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By the Fans!
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville
Submitted by Tim Arbisi
Oh boy. When I wrote after the loss to Cleveland, I prayed we would at
least not start T-zak. But there he will be, tomorrow night, ready to
throw three interceptions and get sacked five times. Nothing against
the guy, but come on, he's older than most of the league. Actually,
that's the least of my concerns. I'll repeat one thing I've said
before: the quarterback is NOT our number one problem. I know it
sounds crazy, but have you already forgotten 1997? I realize Kordell
isn't is great as some of us thought him to be, but he's not as bad as
he's looked, either. I have to place fault, once again, with the front
office of Rooney and Donahue. They let Yancey go. They let Searcy go.
They let Jackson go. They let Hastings go. They let Mills go. They
let Green go. Fine, let them go instead of overpay them, which most of
their current respective teams are now doing, but REPLACE them--and not
just with unproven rookies. And hell, would it kill us to just once
overpay PROVEN talent when we already take multi-million dollar chances
on unproven talent like Kordell, Faneca, and Edwards? And can we hang
onto an offensive coordiantor for a few years straight? The offense was
at times unstoppable in 1997--in '98 and '99 we are predictable and
dormant. Has anyone yet figured out really what type of quarterback
Kordell is? Has the guy received any clear guidance yet? With Chan he
was roll-out king, threatening to run or go deep. With Sherman he was
supposed to be a "real" quarterback (a la O'Donnell?), learning how to
sit in the pocket and read coverage, doing the west-coast dump-n-dink.
What that proved is that Kordell can get sacked like any other normal
q-back. In essence, Sherman utilized none of Kordell's strengths and
bared all of his weaknesses. And this year? Schizophrenia 101.
Pocket? Rollout? It seems Gilbride has taken a more systematic
approach, placing more emphasis on reads and carefully planned patterns,
leaving much less room for improvisation. That might be great for Troy
Aikman and Dan Marino, but we have a rough-edged, exciting playmaker in
Kordell Stewart. I'm not saying Gilbride is wrong, but I question
whether his offensive philosophy--the third in as many years--fits the
current player personnel of the Steelers.
So rebuild on, fair Steelers! We know you will be back when you solve
your schizophrenia, and when--a little harder for stubborn Rooney--you
actually sign at least a couple of proven free agents. Remember, we
signed Wolford in '96 and Greene in '95. But since then, every team in
the NFL has looked to us as the league's provider of talent. I'm sick
of not getting compensated. Let's get aggressive, Rooney!
Oh, one last thing. I know all of you Pennsylvanians (and Ohioans) have
always hated the Browns and Bengals from way back, but the Jaguars have
become my number one division team to hate. Have they ever had to build
or rebuild anything? They took advantage of absurdly generous expansion
draft rules along with the Panthers when they came into the league,
allowing them to compete immediately (they went to the championship game
in their second season! Can anyone say Bucs and Seahawks?), humiliating
us in their first season. They lure away our offensive and defensive
talent, and now they copy our defense by signing our former def.
coordinator. This year has to take the cake, what with signing both
Capers AND Lake. It's a slap in the face. I hate Coughlin's beady
muskrat eyes, and I hate their gloating receivers. The only player I
like is Boselli, and how I wish we could sign him away in free agency to
give them a taste of their own medicine. The team is opportunistic and
undeserving, in my humble opinion, and it would make my year (since the
playoffs are pretty much history) to beat them in their house, where
we've never won. I guess it's some kind of sick compliment that this
team feeds of the Steelers' talent, like some disgusting parasite. I
hope our defense rises to the occasion, the running game returns to
form, and T-zak can throw more touchdowns than interceptions. If so,
give us the upset. If not, well, you have to dream a little.
Submitted by Will Smith
Well, Kordell is now a WR, at least for the rest of this year if T-zack
plays well. Rooney said Kordell will be the starter in 2000. I for one
hope he can turn it around, but they had better bring someone in just in
case. Unfortunately, they won't really be able to afford to bring any
good QB's in, especially in light of all of our other needs like tackles
on the O-Line.
