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Scoring Summary
First Quarter
None.
Second Quarter
PIT - FG, Kris Brown 41 Yd.
JAX - TD, Jimmy Smith, 34 Yd pass from Mark Brunell (PAT good).
JAX - TD, Jimmy Smith, 15 Yd pass from Mark Brunell (PAT good).
JAX - JAC - TD, Damon Jones, 1 Yd pass from Mark Brunell (PAT good).
Third Quarter
None.
Fourth Quarter
None.


Key Stats & Facts
• Jerome Bettis: 12 carries for 28 yards (2.3 avg), 0 TD, a complete non-factor.
• Fred Taylor: 24 carries for 96 yards (4.0 avg), 0 TD.
• Kordell Stewart: 21 of 37 (56.7%), 181 yards, 0 TD, 2 Int, 1 fumble, 3 sacks, countless hurries and knockdowns.
• Mark Brunell: 15 of 26 (57.7%), 198 yards, 3 TD, 0 Int, 1 sack, endless pocket time.
• Hines Ward: 7 catches for 82 yards (11.7 avg), 0 TD, 1 very costly fumble.
• Jimmy Smith: 8 catches for 126 yards (15.8 avg), 2 TD.


Man, That Hurt!
Stewart took his lumps on Sunday vs. the Jags, and will take more on Monday from the fans. But the O-Line deserves the much of blame for this one.
Back to the 'Ole Drawing Board
Mularkey's System Lives Up to
Its Name... and Then Some!

Article by McMillen & Wife

Before I discuss today's loss to Jacksonville (something I frankly have little desire to relive), I wanna offer up a little trivia designed to hearten Steelers fans:

1) In the opening game of the 1995 season, what lowly expansion franchise beat the SNOT out of the heavily favored Steelers?

Answer: The Jacksonville Jaguars.

2) When was the last time the Steelers went to the Super Bowl?

Answer: 1995.

[Ed. Note: It has come to our attention that the Steelers opened the 1996 season with the loss to Jacksonville, not 1995. That'll teach me to rush through writing these things, eh? Thanks a lot, Tommy Coleman. Tommy also spilled the beans to our kids that there is no Santa Claus, no Easter Bunny, and no Tooth Fairy. We'll get you, Coleman... ;-) ]

Granted, I don't think I'll be rushing to PriceLine.com just yet to book my reservations for the Super Bowl, especially considering Mularkey's offense played like... nah, that punchline is just little too obvious to bother with, isn't it? Suffice it to say that for this game at least, we couldn't possibly have a more appropriately named offensive coordinator. Nonetheless, as the trivia above proves, one game does not a season make. And while I suspect that anyone filling their heads with visions of another Lombardi Trophy for the Rooney's THIS year might also believe Elvis is still alive, I'm cautiously optimistic that a respectable run at the playoffs this season remains a very real possiblity, tough schedule and all.

Don't buy it? That's fine... you're welcome to wallow in the disappointment of losing game one of the 2001 season. Hey, why not... fans of 14 or so other NFL franchises who wound up on the short end of the score today are doing the same right now. As for me, I'm moving on and looking forward to crushing the Browns next week.

At this time, I invite those of you so inclined to bring on the Kordell bashing. But for the record, you're dead wrong.

There's plenty of blame to go around, but Stewart is no more responsible for what happened in Jacksonville than is Jerome Bettis. Sorry, folks... shine THAT light of blame on the confused, scatter-brained play of Pittsburgh's offensive line. Stewart was sacked "only" 3 times (a stat that is amazingly low considering how often Jags defenders were swarming all over him) and on numerous occassions, Jacksonville defenders simply poured in on Stewart untouched because Steeler blockers flat-out missed their assignments. Since I'm railing on the O-line at the moment, I won't elaborate on the early drops by Bruener (surprisingly) and Burress (as usual), nor the pass that Bobby Shaw tipped into the waiting arms of Hardy Nickerson just before the half.

