View Full Version : Cowher to the players: Forget about what others are doing

10-03-2006, 10:27 PM

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH - Playing the San Diego Chargers on the road figures to be difficult enough for the Pittsburgh Steelers. That's why coach Bill Cowher doesn't want them playing the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals, too.

The Steelers (1-2) are down 2 1/2 games to Baltimore (4-0) and 1 1/2 games to Cincinnati (3-1) in the AFC North, but Cowher said Tuesday that it's way too early in the season to be fretting over a poor start.

"I don't think anybody is pushing a panic button," he said. "I think there's some sense or urgency in practice. We've got to take that and transfer that onto the field. We knew this first month we would face some pretty good football teams. We're not where we want to be."

A season ago, the Steelers were down two games to Cincinnati in December with four to play and still caught them, though the Steelers went into the playoffs as a wild card because Cincinnati held the tiebreaking advantage.

The Steelers got a split decision in the division during their bye week. Baltimore pulled off a late comeback to beat the Chargers 16-13 and remain undefeated, but the Bengals were beaten badly at home by the New England Patriots, a 38-13 loss, for their first loss.

With three months of the season, two games against Baltimore and one against Cincinnati remaining, Cowher said he is confident that his team has plenty enough time to rally.

"The biggest thing is for the players not to get caught up in looking to what Baltimore and Cincinnati's doing," Cowher said. "That's the biggest thing, getting better every day in practice, and then consistently taking that out onto the playing field, each unit improving on the previous week. You've got to be narrow-minded and short-term-focused this time of the year."

Especially when so much needs improvement, including the passing offense and special teams.

The Steelers are fifth from the bottom in the NFL in passing with an average of 172 yards per game. (San Diego is lower still, third from the bottom, as quarterback Philip Rivers has struggled predictably at times in his first season as a starter.)

Cowher said he thinks the passing game will come around now that Ben Roethlisberger is settling in following the disruptive bout with appendicitis that kept him out of practice for 10 days.

Whether this is just to reassure the players for his own piece of mind or whether he's heard stuff in the locker room he doesn't like...it's good that BC is preaching to his team to just play our game and don't look ahead and worry about the rest of the division. We've got most of our divisional games coming up and we have plenty of time to get back on track.

It's all gotta start this weekend though, we generally play well coming off a bye and there is no better time then now to start a winning streak.

10-03-2006, 11:30 PM
It's true. We have to take one game at time and not worry about what the other teams are doing.

10-04-2006, 12:09 AM
If they take care of business it won't matter what the other teams do. Why do we need to be backed into a corner to start playing well?

10-04-2006, 12:12 PM
Hopefully the team can focus and take it one game at a time. There was an article the other day that really concerned me talking about how they were watching the game film for the Chargers and Ravens but all they could focus on was the Ravens! Those games will come, gotta think Chargers!