I think there are going to be a lot of players cut next
year. Here's my predictions: look for Farris at RT and porter at ROLB, &
look for Strelzcyck at LT. I expect the Steelers to take a QB no later
than the 3rd round with possibly a OL or WR in round 1. I think they also
need to draft a fullback, but knowing the Steelers, they won't take one
until the later rounds (I can't believe I'm talking about next year).
As for the Jaguars game, we might make it close. T-zack is normally a
good QB for about 5 or 6 games before he falls apart, so it's good that
there are only 5 games left in the year. If he plays as well as he did
against the porous Bungles secondary, then we might actually have a
chance to win.
And here is the irony of it all: Kordell will be providing
T-zack with what Kordell himself needed most... a big play WR. Who knows...
maybe Kordell will enjoy being loved by the fans so much he'll agree to
stay at WR where he'd easily be our best receiver. Only time will tell.
Submitted by Johna Klym
Correct me if I am wrong, my brutha, but didn't we make it to the playoffs 2 years ago when
Tomczak was the QB? And Kordell was just being "Slash" and enjoying himself? I mean, the man
even punted the ball for God's sake. Why change a winning formula? I know Tomczak is a 15
year veteran who probably won't be in the league much longer, but he can make things happen --
and he's proven it. Kordell can make things happen, too, but more so in the capacity of Slash.
Kordell the receiver? Touchdown! Trick play with Kordell as the QB? Go for it! Kordell on
defense? Another sack! (Hey, it could happen) The idea of spontaneity and unpredictability is
that you can't predict what's gonna happen. With 3 consecutive losses, aren't we predictable
enough? I've got a ton of optimism for our team, even when I'm surrounded by sh*t talkers. I
mean, I survived the 80's. But I need to hear some positive things from other fans. Even the
greatest cheerleader can only do so much.
Steelers Head Cheerleader
West Coast Division
(Originally from Latrobe)
PS--- LOVE the site! (Except for orange & brown color scheme the day after the Browns win.)
Submitted by Scott Springer
To Steelers fans everywhere,
DO NO GET YOUR HOPES UP JUST YET!!!
No, it's a little early for that. This Pittsburgh Steelers team is
still not even a good team - offensively, at least - now, nor will they
be the rest of this year.
Very simple - we have no line. Our offensive line is a patchwork at
best. With all the injuries that they've sustained this year, along
with the typical free-agent losses that occur every year, this line is
simply not that experienced.
I think I went over this before. There's simply too much youth on that
line to have consistent success this year. That was no more evident
than this past weekend when the Steelers drives died repeatedly in
Bungle territory. Whether it be penalties or the inability to move the
D-line back one yard on two plays to get a first down, the line play is
inconsistent at best.
Even now - even with Kordell's consistent flops - I still blame the
offensive line for the majority of the problems that the offense has had
this year. They forced Kordell to carry the burden by shutting down the
run. Granted, Kordell had plenty of opportunities to make other teams
respect his passing ability and prevent aggressive run defense from
shutting down the offense; he couldn't do it. Still, if the line could
move people and Bettis get's 4.2 to 4.8 yards/carry, then this offense
would be looking somewhat better than it currently is.
T-zak will make plays, but as we saw in the second half last week, he
can't make all the plays. Poor line play will haunt him, and the
offense in general, for the rest of the year and possibly next year as
Strategy for the future: disregard the defense in the upcoming draft -
unless free agency rears it's ugly head again. Focus on getting
linemen, receivers, and maybe even a QB - the guy from Marshall looks
OK. The line is the biggest priority though. Also, see what is out
there in the way of free agent linemen. There's nothing better than NFL
experience on the offensive line, as long as it's a quality lineman.
Enough for now.
