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Cowher: Steelers won't panic, may overhaul

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08:02 AM ET 01.30 | Bill Cowher knows the disappointment of expectations unmet in Pittsburgh and the panic that accompanies it. That panic, however, never came from within, and he predicts it won't occur this time, either, after the Steelers' worst record since Cowher's last team went 8-8 in 2006. "No. 1, there's a history with this organization; they don't panic," said Cowher. ... "Sometimes, we get caught up remembering how [players] were and not how they are. In assessing that, those are the toughest decisions you have to make." Cowher suggested players such as outside linebacker James Harrison, nose tackle Casey Hampton, inside linebacker Larry Foote and even safety Troy Polamalu could fall under that umbrella.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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January 30, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Cut Troy Polamala? Yea right Bill.

January 30, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Pimping The Ride, Bros?

January 30, 2013  08:12 AM ET

On the other side, the Browns are fully prepared to panic.

January 30, 2013  08:15 AM ET

Gotta get younger to get better...

January 30, 2013  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Gotta get younger to get better...

Well, they were working on it in last years draft until injuries and stupidity took over.

January 30, 2013  08:26 AM ET

They need a safety, a running back and a pass rusher.

January 30, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Gotta get younger to get better...

Being an older team and a physical team is a tough combination.

January 30, 2013  08:42 AM ET

Palamalu hasn't stayed on the field in 2 or 3 years.

January 30, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Cut Troy Polamala? Yea right Bill.

I think someone added **** on their own. The Steelers with all their troubles and losses this year STILL had the top defense. I can't believe Bill would single out only defensive players to point fingers at, IF he pointed at anyone at all.

January 30, 2013  08:47 AM ET

I'm thinking SI should now change it's name to SE....Sports Exaggerated.

January 30, 2013  08:48 AM ET

In recent years, the Steelers have missed the playoffs every 3 years. They'll be back again.

January 30, 2013  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They need a safety, a running back and a pass rusher.

They HAD a harem of running backs. They just need a better RB coach to teach these guys to run forward not sideways. While it's true a RB like Ray Rice, AP or any of the other premier backs would certainly bolster their offense, I would like to see them finally solidify their OL. It ALL starts there.

January 30, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

In recent years, the Steelers have missed the playoffs every 3 years. They'll be back again.

Yes they will!

January 30, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They need a safety, a running back and a pass rusher.

If Lewis walks in free agency they will also need a CB. ILB and OLB are also high needs.

January 30, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Of the 4 named above Hampton and Foote are FA so they won't be back unless they sign for a lot less money then they got last year and that just isn't very likely.

The Stee;ers have little depth at OLB and Safety on the roster right now so I think Harrision and Polamalu are safe for now but could become cap causalties later on if the Steelers pick up viable replacements thru FA (not likely) or the draft.

January 30, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

They HAD a harem of running backs. They just need a better RB coach to teach these guys to run forward not sideways. While it's true a RB like Ray Rice, AP or any of the other premier backs would certainly bolster their offense, I would like to see them finally solidify their OL. It ALL starts there.

I think the OL will be fine next year when DeCastro is healthy and with Adams having another year under his belt.

They need a RB that has breakaway speed, can catch the ball and is not a plodder. Unfortunately, the one they had decided to biotch slap his GF and was cut. Plus, he was their best return man.

January 30, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

In recent years, the Steelers have missed the playoffs every 3 years. They'll be back again.

I don't think so, I say they finish 3rd (at best) in the division and possibly in the cellar at 7-9

January 30, 2013  09:28 AM ET

Is going to be an interesting year in Pittsburgh, the have quite a few holes to fill but, theirs always free agency and a good draft to look forward to! They are are in one of the toughest divisions if not the toughest division in football so they look bad, put them in the AFC Least and their at least a wild card!!!

January 30, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I think the OL will be fine next year when DeCastro is healthy and with Adams having another year under his belt...

You would hope so... a healthy O-Line would cure a whole lot of ills with the Steelers.

That said - I noticed a significant drop in production with Troy last year.

 
January 30, 2013  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Cut Troy Polamala? Yea right Bill.

It is exceedingly difficult to pay Troy 7.5 million/year for relaxing in a hot tub.

As per Bill, "Sometimes, we get caught up remembering how [players] were and not how they are."

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