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AZ_Steeler
11-07-2006, 12:02 PM
http://nfl.aolsportsblog.com/2006/11/06/most-disappointing-steelers-season-ever/

It's crazy to think that only three months ago there were lots of reasons to think that this year's Steelers team could defend its Super Bowl title. The team brought back almost every key member of last year's team, and even the few free agent defections seemed to have been adequately replaced. The team, while not young, was not old by any stretch, and after a couple of scares, the Steelers were able to bring back their entire coaching staff. Everything was set up for a title defense.

Eight games later, the Steelers are headed towards a top 10 draft pick, not a Super Bowl berth. If the season ended today, the Steelers could have as high as the No. 2 pick in the draft--they are one of seven 2-6 teams, with one more, Oakland, potentially falling to 2-6 tonight.

So with that in mind, it seems safe to call this the most disappointing Steelers team in the past quarter century, and maybe ever. There are other teams in the discussion, but few can match this year's combination of high hopes and poor results. Here's a look at the other most crushing seasons of the past quarter century as a Steeler fan, but this year's team seems to top them all.

2003: The Steelers seemed to put everything together late in the 2002 season. With Tommy Maddox replacing Kordell Stewart at quarterback the Steelers developed into one of the most productive passing attacks in the NFL, thanks in large part to a very talented receiving corps of Plaxico Burress, Antwaan Randle El and Hines Ward. They won a thrilling AFC wild card playoff game with a come-from-behind win over the Browns, then fell in a heart-breaker to the Titans in the second round in overtime. So when 2003 rolled around, there were plenty of reasons to expect another playoff run. Those hopes were quickly dispelled when the Steelers lost five straight to fall to 2-6. In hindsight, the problems in the secondary in 2002 were not fixed for 2003, as first-round pick Troy Polamalu struggled to adjust to the NFL and the corner tandem of Chad Scott and Dwayne Washington had outlived their usefulness. The Steelers running game had also lost its way, with Jerome Bettis and Amos Zeroue splitting time behind one of the worst offensive lines the Steelers have ever employed. The good news was the seeds of the Steelers three-year playoff run (2004-2006) were planted as the Steelers finally turned over its secondary to a new wave of younger, more athletic DBs, while the terrible season helped the Steelers draft Ben Roethlisberger in the first round in 2004. Just remember, if the Steelers had beaten the Ravens in overtime in the final game of the season, Tommy Maddox would have likely been the Steelers quarterback throughout 2004 and maybe 2005.

1998: Kordell Stewart had an amazing 1997 season that had him taking Hall of Fame and Steelers fans thinking Super Bowl. Even after he suffered a minor meltdown with a three-interception performance in a home loss to the Broncos in the AFC Championship game, there was every reason to think that he'd bounce back to continue to be the vanguard of a new-breed of NFL quarterback. But after an 11 TD, 18 INT year, many Steelers fans, and maybe Bill Cowher, began to sour on Stewart. In hindsight part of the problem was a horrific receiving corps that featured Charles Johnson, Courtney Hawkins and Will Blackwell as the top three receivers. Realistically Johnson was an adequate No. 2 receiver and Hawkins was OK as a No. 3, while Blackwell was Lee Mays before Mays arrived. Unlike 2003, this season didn't have a happy epilogue. The Steelers were just as bad in 1999 and it took two more seasons until the Steelers really developed into an elite team again.

1998: Unlike the two biggest Bill Cowher disappointments, the 1998 team was simply bad. They didn't underachieve, they were just plain lousy. Merrill Hoge became the feature back and Bubby Brister got his first chance to be the team's quarterback, but neither impressed and Louis Lipps was the only Steeler receiver to have more than 22 catches--yes the team was that bad. The defense's pass rush ranked as one of the worst in football, and the secondary, with a second-year Rod Woodson, was too young to make up for the lack of a pass rush. The roots of the 1989 improbable playoff team were set in this awful team, but the Steelers really didn't return to respectability until 1992, when Bill Cowher's first team began a run of six straight playoff appearances.

