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By the Fans!
Pittsburgh vs. Seattle (10-29)
Submitted by Tommy "Fleetwood N. Julio" Coleman
When Bill Cowher said "Dominate that Ass" he wasn't talking 'bout love! He wasn't talking about rectal digging our own asses either!
Neither was I!!!
Submitted by email@example.com
OK! I think that it is time to take a reality check. The Steelers at this
point are not a very good ball team (mentally or physically). They positively
looked horrific. I personally knew it was over when we went down 14-0. They
have no offense. The offensive line was/is a disaster. Do they not believe in
throwing deep anymore even for the sake of loosing up a defense? Everyone
looked bad. WR'S, QB's, RB's, OL, DB's everyone except for the DL. What ever
happened to throwing to our tight ends? Can their backs not catch as well?
When did Kordell decide that he needed to stay in the pocket and hang on to
the ball? Jeez! Man, am I dreading Sunday. It might get ugly. I think we better
batten down the hatches. It is going to be a long season.
Submitted by David Billingsley
What in the world happened? The "D" was okay, but the "O" was awful.
The network feed only had the end zone view, one sideline, and one center
camera, so we couldn't see what was going on in the secondary.
All things considered, I thought Holmgren had the "Hawks" very well
prepared on both sides of the ball. The "Hawks" were one step ahead all day.
Conclusion #2: Is it my imagination that whenever we play a team
with a large defensive tackle (such as Siragusa, Thomas of the Pats, or Sam
Adams of the Seahawks), we have major problems moving the ball?
Submitted by flanman
Man, I am tired of this for the last 2 seasons. We have put all our
eggs in one basket (Kordell) and the now we we are in trouble. He has
been in this league way to long to still be playing this poorly. He may
show flashes, but he is going to be a mediocre QB at best, and he was a
much better receiver than he will ever be at QB. I am a diehard Steeler
fan, and I am proud of our defense. I love Bill Cowher, but he has got
to make the right decision and get us a better QB and soon. We will
never win a Super Bowl with Kordell behind center, and if you are an
honest and true Steeler fan you must see that too.
flanman in AZ :(
Submitted by Jon Pasterick
It's hard to know where to begin, because it was all so awful.
I think the most depressing thing is that, for all the talk about how Gilbride's offense
was supposed to stretch the field and open things up long, this offense
looks the exact same as last year's, even at its best. Hopefully it will
just take time to sort out, but I guess that if our QBs are going to be
throwing interception after interception anyway, I'd rather they be while
taking chances on deep routes. Let's be honest, even in the Steelers' first
two victories, they did not move the ball downfield through the air.
Stewart had one long pass in the Browns game to Hines Ward, but that was
about it. Everything else was within six or seven yards of the line of
scrimmage. The efficiency was good, but teams are going to give the
Steelers two yard outs and three yard comeback routes all day. I just get
frustrated because, in Ray Sherman's offense, a "big play" was an 8-yard
slant pattern, and frankly, things don't look terribly different now.
I know it's PC to blame Kordell, and he does deserve his portion of it, but
I'm also about sick of seeing his receivers playing balls off their shoulder
pads and not running their routes out to completion. If I hear one more
reporter write about how Kordell through that first INT "behind" his
receiver, I'm going to puke. Sure he didn't hit him perfectly in stride,
but he hit him in the chest. In my mind, that's catchable. On the other
hand, I did agree with benching him. If we assume that Kordell is the
starter through the year, which for better or worse we have to, there is no
point getting him killed in a blowout. Even though I agree that a starter
should ordinarily be in there no matter what, even if it means taking the
lumps, Kordell took enough hard shots in the first half. He'd have been a
lamb to the slaughter in the second. Lastly, even though the defense didn't
look good, I will maintain, as I thought last year, that no defense looks
good when they're on the field 3/4 of the game. The offense has to give
them a chance, and consistently going three and out isn't doing that.
Enough ranting. Here's hoping that Sunday was an aberration, and that
things will get better as the year progresses.
Submitted by Tom Bragg
After reading the article by columnist Ron Cook (Kordell a Far Cry from Good a QB), I totally agree
with him that Kordell Stewart is definitely NOT the man to lead the
Steelers into the next century. How many games will have to be lost,
and how many seasons will fall by the wayside before all the excuses
regarding Kordell are stopped! I personally have stuck up for Stewart
when everyone else was ready to murder him in the past, but after the
latest FIASCO between the Steelers and Seahawks, I can no longer back
Kordell Stewart. It's fine to accept responsibility for making a
mistake, but thats only part of it. You have to learn from your mistakes
so they are not repeated in the future. Kordell's inability to hit a
wide open reciever is mind boggling! He either throws the ball too far
in front or too far behind or six feet over the reciever's head! And
before anyone says that Kordell is learning a new offense, that is
NUMBER ONE, GRADE-A BULLS#!T ! We are talking about basic fundamentals
that anyone playing the position of quarterback must have. From high
school, to college, to the pros, it makes no difference. Kordell
Stewart simply does not possess the passing skills required to be an NFL
quarterback. I will agree that he is a very talented runner and
playmaker. However, the position of quarterback can not be played
soley with the legs, it also must be played with the arm. And that is
where Stewart is lacking. Obviously, the Steelers cannot do anything
about their QB situation now that the season has started, but after
this year is over, this is an area on the team that must be looked at.
