Despite heading into the season as the favorite to once again reign supreme in the AFC North division, the Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled. Problems along the offensive line, inconsistent play from the quarterback position (which stems from the offensive line play) and issues defensively, especially in the defensive backfield has left the proud Steelers organization scratching their collective heads.
The message which will be sent early in the
off-season will be that of improvement over the second-half of the season and
head coach Bill Cowher will once again roam the sidelines in Pittsburgh for the
Many of the problems in Pittsburgh can be
attributed to the personnel decisions Cowher is part of. Since the jettison of
Tom Donahoe, the direction this Steelers organization has partaken has not
proven to be fruitful.
An increased number of long-term contracts, a
drastic change of offensive philosophy, and a defense that has not been able to
get after the quarterback (a trademark of past successful Pittsburgh teams).
Many members in and around the team believe Cowher has done an injustice to the
Steelers. From hanging with his favorites too long to being too stubborn to make
a critical decision which may cause a rift within the core of the team, Cowher's
power and influence are undeniably the major factor in the demise of this team.
With all the negative aspects surrounding this
2003 Pittsburgh team, it is surprising that Cowher will be retained, really
without much of a thought or serious internal organization discussion.
In Pittsburgh, Cowher has become the Teflon
Don. Granted, Cowher has done a good job with the Steelers and it is likely the
Steelers will rise again. Amazingly, Cowher has shown the uncanny ability to
have almost all issues related to the team roll off his back, usually landing
squarely onto the lap of an assistant or other front office type.
This Pittsburgh team is not as bad as their 6-9
record, but this same disappointing 6-9 record will likely cost someone their
If I were Kevin Colbert and Tim Lewis, I
wouldn't feel too comfortable.
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