Bill Cowher wants everybody to know something ... the Pittsburgh Steelers' success of 2005 doesn't mean a thing when it comes to the 2006 NFL season.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
With that jaw of his jutting out, Bill Cowher was not being so much defiant as he was being pragmatic. He was not so much scoffing at the notion of having his team continually being referred to as the defending Super Bowl champions, which the Steelers are, as he was trying to explain to anyone and everyone that last year is best forgotten.
"You guys call us defending champs," Cowher told the media during training camp.
"We're like everybody else. Everybody starts out in last place or first place, however you want to look at it. Last year is last year."
A strange year, too, for the NFL. At least as far as trying to predict winners and losers.
Seven teams that qualified for the playoffs in 2005 were not there in 2004, when five other teams also reached the playoffs that had not been there in 2003.
And in 2003, there were eight teams in the playoffs that were nowhere to be found in 2002.
So, you get the idea. This NFL stuff is all about change.
From year to year.
From week to week.
No one knows this better than Cowher, who is starting his 15th year as Pittsburgh's head coach.