The following comments 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 for a day or two.
By the Fans!
Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland (15-16)
Submitted by Ron Brison
Finally stopped vomiting long enough to type! Good God! Of all the games
to lose! WHYWHYWHY???
Tim, I freakin' cried! God! I just can't find the words to describe
this feeling in my gut. Enraged betrayal comes close. I don't even want
to watch this Sunday! Tell me something to restore my faith!
Submitted by God Almighty
I hear by absolve you from any and all bets involving this color change and
command you to return to the Black and Gold colors of the Pittsburgh
Steelers my son.
[Editorial note: I have a feeling this qualifies as blasphemy, but what the heck... anything to get our site back to black & gold! All that brown & orange reminds me of changing diapers...]
Submitted by Kelley Allison
Okay, I agree to a certain extent, but... don't give up hope yet. I missed the game, fortunately, due to a spontaneous trip to Vegas thinking that there was no
way that the Steelers could lose to the Brownies. But let's put things into perspective here. First of all, and I'm reaching here,
they only lost by one point even though they played like $%^&!. It could've been worse (again, I'm reaching...). Secondly,
I think the whole team, not just Kordell, came out thinking "piece of cake"... we kicked San Fran's ass and this is just the Dawg
Pound, and their hearts weren't in it. Stick with me here... I'm not finished....
The season is not over. There is still a chance to go 10-6 or 11-5 hopefully giving them at least a shot at the playoffs. Why do
I have so much confidence? Well, they could've beaten the Jaguars, I think they have a chance to beat the Titans, and for
some reason, they always seem to have the Chiefs' number. Remember last year?
So gather with me telepathically, my friends, and let's send our good and positive vibes through to our team. Bad press and
negativity can only hurt... and (in your best Pres. George Bush voice) say, "That wouldn't be prudent at this juncture... "
Come on, my bruthas and sistas... I'm probably an idiot in my opinions, but I don't care. Let's blindly root for our team
regardless of their mishaps and misfortune.
See you in Mecca (a.k.a. Three Rivers Stadium)!
Submitted by Travis
Greetings Steeler Fans Everywhere:
Please allow a fan who never saw the Dynasty years put his spin on what
is going with the current Steelers Team. For all my years as a Steeler Fan, I
have seen Malone, Woodly, Bono, Blackledge, Brister, Odonnell and now Stewart
lead our teams. My support for Kordell Stewart has never wavered. I
attributed his downfalls as growing pains and I know that a NFL Quarterback
takes time to mature, but when? I am forced to reexamine my stance on
Kordell. In his tenure, all our offensive problems have not all been his
fault, BUT look at the QBs to come in the league since. It is hard to not have
a "knee jerk" reaction to what has been one of our worst losses ever. What
hurt about losing to the Browns as apposed to Super Bowl 30, The AFC
Championship Game in 94 or Eric Metcalf's 2 Punt Return TDs in the Pound to
beat us in 93? I will tell you, we can see that they are rising and we are
sinking. As any fan I would rather eat dirt than admit it, but if this trend
continues we are going to wallow in mediocrity. Solutions??? I have several
drastic measures, such as trading away all older players and their large
contracts in order to position ourselves in the draft, have Ryan Leaf in for
a tryout (He was a Gilbride Pick) or who knows? Many fans are disgruntled
that Cowher has lost his fire for coaching. Maybe he has. The band played
while the Titanic sunk. This may be his way of dealing with the subject at
hand. I dot agree that he is "testing his players for mettle" with these last
games. He should be playing for developing players and seeing who stays. As
for Kordell Stewart, I will have eternal optimism that he will come around, but
I will start looking at other options until we are back at the peak of
greatness again. Hmmmmm... the San Francisco 49ers are already scouting
Marshall QB Chad Pennington. Maybe we should. As far as this season I can
only say, "Soldiers, affix bayonets... and fall on them!"
Holding a solitary vigil for the return of glory at the Confluence,
Submitted by Brian Belden
It really sucks that your playoff chances just went down the toilet after losing to the CLEVELAND BROWNS. Please pay homage
to all Pumpkin Heads across the country!
[Editorial note: How appropriate that you use the words "toilet" and "Cleveland Browns" in the same sentence, especially since a fitting tribute to your Pumpkins would be the sound of a toilet flushing (and perhaps even clogging).]
Submitted by Steeler Jeff
NO MORE MR. NICE GUY! Any soft spot or sympathy I had for those
MilkBone throwin' assholes sailed through the uprights along w/Dawson's
kick. I HATE THE BROWNS! CLEVELAND SUCKS!
Submitted by Jeff
Well, where better to have your comments heard than on
your page. Living here in Cincinnati, I can attest to
a few things that I've seen & read about the Browns
game Sunday. First off, beating the Steelers twice
last year did nothing to the Bungle fans. They knew
better than to trash the Steelers... the overall record
still stands, so, f&^# the browns fans if they want
to talk trash. Bottom line is, they are getting another
year of high first round picks.
Now, on to more important things. Everybody stop
booing Kordell. Yes, he has made some bad decisions
and yes, a few passes haven't exactly hit their
marks... let out a big sigh or an "Awwww," but don't boo.
Save that for the Browns. If people really want to
have issues, look at the inept blocking of Gandy and
most of the line or the apparent inability of Gilbride
to give the ball to the running backs. I'm sorry, but
when you get 6 on first down, why do you have to pass
on second & third? There has also been an abundence
of dropped passes by receivers that make any QB's
stats look bad.
Bottom line is, Kordell is a decent QB. Look around
the league and try to find a better one that isn't
already playing. There aren't there.
So, if the fans around Pittsburgh are so tired of the
"losing" ways of the Steelers, we would gladly trade
teams with ya. Keep the Bengals around for a while &
you will really know what it is like to have a shitty
Just be glad they haven't used the Bengal excuse of
"We will win when we have a new stadium." 'Course, I
think that is definately going to help... yup, next
year the Bengals are a going to the Super Bowl...NOT :)
Have a great day!
Submitted by Mark
I love the Steelers, but man, this hurts. They need to let Tomczak take over
for a year and try and get Drew from Purdue. Most other things seem to be in
place, especially the defense. KORDELL IS NOT CUTTING IT. By the way, I love
your web site.
PS-- you're a lucky man.
Submitted by Sean O'Connor
Hey Mac and wife. Haven't written in a while, but man, is this starting to
get disappointing! So I had to vent! And who better to vent to.
