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BlitzburghRockCity
09-26-2006, 12:06 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06269/725035-66.stm




Bill Cowher gave his players off yesterday and today because the Steelers do not have a game to play this weekend. It may surprise some that he did not line them up and shove bamboo shoots beneath their fingernails instead, punishment for starting 1-2.


"Shoot," said guard Alan Faneca, "you don't want to go 1-3. You definitely have to go up, have to move forward."

The defending Super Bowl champs have lost two in a row and that hasn't happened to the Steelers since, oh, 2005, when they lost three in a row. The trick for them, if they are to remain playoff contenders, is to win. It's a simple equation. They did it eight consecutive times to end last season and were handed the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

With 13 games left, the ball remains in their end zone. What they do with it will determine whether their goal of putting themselves among the more significant champions by winning two consecutive titles fizzles out or reignites.

"We got all the answers in this room," cornerback Ike Taylor said in the locker room after a 28-20 loss to Cincinnati Sunday. "Don't count us out. Don't ever count us out."

If they need inspiration for their plight, they need look no further than some of Cowher's previous Steelers teams which stood in early holes. After reaching the AFC championship game in 2001, the Steelers opened the next season by losing three of their first four. They rebounded to go 10-5-1, win their first playoff game and lose the second in overtime.

In 1997, they started 1-2 and ended up in the AFC championship game, where they lost to Denver and John Elway by a field goal. And in 1995, they opened 3-4 but righted themselves and played in their first Super Bowl under Cowher.

The problem now is that at 1-2, they are two games behind Cincinnati and Baltimore, each 3-0, in the AFC North Division and already have lost at home to the Bengals.

"It means we have a lot of catching up to do," receiver Hines Ward said. "We can't just walk into games thinking we're going to win all of them. We have to continue to work hard and hopefully somebody else knocks Cincinnati off and we come down to the wire at the end of the year."



All the inspiration they need sits right there in the locker room and the quest to repeat as World Champions !

Prosdo
09-26-2006, 12:07 AM
They just need to get back on track and build the confidence up. We have a lot of talent they just need to fine tune things and we will be back in the race.

AZ_Steeler
09-26-2006, 12:23 AM
A lot of things need to change... Cowher, the offense, the defense... the punt returners... hopefully these guys take the extra time off to really dig down deep inside and find who they really are...

Steelersfan
09-26-2006, 12:35 AM
I've been pretty happy with the D for the most part. The rest needs work in a bad way. We could easily be 3-0 instead of 1-2 had the offense and ST's just been average.

AZ_Steeler
09-26-2006, 12:43 AM
More like below average ;) an average offense has the chance to win a game if the defense can keep it close

BlitzburghRockCity
09-26-2006, 12:43 AM
The defense is the least of our worries I agree, they need to get back to the tackling dummies on the south side though and sure up that technique but the offense and ST, that's a different story.

AZ_Steeler
09-26-2006, 12:46 AM
When I mentioned the defense I was mainly talking about the missed tackles. The defense is good, but if they could bring the ball carrier down on the initial hit they would be a whole lot better!