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Koopa
09-07-2007, 12:50 AM
Hines Ward said he found it amusing that former coach Bill Cowher is already in the prediction business.

"It's kind of funny how he was in here a year ago and next thing you know he's predicting us to finish third," Ward said.

Cowher, who will work this season as a studio an-alyst for CBS Sports, said the Steelers will finish third in the AFC North this season, behind Baltimore and Cincinnati. He made the prediction the other day on the NFL Network.

"I don't make anything of it," said Ward, a four-time Pro Bowl receiver. "He's just doing the media job. I don't know if he really believes it. To let him tell it, he'd probably say he's helping us out."

Mike Tomlin, who is replacing Cowher as head coach, said he doesn't care about predictions or who makes them.

"It's really kind of irrelevant," Tomlin said. "The only people who remember them are the ones who got them right."

Silent running

It has been noticeably quiet on the South Side this week, and for good reason:

Unlike Cowher, Tomlin does not like to simulate crowd noise during practice to prepare his players for road games.

If he does pump-in crowd noise, Tomlin said he will do it on Fridays, when most of the teaching and game preparation is complete.

"We won't use it every day," Tomlin said. "There's too much instruction, and adjustments need to be made early in the week. If I need that tool, it will be added on a Friday."

False recollection

Tomlin has vivid memories of Allen Rossum, his newest return specialist, even if his memory of Tampa Bay history is skewed.

He remembers in 2001 when Rossum, who was with the Green Bay Packers, returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown with three minutes remaining to give the Packers a 21-20 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tomlin and Rossum each said the return knocked the Buccaneers from the playoff race in the NFC. But the game was played Nov. 4, and Tampa Bay lost three more games after that to finish with a 9-7 record. The Buccaneers still made the playoffs.

"He kind of brought it up to me when I got here and I kind of chuckled," said Rossum, who has returned three punts and three kickoffs for touchdowns in his 10-year career.

Tomlin said he still hasn't determined if Rossum will return punts and kickoffs against the Browns, though it appears to be a foregone conclusion he will handle both duties.

"I don't presume anything," Rossum said.

There will be one change. After being given No. 29 when he reported Monday, Rossum has switched numbers and will wear No. 30 against the Browns.

Road sweet road

Jeff Reed does not like to complain about the surface at Heinz Field, but the numbers indicate he would much rather kick on the road than at home.

Reed has made 15 consecutive field goals on the road (18 in a row counting playoffs), dating to the 2005 season. He was 10 for 10 last season and has not missed a field goal on the road since he was wide with a 41-yard attempt Nov. 28, 2005, in Indianapolis.

In the past two seasons, Reed is 24 for 26 on the road in the regular season, 27 of 29 including playoffs. In that time, he is 20 of 30 at home

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07250/815381-66.stm

see, **** hienz field lol, **** *** field, **** pitt too, who cares about a **** *** college team that will never win ****......... we need to good field turf...... and **** the rooneys for being to old and wanting **** like it was in the 1600s, and **** them for being to cheap and for wasting money on a gay *** hd screen lol............oh and **** cowher too lol

Steelersfan
09-07-2007, 12:53 AM
You feel better?.....lol

TEEMONT
09-07-2007, 09:38 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07250/815381-66.stm

see, **** hienz field lol, shiat *** field, **** pitt too, who cares about a shiat *** college team that will never win shiat......... we need to good field turf...... and **** the rooneys for being to old and wanting shiat like it was in the 1600s, and **** them for being to cheap and for wasting money on a gay *** hd screen lol............oh and **** cowher too lol

you might be the whiniest bitch i have ever met...lol.

Anyways, I didn't read much of the article, but Pitt does need it's own stadium again. I think the real grass is a good touch, its how football is supposed to be played IMO. The only thing I don't like it people saying high school gmes shouldn't be played on the field. I dunno about anyone else here, but when I was in high school, that was what you played for, the chance to play where the Steelers play.