1st- I have been a supporter of Kordell for some time now, but... and there
is always a big but... when do we say when??? Living in Jersey, I did not get
to see the game. I was not concerned though because we were coming off of a
nice win against the Niners, we were at home, and we were playing the
Browns! What was there to worry about, right? Well, as I watched the
scores scroll across the bottom of my television screen, I got that old
sinking feeling again. What? How could the Browns be up? Wait... we are
close now... even better, we are ahead. These thoughts rambled through my
brain as I watched the scores with baited breath. Then... what??? Did that
just say Browns 16,,Steelers 15??? No... had to be a mistake. Perhaps I dosed
off watching the ohhh so exciting Giants game, and this is just a bad dream,
a nightmare in fact. I yelled to my wife, "THROW SOME WATER ON ME, PLEASE!"
But there was no escaping the fact that we did indeed lose. My heart
sank. But how ? How could we not be sooo pumped, at
home, needing a win to keep pace with the Jags and Titans? Damn, I
thought... If only I was on the field!
So... trying not to think about it too much (Yeah RIGHT!!), I began to
visualize what happened. Mind you, I still have not seen any highlights of
the game. Let me guess... Kordell had a less than stellar game, throwing
the ball as if he were aiming a dart at a bulls eye. Let's see... we
probably took a stupid penalty late in the game. The wide receivers
probably dropped some passes, but Jerome had a good day. Sound familiar? I
am beginning to think its time to try someone else at QB. It was even
sooo bad I started to think Neil O'Donnell would even be ok at this
point... but, rest assured, I snapped out of that!
So, my take on it: The team relies on the QB to be its leader... to stand
in there and say, "Okay, boys... lets win this thing." When I think about Kordell
in the huddle, late in the game, I hear, "Holy shit, guys... I'm scared! I am
having a bad day! I don't think I can do it..."
Maybe its just me, but wow-wee, that voice in my head is right most of the
And, to top it all off, watching "War is Raw" on Monday night, held in
Pittsburgh, who did they show in the front row? Well, lookee here, members
of the Steelers, just a-whooopin' it up, having a grand ole
time. Fellas, you should be ashamed of yourselves. If that was me, I would
be looking for a rock to climb under! Okay, I am done venting. I feel
much better! THANKS, My Brutha!
Submitted by Michael Flynn
OK. I've been reading comments on your site all season and I finally thought
I'd pipe in. Kordell Stewart will never make as a starting Quarterback in
the NFL. Our team this year has provided us with some insight as to the
level of talent Kordell posesses at QB. Take Terry, Joe, or heck even Troy
or Bret and put them on this team (in their prime of course) and we could be
looking at a 7-2 or even 8-1 team. These guys were great QB's. Kordell is
mediocre on a good day. He MUST HAVE superb talent around him to play QB at
that level. And I doubt he could do it consistently. I am amazed that this
is the same Kordell who led us to the AFC Championship game back in 97'
against Denver. That Steeler team had a solid line, and a superb receiving
Submitted by Tommy "Fleetwood 'N' Julio" Coleman
Unlike others, I make no excuses. It feels lousy. Back the Browns may be, but they are still
our orange-headed step children from the Mistake, and there is no Great Pumpkin,
Charlie Brown. After I had the pumpkin surgicaly removed from my ass, guess what?
It was still a pumpkin, a little stinkier and a little "Browner" & 2+2=... figure
it out for yourselves
P.S.--I agree with Mike Terry's Post-Game comments completly, except for the
comment about Steeler Nation A2 being politically correct. On that point,
Mike is "Full of more than Toxic Waste."
Submitted by Jonathan Pasterick
Well Tim, I don't recall any topic garnering as much response from
viewers on your website in a long, long time. I didn't read all the
messages, and I can only imagine mine will be mostly overkill, but what the
It's quite clear that the Steelers will have to give some thought to
the quarterback position this offseason. I've always tried to give Kordell
the benefit of the doubt, short of being an apologist, because he's STILL so
young, and, looking at his entire career as QB, it is about par for the
course for even the best young QBs. The problem is that Kordell does not
seem to be showing the progress that the team needs to see in order to have
continued confidence in him. Frankly, (I don't want to speak for everyone
here) I think most of our expectations of him have been drastically lowered
since the end of the 1997 season, and he is not even meeting those
standards. I can only hearken back to last week vs. the 49ers. Kordell
threw for his usual 120 yards (which is positively anemic for QBs in this
league in this day and age), and we all hailed it a good, solid performance
from Stewart. For most QBs in this league that we consider to be playoff
and Super-Bowl quality, that would almost certainly be the lowest yardage
total of their season.
This offense has been very much simplified for Stewart to minimize
his mistakes, and he still makes those mistakes. Now, I've been as critical
of the wide receivers as anyone out there, but in that Cleveland game,
Stewart flat-out missed his receivers any number of times. Underthrowing
Hines Ward at the 2 yard line when Ward was wide open. Bouncing a pass 3
yards short to Will Blackwell, who was wide open over the middle on 3rd and
16. Overthrowing Troy Edwards by five yards on a straight go route where
Edwards had his man beaten by 2 steps. I'm not even mentioning the two
interceptions. Man, I KNOW these receivers aren't that great, but you just
HAVE to make those passes if you want to win.
As for the fans booing, I won't get into the philosophical question
of whether it's right for home fans to boo lousy performances or not
(although I think it's pretty hard to criticize those who put their money
where their mouth is and pony up $70 per week to watch them), but I think
Steelers fans have to look at it in a more practical way: For better or for
worse, the present QB of the Steelers is an emotional guy. When he plays
well, he gets excited and builds on it. When he doesn't, he gets down on
himself and the negativity builds on itself. And the booing gets to him
more than it should. Is that a good thing? No, probably not. That is
ordinarily not the type of player that becomes a reliable leader. But the
fact is, that is our starting quarterback right now, like it or not. You
have to acknowledge it. Therefore, whether it's loyal or not, it's just
practically counter-productive to boo Stewart when you know it affects him,
and he'll play even worse because of it. As much as some Steelers fans may
dislike Stewart, I can't believe that any dislike him so much that they'd
rather see the Steelers lose than Stewart succeed.
(BTW, does anyone remember a guy by the name of "Jim Miller"? I can
recall him being uncermoniously cut from the Steelers several years ago. I
was going to check an America's Most Wanted list to find him, but then I saw
him throwing for 450 yards against the Vikes last week.)
Anyway, we'll see who the true Steelers fans are after this latest
fiasco. All I can say now is: GO STEELERS! All we can do is hope.
Submitted by Timothy Arbisi
Listen, gang. We have a defense; we don't have an offense. I mean WE
DON'T HAVE AN OFFENSE. Our offense is so bad that we will be lucky to
beat Cincinnati the second time, and we will most certainly be shut out
by the Ravens (hell, Jax scored a grand total of six points; if it's
possible for an offense to lose points, this bunch will find a way). Do
you think Bettis is wishing he'd never left the Rams? And yet, look how
many other ex-Steelers saw the writing on the wall (Searcy, Jackson, ALL
of our early 90's receivers--and that's just the offense!!). I feel
sorry for Bettis, that he has to play for a team that doesn't believe in
investing in offensive players and then keeping their investments.
