans who seem to think that we should win 'at any cost'. There are teams out there that pay more than certain players are worth, they pay thugs and criminals millions, they go after TO's who bring dishonor on the team and the league, they encourage cut blocks because they are technically within the rules...Keep the Steelers the class of the NFL.

Some teams flip flop head coach's every few years.

I wouldn't trade the 2001 Steelers for the 2001 Ravens even though they won the Super Bowl.
Well said! Excellent!

I agree100% I want a chance year after year also. Not a superbowl then duds for 10 years. Keep up the great work Cowher!

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Old 12-16-2005, 08:55 PM   #5
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Default Re: Where are all the critics this week??

My only problem with the Coaching staff is the conservative nature of smashmouth football. We have a young stud QB still in his development stages and it appears they are trying to keep things vanilla alot and let him "manage" games. Thats all fine and well as long as his development isn't hindered IMO.
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Old 12-17-2005, 12:47 AM   #6
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Default Re: Where are all the critics this week??

Despite the fine win against the Bears im still a critic of Cowher.

So he won an important regular season match up against one dimensional opposition?

So what, I say - the Steelers should have too much for the Bears 8 times out of 10.

Last year was the regular season bench mark for the Steelers and alot of other teams - the way they took care of the Eagles and Patriots in consecutive weeks was pretty impressive to say the least - but when push came to shove Cowher didnt have the savvy to get it done in the playoffs.

All the criticisms of him still stand - when the heat is on he is unable to think on his feet, he is in fact more likely to have some sort of brain freeze than produce a game winning piece of coaching.

I fully agree that the Steelers should keep their roster thug free, because it actually makes good football sense in the long run if nothing else.

However, having a coach who isnt a 'nice guy' wouldnt be the end of the world - I want my coach to be single minded in his pursuit of glory for my team whilst staying within accepted parameters for sportsmanship.

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Old 12-17-2005, 12:58 AM   #7
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Default Re: Where are all the critics this week??

I think Cowher will have critics until he wins a Superbowl. He always has very competitive teams, but we always fall apart right before we get there. I support Cowher, but I do see the critics not quieting until he wins a big one or atleast takes us to another one.
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Old 12-17-2005, 01:37 AM   #8
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Default Re: Where are all the critics this week??

well i probably won't ever like cowher, (i still bash popovich, but becasue of the way he got his job) he pisses me off that he allows teams to hang in with this bullshit running every play when you have a 3 point lead. and sure he can win games in the regular season but it seems everytime the playoffs come we come up short. and yes we have had some shit qbs. if we win it all this year you'll see me being consistent with not liking him. i don't know why there's just something about him i don't like, but i don't think we should fire him though
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I think Cowher will have critics until he wins a Superbowl. He always has very competitive teams, but we always fall apart right before we get there. I support Cowher, but I do see the critics not quieting until he wins a big one or atleast takes us to another one.
Yes because he's done a lot of other great things except win the big games, and if the team doesn't make the playoffs this year, fans will be all over him again.

I know injuries, lucky bounces and breaks, players having good seasons, etc, all play a role in having a successful season, however, everyone feels already that it's time to win another SB. Rooneys always make reference to this when they bring up the current status of the team.

Also, I'm a big believer of having another great guy lined up to be the coach, and at this point, don't make the change unless we have viable options.
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Despite the fine win against the Bears im still a critic of Cowher.

So he won an important regular season match up against one dimensional opposition?

So what, I say - the Steelers should have too much for the Bears 8 times out of 10.

Last year was the regular season bench mark for the Steelers and alot of other teams - the way they took care of the Eagles and Patriots in consecutive weeks was pretty impressive to say the least - but when push came to shove Cowher didnt have the savvy to get it done in the playoffs.

All the criticisms of him still stand - when the heat is on he is unable to think on his feet, he is in fact more likely to have some sort of brain freeze than produce a game winning piece of coaching.

I fully agree that the Steelers should keep their roster thug free, because it actually makes good football sense in the long run if nothing else.

However, having a coach who isnt a 'nice guy' wouldnt be the end of the world - I want my coach to be single minded in his pursuit of glory for my team whilst staying within accepted parameters for sportsmanship.

Cheers

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Understood! But we did go into the AFC Championship game with a rookie qb, who was under a ton of media pressure. And yes we did lose, but it wasnt like we lost to a lesser team. The Pats, as you know, have won three of the last four superbowls. Was Cowher out coached? Possibly, but BB has out coached everyone the last four season. Not just Cowher. Its not as if Cowher is given the chance at bringing in high priced, great free agents either. He has to stay with a conservative budget, and more or less develop players! I think this says alot about his coaching skills!
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