**** Cowher though.

K Train
09-07-2007, 03:53 PM
**** cowher i hope he dies

and holmes is nasty on turf.....just sayin

Koopa
09-07-2007, 03:56 PM
**** cowher i hope he dies

and holmes is nasty on turf.....just sayin

yup, we have a fast *** offense and this field is hurting them, willie would be ****ing unstoppable if he couldd play on a field where he didn't lose his feeting after running 4 yards lol

Black@Gold Forever32
09-07-2007, 04:07 PM
you might be the whiniest bitch i have ever met...lol.

Anyways, I didn't read much of the article, but Pitt does need it's own stadium again. I think the real grass is a good touch, its how football is supposed to be played IMO. The only thing I don't like it people saying high school gmes shouldn't be played on the field. I dunno about anyone else here, but when I was in high school, that was what you played for, the chance to play where the Steelers play.

**** Cowher though.

Pitt does need their own stadium but the thing is people's taxes around that region went up when PNC Park and Heinz Field was built.....So they tried to kill to birds with one stone with Pitt and the Steelers sharing a stadium....I see their point also when they brought up if Heinz was only built for the Steelers then the stadium would only be used 10 times a years...lol

I like the natural grass to.....But with the Steelers,Pitt and High School championships all being played there the grass doesn't hold up and we have to hear continue whining about the grass......:lol: I do see field turf down the road for Heinz Field....

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yup, we have a fast *** offense and this field is hurting them, willie would be ****ing unstoppable if he couldd play on a field where he didn't lose his feeting after running 4 yards lol

The field is hurting them in Sept?:dunno: Granted Heinz is never the perfect playing surface but the field doesn't get real bad until the winter months....Keep the grass......Football was meant to be played out doors and on grass......I'm sure you would be all for the Steelers getting a dome.....God I hope that never happens.......

K Train
09-07-2007, 04:14 PM
im for turf....jmo

black an gold 4 life
09-07-2007, 06:45 PM
remember turf is what tore up woodson knee i rather have these players on grass an step slow than turff an have them on i.r.

BR7
09-07-2007, 06:51 PM
grass for me! err.. the Steelers!! ;) Barry Sanders didn't help Woodsons knee either.. The knee injury, IMO 85% Barry, 10% Turf, 5% Cowher, cause he's an arrogant *** now lol. God I hope he goes to Cleveland..

Black@Gold Forever32
09-07-2007, 06:54 PM
remember turf is what tore up woodson knee i rather have these players on grass an step slow than turff an have them on i.r.

I like and think the grass should stay....But the field turf of today is much better then the astro turf Rod torn his ACL on......

BlitzburghRockCity
09-07-2007, 07:25 PM
Natural grass is just not practical in the northeast. Every other team that plays in that area has realized it except us. Tradition is one thing but foolish, wasteful, and downright stupid spending on the cost of resodding the field a few times a year is just flat out ridiculous. The weather conditions are just not suitable for a natural grass field anymore with the way Heinz gets used. We're going to wear that nice new stadium out before it's time. It's getting way too much use IMO. The Steelers should play there and the high school clubs can play there but get Pitt there own damn stadium.

As 32 mentioned though the city would never be able to pull it off with the taxes I don't think :scratch:

I can't seeing our beautiful stadium with such a **** *** field. It's a detriment to the players and increases the possibility of injury.

Black@Gold Forever32
09-07-2007, 07:29 PM
You guys make all solid points about the switch to turf...I just like and prefer the grass....Trust me if the Steelers go to turf I won't complain....

BlitzburghRockCity
09-07-2007, 07:46 PM
Believe me, I'd love to see us always play on grass. There's nothing like seeing the mud and dirt fly when a player gets tackled :yesnod: I just hate seeing us with such a crappy *** field every year. Our turf is the laughing stock of the league and everybody hates coming to play us because the field sucks. When our own players gripe about it, you'd think the Rooney's would actually listen.

Black@Gold Forever32
09-07-2007, 08:00 PM
Believe me, I'd love to see us always play on grass. There's nothing like seeing the mud and dirt fly when a player gets tackled :yesnod: I just hate seeing us with such a crappy *** field every year. Our turf is the laughing stock of the league and everybody hates coming to play us because the field sucks. When our own players gripe about it, you'd think the Rooney's would actually listen.