Run blocking? What run blocking? "The Bus" may as well have STAYED on the bus... he received ZERO help from the O-line. Result? Mike Mularkey's offense, which relies HEAVILY on play fakes, never had a chance. No one is gonna bite on play action when your star running back is spending most of his afternoon getting planted on his ass at the line, which is, incidentally, another indictment of the line. With all due respect, considering that Bettis has NEVER had a good game in Jacksonville, I can't help but wonder why Zereoue (60 yards on 9 carries) didn't see a little more action.

As for the Stewart fumble of the exchange from center, I'm inclined to give equal credit on that to Kordell, the pouring rain and new center Jeff Hartings. Remember the problems Hartings and Stewart had with fumbling snaps in camp?

Which brings me to the good news about the offensive line: Most of these problems should work themselves out as the unit begins to gel. It goes without saying that some serious cohesion has to take place for an offensive line to function properly. Don't panic just yet... as bad as things were against the Jags, it'll come together. And when it does (hopefully sooner rather than later), we'll get a REAL look at Mularkey's new offense.

In all honesty, of more long-term concern to me at the moment is the lack-luster, passive, uninspired performance by Pittsburgh's defense, who pretty much stunk it up out there. Injuries to DE Kimo Von Oelhoffen and Rookie LB Kendrell Bell certainly didn't help and pointed out all too clearly our glaring lack of depth. The front seven failed to apply any pressure on Brunell (who was only sacked once and consistently had GOBS of pocket time), didn't stop the run particularly effectively, and pretty much hung an already shaky secondary out to dry. Brunell (15 of 26, 198 yards, 3 TDs) & Jimmy Smith (8 catches, 126 yds, 2 TD) ate us alive. The Jags simply OWNED the middle of the field through the air, and while Fred Taylor (24 carries, 96 yds) didn't cram it down our thoats like he did last year in Jacksonville, he ran well enough to keep the Steelers off balance. I didn't keep a tally, but it seems like there were a number of runs over 10 yards. I'm not sure who was blowing it for us... my guess is the linebackers. As with the O-line, some of this will work itself out as the season progresses, but with only 16 games on the schedule (a lot of 'em real toughies), one has to wonder how long we can afford to wait. Aren't they supposed to work this stuff out during all those lame preseason games?

Speaking of injuries, Josh Miller is fortunate to have not been seriously injured. This guy could've been the team MVP last year..he did as much to win the battle of field position as anyone on the team. I'm glad he's okay (for the most part). While we're on the topic of our punter, our special teams SUCKED today. The blocked punt that got Miller injured (and led to a Jags TD) was absolutely unforgivable. I don't know who missed their assignment, but if I'm Josh Miller, I won't be sending 'em a Christmas card. I guess that crazy punt return/fumble thing could be overlooked as a fluke, but it lead to a J-ville TD nonetheless. Jay Hayes, get your boys in gear!

One final observation... the Steelers didn't look the least bit physical in this game on either side of the ball. Most notably, the Jags were FAR more aggressive on defense, which totally surprised me. The trademark of last year's Steeler defense was that win or lose, they played HARD for the entire 60 minutes. Even when they were losing, you got the feeling they wanted to make sure that the opposition would be thinking about 'em while nursing their bumps & bruises in the whirlpool come Monday morning.

Tim McMillen
Webmaster, McMillen & 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 Keith "KT" Thomas
Well, I don't know a damm thing about Sunday's game other than that we lost badly 21-3 to Jacksonville. (I'm guessing that Josh Miller made a strong bid to reclaim the offensive MVP award that he won in '98 and '99, and subsequently lost to Bettis last year.)

So, out of total igonrance, I'll add this.

In 1992 we upset Houston on opening day with a drammatic upset victory that set the tone for the next six seasons. Season result - 1 seed in AFC playoffs but a 1st round loss.

In 1993 we went up against the 49whiners and lost 24-13, a score that makes the game look closer than it was. End result, a wild card loss to Joe Montana's Cheifs.

In 1994 we got out ASSES kicked by Dallas 26-9, and folks, I remember that game well, the score doesn't show how bad that game was. End result - 1 seed, and well, then the San Diego game....

