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By the Fans!
Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville (3-17)
Submitted by Bill Williamson
THE GANDY MAN (as sung by the corpse of Sammy Davis, Jr. to the tune of "The Candy Man")
"Who gets called for hold-innnnng?...
Allows our QB to get sacked...
He did it against the Jaguars,
On two plays back to back...
THE GANDY MAN...
THE GANDY MAN CAN...
The Gandy man can, though he's lazy, fat and slow, he gets paid real good!"
Submitted by Tommy "Fleetwood 'N' Julio" Coleman
As Josh Miller looks in his rear view mirror, the 1997 "lynch mob" has faded
out of sight on his way to a Pro-Bowl season.
But this isn't the time to stop driving, Josh... you see, lynch mobs are a
blood-thirsty bunch and they are still behind you. If you can, just figure a
way to slow down long enough to pick up Kordell and as many of the offensive
players as you can fit into the punt mobile without hampering your game. Then
again, maybe they've all been hiding in your trunk and you need to kick 'em
out so they can get some of that "Spit in the Eye" and "Classic Ass Chewing"
that you endured [from Cowher in '97] and that they "ALL" so richly deserve.
As for the "lynch mob(s)," maybe they will move to Colorado and join up with
those punks in Denver! If not, there is a nasty group of defensive players who may just want to
take matters into their own hands. I'm not for vigilante justice, but the War
Cry of "Go, Josh, Go" is wearing just a bit thin.
Frustrated, but keep'N the Faith,
P.S.--Memo to Josh Miller: "Good Job!"
Submitted by Holly Manley
Believe it or not, I feel sorry for Kordell Stewart. I never thought he
had the capability of becoming a star QB, and said it all along. The
Steelers have had the unfortunate inability to pick a QB since
Bradshaw. To say that Bradshaw had a bad year in 1970 is irrelevant.
It's what he did after that. To say that Kordell had glowing years is
ridiculous. When he became QB he threw interceptions, and if it wasn't
for Thigpen, Johnson and Bettis, he would have looked equally as bad.
The press, TV and Bill Cowher have made this guy seem as if he's
something special. Everyone was looking for a star. Let's face it.
There were a few out there, and some of them remain, but Marino, Elway,
Young, Montana, Farve, and the men that came before them are a dying
breed. They were thinking QBs. There are guys who are more than
adequate now, but never had the chance for whatever reason to find that
I have to blame Cowher for a lot of this. His ego stands in the way
every time. People can put down O'Dummell (that's for you Tim),
but I don't blame him for the Superbowl. He was never a
thinking QB. He did what they told him to do, throw where they told him
to throw, and I think that is what cost the Steelers the Super Bowl.
Bettis can't even score. What the hell were they thinking when they got
rid of Tim Lester? Bettis will be the next to go... watch.
Submitted by Timothy Arbisi
I didn't want to believe it. I haven't wanted to believe it since
January, 1996, when O'Donnell was handed millions to play for a
last-place team. But I have to believe it now. The reason for the
Steelers' downfall is this very simple factor: money.
I wish I could believe Carnell Lake's "good" news that the Steelers are going through a
re-building process, implying they will be a contender in the future.
But you know what, gang? This is 21st century football, when MONEY makes teams.
You thought football was different from baseball and
basketball? Well, not anymore. Certainly, revenue-sharing helps a
little bit, but in the long run, the teams with deep pockets and a
willingness to overspend will gobble up other teams' painstakingly bred
and brilliantly drafted talent (how many ex-Steelers can you count on
the Jags and Titans?!). And what should turn your stomach most is the
fact that Dom Capers, who "graduated" from the Steelers to coach the
old-too-soon Panthers, is now defensive coordinator for the Jaguars!
How much must they have paid him for a demotion?!
The point isn't that
we need Capers... Hastlett is doing just fine, thank-you-much... the point is, the
real reason why players and personnel leave is $$$$. Hastlett could be
gone before you know it. "Oh, we'll just get a new defensive coordinator just as good or
better," you say. But how long can that last before we strike out, just
like we struck out after Gailey?
Of course, escape breeds escape, and
coaches and players may sell their houses early (a la Chad Brown) also
because of the Steelers can't hang on
to talent... a veritable self-fulfilling prophecy of talent-flight.
Listen, fellow Steeler fans... I don't mean to be bleak, but the writing
is on the wall. I was just too blinded by 97's exciting near-miss to
realize it. The story is quite simple: no matter how many great
players Pittsburgh continues to draft and develop, we will NEVER win a
Super Bowl unless the organization can pay the money to keep them.
