With every loss Mike Tomlin suffers it seems as though the Pittsburgh Steelers fan base longs more and more for Bill Cowher. And I’m sure if the internet were around when Cowher took over for Noll, fans were probably pining for ‘The Emperor’ and his stoic mentality on the sideline. This will Cowher ran up and down with the energy of an NFL rookie.
In other words, when Cowher speaks on the current Steelers team, it makes people’s ears perk up. They want to know what the old ball coach thinks of the team, and no, not just what he says on his CBS gig every Sunday before the games.
With the 2019 Steelers staring at an 0-3 record heading into their Week 4 game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, an event where Cowher will be inducted into the Steelers’ Hall of Honor, he spoke about the current team.
Check out what he had to say:
“I think they’re going to get better as the season goes along,” Cowher told Jim Wexell via Steelers.com. “You see a lot of breakdowns right now, but that’s part of the growing pains that you have to go through when you have new players playing with each other. So I think they’ll get better as the season goes along. It’s a great opportunity right now for Mason and that offense. They need some people to step up and see what their roles can be, and then you start to play to those strengths.”
It was refreshing to read Cowher’s comments, because they are 100% true. The Steelers will take some time to gel, with the hope it doesn’t take too much time for them to become a competitive and cohesive unit. When you look at the roster on both ends, it is riddled with young talent in dire need of experience to help them take their individual games to the next level.
On top of that, when Cowher says some people need to ‘step up’, he again is absolutely spot on. There are players on this team, players like Cameron Heyward and the offensive line, who need to up their game. We have all seen them play at such a high level, but for whatever reason the product being put on the field thus far has been extremely sub-par.
The bottom line is the Steelers are still searching for answers. Everywhere from the quarterback to the defensive backs there are unknowns across the roster. Like Cowher says, they will get better, but when? Will they be able to turn the corner on Monday Night Football and get the first win of 2019? Or will this be a season-long roller coaster ride filled with peaks and valleys? For the fan base, they want the team to get right in the worst way, and to see what some of these young talents, like Mason Rudolph, can do when given the opportunity.
The opportunity is knocking, but will they answer? Only time will tell...