1n 1995 we beat the Lions, but in the first half Rod Woodson get struck down in the prime of his careear. End result Kneel O'Dummel costs us a 5th Lombardi Trophy.

In 1996 we open in Jacksonville. Not only do we get pounded 24-9, but Greg Lloyd gets struck down in the prime of his careear.

In 1997 we open against Dallas again, and get spanked 37-7. End result, 2nd seed in the AFC.

In 1998 we open against a still mediocre Baltimore team, and win. End result - start 7-5, and then follow with a TOTAL melt down to 7-9, easily playing some of the worst football at the end of the year.

In 1999 we open against the Clowns and throb them 43-0. End result 6-11.

Last year we got out teeth kicked in by Baltimore, yet finished 9-7 only to be kept out of the playoffs yet again by Bubby Brister!

What does all of this mean with regard to the rest of the season? Well, not having seen the game nothing. (hell, for all I know Bettis could have torn an ACL.)

But it does go to show that you don't always finish the season the way you start it.

later,
KT

PS Oh, ESPN didn't carry the game last night, nor is it carrying the Monday night game now. I'd thought I'd be able to get the ESPN and ABC games on ESPN Latin American, but it doesn't look like it....


Submitted by WVBlackEagle
Gentlemen Please!

First, No I do not like Stewart...& No, it is not all his fault. Kordell took over after O'Donnel, who's superbowl play cost us the game. Kordell looked great as Slash and had everyone in awe at that time. But it has now been 7 long years later and he is still making rookie mistakes...it has almost been a decade for Stewart to turn it around not 4 years as you mentioned previously, big difference.

This yearsí offense is designed to "highlight Kordell's strengths" and make it easier to move the ball. Unfortunately, Kordell has not proven he can effectively or accurately throw the ball over 10 yards.

Our current receivers are not consistent, but it is hard for a receiver to be consistent when you have a quarterback that is so sporadic. The old saying "you play at the level of whom you are playing with (or against)" is true for this case. Stewart did it in 97 when great talent on every part of the team surrounded him, and they helped him play over his head. Now that he is a veteran and a leader on our team, he is not good enough to raise his teammates playing level.

Now as far as not being able to run the ball or play defense for 60 minutesÖYou canít run the ball if your entire offense runs within ten yards and never stretches an opposing defense to loosen it up. The other teams defense will stack the line and destroy you. Also, you canít keep your defense on the field the entire time and expect them to win the game; they will make a mistake and give up points. You canít expect a defense to totally contain a decent offense and also score the points for an ineffective offense.

Back to the beginning, it is not all his fault; he is only 1 man on a team of 11. However, he is not the real deal, and needs to be replaced. It is not his fault the Steelers have giving him 7 years to become a quarterback. With No Payback! I donít like Stewart, but as long as he is the Steelers quarterback, I can only hope that he can play better and the Steelers can win some games and get back into the playoffs this year.


Submitted by Alaskan Steeler Fan
The Steelers just got spanked by a team we were expecting to beat and a team that we as Steeler fans have grown to hate, (maybe as much as the Browns and Cowboys). The game is over and I can see all the Pittsburgh papers and the majority of fans are trying to analyze the Steeler loss and make judgements about the future. The next game is what will happen in the nearest of futures, so let's take a look:

1) This is the first real game EVER at our new stadium. This is a momentous occasion that every player, coach, and fan can look back on... forever.

2) There will be well over 60,000 screaming Steeler maniacs on hand.

3) The players will have all been asked "What the hell is wrong with you guys?" all week long and will be very pissed off.

4) The Browns are not our buddies.

5) The Steelers are playing under the lights on national television. They seem to enjoy that and play well under those circumstances.

CONCLUSION- The Cleveland Browns are going to get the absolute shit beat out of them. Let's all enjoy it. After that we can be analytical. Sunday night will be a great time to be a Steelers fan. Don't throw in the towel just yet my Steeler bretheren!


