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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    Cap...

    GM's acquire talent; Once the talent is on the team, it's up to the head coach to mold and shape. You know that. Stop trying to deflect from the last 10 plus years of Tomlin's failure at coaching a team that was picked many a year to be in the Super Bowl. Colbert gave him great teams over the last decade; Tomlin couldn't coach them up to get to one Super Bowl. He wasted 10 + years of a franchise QB's career.
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    Citation needed.

    My guess is that the consensus pick for the AFC representative in the SB for the last 9 of the last 10 years (probably actually something like 14/15 years) has been Cheats.

    Then last year (after TB12 left), the consensus pick for ACCC would have almost certainly been KC.

    I get that we have underperformed expectations in some years. Particularly against the Jags.

    But you can't pretend that we were SB favorites in any of those years.

    Though there were a few years where we were probably a strong mention of "team that has a chance to unseat the Pats in the AFC".

    I think we didn't live up to expectations this year either. But the end of the season, I didn't think we'd beat the Browns in the playoffs. But I didn't think we'd drop a burning bag of poop on the field either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    Tomlin can't win Super Bowls (and now can't win playoff games) without Cowher's players and coaches.
    Cowher could only win one Super Bowl in 15 years with "Cowher's players".

    not sure why you think Cowher walked on water.

    oh yeah, that's right. you have an agenda.
    Only a true coward puts someone on ignore on a message board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Cowher could only win one Super Bowl in 15 years with "Cowher's players".

    not sure why you think Cowher walked on water.

    oh yeah, that's right. you have an agenda.
    Not that I'm taking sides here but Cowher left on top. How many Super bowl wins do you think he would have had he stayed. Two? Three? What was his playoff record? A solid 12-9, most of those game with bad QB.
    Plan to spend 75 million in cap space in 2022 ( most in the NFL ) and use the 2 comp picks ( 3rd and 5th ) for a killer 2022 draft. We will be back hopefully with better coaching.

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    Love him or hate him, the book comes out today.


    A poignant, inspirational story about football, family, and love from Bill Cowher, the Super Bowl–winning, Hall-of-Fame Pittsburgh Steelers coach, and cohost of CBS’s The NFL Today.

    Long before the Lombardi Trophy, the Golden Hall of Fame jacket, and successful TV career, legendary head coach Bill Cowher was simply “Billy from Crafton.”

    Born and raised just fifteen minutes from old Three Rivers Stadium, it was in Crafton where the foundation of Cowher’s irrepressible work ethic, passion for teaching, and love of football and the Pittsburgh Steelers were built. Now, for the first time, Cowher will shine a light on a life filled with success, achieved through will and resilience in situations which, often times, appeared to be hopeless.

    In Heart and Steel, Cowher will take you on his journey from childhood to the undersized, mohawked, disco-dancing North Carolina State linebacker, to fighting for a spot as a “bubble player” with the Browns and Eagles, before injuries ended his playing career. Bill will discuss how that same drive led to his big coaching break, running Special Teams for Marty Schottenheimer and the Cleveland Browns at just twenty-seven-years-old, before taking over the Pittsburgh Steelers just seven years later. Cowher will reveal exclusive, never-before-told anecdotes and candid thoughts on the biggest games, players, and moments that defined his fifteen-year Steelers tenure.

    But this is more than a “football story.”

    In 2010, Bill lost his beloved wife, Kaye, and father, Laird, within three months of one another. It forced him, yet again, to summon that resiliency to unearth a stronger version of himself—not only so he could march on, but to add a deeper level to the loving, supportive father his three daughters had always known.

    Cowher’s learned many lessons in his life; as a father, grandfather, husband, coach, and broadcaster. He will show you how you can continue to grow by embracing transition, personally and professionally, through renewed perspective and social consciousness.

    “Billy from Crafton” has come a long way. Through love and conviction, Cowher’s achieved more than he ever could have dreamed of. You can, too, with the same heart and steel.
    Last edited by Joel Buchsbaum; 06-04-2021 at 07:35 AM.
    Plan to spend 75 million in cap space in 2022 ( most in the NFL ) and use the 2 comp picks ( 3rd and 5th ) for a killer 2022 draft. We will be back hopefully with better coaching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Buchsbaum View Post
    Not that I'm taking sides here but Cowher left on top. How many Super bowl wins do you think he would have had he stayed. Two? Three? What was his playoff record? A solid 12-9, most of those game with bad QB.
    Cowher didn't leave on top. What was the team's record his last season?

    We cannot assume anything. There are many factors to consider. Maybe Cowher wouldn't had anointted Harrison as a starter?

    One thing is almost 100% certain. The team would had struggled to win games in the post season if Ben performed poorly regardless of who was the HC. It doesn't matter how good a QB is for his career. What matters is how well a QB or players perform on game day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BURGH86STEEL View Post
    Cowher didn't leave on top. What was the team's record his last season?

