Cowher On Quarterback Change

<b>BILL COWHER</b><p> Let me just say this: I'm not going to get into any specifics. You guys have heard me talk the last couple weeks about my feelings. The decision has been made that Tommy Maddox is our starter. Like I said, I've given it a lot of thought. I feel it's the right thing to do at this time. It's in the best interests of our football team. I explained that to our players and we're moving on.<p>

We've got a tough stretch of games coming up. We have four of our next five on the road. We're a half game out of first place and we're going to need everyone on our football team to get us through this stretch.

Did you need the extra couple days after saying you were leaning towards Kordell?

Yeah. I mean, I don't think you should make a decision within 24 hours of a game. There's too much emotion involved and you want to think about it. You want to sit back and make sure that you contemplate that you've made the right decision. I feel very comfortable, having done that, coming to this decision. And like I said, the bottom line and prerequisite for any decision is what's in the best interest for this team at this time, and I felt this move was the right one with that prerequisite in mind.

What will your level of patience be with Maddox?

I'm not looking to make this a circus. Like I said, I'm not looking at this as anything more - hopefully this will be the spark we need. Again, it's more about our football team. It's not just one man that's going to make a difference in us winning and losing. There are a lot of things that have to take place right now and we've got to build off last week and play better football.

Did both react the way you hoped?

Yeah. Certainly, Kordell was disappointed, as I would have expected him to be, but he handled it in a very professional manner.

--Jim Wexell

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