Submitted by Tommy Coleman
At the risk of being the upteenth e-mail that you have gotten on this... The 19995 season opened with Detroit at Pittsburgh.I was there and saw Barry Sanders juke Rod Woodson out of his knee-cap. The Steelers did not play the Jac-Rats until week #6 at JacO'liaville with a loss. You are thinking of 1996.

Still Love you though,
Tommy
Fleetwood
Julio

P.S.--- Coughlin has been known to acquire waived players from teams he is about to play, but Battles does not believe he was brought over solely for that purpose. He was asked to talk about the Steelers' tendencies as soon as he arrived, but that he did not feel like he was revealing any great secrets.

"I was just confirming stuff they already knew," Battles said. "I'm pretty convinced that they got me because they like me as a player."


Submitted by Brian Tirpak
Hey,

Don't have a comment on the game or the team but I just gotta say you've built yourself one hell of a website. I believe you're writing sometimes surpasses the skill and observations of writers of some local sports sections at times. Love readin everything! Keep up the great work...

Brian


Submitted by Nat LaBorde
I have to respond after reading some of these so called Steelers fans comments.Yes,I 'm pissed about that game but that's the Steelers for ya,we always lose at the start of the season,nothing new there,I was just hoping maybe we'd win one to start for a change.NOT!!...But that's okay,we'll be alright.I use to bash Kordell all the time because at one point I thought that's all we lacked was a Qb,not these days!I watched that game,Kordell kept after it,our O-line was really bad,the wideouts have been too worried about getting paid and forgetting to go to work.Our Defense made me cry......that's supposed to be our heart .I really need to address those so called fans bashing the BUS,you ungrateful brats,that man has busted his ass year in and year out for the Steelers,he has Asthma that makes it really tough on him one game a year.I don't know how you could bust his chops,he had a bad game,how often does he have one????.........I was really upset too after the game that's why I had to wait til I was thinking clear,I still think we can win our division THIS year,depends on how quick it comes together.Never liked any other team,Never will,Love ya Steelers,take it out on the Clowns at home!! GO STEELERS!!!!! NAT


Submitted by Daniel Krueger
I've been a member of the Kordell Bashing Army for some time now after being a long time supporter. I have to admit yesterday was not his fault and he did show some promise down the stretch last season. If our line can get it together Kordell may have a decent season. Tim, thanks for continuing to keep a positive outlook, maybe some of our beloved Steelers could read your writing and keep the faith like us fans.

Sincerely,
Dan
Webmaster
The Blast Furnace
http://steelcitysports.tripod.com


Submitted by Zoran
NY


Submitted by Zoran
NY Steel, I totally agree with you. I have been arguing this point with fair weather fans for years!!!! If you cannot run the ball, nor catch the ball, and play solid defense for 60 minutes, how can anyone expect Kordell to be the savior. In that monsoon on Sunday, McScabb, Manning and Kurt Warner all could not have brought their teams back in that mess.

I was always say that if people think this is one man game they need to watch tennis!!!! GO KORDELL AND THE STEELERS FOOTBALL TEAM!!!!!!!!


Submitted by George Mathis
You said on your recap: "considering that Bettis has NEVER had a good game vs. Jacksonville". I don't think you saw the 97 games vs the Jags. In the monday nighter we lost at their house when they blocked Norm's FG, the Bus rambled for 117'. In the OT thriller where the Bus scored the GAME WINNING TD, he ran for 99'. In 98, when we lost another monday nighter there (last game of the year), Bettis had 130+ yards. And what about 2000?? He had 97 yards and 2 TDs last season at Jacksonville??

Open your eyes: KORDELL SUCKS! At best, he's mediocre. He can't move the football and he does it, it's for a FG. His best year was 4 years ago, we can't live by the past, let's change. At least, I know I want the Stillers to win.

thanks
George Mathis.