    We cannot assume anything. There are many factors to consider. Maybe Cowher wouldn't had anointted Harrison as a starter?

    One thing is almost 100% certain. The team would had struggled to win games in the post season if Ben performed poorly regardless of who was the HC. It doesn't matter how good a QB is for his career. What matters is how well a QB or players perform on game day.
    its extremely convenient to suggest Cowher would keep winning SB’s because he won 1 with Ben.

    However, the motorcycle and ignoring Cowhers advice suggested Ben and Cowher may have been headed for a rocky relationship. Ben was new school and Cowher was old school.

    The last year together didn’t give me the impression Ben and Cowher were headed for more SB wins. When you look at early success of QB’s like Wilson, Rodgers, Goff, etc its easy to predict a ton of SB appearances.. but it rarely works out that way.
    Tomlinís coming back so what can you do?


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    Quote Originally Posted by BURGH86STEEL View Post
    Cowher didn't leave on top. What was the team's record his last season?

    We cannot assume anything. There are many factors to consider. Maybe Cowher wouldn't had anointted Harrison as a starter?

    One thing is almost 100% certain. The team would had struggled to win games in the post season if Ben performed poorly regardless of who was the HC. It doesn't matter how good a QB is for his career. What matters is how well a QB or players perform on game day.
    Oh yes he did leave on top, fresh off a super bowl win and having a group of players intact that would go on to win another. I believe he had one year left on his contract. Due to his wife illness he retired.

    We won the super by 11 points with Ben having a sub par game.

    Who else could have replaced Couch Noll , who?

    One other thing, he was very good at using the red flag nearly .500, Cowher had his own brand of theatrics to fire his team up for where point he wanted to make.
    Plan to spend 75 million in cap space in 2022 ( most in the NFL ) and use the 2 comp picks ( 3rd and 5th ) for a killer 2022 draft. We will be back hopefully with better coaching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Buchsbaum View Post
    Oh yes he did leave on top, fresh off a super bowl win and having a group of players intact that would go on to win another. I believe he had one year left on his contract. Due to his wife illness he retired.

    We won the super by 11 points with Ben having a sub par game.

    Who else could have replaced Couch Noll , who?

    One other thing, he was very good at using the red flag nearly .500, Cowher had his own brand of theatrics to fire his team up for where point he wanted to make.
    no.. Cowher’s last season he had 8 wins and missed the playoffs. I guess you didn’t watch the games that year either.

    ..and that is the rub. Fans of Cowher who suggest all our success was due to him fail to realize he won 1 SB in 3 years with Ben.
    Tomlinís coming back so what can you do?


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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    no.. Cowher’s last season he had 8 wins and missed the playoffs. I guess you didn’t watch the games that year either.

    ..and that is the rub. Fans of Cowher who suggest all our success was due to him fail to realize he won 1 SB in 3 years with Ben.
    And Ike was on the roster...and Pierre was not starting at the time

    Cowher was a good coach who was at the helm of consistently competitive teams. He generally underachieved in the playoffs, but one Cinderella run at (almost) the end of his career put some extra shine on a very good career.

    He is the same coach as Tomlin, just Tomlin won at the beginning (perhaps pumping up expectations) and Cowher won at the end (after setting expectations for falling short in the playoffs). Our recent playoff performances put a bit of tarnish on Tomlin's career in the present.

    But, like Cowher I think we'll appreciate what we have now when Tomlin's gone.

    PlanetSteelers message boards in 2040 will be complaining that Coach McNewguy sucks compared to Tomlin and isn't worthy of walking by all those trophies every morning (hopefully 7 or more by the time we're on our next coach).
    Last edited by Northern_Blitz; 06-05-2021 at 10:48 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Blitz View Post
    And Ike was on the roster...and Pierre was not starting at the time

    Cowher was a good coach who was at the helm of consistently competitive teams. He generally underachieved in the playoffs, but one Cinderella run at (almost) the end of his career put some extra shine on a very good career.

    He is the same coach as Tomlin, just Tomlin won at the beginning (perhaps pumping up expectations) and Cowher won at the end (after setting expectations for falling short in the playoffs). Our recent playoff performances put a bit of tarnish on Tomlin's career in the present.

    But, like Cowher I think we'll appreciate what we have now when Tomlin's gone.

    PlanetSteelers message boards in 2040 will be complaining that Coach McNewguy sucks compared to Tomlin and isn't worthy of walking by all those trophies every morning (hopefully 7 or more by the time we're on our next coach).
    At the end of the day there isn't anything wrong with Tomlin or Cowher. Will either go down as all time greats? No for Cowher. Tomlin is still a possibility. Regardless of whatever happens it doesn't mean that they weren't highly successful head coaches. Some people never appreciate what they have.

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