Hell, I'm not even talking about receivers--let's get an offensive line
for 'crissake! I don't need to remind you that the front office made
the ingenious (dripping with sarcasm) move of picking up a Bungles'
SECOND string castoff lineman. Did we ever replace Searcy? Wolford?
Jackson? Anyone else I didn't mention? We signed Faneca, and that's
IT. And still, God knows how, Bettis can gain steam late in the game;
of course, this was the Browns, and I fear for what happens against
decent the run defenses of the Jags, Titans, Ravens, and Chiefs.
So although you can continue bashing Kordell (not undeserving of such,
mind you), let me point out what's happening in Green Bay, where the
best quarterback in the league is misthrowing balls, handing out INTs,
and altogether losing games. Am I saying Favre is as bad as Kordell (or
Kordell as good as Favre)? Hell no. But I will say this: the
similarities between the two offenses--minus Green Bay's occasional
ability to throw the long ball--are eery. Green Bay's O-line is
manhandled, which hurts the run, and their receivers are both not
getting open and dropping balls (or else tipping balls for
interceptions, which I think we set the record for last year with C
Johnson). And that's with the highest-paid reciever in the NFL!!!
My point? That our problem is structural, and requires re-tooling of
the O-line and receiver corps. Sure, go ahead and replace Kordell. I'm
not his #1 fan. But don't fool yourself into thinking Gonzalez, T-zak
(never put him in, please!!), or any second-rate backup free agent is
going to perform any better (any positive difference in completed
passes--if the receivers didn't drop them all--would be offset by an
increase in sacks for an immobile quarterback (though I can't say
Kordell's impressed me this year with eluding the rush). Again, look
at Green Bay if you don't believe me. We need to--are you ready for
this--actually SPEND A LITTLE money, hurting the front office's pride a
little, and pick up a receiver and proven lineman, instead of putting
all our eggs in the draft basket every year. Damn right the Steelers
know how to draft--that's our Steel Pride, and where we've rule over the
NFL for years (though I still prefer more Super Bowls!). But it doesn't
matter how well we draft, if we eventually lose them when we can't pay
them enough to stay. So let someone else do a little of the training
work, so we can pluck a few ripe free agents for once. We almost had
J.J. Stokes at one point. Anyone is better than this wimpy corps we
have now (keep Edwards--he'll turn out O.K.).
We don't know who our QB "answer" is, everyone. Was O'Donnell ever an
"answer"? Defense and the running game (which INCLUDES the O-line) got
us to the Super Bowl, with errror-free passing. Let's get an exciting
receiver, a second durable receiver, two ass-kicking 300lb. offensive
lineman, and then let's see where we stand. Drop Kordell? Fine with
me, but you won't find any answers until you fix the rest of the offense
(recievers and line). Did you ever think Brett Favre could look as bad
as Kordell? A quarterback needs a supporting cast.
Submitted by Scott Springer
Dear Bruthas and Sistas,
A quick update.
Last night, I watched a football game that demonstrated a football
fact. If you have an effective quarterback who doesn't lose games for
you, then you win football games.
The NY Jets have sucked anal canal water this year! They have been
trying to make things work with a QB who, frankly, had all of the talent
in the world but didn't have the confidence to make it work - sound
familiar. They replace him with a QB from (oh this pains me to say it)
RUTGERS and they win a game against a good football team. Why did it
work? Because Ray Lucas had that confidence to play within himself and
make the plays that he needed to make.
Another example. Donovan McNabb came in Sunday for the Eagles and, in
all honesty, didn't light the place up. Still, he worked with the tools
he had (and if anyone is crying about losing CJ to the Eagles, all you
had to do was look at 1 fumbled punt and two dropped passes that hit him
between the 8 and the 1 on his jersey), moved the team when he had to,
made smart decisions (his only int - which was called back on a facemask
that occurred before the INT - was caused by a tipped pass at the line),
and gave those around him confidence that he could move the team.
This is what Kordell hasn't shown on a consistent basis. This is his
third year, more than enough time to show some consistency. One week he
shows us that he can be effective, then the next week he doesn't show
up. I've been trying to lay blame on other areas of the team, but you
can't do that anymore. This was a Cleveland team that beat us with 16
points. They have the worst defense in the league statisticly,
especially against the run. Cleveland HAD to stack the line against us
to stop Bettis, and he still gained 3.8 per carry. With everything
going for him in this game, Kordell couldn't come through.
Yes, his receivers dropped passes, ran the wrong routes, and didn't get
open. But they didn't do that on every play the entire game. The stats
don't lie that much - 15 of 31 for 137 yards. That comes out to a grand
total of 4.4 yards/attempt and a 48% completion percentage. Even with
the dropped passes and wrong routes, you still have to be able to
complete more than 48 percent of your passes. And I've seen a lot of
these "dropped passes" this year; passes that, granted, should be caught
by NFL receivers, but by no means has he been hitting his receivers
between the numbers and making accurate passes. Even looking at his
throwing form, you can tell he just isn't comfortable throwing the ball
in the NFL. I watched him in college in the Fiesta Bowl (we beat his
Colorado team), and he is a shell of his former self.
What we have here is a QB who doesn't know what kind of player that he
is. He wants to be a pocket passer, but he doesn't have confidence in
his throwing abilities. He wants to be a scrambler, but he doesn't
throw well on the run. He wants to be a team leader, but he needs the
rest of the team to carry his game more often than not. He is lost, and
as long as our QB is lost, so is the offense.
Every offensive player needs to make a contribution in order for an
offense to be successful. However, the QB touches the ball on every
play. The only other player that can say that is the center. The QB
makes the on-field adjustments that are necessary to exploit what the
defense gives you. The QB must be effective if the play-action runs and
passes are going to work. The QB must be able to scan the field, find
an open receiver, deliver a pass, run, or get rid of the ball without
causing a loss, a fumble, or an interception.
Kordell can do none of this consistenty or effectively. You can't argue
that he can. He has done it on occasion, but he has yet to put the
package together on a consistent basis. A move must be made, and
Kordell must be cut, traded, or moved to another position (the most
unlikely since it would cause a great deal of turmoil more than likely).
Just needed to get that off my chest!
Waiting for Draft Day
Submitted by Daniel Stebbins
Kordell is the worst QB I've ever seen. I'd rather have Cliff Stoudt back. The
bottom line is this: the Steelers have made all but 3 great off-season moves
in this decade:
1) Should've re-signed Yancey Thigpen. Best receiver we've had in 20 years,
pay him what he's worth.