Submitted by NY Steel
Why do we spend money on Wide outs that do not produce? We had a chance to bring back CJ & Yancey in the off season, now we have what! another season of listening to "Plaxiglass hands" and Troy "I wish I was taller" Edwards talk about "We are going to get better" and "we have more games, so don't worry!" Start earning your pay or get the Hell off the field! Yancey is still available, I say someone find him and get him a F@!King uniform! CJ is with Pats so we cant get him back. All I see is Kordell this, Kordell that! STOP and look at what has happened to the team since we went to the AFC Champ game, GONE entire O-Line, GONE every Wide out we had that could catch the ball, GONE the bad ass defense that made the Steelers! GONE every great coaching mind we had with the exception of Cowher! I say to all who have a problem with Kordell, get off his back! this guys is the real deal! Look at all the teams in the big show the last 3 years, every team lived and died by its O-line and defense! You give Kordell an O-Line that provides time and at least one, just one Wide out that can catch a COLD, and we got the Kordell of '97 back! So all you Kordell killers bring it! I'm a Steeler Fan, and Stewart is my QB! Until that changes, he is leading this team! I seem to remember a QB from the great state of LA that was not in favor, it took him almost 4 years before he started to turn it around and it sure did turn around! This is a team sport, you want to blame one person go watch wrestling!

NY Steel!


Submitted by busboy
WHO NEEDS A THEME PARK WHEN YOU ARE A STEELERS FAN!I HAVE BEEN A A FAN FOR ALONG TIME AND THEY HAVE TO BE THE BIGGEST COASTER RIDE IN THE NFL.ONE WEEK YOU ARE RIDING HIGH WITH A BIG WIN OVER A TOUGH OPPONENT IN THE HOPES THAT SOMETHING SPECIAL IS GOING TO HAPPEN,THEN THE BOTTOM FALLS OUT AS THE TEAM FORGETS TO SHOW UP THE NEXT SUNDAY AND THEY STINK UP THE JOINT.MOST TEAMS SUCK FOR A FEW SEASONS AND PLAY WELL FOR A FEW SEASONS.WHILE THE STEELERS SEEM TO BE ABLE TO DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.I DON'T BLAME ANY ONE PLAYER FOR YESTERDAY'S IMPLOSION OF SUCKING.I HOLD THE WHOLE TEAM RESPONSIBLE.PLAYING LIKE CRAP ON OPENING DAY IS NORMAL FOR US,HOWEVER IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE IT ANY EASIER WHEN YOU JUST LEFT THE JAGHOLES MESSAGEBOARD.GOD I HOPE WE SMACK THEIR ASS IN PITTSBURGH.I CAN'T BELIEVE I HATE THEM AS ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE BROWNS.SPEAKING OF THE BROWNIES,IF WE CAN'T PLAY WITH ANYMORE EMOTION NEXT WEEK THAN WE DID YESTERDAY THEN THE STEELERCOASTER IS ON A ONE WAY TRIP STRAIGHT TO HELL THIS SEASON.

ANYWAY NO MATTER HOW BUMPY THE RIDE,LET'S KEEP THE FAITH MY STEELER BROTHERS AND SISTERS.I FOR ONE WILL NEVER GET OFF THE RIDE!I'M A STEELER FAN FOREVER!GO STEELERS!!JAGWADS SEEYA IN DA BURGH!


Submitted by hpayne3
You're alright with me, McMillen. We are all hurting from that loss, but you put things in perspective and look ahead to next week's game. I too am sick of the Kordell bashing. It's old news. It's unfortunate that his two picks are all that will be remembered of yesterday's game. YOU, however, focused on the real problem. If the line isn't doing their job, the Bus won't have any good runs, Kordell won't have enough time to make his progressions, and the recievers can't finish their routes. If you add to that picture an inconsistent QB, a big running back who doesn't have a lot of speed, and three out of five recievers with hands of stone. What does one expect? But what the hell, I still love my Steelers. It won't rain forever.

Keep up the good work and positive attitude, McMillen! GO STEELERS!!!

P.S.--By the way, it was Whitman who didn't pick up Donovan Darius on that blocked punt.


