We should be saving this for our Heartfelt Fridays post, but, you know, we couldn't wait. So ... sorry. In the Steelers' press conference on Tuesday, coach Bill Cowher said that he is officially taking the blame for the team's 2-5 start, warning everyone to lay off of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. "It's, like, totally my fault," said Bill.* "The buck stops here. Also, it was really me who punctured a middle-aged women's windshield with my unhelmeted head over the summer. Ben was home playing playing "Connect Four" at the time."
Meanwhile, the Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette has done some extensive research (looked up an old story) and pointed out that the Steelers' predicament might not be as dire as many believe. The New England Patriots began the 2002 season at 3-4, with quarterback Tom Brady posting a sickly 64.3 passer rating. They finished 9-7 and out of the playoffs that season, but came back the next two seasons to win consecutive Super Bowls behind Brady.
So get your heads out of those ovens, Steelers fans. It's not time for this just yet.
* = Quote may not be accurate.