No doubt the field sucks at times....But stuck in my mind are old highlights of Gale Sayers scoring 6 TDs against the 49ers at Old Soldiers Field on a muddy and very poor field......So if Sayers can do it....Willie can to...lol

For real though I'm sure sooner or later we will see Heinz have field turf....

BlitzburghRockCity
09-07-2007, 08:23 PM
Seeing Jerome out there just mudding it up, that's some of the better memories I have as a Steeler fan. :bluelol: I love seeing dirt and mud fly as much as anyone; sooner or later though the Rooney's will get field turf, it's probably inevitable as you mentioned.

manofsteel
09-07-2007, 09:28 PM
Trust me Pitt has enough money to build there own stadium Somone just needs to have the stones to tell them to pish off and quit using theres

DIESELMAN
09-07-2007, 09:37 PM
Grass is what football was meant to be played on....and get rid of the pussy domes :banana:

StlersGuy
09-07-2007, 09:43 PM
Grass is what football was meant to be played on....and get rid of the pussy domes :banana:


I could not agree more with you

BlitzburghRockCity
09-07-2007, 09:51 PM
That's one thing we'll never have to worry about with the Rooneys, no Steeler team will ever play in a dome.

K Train
09-07-2007, 10:19 PM
field turf is soooooooo nice to play on, it feels just like grass its just you know what your getting every step you take, i dont have anything against grass but our field gets abused with all the other games and concerts that get played on it

Steelerlyn
09-07-2007, 10:26 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07250/815381-66.stm

see, **** hienz field lol, shiat *** field, **** pitt too, who cares about a shiat *** college team that will never win shiat......... we need to good field turf...... and **** the rooneys for being to old and wanting shiat like it was in the 1600s, and **** them for being to cheap and for wasting money on a gay *** hd screen lol............oh and **** cowher too lol



Please tell us how you really feel :bigthumb: :lol:

Stlrs4Life
09-07-2007, 10:33 PM
I get your point about turf making it faster for the players, but, it will make the defensive guys faster too.. They both play on the same surface.

K Train
09-07-2007, 10:36 PM
offense has the advantage, its hard to explain, but the offense knows where their going, the defense plays as it develops. it kinda goes both ways but the offense has the advantage (like in most cases anyway)

Steelerlyn
09-07-2007, 10:38 PM
Field turf would be the way to go considering all the traffic Heinz has. My preference is also grass if ony the Steelers played on it. It is probably easier for us out of towners to bitch about it because we do not pay taxes that would allow a tax supported high school and universioty to play on it.

We have tax supported universities in Michigan also but the high schools do not take them over. They play state finals (basketball) at the Breslin center and probably they play something at scUM also. Correct me if I am wrong but to my knowledge no high school or other college in Michigan plays (football finals) at the Big House or at Spartan Stadium.......but maybe they do. :bigthumb:

SteelerSteve
09-08-2007, 03:56 AM
I prefer the grass as well, but it wouldn't be that bad, as long as we dont get a dome:crossfingers:

TEEMONT
09-08-2007, 10:03 AM
It shouldnt even be a question of whether or not to take the High School games out of Heinz. Like I said before, people grow up dreaming about playing where the Steelers play. Pitt could finance a new stadium, aren't they a state school?

GoBenGo
09-08-2007, 10:31 AM
Boise St has tthat great Blue turf! Maybe we could go with a field of yellow!lol
Squint Squint

digdug
09-08-2007, 11:37 AM
That's one thing we'll never have to worry about with the Rooneys, no Steeler team will ever play in a dome.


Thank goodness!! :bigthumb: :cope: :clap:

SteelerNation
09-08-2007, 09:45 PM
Cower is the past

Tomlin is the present
so anything cower says or does to me doesnt mean ****, he was a good coach lead this team to success for many years but lost the fire last year that this team feeds off of... imo he can **** off lol