Send your postgame critiques, analysis, ranting and raving about the last game as well as your predictions, smak, & insults about our upcoming opponent. Whether your message is a simple, "These guys SUCK," or a detailed, in-depth analysis, tell us what you think.
Key Stats & Facts|
Brunell sacked 7 times & hit only 15 of 32 for 137 Yds, 0 TD, 1 Int: This was clearly the key. As we said before the game, if the Steelers could pressure Brunell, we could win. They didn't just pressure him... they crucified him!
Jimmy Smith 2 catches, 20 yards: Need I say more? Holy smokes, what a great job by the defense. Isn't it amazing how good our secondary looks when we pressure the QB?
Bettis 28 carries, 97 yards, 2 TDs: Another gutsy, hard-nosed performance by Jerome. I just can't say enough about the guy, who is clearly headed toward another team MVP award.
Give the Offensive Line a Pat on the Back: These guys have been one of the most maligned & criticized units in all of football, but for the 3rd straight week, they did an admirable job. They're showing steady improvement, creating holes for Bettis, and protecting the QB. We couldn't ask for much more.
Kordell Stewart 10 of 16, 62.5% comp, 132 yds, 0 TD, 1 Int, 61 yards rushing: Not Kurt Warner numbers, but not Pop Warner numbers, either. Considering he faced adversity right off the bat (his very first pass was ripped from the hands of Burress and picked off) and he was shaking off a month's worth of rust, not bad at all. His abilities caused the Jags a lot more problems than Graham would've, and his 34-yard run was one of the plays of the game.
The Dawn of a New Era?|
Article by McMillen & Wife
People, don't look now, but we just might be witnessing the begining of something special. As he did in his early days as head coach, Bill Cowher is getting his team to play beyond themselves. The "quitter" mentality that reared its ugly head during the '98-'99 campaigns has been eradicated. Completely. One win does not a Super Bowl contender make... but the way the team has conducted themselves through the adversity of this young season speaks volumes about the character of the players and coaches. The winds of change are finally blowing, bruthas & sistas.
A year ago, a blocked punt early in the 1st quarter might've been enough to send the team in the tank. Not THIS year, baby. Jax had the ball first and goal from the 4, and the defense forced 'em to settle for a FG.
On the ensuing drive, Kordell's first pass was snatched away from Burress and intercepted at midfield. A year ago, another seemingly devastating miscue so soon after the blocked punt definitely would've been enough to send the team (not to mention Kordell) in the tank. Not THIS year, baby. Jax went 3 and out, and the Kordell engineered a TD drive the Steelers' next possession.
The Plaxico spike/fumble? Now THAT looked like something that might've happened in '98-'99. Again, even though the Steelers were leading 24-6 at the time, that's the kind of play that might've signaled the beginning of the end a year ago. Not THIS year, baby. The defense rose to the occassion, Jax turned the ball over on downs, and the Steelers rolled on to victory.
So will we be in the Super Bowl come January? Once again, not THIS year, baby... but 'ya know what? I'm convinced we're finally on our way back. Our 1-3 Steelers could easily be 3-1. Take away a ridiculous Graham sack and that fateful knockout of Kneel O'Dollar and we'd all be marveling at the prospect of a playoff berth. It boggles the mind.
The Steelers didn't "just" win on Sunday... they dominated nearly every meaningful statistic in this game. Pittsburgh held a 209-26 yard rushing advantage, controlled the ball for nearly 11 more minutes, had 3 times the average gain per run (4.8 to 1.6) and nearly 2 times the average gain per pass (6.8 to 3.5).
A testament to the offense? To a certain extent. But the lion's share of the credit obviously belongs to the defense. Mark Brunell was sacked a season-high 7 times. As we pointed out in our pregame, the key to winning was pressuring Brunell. The Steelers didn't just pressure Brunell... they crucified him. The defense found themselves with their backs to the wall numerous times in this game, but found a way to get it done each time. It does my heart good.
No, these aren't the Steelers of old... but for one glorious Sunday in Jacksonville, it sure FELT like they were. Thanks for showing us the light at the end of the tunnel, guys.