2) Shouldve re-signed Neil O'Donnell. You can hate him all you want, but he's
a top 10 QB in the league right now. And if you dont think so, fine, but
Cowher went with Tomczak and Stewart and its gotten them nowhere.
3) Shouldn't have paid Greg Lloyd the big $$ and given it to Chad Brown the year he left.
Submitted by Bob Green
Sunday's game was unbelievable. But it points out some of their weaknesses such as:
1) Poor draft choices the last four or five years (not many are selected to the Pro Bowl).
2) Nobody on offense makes much of an impact. Stewart will never make it as a QB. Receivers are terrible. Offensive line can't open any holes for Fattes.
3) We need to sign some impact players (free agents) on offense and and have better drafts.
Submitted by Kenneth Hoffmaster
I was unable to see the game where we lost to the "Clowns". How did this
happen? I tell you how... Kordell Stewart, that's how. I agree with the rest
of you: get rid of him, or we will not have a chance for even a wild card or
anything. And thanks to Mike Vrabel for the stupid penalty. If not for that,
the defense surely could have stopped any other "Clowns" attempts at
scoring. As for Kevin Gilbride, he needs to stick with plays that work.
There's no reason the Steelers cannot convert a 3rd & 4. Please, Bill
Cowher, do something about Kordell or else we will keep stinking up the
Submitted by Art Lyon
Just read everyone's comments about the Cleveland game. Not much else to say, especially
after reading Tim's comments. The shame of this loss will take forever to get over and the
reality of the season is now set in like a bad meal. I'm one that if you've read my comments in
the past hoped, but didn't really believe we would make the playoffs this year. Jacksonville is
probably the best team in the NFL and the "Titans" have overtaken us as the overachiever of
the division. I guess Kordell is not worth waiting on anymore. He's got skills of an athlete but
I'm guessing the character issue is coming through loud and clear! We saw it last year and let
him start with a clean slate this year. Didn't matter! Now we can add the quarterback
position to the list of positions we need in the draft. To those who blasted me for my opinions
on the drafting of Edwards... I told you he wasn't the answer. As loyal fans, we are like an old
jock strap... still holding on, but "stuff" is falling over the edges on all sides. The Black and
Gold will be back.
Later Days from Prescott Valley
Art "STEEL" Lyon
Submitted by Sheldon McGruder
You know the thing is, when I go to root for 'em next week,
I KNOW they'll do better. Right???...right??
One of the easiest things to do in sports is play Monday morning
quarterback and second-guess the calls that went wrong the day
before. Anyone can. But you don't get genius points for
saying what they should have done AFTER the fact. That said,
I'm going to do it anyway.
Gilbride should have kept feeding the ball to Bettis during
the fourth quarter possessions. He should have been doing it
earlier in the game as well. I won't even use the "Bettis
was averaging 3.8 yards per carry" argument although I could.
Statistics can be misleading (although in this case they're
really not). But I thought the departure of Ray Sherman
signaled the end of crappy offensive play calling. Little did
I saw a familiar pattern yesterday. In the first half, some
of Bettis' rushes were stuffed or resulted in two- and
three-yard gains. By the fourth quarter, however, these
running plays were getting six and eight yards a pop as
Cleveland DBs' contact with Bettis consisted mostly of
stepping back out of the way and pushing him in the back
or shoulder pads after he was already going down. They
were no longer anxious to stick their heads in there when he
was running upright and didn't have someone already hanging
on. Cleveland's DBs aren't unique in this regard; most DBs
he plays against do this by the fourth quarter. So Pittsburgh
was hanging onto a ridiculously slim lead by bleeding out the
clock with Bettis runs. Perfect!
But Gilbride saw fit to keep putting the ball in the air.
Hey man, feel free to mix up the game plan. Just don't do it
when the defense can't stop what you're running and you're
trying to kill the clock. His play calls were murdering me.
Clearly, this 1999 version is not a championship team. As
much as I hate to say it, I don't see the Steelers even
getting to the playoffs this year. Not that I'm going out on
a limb making that statement. There are so many other areas
of the game in which the Steelers didn't do the job that I
can't say the fourth quarter play calling alone lost it for
them. But it certainly could have won it for them, had it
been done differently.
This Cleveland team is really bad. That's not gratuitous Browns
bashing -- it's just true. They're pretty weak squad. Yet
they beat Pittsburgh yesterday. So what does that tell you? I
don't want to think about it. Bring on the Troja-...er, Titans.
Things can only look up from here.
Submitted by The Infamous Mike "Turbo Tongue" Terry
GOOD, BAD, AND FUGLY
I am not a big promoter of Kordell as a QB for my Steelers, but I know enough
about football to know that there are a lot of other offensive problems on
this team. The O-line is playing somewhat better but is still inconsistent. We
also have receivers who are not there yet. We need more quality there, obviously.
BUT... after 3 years of Kordell at the helm, I'm very close to
being done with him. I can understand lack of talent as a passer, the
inconsistent play, the flash that is sometimes cool but doesn't seem to be
the way for this team to get one for the thumb. What I can't accept is the
attitude this guy seems to be expressing. He is not a leader... not even close.
He is starting to remind me of a overpaid player that doesn't care (really
care) that much. And I can't accept that from a Steeler player, especially
the supposed leader of the offense. Hell, at least Bubby had some grit. No, I
wouldn't want to go back to the Bubby years. I just don't want to screw with
his guy for 5 years to find out that he isn't the man and we are already 3
years into this! If this season is gonna be another bust like it is
starting to look like, then give Pete Gonzalez a try. The thing I notice most
from the Browns game was that even with protection and a wide open receiver,
Kordell is NOT accurate. After all the time he has played QB in college and
pro's, he just is not accurate enough. Time to move on. If this season is a
bust, don't go for a 3rd losing year in a row with a guy who's heart is
questionable in my book. Rough Times. My Steelers can't beat an expansion
team and my Steeler Fan club is so politically correct you can't smoke in
the room of the bar they occupy. I will carry on with this team forever and
would never dump a beer on any Steeler player, but realisms are starting to
rain down on this team... I hope they look closely at them.
Submitted by Ralph Hersko
Short, Sweet, and real freakin' simple... HE'S GOT TO GO, OR THE TEAM
GOES NOWHERE!!! HE IS NOT AN NFL-CALIBER QUARTERBACK - PERIOD!!!
