2003 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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2003 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Bill Cowher
General manager Kevin Colbert
Owner Dan Rooney
Home field Heinz Field
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 3rd in AFC North
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros Alan Faneca (2nd team)
Hines Ward (2nd team)
Team MVP Hines Ward
Team ROY Troy Polamalu
Timeline
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The 2003 Pittsburgh Steelers season began with the team trying to improve on their 10–5–1 record from 2002 in which they lost to the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

With the team suffering through injuries as well as less reliance on the running game than normal, the Steelers stumbled to a 6–10 record, going the entire season without winning consecutive games. As of 2014, it is the team's only losing season since moving to Heinz Field. The team's 6–10 finish matched their worst under Bill Cowher (1999).

In his final season with the team, linebacker Jason Gildon became the franchise's career sack leader during a game against the Arizona Cardinals on November 9.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2003 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • Chairman – Daniel M. Rooney
  • President – 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 Operations – Omar Khan
  • Accounting Manager – Jodie Spagnolli
  • Communications Coordinator – Ron Wahl
  • Public Relations/Media Manager – David Lockett
  • Website/Network Administrator – Scott Phelps
  • Marketing
  • Director of Marketing – Tony Quatrini
  • Marketing Coordinator – Rick Giugliano
  • Client Services Administrator – Amy Corbett
  • Marketing Manager – 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 – Ben Lentz
  • Season Ticket Assistant – Libby Patcher
  • Football Operations
  • Director of Football Operations – Kevin Colbert
  • College Scouting Coordinator – Ron Hughes
  • 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

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
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer – Ariko Iso
  • Football Staff
  • Player Development Coordinator – Anthony Griggs
  • Equipment Manager - Rodgers Freyvogel
  • Field Manager – Rich Baker
  • Field/Equipment Assistant – Kalvin Jones
  • Video Coordinator – Bob McCartney
  • Video Assistant – Andy Lizanich
  • Video Assistant – Rob Brakel
  • Photographers – Mike Fabus

[1]

Notable additions include Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor.

Roster[edit]

2003 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] [5]


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 4 Inactive, 4 Practice squad

Monday Night Controversy[edit]

The team did gain some notoriety during the season. The NFL tried to make it easier on teams after playing a Monday night game by giving every team that was away for a Monday night game either a home game or their bye week the following week. The Steelers were the only team that season to play on the road following a Monday night road game,[6] playing the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 17 before traveling to Cleveland the following week to play against the rival Cleveland Browns on November 23.

While Steelers head coach Bill Cowher was livid at the team playing a road game after a Monday night road game, team president Dan Rooney mentioned that the league putting the Steelers in Cleveland—only 112 miles from Pittsburgh—after flying to the West Coast was somewhat as a compromise to the team.

The Steelers got mixed results from the back-to-back road games on a short week, losing to the 49ers 30–14 in the game the 49ers retired Ronnie Lott's number 42 during halftime, but defeating the Browns 13–6, the latter being the first of the team's twelve-game winning streak against their bitter rivals, which ended in a 2009 game in Cleveland.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) TV Game site Result Record
1 Sun. Sep. 7 Baltimore Ravens 1:00 pm CBS Heinz Field W 34–15 1–0
2 Sun. Sep. 14 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 pm CBS Arrowhead Stadium L 41–20 1–1
3 Sun. Sep. 21 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 pm CBS Paul Brown Stadium W 17–10 2–1
4 Sun. Sep. 28 Tennessee Titans 1:00 pm CBS Heinz Field L 30–13 2–2
5 Sun. Oct. 5 Cleveland Browns 8:30 pm ESPN Heinz Field L 33–13 2–3
6 Sun. Oct. 12 at Denver Broncos 4:15 pm CBS Invesco Field at Mile High L 17–14 2–4
7 Sun. Oct. 19 Bye
8 Sun. Oct. 26 St. Louis Rams 1:00 pm FOX Heinz Field L 33–21 2–5
9 Sun. Nov. 2 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 pm CBS Seahawks Stadium L 23–16 2–6
10 Sun. Nov. 9 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 pm FOX Heinz Field W 28–15 3–6
11 Mon. Nov. 17 at San Francisco 49ers 9:00 pm ABC San Francisco Stadium L 30–14 3–7
12 Sun. Nov. 23 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 pm CBS Cleveland Browns Stadium W 13–6 4–7
13 Sun. Nov. 30 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 pm CBS Heinz Field L 24–20 4–8
14 Sun. Dec. 7 Oakland Raiders 1:00 pm CBS Heinz Field W 27–7 5–8
15 Sun. Dec. 14 at New York Jets 1:00 pm CBS Giants Stadium L 6–0 5–9
16 Sun. Dec. 21 San Diego Chargers 4:05 pm CBS Heinz Field W 40–24 6–9
17 Sun. Dec. 28 at Baltimore Ravens 8:30 pm ESPN M&T Bank Stadium L 13–10 OT 6–10

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 0 7 8 15
Steelers 6 7 14 7 34

Pittsburgh won their season opener for the first time since 1999. [7]

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 17 3 0 0 20
Chiefs 7 20 7 7 41


Week 3[edit]

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



Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 16 7 7 30
Steelers 3 10 0 0 13
  • Date: September 28
  • Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 63,244
  • Game weather: Light rain, 55°F
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Gus Johnson and Bret Jones


Week 5[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 10 13 7 3 33
Steelers 0 10 3 0 13


Week 6[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 3 0 8 14
Broncos 0 7 0 10 17


Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 10 10 6 33
Steelers 7 7 7 0 21
  • Date: October 26
  • Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 62,665
  • Game weather: Light rain • 59°F
  • Referee: Johnny Grier
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen & Bill Maas

This was the 1,000th game in Steelers history.


Week 9[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 3 10 16
Seahawks 3 3 3 14 23


Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 3 6 6 15
Steelers 0 7 21 0 28
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 59,520
  • Game weather: Sunny • 38°F
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts & Tim Ryan


Week 11[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 7 7 14
49ers 7 3 14 6 30


Week 12[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 0 3 13
Browns 3 3 0 0 6


Week 13[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 7 0 10 24
Steelers 0 3 7 10 20
  • Date: November 30
  • Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 58,797
  • Game weather: Partly sunny • 43°F
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar
  • TV announcers (CBS): Don Criqui & Steve Tasker


Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 0 0 0 7
Steelers 0 17 7 3 27
  • Date: December 7
  • Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 53,079
  • Game weather: Mostly sunny • 30°F
  • Referee: Johnny Grier
  • TV announcers (CBS): Gus Johnson & Brent Jones


Week 15[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0
Jets 3 3 0 0 6


Week 16[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 10 7 7 24
Steelers 14 7 7 12 40
  • Date: December 21
  • Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 4:05 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 52,527
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy • 38°F
  • Referee: Bill Carollo
  • TV announcers (CBS): Don Criqui & Steve Tasker


Week 17[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Steelers 0 0 10 0 0 10
Ravens 7 0 0 3 3 13
  • Date: December 28
  • Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Game start: 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 70,001
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, Paul Maguire & Suzy Kolber


Roster[edit]

2003 Pittsburgh Steelers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Standings[edit]

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Baltimore Ravens 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 391 281 W2
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 346 384 L2
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 300 327 L1
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 2–4 3–9 254 322 W1

Honors and awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2003 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  2. ^ 2003 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ "http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit/2003_roster.htm". 
  5. ^ "http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit/2004_roster.htm". 
  6. ^ Cowher says NFL scheduling puts team in bad spot for next 2 weeks – PostGazette.com
  7. ^ ESPN.com. Retrieved April 23, 2013.