Submitted by Terry Ingle
From reading my previous post on the Cinci postgame section, I surely did not mean to label myself
as a FAIR-WEATHER fan. I just needed to clarify that! Through thick
and thin, there is nothing better than Black and Gold. There is absolutely
nothing wrong with venting a little bit of frustration, seeing the situation
that the greatest football team on the face of the earth is putting "US"
(GREATEST FANS IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE) through. We as fans have
earned, and I say again, EARNED that right to be critical about what is
going on. Day in and day out, I sleep, eat, drink, $#!T, etc., the Pittsburgh
Steelers. I have never, and will never hang my head or change the subject
when the topic of the Pittsburgh Steelers arises. Hell, every team goes
through a rough time. That is what happens on the National Football League.
Every dog has its day and we are having ours. Sure, the season may be lost
at this point, but you can believe that I will prepare the same way for
every game that remains and wait with great passion and anxiety till kick
off. Deep down, I really don't believe that the players are losing this
thing on purpose. Knowing the front office, Coach Bill "JAWS" Cowher, and
the great city and people of Pittsburgh, this is not a rebellion to us fans
from the team. They are as stumped about this as we are. Bottom
'ine... WE'LL BE BACK!!! (Schwartzenegger). There is no doubt in
my mind. Until then, we as fans need to be as supportive as we can be, at
least I will be. Like Tim said in your post, Kordell is handling this
demotion in a very positive manner. That too makes him a great leader for me. We need
to hang in there as fans and back this team 110%. I have slept on my
earlier post and haste took over my mind, body and soul. That's not saying
I am happy about the situation, but, what can I do about
it? NOTHING!!! I just wanted to add these comments after
going back and reading what I said earlier after the Cinci game. We will overcome this.
Later, my BRUTHAS!!!
Terry (a.k.a. - M1A1HVY)
"ARMOR"... THE COMBAT ARM OF DECISION
Submitted by PUG02
Holy smokes, Cowher still has some brain cells! I am so glad that Kordell
is out of there. Mike did great job and no one could possibly dispute that.
I read all of the comments and I only have one concern... nobody has mentioned
Pete Gonzalez. Why?? I agree that Mike is not the answer for the future,
but I truly believe that Pete is deserving of a chance. I guarantee he could
not possibly do worse than Kordell. It seems that no one believes that Pete
has the stuff to get the job done. Well, I have a question... why did
Donahue and Cowher sign him?
Let me share some thoughts... "there once was a guy named Bret Favre who was
the lonely back up in Atlanta and Green Bay"... "there was once a guy named
Mark Brunell that was the unheard of backup at both Green Bay and then backed
up Steve Buerline in Jacksonville"... there once lived this awesome QB in
arena football, I think his name was, um, um, Curt Warner or something like
that." Get the message? We have a guy on our team that should be given some
time to play. He just may surprise everyone, kinda like the guys I just
That's my take this week folks. I live here in Jacksonville and I
will be at the game Thursday with my Black n Gold. I will always bleed
"Black n Gold".
Trust me, we will beat the Jagwads!!!
Submitted by Travis Tallman
Howdy All Steeler Fans,
To start off I am not surprised to see Kordell come in and play WR. The
bottom line is that the kid wants to WIN. We often overlook his passion (you
really think that Neil O'donnell ever gave a crap?) and heart for his poor
play. I do not think that fans hate Mike Tomczak, we just know that he is the
equivalent of a band-aid on a sucking chest wound. Tomczak is not the long
term solution and we as fans hate knowing that. So the bottom line is, if
Kordell is never to be our future Quarterback (god forbid), what do we do
then? You would be hard pressed to find our next QB Mesiah in Free Agency. A
veteran Quarterback may be a wise purchase, but unless Kordell comes into the
fold, we are going to have to draft a QB and... this is the hard part
... start all over again. Some sportswriters think that we should draft
a quarterback in the 3rd-4th round and then work him in. That sounds fine but
the prime stock of QB is usually gone after the first round. I still see
Kordell playing quarterback for us, sometime in the near future. It is easier
to replace coaches than quarterbacks.
Submitted by Tommy "Fleetwood 'N' Julio" Coleman
Pre-game TEAL TONGUED PLAUGE SPOTTED WHARF RATS.
WHARF RAT CRAP
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