Submitted by Terry Ingle
I am in total agreement with the voices of the other true Steeler
fans. This has got to rank in the top 2 disappoinments I ever had to face
as a Steeler fan. Blame it on a 3rd coordinator in 3 years, blame it on what
ever you want, but WE SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What the hell
was going on with that screen pass??? I couldn't believe it. On another
note, if Vrabrel gets to Couch before he releases the ball, and he doesn't
go helmet to helmet, it's an outstanding play, but we all know what
happened. Can the season be salvaged??? Yeah, salvaged about as much as
you can salvage the Titanic from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. 9 or 10
wins in the AFC this year will not get it done. Even if we end up with that
many in the last 8 games, we own no tie-breakers. Oh well... I guess the draft
is the next big event for me as far as the Steelers are concerned. What
really gets me is that if you read the articles on the STEELERSLIVE page,
read the false sense of hope that Kirkland said about the offense. I wanted
to throw up. I think your page colors look great, although I can't stand
the Browns or anybody linked to them. They deserve the look that you gave
them after we GAVE them the win. I'm from Delaware Ohio and catching big
hell all the way across the Atlantic to Germany, where I am stationed. Next
up - Tennessee. Predicted score: Tennessee 23, Steelers 12.
Tennessee will score that many points because of the field position they
will have after the offense commits turn overs in their half of the field.
We may be 4-1 on te road, but believe me when I tell you that the loss to
the Browns is an obstacle that will be hard to over come. Everytime I post
something on your site, I am totally wrong. Let's hope the trend continues.
Take care, my brutha.
Submitted by Wilbur Boyd
Hmmmmm, interesting! It seems like it is time to
update your web page. This win is much sweeter to us
than that first one was for you. Much sweeter. Enjoy
the rest of the season and we will see you next year.
Your Steelers suck.
[Editorial note: Okay, W-i-i-i-i-i-lbur, let's see... the Brownies have won all of two games, both flukes (and one blind luck), both on the last play of the game. But it's the Steelers who suck? Hmmmm... interesting! Last time I checked, Pittsburgh hadn't dropped any games by 43 points, ass-boy. Didn't the Ravens (the REAL Browns) bitch-slap you guys 41-9 the week before last? Yet, it's the the STEELERS who suck? Hmmmm... interesting. You guys caught Pittsburgh on an off day, and Kordell Stewart's worst performance of the season (don't fool yourselves... it was Kordell beating himself, not your lame little defense). It happens from time to time (hence the saying, "On any given Sunday"). It's hard for a solid team to get themselves up to play a complete waste of a ball club. I can remember an atrocious Cincinnati team (some things never change) beating the Super Bowl-bound Steelers in '79, 34-10. Funny thing about that game... it was far from the most memorable moment in Bengals history, unlike your fluke victory over Pittsburgh Sunday, which is apparently Cleveland's crowning achievement. The fact that some of you guys seem to think you won the Super Bowl Sunday shows how truly pathetic you are.
No, my friend, your Browns suck.]
Submitted by Brooke Aday
I almost wish we just sucked on a consistant basis rather than
playing well one week then laying an big egg the next.
Man, this team is really pissing me off.
I HATE our offense!!! Don't get me wrong... we need points in ANY way
possible, but this is like west coast offense and it bores me to tears. So far, it has not
produced any results for us to justify its effort (yet). This nickel and
dime crap is weak! It's not tough! It's not blue collar. We are just like every
other offense in the league... well, worse than most, but designed the same way. Hey, why
dont we design a 7 or 8 receiver set? Let's go run-and-shoot. How about Dawson on
a center sneak. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!
Trust me... I'm in California and I've seen enough of the Niner offense in the past
15 years to make me barf up a kidney.
I don't really have an answer for our woes, but I sure we could return to our
trademark smashmouth football.
Here we go again, steelers... here we go!!!
Submitted by Nat LaBorde
Turn out the lights, this season is OVER! I have been trying to be nice to
Kordella,but let's face it, he SUCKS! I know I'll get lots more "I hate you"
mail, but I really don't care anymore. I love the Steelers, but this is
bullshit, and it is not all Kordella's fault. Bill Cowher's job is to put the
best players on the field to give us the best chance of winning, which he is
not doing. If I screwed up half as much as Kordella at my job, I would have
been fired a long time ago! Lost to Clownland, what a joke.
Vrabel ,you can get lost, too. You ain't shit as a player, you're not worth the
uniform you wear. Go play for Clownland. Oh,wait,nevermind... you already are!
And fans wonder why decent players bolt from this team ever year. I don't
anymore. One last thing... if Kordella really wants to help his team, find a spot
on the damn bench and say there. YOU SUCK! Hopefully, next year you will not be
wearing a Steeler uniform. Boy just think what an ass stomping we are in for
next week. Gee, I can hardly wait!
Submitted by Dave Von Schriltz
Having "talked trash" all last week to the Browns faithful, I'll be
eating crow through Thanksgiving this year! The Steelers-Browns game
looked more like the "Keystone Cops VS. The Three Stooges!" The
realization is harsh, but has never been more glaring... Kordell has
to go to a different position. We will never be a winning team again,
until we get a true prototypical quarterback. You could blame part of
this season on Edwards, too. He can't run a route to save his life, and
when he does, he can't see the ball because he's too busy running his
big mouth! I live in the Columbus, Ohio area, so I get stuck watching
the Browns. Kevin Johnson makes Troy Edwards look like a High School
Freshman!!! If Edwards would spend less time running his mouth and more
time running his routes, we fans might have a reason to cheer instead of
The bottom line remains the same for the fans of the Pittsburgh
Steelers, year after year: The Steelers front office wants to give away
between 5-10 starters a year to free agency and still have the fans be
supportive of a mediocre team. Message to Mr. Rooney... Dear Mr.
Rooney, Your time is running out! Field a contender, like your father
did, or the stands will be empty soon!!!
Submitted by Gary Michaels
While watching Kordell gift wrap the game for the Browns (and lamenting the
loss of a perfectly good $150 for NFL Sunday ticket on DirectTV for this
hopeless season) I thought of the following quote:
"....up, over, down...." -from 16th century Japanese samurai manual on
the proper method to commit Hari Kari.
Oh, well... at least I can salvage my DirectTV investment by joining the Eagles
bandwagon with my Jersey girl wife.
Keep up the good work, like your site.
Submitted by Scott Springer
Dear Bruthas and Sistas,
After Saturday, I didn't think it could get any worse for me. My
beloved Orangemen fell to Rutgers! RUTGERS!! I spent all day Sunday
spitting and cursing at images of Paul Pasqualoni and AD Crouthamel. I
looked to the Steelers for some redemption and validation of my very
Consider me non-existent!
I have to start out by saying that I didn't watch the game. I watched
the Philly game instead. I would have watched both games, but the local
CBS affiliate decided to air a "Movie of the Week" instead of the
Steelers game (do they have hate mail coming!), and then show the
Baltimore Birdies game afterwards. Granted, I got to watch fellow alum
McNabb show more than just potential in a win over Washington, but I
would have liked to have seen my Steelers as well. Nonetheless, I have
to work off of the statistics and the radio call that I was listening to
when I was in the car.
