View Full Version : With champs facing adversity, contenders step up

09-05-2006, 12:01 PM
Peter King talked to Bettis and he actually had encouraging words of Cowher rather than making his retirement comments or saying the Steelers won't make it back to the Super Bowl. It's kind of nice to read encourage comments from the Bus for a change!


So now, as if the NFL's Opening Day storyline wasn't compelling enough, we've got a neat little us-against-the-world twist ... and it's the home team, the Super Bowl champs, who are certain to use it. With a Sunday night appendectomy continuing Ben Roethlisberger's preseason from hell, his stunning subtraction from Thursday night's season-opener against Miami has made the leadup to this game pretty interesting. The new angle: Can Charlie Batch step into this white-hot spotlight and win a football game he has no business playing in?

If Jerome Bettis knows Bill Cowher -- and we all know that he does -- this is what he thinks the Steelers' boss man will say when he gathers his team to tell them all is not lost because Roethlisberger won't play against Miami: "Men, we've been down this road before. We've won games when Ben was out and we can do it again. It's going to take everyone's best effort, but it's not anything you haven't done before. We can do it."

Cowher will say the Steelers are 4-2 with a benched Ben in the two years since he was drafted -- with the only two losses coming in overtime donnybrooks. He'll tell them, perhaps, that Batch defeated Brett Favre in Green Bay last year and beat the Browns at home before breaking a finger late in that game. Cowher won't turn this into any tremendous uphill battle, because he won't believe it is.

The same goes for Bettis, who will get about 17 ovations Thursday night when he enters Heinz Field -- this time as an NBC broadcaster, not as a locker-room leader who helped the Steelers win the Super Bowl last year. "If there's one benefit to this happening now, it's that it's the best time of year for Charlie to play,'' Bettis said from his home Sunday night. "In Weeks Four, Five, Six, Charlie's snaps with the first offense would have dwindled down to zero. But he's been playing a lot with the starters. So there won't be a time he's more ready than now.''

Bettis went on: "I know Charlie well. My locker was next to him the last couple of years. And what I know is he won't be afraid. He's very confident in who he is. He'll love playing in this game.''

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09-05-2006, 12:51 PM
I think Batch can/will do fine. He has been able to practice with the first team so that shouldn't be an issue. It's going to be up to our o-line and D to win this game anyways. Batch just needs not to make any mistakes that will cost us.

House of Steel
09-05-2006, 03:33 PM
You know Willie will take pressure off of Batch. This is looking good. I am confident in Batch, he will deliver the W.

09-05-2006, 03:55 PM
Batch is cool. He'll do what he's got to do.

As for Bettis, he's still walking a fence, learning how to be unbiased as a broadcaster instead of gung-ho as a Steeler. He'll find his niche. All in good time, my pretty, all in good time ...

09-05-2006, 07:26 PM
Batch will be ok I think. God I hope they use Miller.