Submitted by Sean O'Connor
Ok, I take the blame for yesterdays embarrassing performance. I did not prep well,,was running late and did not get the shrine set up before kickoff. I didn't even get to see the game living in NJ, but still,,the shrine goes up. I clearly dropped the ball!! I apologize to all my bruthas and sistas!!

That being said, it's only one game. Tim, being I did not get to see the game, I will trust your all knowing eyes as a fine interpretation as to what occurred. I expect Cowher to get "da boys" set straight, and expect they will come out all fired up and ready to play this Sunday at Heinz.....

Again, I apologize and it won't happen again!!

Hell, it could have been worse, we could have had an ugly, pathetic display like that of Vinnie Testeverde attempting to tackle yesterday. Damn..that was funny!!!

Sean


Submitted by Kelly
Alright, so this was perhaps one of the worst performances I have seen from this team in a long time. Still, it kills me when I read all this bashing of Kordell. Late in the 4th yesterday, we were still running the ball, still throwing screens and quick outs and 2 yard passes. The play calling was as if to say that we accept losing, we just don't want to get beat too badly. If you watched the receivers, no one was going deep. There wasn't a deep target to throw to. This isn't Kordell, this is play calling. If they don't have confidence in Kordell to hit anything outside of 10 yards, then I agree, he shouldn't be a pro quarterback. But, yesterday he played the hand he was dealt. Seriously, imagine how much better Kordell would have looked yesterday if receivers hadn't dropped and/or fumbled several passes. The whole team really was dissappointing, coaches and all. That being said, haven't we seen a ton of this the past several years? They will pull it together! Next week, don't boo Kordell when he takes the field (which seems rather childish anyway. I never really understood the whole booing thing). Let's open the new stadium with class!

Kelly


Submitted by Jon Pasterick
For Paul Brown:

Please explain to me, O Wise One, how Kordell "lost us the game?" Was it Kordell's responsibility to cover Jimmy Smith? Was it Kordell's responsibility to cover the middle of the field in the defensive zone? Was it Kordell's responsibility to cover Donovan Darius on punt protection? Was it Kordell's responsiblity to block for himself on pass plays and to block for Jerome Bettis on running plays? Was it Kordell's responsibility to ensure that Hines Ward doesn't fumble in his own territory? Was it Kordell's responsibility to keep Bobby Shaw from tipping a ball that clearly wasn't intended for him? I'd love to understand how Kordell lost us this game. Is EVERY FREAKIN' THING that goes wrong for this team Kordell's fault?


Submitted by Paul Brown
Someone please kill me now!!! Never mind, Kordell IS killin' me! Another year of cursing that "Kordell sucks!" has official begun. Although along with Kordell's inability came some play calling that was probably worse. How are we going to win with a QB who throws 81% of his 21 completions for UNDER 10 yards? Kordell threw only 4 balls for over ten yards & only ONE for over 20!

Bettis carries the ball 12 times???? You're killin me. I will admit Amos is looking good but I still believe the Bus is the best way to pound the ball.

Overall, the team sucked. They were emabarassed to be there and it showed. Horrible play calling, turnovers (2 INT & a fumble on the Jax 8 for Mr Stewart), a non-existent secondary and Kordell lost us the game.

Get ready fans...as long as Kordell is getting the snaps we will be catching some serious beatings.

All I know is if they lose next week to the Brown-stains Kordell will have to take a number, because I will kill myself.

I'll take Mark Malone out of the announcers' booth for QB over Kordell!!


Submitted by Mick
I don't think you can blame it all on Kordell, just the first four quarters! The whole team sucked and worst of all the Bengals are 1 and 0 which means they are above us in the division. Now that REALLY sucks. I know its only the first game but Kordell has a record of not looking after the ball and his ability to read the defence is STILL highly questionable. Marvel Smith is struggling but who else do they have? They had Larry tharpe but not any more. Injuries were also a worry and I hope that Josh Miller will be ok. Look on the bright side, it was an away game and there are 15 games to go, and none of them are at ALLTEL stadium. Great news that they tied up Hines Ward to a contract extension who despite his fumble, is still our best receiver.