A couple of statistics jump out at me in this game. First, 168 yards
rushing on 37 carries. 52 of those yards came on 6 scrambles by
Stewart. That leaves us 116 yards for the other three backs: Bettis,
Huntley, and Witman. Cleveland has the WORST rushing defense in the
NFL!!! Everything I've been saying about the line has come true again -
or has it.
I've started looking at the possibility that teams are so stacking the
defense against our rushing game, forcing Stewart to beat them passing,
that the Bus and Co. haven't had a realistic chance to break out. If
this is the case, then it points even more to Kordell as being the
source of the problem since he is probably throwing against defenses
with only three to five (if two backers drop off) men back in coverage.
Another stat that jumps out - third down conversions. We were 5/15
yesterday. I hear the complaints about the play calling on third down,
and I hear you. However, this may further indict Kordell. On a third
and four, you would normally look at throwing a five-yard out, a slant,
or a hook pattern. Something quick-hitting and high percentage that
will get you the first. The fact that Gilbride won't call that play
tells me that he doesn't think Kordell can do it. Defenses must be
doing something that Kordell just can't adjust to and Gilbride must know
If this is the case, and CLEVELAND can render him ineffective by playing
him in such a way, then it is all but guaranteed that Kordell is out of
there at the end of the year. And the fact that they don't bring in
Pete means that they don't think he can do it either. T-zak is simply
there riding out the end of his career, so don't look to them to put him
in there. Besides, bringing Mike in would only further destroy
Kordell's confidence, and we do have to finish the season with the guy.
I have also noticed that our receivers, particularly Edwards, aren't
picking up the passing game. Edwards was directly responsible for one
of the pics yesterday by running the wrong route, and he almost caused
another one later in the first half. Still, he's a rookie, and he's
going to make those kinds of mistakes in his first year. It's the
dropped passes that drive me crazy! Yes, Stewart makes some incredibly
bad decisions, but he's not getting a lot of support from his receivers
I have one other concern. Does the fact that the last couple games have
produced a lot of personal fouls at very bad times concern anybody?
Does this smell of a coach losing control of his team? I hope not, but
disciplined teams don't do that. Maybe Cowher should start worrying a
little more about his teams on-field behavior and a little less about
his Sprint and Dr. Pepper commercials.
Enough for now. My life is over! I'm going to go jump off a bridge.
Bottom of the Susquehanna River
PS: Can we trade for McNabb? Do you think that Philly is that dumb?
Submitted by Holly Manley
BLAME IT ON THE BOSANOVA
It would be really nice if many of the Steeler fans would get a grip on
this season and this team.
1) Here we go again... Blaming it on the offensive coordinator, no
coach or coordinator is perfect, except Bill that is... RIGHT?
2) I am sick and tired of this season's players being compared to the
team of '76, they should not even be compared to the team of '95...
3) Everyone wants a winning team, and with the comings and goings of
the black and gold players, I think it will be awhile, but please stop
putting so much dam pressure on everyone, including the yourselves.
Although I must admit, I did enjoy the orange and brown, Tim, there
are times you say things that are just aching for it. And this time you
Submitted by Tom Bragg
If were gonna lay blame in this most recent debacle, then let's
start at the top. Any head coach's job in the NFL is to physically and
mentally prepare his team to play each and every Sunday. On Sunday
November 14, 1999, head coach Bill Cowher failed very miserably at his
job. What's worse is the fact that he lied to the public all week long
leading up to this game. Cowher publicly stated on several occasions
during the week that his team could not and would not look past any team
on its upcoming schedule. We now know that that was nothing more than
coach's rhetoric. The reason being that right after the game was over on
Sunday, WR Hines Ward during an interview stated that the Steelers as a
team did not practice well all week leading up to the Browns game. On
another occasion, SS Lee Flowers stated that this game would be a game
where the Steelers could easily pad their defensive statistics. Both of
these instances prove without a doubt that the Steelers were complacent, overconfident, and never took the Browns seriously coming into this game.
That, my friends, is layed directly on the doorstep of Bill Cowher and
his coaching staff. Cowher and his entire staff should all be docked a
game check because on this week they simply did not do their jobs. In
regards to Kordell Stewart, he should never have been allowed to finish
this game. This guy should have been pulled no later than the end of
the third quarter when it was obvious to everyone that he was not moving
his football team. Here again, is more blame for the head coach! The
Steelers organization was hit over its head Sunday with a very large
CINDER-BLOCK. The cinder-block was the realization setting in that we
as an organization have made a monumental mistake in Kordell Stewart.
Everyone saw it, from the fans in Three Rivers to the coaching staff,
to the front office and the millions watching at home. Although it will
never be admited publicly, the Steeler brass in the front office are
scratching their heads and you have an owner who is looking for answers
and explanations. What's even worse is there is no easy answers and all
you have left is alot of unanswered questions. How could this happen
Submitted by Will Smith
Guys, bive me a break... this season isn't quite finished, but you know we can't sit here and blame Kordell for everything. I mean, he
did stink up the joint. He completed 15 passes, but his "high quality WR's" dropped 6. How many passes were thrown to Huntley,
Breuner, and Bettis? Let's say 3 (it was more than that, but just for arguments sake) 15 - 3 = 12 balls caught by the WR's and 6
dropped by the WR's. No QB can flourish when your WR's drop 1 in every 3 passes that hits them in their hands. How 'bout our
mighty D? 5 plays, 80 yards to start the game. They played SUPERBLY? Right. Also, they couldn't stop CLEVELAND with 1:51
remaining without any time outs. How bout that Kevin Gilbride? How many times are we going to run the screen pass this year? It
seems like every 3rd or fourth pass is a screen play. And Wayne Gandy? He totally missed that LB... how do you miss?! That linebacker
had no business being in our backfield on a quick screen. There is plenty of blame to go around, for God's sake! I mean,
I'm not saying Kordell played particularly well, but I ask you to point out someone that did play well. Maybe Flowers, with the
exception of being beaten for the first TD. Oh, and he was toast before he slipped (just in case you were wondering). I refuse to
blame one man for the collapse of a 22 man team. If the QB was the only position that mattered, then there wouldn't be 11 guys
on the field at once. Oh, and I heard Edwards complaining about the "drops" saying they are hard passes to catch. Well, all I have
to say is wake up! This is the NFL. No one gives Kordell slack if he doesn't complete a hard pass to throw or our defense if they
miss a hard tackle to make. If your hands are on the ball, there is NO EXCUSE for dropping it no matter how many people are
around you. Look at how Couch tore our D apart. Why is that? Maybe because Kevin Johson actually got open! How many
times was he seen running free without a defender near him? Okay, now count how many times you've seen that from a Steelers
WR all season. I'll bet you could take all of our receivers and the number of times they were wide open all year, and Kevin
Johnson was open in this game alone more than all of our Wr's combined have been all year. At least Bettis was starting to
look good near the end. Oh, and one more thing to all of you supposed "STEELER FANS" who show up to our games and
boo them like they were the Browns... did you F*&$ing idoits ever think why we might be 1-6 at home over the last 7 games???