1980: If you grew up as a Steeler fan in the 1970s, this was the team that left you numb. I still remember crying on the day they were eliminated from the playoffs. As an eight-year old, I had no concept of a playoffs without the Steelers. John Stallworth got hurt, Lynn Swann lost interest (Theo Bell led the team in receiving yards), Franco Harris' production slipped and the Steeler Curtain got old awfully fast, as the 1970s team began to fade into the sunset. The team struggled through a .500 record in 1981, then was hurt by the strike hitting just when they were playing their best football in 1982, but this team as it was was gone by the time the Steelers made it to the AFC Championship game in 1984.

So if there is any bright news, the 2003 team was a momentary setback on what proved to be an impressive run of playoff appearances, hopefully that's the case again this year

BlitzburghRockCity
11-07-2006, 01:22 PM
This is by far and away the most dissapointing season in the Cowher era.

AZ_Steeler
11-07-2006, 02:20 PM
So far it's been the most disappointing... There is still some time to salvage this years and keep it off the list... but then again if they don't make the playoffs... Nevermind this is a disappointing season regardless of the outcome!!!!

Prosdo
11-07-2006, 02:45 PM
I'd say this one is. Probably the hardest one in recent memory.

PITT23
11-07-2006, 03:39 PM
Its the hardest in Cowher's time here for sure with one of the reasons being that no one really cares and it starts at the top. If BC doesn't coach like he should then the players aren't going to play like that either.

BBG7
11-07-2006, 05:38 PM
I'd say this one is. Probably the hardest one in recent memory.

I agree completely. Coming off the ultimate high as a football fan (watching your team win the SB) to having a season like this and knowing that the team is better than the record...and sitting there at 2-6...it's heart breaking :cursin:

BlitzburghRockCity
11-07-2006, 07:03 PM
The worst part about this one is, most of those other teams we seemed to have a weakness and teams continued to exploit it that year but this year by rights we shouldnt have any glaring weakness yet we continue to give the ball away...so if turnovers are our weakness then yes we have one.

OneSteelSoldier
11-07-2006, 07:45 PM
It's a disappointing season, but everything will be alright. Adversity is good! Don't forget that New England missed the playoffs after their first championship. I'm looking forward to next year, while still holding out hope for this year. :bigthumb:

House of Steel
11-07-2006, 07:50 PM
This season is absolutely the worse in my 22 years as a Steelers Fan, but 1988 would be very close also. This is absurd and shouldn't be happen this year. It is an eyesore and a real shocker.

Steelersfan
11-07-2006, 07:54 PM
It's a disappointing season, but everything will be alright. Adversity is good! Don't forget that New England missed the playoffs after their first championship. I'm looking forward to next year, while still holding out hope for this year. :bigthumb:

I can agree with that. I still have a little hope for this year but am looking forward to see what happens next year with Cowher and this team, which is much better than their record shows.

SteelersfaninPhilly
11-07-2006, 07:55 PM
Cowher should just go.

BR7
11-07-2006, 08:36 PM
1998: Unlike the two biggest Bill Cowher disappointments, the 1998 team was simply bad. They didn't underachieve, they were just plain lousy. Merrill Hoge became the feature back and Bubby Brister got his first chance to be the team's quarterback, but neither impressed and Louis Lipps was the only Steeler receiver to have more than 22 catches--yes the team was that bad. The defense's pass rush ranked as one of the worst in football, and the secondary, with a second-year Rod Woodson, was too young to make up for the lack of a pass rush. The roots of the 1989 improbable playoff team were set in this awful team, but the Steelers really didn't return to respectability until 1992, when Bill Cowher's first team began a run of six straight playoff appearances.

That site needs to re-do it's research. Hodge, Lipps and Bubby in '98?? lol

More like '88 (http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit1988.htm)

Lipps had 50 receptions, Charles Lockett had 22 in '88. In fact, there is only one year Lipps (http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/LippLo00.htm) had less than 22 receptions for Pitt (11 in '87).