We're talking serious questions of revenue, here.
Look at the
Bengals... do you think it's an accident that they haven't fielded a
decent team since the '80s? And one-year wonder Atlanta, while hurt by
injuries, also lost their star receiver to the big-budget Dolphins (led
by former Cowboy coach Johnson... doesn't that say it all?). Denver
actually had a defense last year because of free agent acquisitions,
and the New Yorkish Jets bought enough talent (including their head
coach!) to sniff the Super Bowl last year... even enough to overcome
mistake expenditures like O'Donnell.
These two teams summarize the
entire crappy set-up: 49ers and Cowgirls. Consistent salary cap
violations, rule manipulation, and rich owners/funders continually keep
these teams on life-support and postponing any "rebuilding stage" they
might ordinarily go through. Do you get it, yet? "Re-building", I am
honestly sad to say, has been relegated to myth-status; the truth is,
Pittsburgh could be a Super Bowl contender in one-two years. How, you
No money, no talent, no future. Just ask baseball owners.
Submitted by Nat LaBorde
Well, I won't slap Kordell around... that's getting boring. Let me see, how
'bout our offensive line? Better yet, it's gonna no doubt be another long
season for the Steelers, so what was good in Sunday's game? DEFENSE!!!!! They
only gave up 13 points to the Jagoffs... hat's of to 'em. I feel bad for the
whole team, but mostly for the defense. We sure could have used one of those
Mr. Washington INT's. Oh well, here we go again. Not only do we welcome the BROWNS
back, it looks like we'll be holding their hands in the basement of the AFC
Central keeping them company their first year back... whine, whine, cry,cry.
Submitted by Tom Bragg
The Jaguar game is proof positive of exactly what I've been talking about concernng Kordell
Stewart. On Sunday, the Steelers offensive line played probably its
worst game of the season. That being said, all of the blame cannot be
layed on Kordell. However, on the occasions when Stewart had time to
throw the ball, he did exactly what he's been doing since the Raven
game three weeks ago... overthrows, underthrows, and looking basically
like he's totally lost. As far as certain folks commenting that anyone who
counted the Steelers out of this game must not have watched alot of
football this year... Well, I can tell you for a fact that I've watched a
TON of football this year dating back to the beginning of the pre-season.
I counted the Steelers out of this game because of their offense and
the poor play of their quarterback. Look at why they lost. Enough said!
Submitted by Will Smith
Okay guys... I'm always the Steelers faithful, but this is getting ridiculous. I
don't mind seeing them lose, but getting NO production whatsoever out of
the offense is really painful. At least I can say this... we are only one
game out of first place and the Jags (everyone's favorite to represent the
AFC in the Super Bowl) are almost as bad as us. Well, the Blame Game begins...
Kordell: overthrows and underthrows for almost 2 quarters before he
settles down... this has got to stop.
Wide Recievers: Another INT of of a receiver's hands (for whatever reason,
Hawkins decides to chuck the ball over his shoulder into the hands of
the DB who is piggy-backing him). How about that Edwards on a bad Stewart
pass... we smack the ball 10 feet straight up in the air. Just plain dumb.
Speaking of dumb... coaching: 4th and 1 flea flicker. Need I say more?
Kudos to our Defense for another great game!
We were in this one for a long time. I actually had hope in the second
half when we were moving the ball and then people took turns making
stupid mistakes. Kordell rips off a 20 yard run... penalty. Bettis rips
off 11 on first down giving us some momentum and a feeling that we could
possibly do something... PENALTY. Fourth and one... a naked bootleg. WHY, WHY, WHY?
We were moving the ball! If you are going to run, at least have a blocker.
WHY a naked bootleg? I mean, jeez, there wasn't any room to run when our
line WAS BLOCKING! Fourth and one (take two)... a flea flicker??? This call
really dumbfounded me. The line hadn't stopped anyone from getting into
the backfield all day, Stewart hadn't been on target all day (and when he was, the
receivers dropped 'em), so WHY would you call it? I just can't understand.
Cowher took credit for both of those brain lapses.
Well call me a fanatic,
but we aren't that far away. Really, I mean look around the league. We
aren't the only team that sucks. The Jags were only mildly less pathetic
than we were. If Hawkins holds on to that early pass this or our O-line
didn't hold on to those defenders on the big runs, or Ward and Stewart
both read deep route on that play, we could've easily won this game.