Maybe because Three Rivers is the MOST hostile place the Steelers have played ALL YEAR! Going there is like heading to
Arrowhead on a monday NIght for GOD's Sake. You think that doesn't have an effect? Cohwer always says they feed off of the
energy of the crowd. Well, when it's all NEGATIVE, what do you think is going to happen? I say if you don't want to support our
team, then STAY THE F**K HOME AND B***H AT THE TV!!! Now is when we need the true fans to go out there and
show there support. For CHRIST'S SAKE, 3COM park was more like a home game than our own stadium. That ticks me off.
With a team that has the supposed best fans in the NFL, we sure are acting like a bunch of asses crying and moaning because we
lost. Look at CLEVELAND fans... they had won one game all year prior to yesterday, but you know what they don't BOO their
team. For all the shots I've taken at CLEVELAND FANS over the years, I am ashamed to admit it, but they are the better fans.
Through thick and thin, they stick by there team. They don't have the, "I'm your biggest fan when you are winning" mindset. AS
BAD AS THE STEELERS ARE, THE FANS ARE EVEN WORSE!!!
Submitted by Bob Hurford
Time to send in the rookies and see what they can do. Famous Amos and Bettis
might make a pretty good tandem. Need more speed back there. Gonzales or
Wright at QB? Why not? Let 'em loose. Can it get any worse?
Eastern PA, an alien in Eagles Country
Submitted by Mark
I've suffered many seasons too, my man! Cliff Stoudt, Mark Malone, Bubby,
Neil - before that it was Hanratty, Bradshaw (until his enlightenment), and
whats-his-name, the druggie, Gilliam?.
Kordell certainly has some prospect, but you're right, once something
doesn't go right, boom! He's done. But with all the bitchin' about Kordell,
'ya know who else I'd like to see be gone (besides Vrabel... didn't he lose us
another game with one of those stupid penalties? I think I remember
him also tackling someone forward-for a first down on a crucial 4th down in
the same game) is Edwards! What an arrogant, self-absorbed idiot! Yeah, he
has talent, but the man better quit talkin' and start performing. All that
talk before summer camp, how he was gonna do it all and take us to a Super
Bowl. He should shut his mouth and remember he is on a team and start
playing for the team and not for himself. He doesn't block, he jogs on
plays that are not designed for him, he is too good to practice and he can't
catch the easy passes. Was it a fumble or interception he jumped over the
guy instead of landing on him or tagging him down, the guy gets up and gains
5 more yards! And he still doesn't make the tackle!
Our O line hasn't blown anyone off the ball yet.
Special teams and defense are the bright spots (when they are pumped).
And I think Cowher better start raging and foaming on the sidelines again
and tell them to get their heads out of their asses and start playing
professional football. He reamed Miller a new a-hole on the sidelines that
year and look how much he's improved. If they don't wanna play, bench
em/trade em/cut em, maybe that will shake this team into reality.
Playoff are still possible and I think with the schedule we have, they can
do it - but they better jump on it. Really look at it... the Jags only beat
the Ravens by 3 - I don't think they have anything to brag about either!
The Titans have been lucky, no serious injuries yet (especially the QB,
which is about due and I think our D can do it), and not a much tougher
schedule than ours. If some people step up and take it on, the Steelers can
still make it to the playoffs at least. But if we continue like we have,
And i agree with you, too, on the play calls - if i see one more QB sneak on
4th & one or QB draw, I'll puke... it's just like when they used to call the
reverse at least twice a game.
Well, enough venting for one day - thanks for being a sounding board. And
hurry up with those new pics of Sandy!!!
Submitted by Art Bietz
I was going to point fans to your site after the game, but I've been dealing
with gloating Ratbird fans for a week, so I didn't want to inflict something
similar (if more informed about football) on you. All I can say is that most
Browns fans are very happy that Stewart has signed a long-term deal in
This is really going to fire up the rivalry... hopefully they'll just kick
the Ratbirds out of the AFC Central so we can go back to hating Pittsburgh
full-time like the good old days.
No Three Rivers jinx for this crew! GO BROWNS!
Browns:The Next Generation
Submitted by Steven Chapman
Hi Mac, great site as always! I was wondering again if you might be ready to take
down the Kneel O'Dummell page and replace it with a Kordumb Stewpid page after that loss to Cleveland? In case you are, I'll send
you your first graphic....
Submitted by Brian Belden
Well, how does it feel to be losers to a bunch of clowns and Great Pumpkins? Payback is a bitch. I can't wait to
hear all the excuses. The rivalry continues. Better luck next season. The BROWNS are back.
Loyal Browns Fan
Submitted by Frank Bondi
I think it's time for all of us Steeler fans to stop fooling ourselves and accept
reality. Kordell Stewart will never be an elite quarterback. He may never be
any more than what he is right now: a mediocre QB. Even Bradshaw during those
first few years showed us flashes of brilliance to come. Kordell has shown me
nothing. Whatever that special ingredient is that makes a top NFL QB, it is very
apparent, and sadly so I might add, that Kordell does not have it. 137 yards, 2 int.,
no TD's at home against probably the league's worst defense? Don't get me wrong,
I don't think the guy deserved beer thrown at him, but I'm going to be one very
upset Steeler fan if Kordell is still wearing the black and gold next year. Unless,
that is, if he decides to play wide receiver.
Submitted by Paul Spillane
I have been a die-hard Steeler fan since I was 7 and watched my first football game ever. I've been there through thick and thin
& always believed that there was some way to win the a playoff spot and take the whole thing. My heart broke with the loss to
San Diego. Things haven't been the same since. We lost the top spot to Jax in the Central and missed the playoffs.
Well, I've got news for everyone... this year is no different. I came into this week with the idea that we would pull off a miracle by
winning the remaining half of the season and grabbing a playoff spot, if not the division. But my patience has been crushed.
Kordell Stewart is without a doubt the WORST thing for Pittsburgh. I think his career in Pittsburgh is over with the loss to the
Browns. That's right, a loss to the BROWNS (AT HOME). I was going to travel from NY to see the game. Thank God I didn't.