Webmaster, McMillen and Wife
Fan Smak & Analysis|
The following articles are listed in the order they were received (with the most recent entries at the top). This isn't a "guestbook" format... I read and manually insert every message, so you may not see your submission show up immediately. Thanks a million for your comments, people!
Submitted by Brooke Aday|
i almost forgot how it felt to win a game. it was weird man. im not sure, but i think the officials don't have to apologize to us this week. something is definitely up....
finally, death to the those f'in jagwads! powerball steeler style prevails at last!
Submitted by Tommy "Fleetwood 'N' Julio" Coleman
Teal Tongued, Plague Spotted, Wharf Rat moccasins!
StepN' in the litter box
EatN' North Florida Carnival Cat-Burgers and spittN' Em
In your EYE! Camp Coffin.
First, if you can single one person out ("AS IF") I would vote for Dwayne Washington, but everyone mentioned in the poll was deserving, so I voted for Tim Lewis, although that last Wharf Rat drive was a deja vu of Mc Nuggets drive for the TITanS. PREVENT CRAP "TAKE THE POWER BACK"
Did I mention the word "TAKE"? How about "NOW"!
Next, can we get some Refs that "KNOW" the rules of football!
If it wasn't for Tony B. Jive ASS they would have actually flagged us for knocking down a QB after a interception, and to be fair, that call on the JacO'Lia Rats for hitting Kordell was "TICKY Ma'afala Tack" (not that Fu had any thing to do with it).
Could the fact that Levon genetically altered Brunels Chromosomes last year, after a pick, have any thing to do with it? THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, THAT KID IS... KIRKLANDS?
Lastly: NFL save the apology this week, teach your kids and send them refs to the "READING LAB" with the rule book (Skip the Memo's)
And Steelers Coaches who I know read this every week (AS IF)
60 Minutes, SIXTY, S I X T Y, SIXXX ZEEROOO
Stop wasting the last minute of the first half and Kneeling down!
How many games in the Cowher ERA have come down to the "LAST PLAY"?
The last seconds of the first half are just as important as the last seconds of the second half!And if you look at the games we LOST on the last play, maybe more so.
Oh, and another thing; When you knock out a QB and a new one comes in, I don't care if it's Steve McNugget or Jimmie LeStorebrand, DOMINATE THAT ASS! HELLO?
Other than that,
PS. PLEXICO,CHAMPIONS DON"T POUT!Barry Foster Didn't!
Pss--Just my opinion: They should sell posters of Terrell Owens, on the DollAss Star, outside of Rice A'Roni Stadium every week give Terrell and George Teague a Bonus check (Really) and give the rest to the Cowboy's illegitimate children's fund. If it had been any other Stadium, this opinion would be void.
Submitted by Thomas Parrotte
Wow...you could see this coming for a couple of weeks. This team hits,
this team plays hard, this team is committed to running the ball.
Jacksonville had their collective ass kicked in what has to be the most
satisfying win since the Monday Night Green Bay game of 98. It is great
to see Pittsburgh perform and old-school physical domination on an
opponent, especially a Super Bowl con(pre)tender like J-Ville.
They ran, they stopped the run. The defense was stout, Kordell made good
decisions...even if Plaxico sold him out twice (welcome to the NFL,
rookie,) and the offensive line gets better every week after the debacle
against Baltimore. A good win to build on and proof that Cowher is still
in touch with his players and can motivate them every week.
Jets are unbeaten? It's still Vinny, and it's still the Steelers D.
Let's see what happens.
Submitted by Bob Howard
Guess Plaxico needs a little help with the "ground can't cause a fumble" rule.
Submitted by Joe Roberts
Dear Mac and Babalicious Wife,
Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers are still the only good things to come out of Jacksonville, the Armpit of the South. Today's game proved that once and for all. The much maligned Steelers handed the Jagwads their heads. For the first time in over two years I'm proud of the Black and Gold. Yes, this bunch has only a moderate level of overall talent but if they keep playing with the same kind of heart they've shown for the past two weeks I believe they can win 7 to 9 games this year. Will that be enough to save Cowher's job? Considering the Steelers overall talent level it just might.