Defense is Super Bowl stuff, our special teams are good, and Troy Edwards could
provide the playmaker we need in a few more weeks. I hold out the jury
until mid season based on the fact that we are 1 game out of first
(thanks to the 49ers, who beat the Titans) and the fact that in '95 we were 3-4 with a
Super Bowl defense and a sputtering offense before we went to the
Super Bowl. And besides that, my mind is so disallusioned by my love for
the Black and Gold that I have no choice but to believe. And for all
those fans that are jumping off of the bandwagons... GOOD RIDDANCE!!!
Even if the Steelers don't win another game all season, I'll
still be watching and still be rooting for them down until the last
minute. These are times when the team needs our support the most, so we
might as well give it to them.
Submitted by Tom Bragg
PISS POOR and PATHETIC! What else can be said to describe the
Steelers offense against the Jaguars? You have an offensive line that
can't block, and you have a guy playing quarterback that couldn't hit
the broad side of barn if he was standing ten feet away from it! It's
time that Kordell Stewart was given a one way ticket to the bench! Bill
Cowher is doing a MAJOR DISSERVICE to his entire football team by
allowing Kordell to continue to line up under center after his AWFUL
performance in the Jacksonville game.
The bottom line with Kordell is,
he is simply not producing! If a player is not producing then he does
not deserve to be on the field! If any one has a tape of this game,
then check out the fourth quarter as the Steelers defense is coming off
the field. Look at their faces. These players are angry and upset
because they are playing their heart out wth absolutely nothing to show
for it! This is a situation that's going to get worse in a hurry if
something isn't done about the team's offense. This probably won't happen,
but if Bill Cowher is smart, then Stewart is benched and on Monday, Mike
Tomczack is named the starter for the Buffalo game. Regardless of how
Tomczack performs, this will send a very clear message to Kordell
Stewart that either you produce, or your a$$ sits! A season is hanging
in the balance!
Submitted by Chris
Does anyone else feel shell shocked?
OK... I've remained on the Kordell bandwagon up until now, similar to the way I hung in there with O'Dummell until
his Super Bowl heroics ruined my day and any Steelers chance of a fifth ring.
I'm jumping off in a hurry today. And I'm jumping off the Cowher wagon as well. How many poor performances does
a team have to have before someone, anyone, starts looking at the coaching staff for answers, and to lay blame.
I'm personally tired of the coddling Cowher seems intent on giving Kordell. I'm tired of the smiles and laughter
between the two on the sidelines as if they know something we don't. A Steelers football season isn't a joke to
me. It's serious business. I've invested a lifetime of very fond memories in this team only to watch free agency, off
and on field offensive and front office complacency, and an obvious lack of work ethic and respect for the
opponent make me sick to my stomach on a weekly basis (Now I know what Bears fans have felt like for so long).
The seasons a wash. Trust me. The team needs to start building for the future. Now. I could understand the
losses if I saw rebuilding going on. It's not.
Kordell IS NOT the guy to take this team to the next level. Put Gonzalez in until a real QB is either drafted or
signed. Let Kordell carry the board for awhile to get a fresh perspective of the real world, then get rid of him and
the big salary.
The offensive line absolutely sucks. Dawson is the only talent I see on that line. This is a major project in and of
itself. It's going to take big off season money to fix this catastrophe, so start saving money now by dishing Kordell
to the f#@%ing Bungles, or something.
I like the receiving corps. They're talented, but not gamers. We're stuck with them for now, so start playing
Edwards as much as humanly possible. The kid's going to be a star. Use some of the Kordell money to sign a go-to
deep threat guy to compliment him, like Thigpen was.
The running game remains bright, but we'll never see it flourish because of a pitiful offensive line, a bad QB,
and unimaginative play calling (sound familiar?). It's not hard to figure out that teams are still stacking the line to
stop the run because Kordell isn't feared as a serious threat at QB.
The defense is fine (still awesome, actually). My favorite part of the team. Always has been, always will be. So
stop screwing it up by allowing it's stars to run to the gold every year (See below).
One last thing to the management: PLEASE stop letting valuable, important, fan favorite players go to free
agency!!! Hire a f#@%ing accountant to finagle the salary cap like the 49ers have done for so many years. Maybe
then we can return to the days where hoping for a championship team didn't seem like such a pipe dream.
Christ, I hope I'm wrong. Someone tell me I'm wrong, because I never thought in my entire life I'd ever hear myself
say that I wish O'Dummell was still the Steelers QB!!!!
Thanks. I had to vent and I appreciate you allowing me the soapbox to do so.
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