Submitted by Paul Brown
Bettis' fat ass should be moved to fullback, and famous amos should be the tailback on ever freakin down. If bettis is a team player and if we really want a shot at anything this year, that aughta happen!!! Kordell back at slash, and at that point it won't matter which backup becomes the starter because defenses will be so confused as to which one to key on, by the time they figure it out, amos is on his way back to the bench to rest after his touchdown! We have the weapons, i think they are just being misappropriated! No matter how much it hurts a man's ego...for fan's sakes, please put the right man in the right spot so that we can make it look easy just like, damn near, every other team does!!


Submitted by Ron Stough
I must tell you first, I have been a Steelers fan for 32 years and this is the first time I have truly been embarrassed by the performance of my beloved Steelers. I bought into all the hype of how Kordell and the offense have come together as a team. God this is so frustrating!!! The offensive line (truly offensive) left everyone in a white jersey through. Kordell needs a seeing eye dog to find a receiver and God forbid if he could actually get the ball to them once he found one in the open. I hate to say this but were in for one long season!! The Bus had four flat tires and never got started. Maybe he needs to make less commercials and start studying his playbook. Being stopped for a lose on the play by a hand tackle is ridicules. Hay Bettis fall forward!! I'm willing to bet that my son's middle school team, Tucker Creek M.S., could have stopped the Steelers Offense today.

Where in the Hell was all these nuances that Mularky has been hiding for the regular season. I'm so sick of Kordell's lack of production. I say put Maddox in. At least he's a leader who takes charge of a huddle and inspires his team. Anything is better than this!! I have supported Kordell for years and it sickens me to think that it has all been wasted. The only thing missing today was another embarrassing shot of him Kordell crying on the sideline.

I guess Mularky is going to have to start looking for a new job because the simpler offense is confusing Kordell. It has to be the Offensive coordinators fault again!! I guess I should have waited a day to cool off before writing this. But their performance was so embarrassing.

But, having stated all this, I will once again brake out all my Steelers equipment and follow my stupid ritual and cheer for my Steelers next week. THEY BETTER BEAT CLEVELAND NEXT WEEK!!!!!

Thanks for letting me vent.
Steelers fan for life.
Ronald E. Stough


Submitted by Rich Russell
Why for the love of God do we keep Kordell?? How many more years is he going to suck before we get rid of him?? I know the O-line didnt do to good today and the D didnt do good. But 2 INTs??? No TDs?? Can you say Chad Pennington or Drew Brees??? I know I will get some heat on this. I hope next week is better than today.


Submitted by Paul Brown
why does everyone else's defense seem SO much more intense than our does?? Kordell "int" stewart at it again!! Mr. can't work well under pressure stewart. will someone break his legs now and put anybody else in there... please!!


Submitted by Dan Clavette
Great website! A friend of mine told me about it last year and I've been a fan of your website ever since. What a poor game today at Jacksonville. Hopefully they can learn from it and re-group.

Take care
From a Die Hard Steeler Fan in Maine

Dan Clavette


Submitted by Nat LaBorde
Welp, guess I got a wake up call... that was just SORRY! I'm really pissed right now,so I'm gonna have to hold my tongue. What a joke.

Nat
Go Steelers

p.s. -- never thought I'd say this but I'm worried about playing the cleveland clowns next week!



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24
  Pats
  Bungles
24
17
17
23
  Saints
  Bills
13
16
24
6
  Seahawks
  Browns
17
3
9
6
  Bucs
  Cryboys
20
7
10
6
  Raiders
  Chiefs
24
14
27
24
  Rams
  Eagles
27
20
20
17
  Falcons
  49ers
31
27
13
16
  Redskins
  Chargers
21
3
3
30
  Dolphins
  Titans
10
20
31
23
  Giants
  Broncos
14
17

Complete Schedule
Sandy's Record
2000: 0-0
'00 total 119-63
'99 total 78-59
'98 total 117-69