House of Steel
11-07-2006, 08:37 PM
Ummm someone is being a Post Pimp here. ROTFLMAO.

BlitzburghRockCity
11-07-2006, 08:46 PM
He's trying to catch you dude !

BR7
11-07-2006, 08:53 PM
lol.. I edited it with some other facts and it double posted. So I deleted it.. reason for deletion: post whoring lol

****, I dont even post that much at my board, so I'd be lucky to catch a cold, let alone the top poster (http://www.steeleraddicts.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2067) here!

Also, the older guys here know the mid to late '80s were the worst of the worst to be a Steeler fan. If you remember the likes of Mark Malone, Walter Abercrombie and Frank Pollard to name a few, then the 80's were a huge dissapointment. The sole highlight was wrecking the 49'ers perfect season in '84.

House of Steel
11-07-2006, 09:39 PM
I am only joking with you, BR-7. Your cool with me. I really enjoy it when you display your sig work. You are truly gifted. I can't praise you enough for the Got Ring? sig. That is just pure work of greatness.

BlitzburghRockCity
11-07-2006, 10:16 PM
lol.. I edited it with some other facts and it double posted. So I deleted it.. reason for deletion: post whoring lol

****, I dont even post that much at my board, so I'd be lucky to catch a cold, let alone the top poster (http://www.steeleraddicts.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2067) here!

Also, the older guys here know the mid to late '80s were the worst of the worst to be a Steeler fan. If you remember the likes of Mark Malone, Walter Abercrombie and Frank Pollard to name a few, then the 80's were a huge dissapointment. The sole highlight was wrecking the 49'ers perfect season in '84.


hey Mark Malone was a beast QB, he was my hero ! :lol: :lol: Yes indeed the entire 80's were a massive dissapointment with maybe the loan exception being that we got the championship game but got blown out by Denver so in the end yes it generally was nothing good.

House of Steel
11-07-2006, 10:18 PM
O'Dollar was a huge disappointment and also Kordell the joke. Merrill Hoge was a breath of fresh air for us at one time. I miss the days of Lloyd and Greene, Woodson, and Lake. what a damn tantum they was.

BR7
11-07-2006, 10:21 PM
I am only joking with you, BR-7. Your cool with me. I really enjoy it when you display your sig work. You are truly gifted. I can't praise you enough for the Got Ring? sig. That is just pure work of greatness.

I know dude, it's all good. Wasn't trying to sound like a douche, lol, but when I re-read it.. guess I did :bluelol: . Text doesn't show sarcasm :scratch: . BB Code needs a :sarcasm: tag or "an I have a sense of humor tag." :redcool:

:tt02:

Regardless, I was just bustin' your chops as your custom message says (SA's Official Post Whore). :postwhore:

:D:D

BR7
11-07-2006, 10:22 PM
hey Mark Malone was a beast QB, he was my hero ! :lol: :lol: Yes indeed the entire 80's were a massive dissapointment with maybe the loan exception being that we got the championship game but got blown out by Denver so in the end yes it generally was nothing good.

Blown out by Miami :tt02:

BlitzburghRockCity
11-07-2006, 10:31 PM
Wasnt that the year that bubby took us to the AFCN but we lost to Denver?

oh wait never mind, that was Kordell in that game and he threw 3 picks if I remember it right. Ive kinda blocked out that whole football era :lol:

BR7
11-08-2006, 12:29 AM
Yeah, I know for sure 2 of the picks were in the endzone. We had momentum big time at the end and all we had to do was stop the 3rd and 10 play and force the punt, but Elway made a percision pass to Shannon Sharpe, just out of fingernail reach of a diving Levon Kirkland... game, set, match.

House of Steel
11-08-2006, 01:03 AM
Those were the days, Kirkland and Dawson. DAMN I MISS THEM GUYS! Lloyd, Greene, Woodson, Thigpen, Hoge, Lake, Lipps, and many more.