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Old 02-22-2009, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default He's lost that lovin feeling, He's lost that lovin feeling.

Cardinals coach still has empty feeling

By Scott Brown, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, February 22, 2009
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Scott Brown is the Steelers beat writer. He can be reached via e-mail or 412-481-5432.
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_612900.html

INDIANAPOLIS Steelers chairman Dan Rooney recently sent Ken Whisenhunt a letter congratulating the Arizona Cardinals coach on his team's effort in Super Bowl XLIII.

"It meant a lot to me," Whisenhunt said.

A victory over the Steelers in Arizona's first-ever Super Bowl appearance would have meant a lot more to Whisenhunt.

The underdog Cardinals overcame a 13-point deficit to take a lead late in the fourth quarter only to watch the Steelers rally past them.

Whisenhunt said he is still trying to get over the 27-23 loss that earned the Cardinals a lot of admiration but ultimately left the former Steelers offensive coordinator with an empty feeling.

"It's very hard," Whisenhunt said Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine, "just because of what we did to get there and to be on that stage and to be so close, especially with the way our team came back."

No play has cost Whisenhunt more sleep since Feb. 1 than James Harrison's game-changing, 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.

"At some point maybe you'll be able to get over (the loss) and enjoy what we did," Whisenhunt said, "but right now it's still tough because you know how hard it is to get to that game and to be that close it's difficult."

Whisenhunt gave credit to the Steelers for coming back at the end of the game and scoring the touchdown that delivered a record sixth Super Bowl title to the franchise.

"There's a reason why they've got those six," Whisenhunt said. "Hopefully, we get a chance to go back and we'll have learned from that experience and maybe we'll hold onto the ball for two minutes longer so we come out on top."

(Don't get your hopes up Whiz. After all your owner is Bozo Bidwell. You lost your OC, fired your DC, and your QB coach. Your 38 year old QB has not yet commited to come back, your running back wants to be traded and one of your wide receivers is at best, very unhappy. This total chaos is typical of a Bozo Bidwell owned team.

Whiz has yet to learn that Arizona is where coaches come to die.

You would think that the Steelers example would teach other owners that continuity and team chemistry wins Super Bowls but most never learn. - mesa)
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(Note rest of the article has already been discussed in other threads. - mesa)
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:39 PM   #2
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In those other teams defense, it was over twenty years between the Noll Super Bowls and Cowher winning one, then some serious serendipity this year.
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:46 PM   #3
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In those other teams defense, it was over twenty years between the Noll Super Bowls and Cowher winning one, then some serious serendipity this year.
Well had it been for a certain wretched Cheatriot scum team some who CHEATED their way to the Super Bowl, we would have won at least one more. However even when we did not win the SB we were competitive most of the time.

By the way, WHAT serendipity? Have you forgotten already we had the BEST defense in the NFL and went 12-4 against the toughest schedule in the league?.

We earned that Super Bowl.

Serendipity had nothing to do with it.
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:11 PM   #4
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The reason why the Steelers do not have 9 or 10 Super Bowls right now is because they made the fatal mistake of passing on Dan Marino in 1983. From the middle of 1983 when Bradshaw's elbow finally gave out until Draft Day 2004, the Steelers may have had some of the lousiest players in the history of football playing QB.

Yet in that 21 year span, the Steelers went to 5 AFC titles game, 1 Super Bowl with those lousy QBs. Imagine if the Steelers had a Dan Marino in those 6 games. You're telling me he wouldnt have at least got us 2 or 3 with the defense and running game we had? Its not an accident that the moment the Steelers got a Franchise Qb, they started winning rings again. And if Big Ben stays healthy for another 7 years, I would be surprised if he ends up winning a couple more.
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:28 PM   #5
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mmm, gotta disagree with you there mesa ... I think coach Wiz has done verrrrrrry well for himself in Arizona, EXTREMELY.

He took a franchise that had been a joke for the past ten years, and got MORE THAN the most out of the players ...

He came into a situation with a circus boy first round pick that he did not draft, not to mention another first round pick in A. Rolle that was starting to be considered a huge bust. He fumbled around with Leinart last year, then made an extremely difficult and right call with putting in warner.

he switch rolle to safety where he started to blossom at the end of the year, he put larry fitz on the map. got 1000 yards out of edge one of the years (which seemed like something that would never happen)

he took the cardinals from the basement to the bigstage ... brought in some very solid FA's ... and along with rolle, warner, ... also players like dockett and dansby ... he took their careers to a higher notch

he drafts well. DRC is going to be a playmaker. give credit where credit is due. He took a chance as a HC, brought his staff, players he feels comfortable with to make a smooth transition, and he brought a steelers work ethic.

Sure the future might have a lot of critcal questions ... couple with the fact that superbowl losers usually tend to do bad the next year .... HOWEVER hes done extremely will with the hand dealt to this date.
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whiz has done a great job with the cardinals.. he's a good coach, i love his attitude and style. he would have been great here too, but im glad we chose tomlin instead.
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He should give Holmgren a call, they can share a glass of whine together.
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I think Wiz has brought that team along way and if they can keep that team intact they should be a contender again.
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I think Wiz has brought that team along way and if they can keep that team intact they should be a contender again.
Of course he brought the team a long way.. I give him credit for that in todays day of the NFL. But you can't dis-regard facts. Fact of the matter is, is that they finished at a mediocre 9-7.. played in the WORRRST Division in Football (Rams, Seahawks, 9'ers) and lost steam at the end of the season and finished poorly. If it wasn't for contending and playing 2 games at home, esp the NFC CHAMP, I believe they lose the Title game on the road. They will do exactly what Seattle did, and fall off the face of the map in a couple years.

Warner is not young anymore, and they are likely to lose Boldin. We'll see how fierce Fitzgerald is without Boldin across from him on the other side of the field, and after a gunslinger like Warner leaves.
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The reason why the Steelers do not have 9 or 10 Super Bowls right now is because they made the fatal mistake of passing on Dan Marino in 1983. From the middle of 1983 when Bradshaw's elbow finally gave out until Draft Day 2004, the Steelers may have had some of the lousiest players in the history of football playing QB.

Yet in that 21 year span, the Steelers went to 5 AFC titles game, 1 Super Bowl with those lousy QBs. Imagine if the Steelers had a Dan Marino in those 6 games. You're telling me he wouldnt have at least got us 2 or 3 with the defense and running game we had? Its not an accident that the moment the Steelers got a Franchise Qb, they started winning rings again. And if Big Ben stays healthy for another 7 years, I would be surprised if he ends up winning a couple more.
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