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NFL coaches can explain Steelers’ loss

November 22, 2007
The Altoona Mirror
To help Steelers fans come to grips with Sunday’s 19-16 overtime loss to the 1-8 New York Jets, we’ve assembled some of the best NFL coaches, past and present, to help explain why it happened.

In honor of the Coors Light commercials, we’ll begin.

Chuck Noll, your thoughts on the Steelers’ performance?

“Before you win a game, you have to not lose it.’’

Well, the Steelers certainly did a lot to lose the game — the penalties, the offensive line problems, a special teams breakdown, lack of good tackling. Your impressions, Vince Lombardi?

“Football is only two things — blocking and tackling.’’

Yes, the Steelers didn’t do enough of either. I guess future opponents will be using the tape of this game to study how the Jets were so effective against them, right Bill Belichick?

“We have never used sideline video to obtain a competitive advantage.’’

OK, moving on, the Steelers can probably learn from this loss, wouldn’t you think so Tom Landry?

“I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.’’

So, in a sense, the loss may actually be beneficial to the Steelers, Herm Edwards?

“You play to win the game. Hel-loooo! You play ... to win ... the game.’’

I guess that means because they didn’t win Sunday, you can label the Steelers as failures. Your thoughts, Bill Parcells?

“You are what your record says you are.’’

The Steelers are 7-3, so maybe the loss wasn’t too bad and the Steelers should be feeling good about themselves, Bill Cowher?

“You’re probably never as good as you think you are, and you’re probably never as bad as they say you are.’’

Is that true, Belichick?

“Anyone want to talk about the football game?’’

Mike Tomlin probably doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. After losing to a 1-8 team, Mike, I guess you should be extra worried about the 0-10 Dolphins this Monday night?

“This is the ultimate parity league, and that is the reality of it, and we acknowledge it.’’

So, in conclusion, we can say that the loss last Sunday shouldn’t have been too shocking and you can chalk it up as a bad mark on the season. But the Steelers can put the loss behind them, improve their play and still have a big year.

Is that how you’d describe it, Cowher?

“It is what it is.’’


“I don’t have anything to add to that. I said all I can say.’’

NFL Week No. 12

Game of the week: Green Bay at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. today.

Upset special: Washington (+3) at Tampa Bay.

Fantasy tip: For whatever reason, the Steelers haven’t fared well running the ball against rush defenses that are ranked near or at the bottom of the NFL. Expect them, though, to try and change that Monday night. Willie Parker should get plenty of opportunities against the Dolphins.

Buck Frank can be reached at 946-7461 or

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