I'd probably throw a garbage can at that piece of trash we call a QB. How do we expect to win with a QB who can't even put
up 200yds/game on a regular basis and throws INT's as if they're gifts for Christmas. His judgement and ability to perform
week to week is AWFUL. He shows no ability to be a leader for this team and the defense can win only so many games
without an effective passing game. Without Bettis/Huntley, there would be no offense. I do assign some of the blame in the
Steeler's play calling. Too much is made on Kordell's speed. If the D is expecting him to run, then they will catch him.
I watch Jax & Tenn and my heart breaks. There is no way that we can beat these two w/ Kordell at QB. I will never again give
him the benefit of the doubt. He SUCKS!!!
Losing to Cleveland at home in the their last meeting @ Three Rivers is unforgivable. Until Rooney and the rest of the Steeler
organization admit their mistake in believing in KS, this nightmare will never end and the Steeler's will NEVER make it to the
playoffs. Swallow your pride and do what has to be done to get rid of Stewart. It is time for the STEELERS TO TAKE OUT
THE TRASH... GET RID OF KORDELL!!
A Heart Broken Fan from NY
P.S.-- My only desire this season is to somehow ruin either Tenn/Jax's shot at a playoff spot.
Submitted by Tawn
I just watched the game between Pittsburgh and Cleveland along with others. We all have felt the same way about the way
Kordell Stewart is playing. He should be placed in another position. He has played long enough to know what he is doing.
Instead of putting someone else in there, it's Stewart again and again. This game was the breaking point... A LOSS TO
CLEVELAND! That is something else. I can't even say I am a Steeler fan and neither can many, many other fans. There was
no reason for not winning... NONE, WHATSOEVER! I am sad that they have continued to put Stewart in instead of trying one
of the others. What could they have lost? As it goes to show you, NOTHING. I give Cleveland a lot of credit, and believe
me, I never thought I would feel this way, but I do and it makes me sick. Let the coach continue with his ways and the Steelers
will someday go to the SUPER BOWL. I know we will never see it. We can see it is not working out with Stewart... not now.
Maybe someday, but this year is gone. Just maybe someone will get through to him to start making changes. If he can't see it by
now, he never will. I really feel sorry for a lot of the Steeler players. Some really try and this defeat was a disgrace.
Upset Steelers Fans
P.S.--If the coach continues to put Stewart in, I feel sorry for Stewart. I think he would rather stay on the bench.
Submitted by Tom Bragg
Guess what, my fellow Steeler faithful? For all intents and
purposes, the 1999 season is officially over for our Pittsburgh Steelers.
Why, you ask? Because of a head coach that never had his team ready to
play against the Browns. This is the same head coach who preached all
week long that the Steelers could not and would not overlook anybody on
their schedule. Guess what guys? They did exactly that.
Secondly, and most importantly, if this game is not proof positive that Kordell
Stewart is not the team's QB of the future, then nothing is. Same as
always: overthrows, underthrows, wide open receivers that everyone in
the stadium sees except Kordell, and last but certainly not least,
Kordells mind-boggling interceptions.
Things have gotten pretty damn bad
when we can't even beat a 1-7 expansion team in our own backyard! Oh
well, maybe we can start looking forward to the draft next year... from
the looks of it, the Steelers should have a very high pick!
Submitted by McMillen & Wife
Have you ever seen the cartoon where Sylvester the Cat takes his son out to teach him how to hunt for birds? You know the one... Sylvester seeks out the scrawniest, sickliest-looking excuse of a bird he can find to hunt... then proceeds to get his ass kicked by the "little squab." His son, witnessing Sylvester's struggles, simply produces a paper bag (from where I have no idea), puts it over his head and says, "Oh, Father... I'm so ashamed."
That's me. And I'll be wearing that stinkin' bag for weeks (maybe years). Only the 51-0 loss in '89 tops this one (and at least we made up for it by making the playoffs that year).
Thanks to what can only be labeled as a truly pitiful display by Kordell Stewart (along with some absolutely horrendous play calling by Kevin Gilbride), this otherwise abysmal Browns season will always be looked back on with genuine fondness by their fans. Why? Because they beat the Steelers. It doesn't matter if they lose every other game... their season officially became a "success" with their win in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
The long-term ramifications of this loss literally make me sick to my stomach (no exageration there, folks). Several key issues we've all been debating became reality today:
1) Kordell Stewart has lost this team. He has no confidence in himself, nor do his teammates believe in him. Once he gets rattled, he completely falls apart (a trait that has unfortunately become his trademark). It's his 5th year in the league, his 3rd year as the starting QB, and Stewart seems to be steadily regressing. If the Steelers can somehow pick up a reliable veteran QB in the off-season, Kordell could well be gone next year. And, if cutting him doesn't deal the Steelers a huge blow against the cap, I think he WILL be gone. They ONLY thing that will keep him in Pittsburgh is if the Steelers have no "real" alternative (which is a distinct possibility, given their current QB situation). Any real hopes I had for Kordell as the "quarterback of the future" died Sunday.
2) Stick a fork in the Steelers' 1999 playoff hopes... they're done. It's gonna take an 11-5 season to get a berth this year, which means they'll have to go 6-1 over their next 7 games. Not gonna happen, my bruthas... they'll face the Titans twice, plus play the Jags (in Jacksonville) & the Chiefs (at Arrowhead). 8-8 seems more likely, dontcha think? Assuming they can handle Cinci, Baltimore, & Carolina, that is (and even that may be a tall order at this point).
3) The Steelers/Browns rivalry is now OFFICIALLY alive again... the only good thing I can extract from this awful game.
In addition to Kordell (who clearly bears the lion's share of the blame), offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is also on my $#!T list. I realize several of his questionable calls could be considered a direct result of Kordell's ineffectiveness, but that doesn't excuse 'em. How many friggin' times on 3rd down & and 4 yards to go do we have to watch Kordell get swarmed for a loss on a QB draw before Gilbride figures out it doesn't work? Man, is it cast in stone somewhere that we have to run that play every stinking time a 3rd & short situation comes up (especially inside the 5)? Speaking of stupid calls, the idiotic pitchout that lost 2 yards on 3rd & 4 just before the 2 minute warning takes the cake. I realize Kordell had been struggling, but that kind of cutesy bullshit has no place being used at a crucial time like that. That call was the exclamation point on an afternoon of lousy play calling.
And finally, Mike Vrabel... great time to lay a cheap shot on the QB, you dumb F#@&.
I'm outta here. Living in the heart of Browns country, I'm now faced with the unenviable burden of spending the next year listening hoardes of Browns fans gloat about this win like it was the damn Super Bowl. Thanks a lot, Kordell.
See 'ya next week. Until then, my bruthas!
Webmaster, McMillen & Wife
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