2001 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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2001 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Bill Cowher
General manager Kevin Colbert
Owner The Rooney Family
Home field Heinz Field
Results
Record 13–3
Division place 1st in AFC Central
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 27–10
Lost AFC Championship (Patriots) 24–17
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVP Kordell Stewart
Team ROY Kendrell Bell
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 2000 2002 >

In 2001, after finishing the previous three seasons a combined 22–26, the Steelers returned to the top seed in the AFC, rolling to a 13–3 record in their first season playing at Heinz Field. The Steelers went 7–1 in their new home stadium, with the only loss coming to the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (a loss the Steelers avenged in the divisional playoffs).

However, for the third time in Bill Cowher's coaching tenure, the Steelers fell in the AFC Championship Game at home. This time, the eventual champion New England Patriots defeated the top-seeded Steelers.

Contents

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2001 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • President – Daniel M. Rooney
  • Vice President & General Counsel – Arthur J. Rooney II
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Administration Advisor – Chuck Noll
  • Director of Business – Mark Hart
  • Business Accounting Coordinator – Jim Ellenberger
  • Human Relations/Office Coordinator – Geraldine Glenn
  • Business Coordinator – Omar Khan
  • Accounting Manager – Jodie Spagnolli
  • Communications Coordinator – Ron Wahl
  • Public Relations/Media Manager – David Lockett
  • Network Administrator – Scott Phelps
  • Marketing and Merchandising
  • Director of Marketing – Tony Quatrini
  • Marketing Coordinator – Rick Giugliano
  • Merchandising Manager – Tim Carey
  • Assistant Merchandising Manager – Sam Rogiero
  • Marketing Assistant – John Wodarek
  • Producer/Broadcasting Manager – Rick Fairbend
  • Marketing/Community Relations Manager – Lynne Molyneaux
  • Marketing Assistant – John Simpson
  • Marketing Assistant – Mike Marchinsky
  • Ticket Operations
  • Ticket Manager – Brian Bonifate
  • Football Operations
  • Director of Football Operations – Kevin Colbert
  • College Scouting Coordinator – Bill Baker
  • Pro Scouting Coordinator – Doug Whaley
  • Pro/College Scout – Phil Kreidler
  • College Scout – Mark Gorscak
  • College Scout – Bob Lane
  • College Scout – Bruce McNorton
  • College Scout – Dan Rooney
  • College Scout – Bill Nunn
  • BLESTO Scout – Kelvin Fisher

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Jay Hayes

Strength and conditioning

  • Conditioning Coach – Chet Fuhrman
  • Medical Staff
  • Opthalmologist – Dr. Randy Beatty
  • Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. James P. Bradley
  • Neurological Surgeon – Dr. Joseph Maroon
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. Richard Rydze
  • Physician, Consultant – Dr. Abraham J. Twerski
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. Anthony P. Yates
  • Training Staff
  • Head Athletic Trainer – John Norwig
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer – Ryan Grove
  • Football Staff
  • Player Development Coordinator – Anthony Griggs
  • Equipment Manager - Rodgers Freyvogel
  • Field Manager – Rich Baker
  • Field/Equipment Assistant – Paul Gallagher
  • Video Coordinator – Bob McCartney
  • Video Assistant – Andy Lizanich
  • Video Assistant – Rob Brakel
  • Photographers – Mike Fabus

[1]

Notable additions include Casey Hampton, Jeff Hartings and Kendrell Bell.

Roster[edit]

2001 Pittsburgh Steelers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad

[2] [3] [4]


Rookies in italics
55 Active, 1 Inactive, 4 Practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site NFL.com Recap
HOF Fri. Aug. 3 Atlanta Falcons W 17–16 1–0 Fawcett Stadium (Canton, Ohio) Recap
2 Thu. Aug. 16 at Minnesota Vikings L 24–10 1–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
3 Sat. Aug. 25 Detroit Lions W 20–7 2–1 Heinz Field Recap
4 Thu. Aug. 30 Buffalo Bills W 20–0 3–1 Heinz Field Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Steelers did not play in their home stadium for the entire month of September. Their Week 2 game against the archrival Cleveland Browns was canceled due to the events of September 11th, and was rescheduled for the end of the year. Week 3 was their bye week.

Week Date Kickoff (ET) TV Opponent Result Record Game Site NFL.com Recap
1 Sun. Sep. 9 1:00 pm CBS at Jacksonville Jaguars L 21–3 0–1 Alltel Stadium Recap
- Sun. Sep. 16 This week cancelled due to the September 11th attacks.
2 Sun. Sep. 23 Bye Week
3 Sun. Sep. 30 1:00 pm CBS at Buffalo Bills W 20–3 1–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
4 Sun. Oct. 7 1:00 pm CBS Cincinnati Bengals W 16–7 2–1 Heinz Field Recap
5 Sun. Oct. 14 1:00 pm CBS at Kansas City Chiefs W 20–17 3–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
6 Sun. Oct. 21 1:00 pm CBS at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–10 4–1 Raymond James Stadium Recap
7 Mon. Oct. 29 9:00 pm ABC Tennessee Titans W 34–7 5–1 Heinz Field Recap
8 Sun. Nov. 4 1:00 pm CBS Baltimore Ravens L 13–10 5–2 Heinz Field Recap
9 Sun. Nov. 11 1:00 pm CBS at Cleveland Browns W 15–12 OT 6–2 Cleveland Browns Stadium Recap
10 Sun. Nov. 18 4:15 pm CBS Jacksonville Jaguars W 20–7 7–2 Heinz Field Recap
11 Sun. Nov. 25 1:00 pm CBS at Tennessee Titans W 34–24 8–2 Adelphia Coliseum Recap
12 Sun. Dec. 2 1:00 pm Fox Minnesota Vikings W 21–16 9–2 Heinz Field Recap
13 Sun. Dec. 9 4:15 pm CBS New York Jets W 18–7 10–2 Heinz Field Recap
14 Sun. Dec. 16 8:30 pm ESPN at Baltimore Ravens W 26–21 11–2 PSINet Stadium Recap
15 Sun. Dec. 23 1:00 pm Fox Detroit Lions W 47–14 12–2 Heinz Field Recap
16 Sun. Dec. 30 1:00 pm CBS at Cincinnati Bengals L 26–23 OT 12–3 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
17 Sun. Jan. 6 1:00 pm CBS Cleveland Browns W 28–7 13–3 Heinz Field Recap