Everyone needs to face the facts and stop making excuses for Kordell.
From the front office, down to the guy that parks the cars at Three
Rivers Stadium, admit it! The Steelers have made a huge mistake in
Submitted by AOD4LIFE@aol.com
OK, so we took a REEMING. The WHOLE TEAM looked bad. The thing that really
bothered me about the game was that they looked "FLAT." Hold on, was that
really the home opener? I mean, wake up guys! They should be sky high for the
first game of the year in their home.
I know that standard protocol for being
a fan is to rip the QB, Coach and team. In that order. Kordell looked bad.
That first INT the receiver's fault, and one was a blown assignment by the WR.
But Kordell looked off target all day. I don't agree with pulling him because
I think that he should clean up his own mess and learn by fire.
The one that looked really bad was Jerome Bettis. I know, I know he is hurt. So why isn't
he on the bench healing so he can be of some use later on? I mean, the
walking wounded can only do so much. The Line didnt help much either. Wayne
Gandy should just hand over his game check to paying Kordell's trainer.
As far as the WR corps go, they didn't do much better. Troy Edwards was without a
doubt the only bright spot. I still don't like the play selection and the
routes. I wont even go into talking about the defense, 'cause that would mean
that we had some at one time. Hey, flashback, opening day vs. the 49ers in
Three Rivers? Kevin Greene's first game as a Steeler. Remember Ricky Waters
being ejected? I will always remember George Siefert grabbing him by the face
mask and reading him the riot act. Oh well, we took a beating. I am not
dreading having Army next weeked if we are playing the Jaguars. I am not
giving up hope. But I don't need an ulcer!
Submitted by Tom Bragg
After witnessing one of the most PATHETIC EXCUSES for a football
game, it's time to bitch a little! Anyone that watched this Steeler/Seahawk
game could easily see that the Pittsburgh Steelers were simply
not prepared to play football on this Sunday, either mentally or physically.
This Steeler team had one thing on its mind ,
and it definitely was not the Seattle Seahawks. It was the Jacksonville
Jaguars. This was a classic case of a team looking ahead, instead of
worrying about the problems at hand. And that my friends, is a problem
that is laid directly on the doorstep of head coach Bill Cowher!
Granted, Cowher may not be able to catch passes or make blocks or even
make tackles, but it is his job to have his team focused and ready to
play football. On this particular day Cowher himself dropped the ball
BIGTIME! This team was in no way focused on the Seahawks. What's worse
is the Steelers still have not even came close to grasping Kevin
Gilbride's offense. If we struggle against an average team like the
Seahawks, then God help us next week when we finally play a quality
team in the Jaguars! The Steelers had better get their ass in gear in a
hurry or instead of playing for a Super Bowl, the only bowl they will
be playing in is the toilet bowl!
Submitted by Nat LaBorde
Wow!!! That was a tasty little ass-whipping! Hey! I think some one should go
untie our Steelers...the Browns thought that if they could snag our uniforms,
they could win. That was not Kordell... it was Ty Detmer with a good tan, and that was
not the steeler d-fence. I will keep lying to myself until I believe it's
not true. Damn, that really sucked! They get how much a year? That's it... I am
eating steroids and going to Latrobe. I can do that!
Still wiping the bird $#!t off,
Submitted by McMillen & Wife
I feel like the 'ole "Way Back" machine just whisked me back to December of '98 (when the Steelers lost five straight to end the season). What in the hell WAS that?
29-10... rah, rah. For the record, no matter what, I love the Steelers, win or lose. Having said that, the rose-colored glasses are finally off, and I need to vent.
Let's be honest... some of fits & starts on offense were expected early in the season as the players learned Gilbride's complex system. But 26-0 at halftime? Man, is that pathetic. Kordell stunk (three 1st half interceptions), Bettis stunk (if he had more than 20 yards in the half I'll paint my house brown and orange), the O-line stunk (see Bettis), and I'd if we actually HAD any receivers, I'd say they stunk, too (did we REALLY draft Troy Edwards in the first round?). 26-0??? For God's sake, the Steelers only led the hapless Browns 20-0 at halftime in the season opener! Double yoinks.
What bothers me even more is the horrible performance by the... er... defense (???). True, Seattle didn't score a TD on offense, but Seattle QB Kitna (who we made look like the second coming of Joe Montana today) simply shredded us. Swiss friggin' cheese. Dudes, I really thought the defense would hold their own in this one, even with the absence of Lee Flowers in the secondary. DeWayne Washington was Kitna's whipping boy all day, the front seven did nothing to put pressure on Kitna nor to slow down asshole extraordinaire Ricky "Dicky" Waters.
Enough... it's out of my system and I'm ready to move on. Dallas spanked us 37-7 in the home opener in '97 and the Steelers ended up in the AFC Championship game, so all is not lost. Next up are the Jax Jags, arguably the best team in football. Call it a hunch, but I think we'd better have a little better game plan next week, eh?
McMillen & Wife
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