Former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher said in an interview with 93.7 The Fan this week that his teams used to try and steal signals during his time as coach.
These comments came just days after a CBS interview in which Cowher interviewed Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick.
Cowher said, “We had people that always tried to steal signals. Stealing someone’s signals was a part of the game, and everyone attempted to do that.”
Fair point it is, but it’s nothing compared to what the New England Patriots were doing throughout early 2000’s when they won three Super Bowls.
What Cowher describes is players and coaches trying to steal signals during games. He’s right, because it’s as normal as a baseball dugout trying to steal signs from the third base coach. What New England was doing went far beyond that though.
The Patriots were videotaping other teams’ practices and walk-thru’s.
The difference between what Cowher describes and what the Patriots did is vastly different. I believe his admission was nothing more than coaches protecting coaches and his obvious gushing over Belichick which was obvious in the interview.
To his credit, Cowher says that both of his AFC Championship Game losses to the Patriots were not because of spying, but because of being beaten by better teams. I appreciate him saying that but he’s dead wrong.
The Steelers had more talent and were out-coached in both of those games.
I like Bill Cowher a lot, but there was really no need to throw fuel on the fire in this situation. All he has done is bring up painful memories of games the Steelers should have won whether the Pats ‘cheated’ or not.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 730pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.