Bill Cowher isn’t blaming Ben Roethlisberger’s frequent interceptions for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ terrible record. Or a major falloff by the special teams. Or a surprisingly inconsistent offensive line.
Cowher is faulting the boss.
“Obviously, there’s a lot of disappointment to be sitting here at 2-5. I accept full responsibility for that,” Cowher said Tuesday. “It starts with me. There’s been a lot of frustration … in the different ways we have found to lose. The bottom line is we have lost.”
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Bill Cowher is sticking with Ben Roethlisberger as his starting quarterback despite the turnovers. Cowher calls this season a learning experience for Roethlisberger, who was so successful winning with ease during his first two seasons.
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Cowher dismissed his own uncertain future as a reason for the Super Bowl champions’ stumbling — he hasn’t said if he will return in 2007 — and that topic is almost never mentioned by his players.
What has become worrisome is that the Steelers already trail Baltimore (5-2) by three games in the AFC North with the season not yet half over.
Watching the Steelers this year, I have felt like I am watching a completely different team than the past few years. They just don’t have “it,” whatever “it” is. I guess going deep in the playoffs two years in a row really takes a toll on a team- that is the only explanation I can muster.