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 13 3 0 .812 352 212
Baltimore Ravens 10 6 0 .625 303 265
Cleveland Browns 7 9 0 .438 285 319
Tennessee Titans 7 9 0 .438 336 388
Jacksonville Jaguars 6 10 0 .375 294 286
Cincinnati Bengals 6 10 0 .375 226 309

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 9, 2001): at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 0 3
Jaguars 0 21 0 0 21

at Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 63,785
  • Referee: Mack Gentry
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Don Criqui (play by play), Craig James (color commentator)

- (Sunday September 16, 2001): vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Due to the September 11th attacks the National Football League postponed all games. It was played after the rest of the scheduled season had been completed.

Week 2 (Sunday September 23, 2001): Bye Week[edit]

Week 3 (Sunday September 30, 2001): at Buffalo Bills[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 0 10 20
Bills 0 3 0 0 3

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 72,874
  • Referee: Tom White
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)

Week 4 (Sunday October 7, 2001): vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 0 0 7 7
Steelers 0 10 0 6 16

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 45 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 62,335
  • Referee: Larry Nemmers
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Bill Macatee (play by play), Trevor Matich (color commentator)

This was the first game at Heinz Field.

Week 5 (Sunday October 14, 2001): at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 6 14 0 20
Chiefs 0 2 0 15 17

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 78,413
  • Referee: Ron Blum
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

Week 6 (Sunday October 21, 2001): at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 10 0 17
Buccaneers 0 3 0 7 10

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 65,588
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Enberg (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

Week 7 (Monday October 29, 2001): vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 7 0 0 7
Steelers 7 10 10 7 34

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Week 8 (Sunday November 4, 2001): vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 7 0 6 13
Steelers 3 7 0 0 10

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 63 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 62,906
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Enberg (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

Week 9 (Sunday November 11, 2001): at Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Steelers 3 3 3 3 3 15
Browns 9 0 3 0 0 12

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Week 10 (Sunday November 18, 2001): vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 0 7 0 7
Steelers 3 3 7 7 20

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 4:05 pm EST
  • Game weather: 56 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 62,644
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)

Week 11 (Sunday November 25, 2001): at Tennessee Titans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 14 10 34
Titans 7 7 3 7 24

at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 68,801
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Enberg (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

Week 12 (Sunday December 2, 2001): vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 0 0 13 16
Steelers 0 7 14 0 21

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Week 13 (Sunday December 9, 2001): vs. New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 7 0 0 7
Steelers 3 9 0 6 18

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 4:15 pm EST
  • Game weather: 41 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 62,884
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Greg Gumbel (play by play), Phil Simms (color commentator)

Week 14 (Sunday December 16, 2001): at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 10 0 13 26
Ravens 0 7 0 14 21

at PSINet Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Week 15 (Sunday December 23, 2001): vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 7 0 0 14
Steelers 14 13 10 10 47

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (Light Rain)
  • Game attendance: 62,809
  • Referee: Johnny Grier
  • TV announcers: (Fox) Kenny Albert (play by play), Tim Green (color commentator)

Week 16 (Sunday December 30, 2001): at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Steelers 14 3 6 0 0 23
Bengals 0 10 0 13 3 26

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 20 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 63,751
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

Week 17 (Sunday January 6, 2002): vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 0 0 0 7
Steelers 0 7 14 7 28

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 32 °F (Light Snow)
  • Game attendance: 59,189
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

Playoffs[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) TV Opponent Result Game Site NFL.com Recap
Divisional Sun. Jan. 20 12:30 pm CBS Baltimore Ravens W 27–10 Heinz Field Recap
Conference Sun. Jan. 27 12:30 pm CBS New England Patriots L 24–17 Heinz Field Recap

Game summaries[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff (Sunday January 20, 2002): vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 3 7 0 10
Steelers 10 10 0 7 27

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: 21 °F (Mostly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 63,976
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Enberg (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

AFC Championship Game (Sunday January 27, 2002): vs. New England Patriots[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 7 7 3 24
Steelers 0 3 14 0 17

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 64,704
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli, aka "The Muscle"
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Greg Gumbel (play by play), Phil Simms (color commentator)

Honors and awards[edit]

Pro Bowl Representatives[edit]

See: 2002 Pro Bowl

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2001 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  2. ^ 2001 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 2002 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ "http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit/2001_roster.htm". 

External links[edit]