Congrats also go to Kordell Stewart who played a solid game at QB and Jerome Bettis who proved once and for all that he's not washed up. Where are all these idiots who wanted Amos Zeroue to start at RB? Steeler management needs to do whatever it takes to re-sign Bettis in the off-season. The Bus still has a lot of miles left in him before he goes to the football junkyard. I also have to mention the defense. The supposedly powerful Jagwad offensive line looked like a sieve today. 22 yards rushing total and seven sacks allowed! If I were the offensive line coach for Jacksonville I'd be polishing my resume right about now.
All in all it was a great sports weekend for me. The Steelers and Virginia Tech won and the Tennessee Vols lost. As that beer commercial once said, "it don't get no better than this."
Submitted by Keith "KT" Thomas
The Steelers Win!
After going to painstaking lengths to find ways to lose Cleveland and
Tennessee the Steelers rebounded to manhandle the Jaguars in their first
ever win in Jacksonville. This wasn't just a case of Jacksonville
playing poorly (which they did); the Steelers came ready to win.
The Steelers came out today to play aggressive, focused, physical,
football. They looked every bit like a team that was tired of losing
and was going to do more than to talk about it.
The defense set the tone early in the game, holding Jacksonville to a
field goal after a blocked punt gave the Jaguars prime field position.
They didn't let up after that, virtually smothering Fred Taylor, sacking
Mark Burnnel seven times, and delivering some devastating hits in the
secondary. The defense just kept coming, making second efforts when
necessary to make the tackle, and at other times, they just simply gang
tackled. Down field coverage was also good, causing several coverage
Specifically I thought that Jason Gildon, Earl Holmes, and Lee Flowers
had outstanding games. Aaron Smith looked good, and Kimo continues to
On the offensive side of the ball, this was a day for
smash-mouth-football. Throughout the game the Steelers to pounded the
ball with the Bus and the Mini-Bus. Again Bettis showed that with the
proper blocking, he can be a punishing runner. Again I say, the
Steelers allow him to leave as a free agent only at their peril. Fu
also continues to show what he can do when he is healthy. Jon Witman's
blocking continues to impress. Kordell also showed that he can still
tuck the ball and strech the field by running.
It was good to see that the Gilbride made a few attempts to hit
Plaxico. He made a few good plays, dropped a few more that he should
have caught, but his turnover of the ball was inexcusable.
Troy Edwards impressed me with the hustle he showed on both special
teams and with his down field blocking. It appears that he is getting
The run blocking on the offensive line spoke for itself, although their
pass blocking leaves a lot of room for improvement.
Special teams kick coverage needs to improve.
After several weeks of frustration the Steelers succeeded in getting
into the win column. I believe this win was important for the
confidence of this young team. It is important after this win that
Cowher ensures focus is maintained. The Jets are among the AFC's best.
It is my opnion that if healthy (and that might be a big ‘if') Kent
Graham should start next week. Kordell certainly did not play poorly,
but nothing he did was spectacular. (Indeed, that fade pattern to
Plaxico was UGLY.) But the fact that Gilbride kept the game play
conservative (132 yards passing) speaks volumes for itself.
Regardless of what happens or who plays next week, I enjoyed today's
PS I have not read anything on the web yet, but it is going to be
interesting to see what the talking heads in the Pittsburgh media who
declared us 0-5 two weeks ago are going to have to say.
Submitted by Tom Parrotte
Wow...you could see this coming for a couple of weeks. This team hits, this team plays hard, this team is committed to running the ball. Jacksonville had their collective ass kicked in what has to be the most satisfying win since the Monday Night Green Bay game of 98. It is great to see Pittsburgh perform and old-school physical domination on an opponent, especially a Super Bowl con(pre)tender like J-Ville.
They ran, they stopped the run. The defense was stout, Kordell made good decisions...even if Plaxico sold him out twice (welcome to the NFL, rookie,) and the offensive line gets better every week after the debacle against Baltimore. A good win to build on and proof that Cowher is still in touch with his players and can motivate them every week.
Jets are unbeaten? It's still Vinny, and it's still the Steelers D. Let's see what happens.
Submitted by Mike DeLancey
FINALLY!!!! Smash mouth Steeler football. I just want a few days to feel really good before we meet the Jets.
Visit my web page at http://www.steelergridiron.com
Ps. And you all thought I was on drugs when I said the Steelers would win 24-20 Have a Great Week
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