2003 Pittsburgh Steelers season
The 2003 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 71st season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League.
|2003 Pittsburgh Steelers season|
|Head coach||Bill Cowher|
|General manager||Kevin Colbert|
|Owner||The Rooney Family|
|Home field||Heinz Field|
|Division place||3rd AFC North|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|AP All-Pros||Alan Faneca (2nd team)|
Hines Ward (2nd team)
|Team MVP||Hines Ward|
|Team ROY||Troy Polamalu|
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. Since moving to Heinz Field, this marked their first losing season as well as missing the playoff along with the 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2013. The team's 6–10 finish matched their worst under Bill Cowher (1999).
As of 2018, this is the most recent losing season for the Steelers, and the most recent time they have lost more than 9 games.
|2003 Pittsburgh Steelers staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
Notable additions include Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor.
|2003 Pittsburgh Steelers final roster|
Monday Night ControversyEdit
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, 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.
|Week||Date||Kickoff (ET)||TV||Opponent||Result||Record||Game Site||NFL Recap|
|1||Sat. Aug. 9||12:30 p.m.||KDKA||at Detroit Lions||L 13–26||0–1||Ford Field|
|2||Sat. Aug. 16||7:30 p.m.||KDKA||Philadelphia Eagles||L 16–21||0–2||Heinz Field|
|3||Thu. Aug. 21||8:00 p.m.||FOX||Dallas Cowboys||W 15–14||1–2||Heinz Field|
|4||Fri. Aug. 29||8:00 p.m.||KDKA||at Carolina Panthers||L 14–21||1–3||Bank of America Stadium|
|Week||Date||Opponent||Kickoff (ET)||TV||Game Site||Result||Record||NFL Recap|
|1||Sun. Sep. 7||Baltimore Ravens||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Heinz Field||W 34–15||1–0||Summary|
|2||Sun. Sep. 14||at Kansas City Chiefs||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Arrowhead Stadium||L 20–41||1–1||Summary|
|3||Sun. Sep. 21||at Cincinnati Bengals||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Paul Brown Stadium||W 17–10||2–1||Summary|
|4||Sun. Sep. 28||Tennessee Titans||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Heinz Field||L 13–30||2–2||Summary|
|5||Sun. Oct. 5||Cleveland Browns||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||Heinz Field||L 13–33||2–3||Summary|
|6||Sun. Oct. 12||at Denver Broncos||4:15 p.m.||CBS||Invesco Field at Mile High||L 14–17||2–4||Summary|
|7||Sun. Oct. 19||Bye|
|8||Sun. Oct. 26||St. Louis Rams||1:00 p.m.||FOX||Heinz Field||L 21–33||2–5||Summary|
|9||Sun. Nov. 2||at Seattle Seahawks||4:05 p.m.||CBS||Seahawks Stadium||L 16–23||2–6||Summary|
|10||Sun. Nov. 9||Arizona Cardinals||1:00 p.m.||FOX||Heinz Field||W 28–15||3–6||Summary|
|11||Mon. Nov. 17||at San Francisco 49ers||9:00 p.m.||ABC||San Francisco Stadium||L 14–30||3–7||Summary|
|12||Sun. Nov. 23||at Cleveland Browns||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Cleveland Browns Stadium||W 13–6||4–7||Summary|
|13||Sun. Nov. 30||Cincinnati Bengals||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Heinz Field||L 20–24||4–8||Summary|
|14||Sun. Dec. 7||Oakland Raiders||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Heinz Field||W 27–7||5–8||Summary|
|15||Sun. Dec. 14||at New York Jets||1:00 p.m.||CBS||Giants Stadium||L 0–6||5–9||Summary|
|16||Sun. Dec. 21||San Diego Chargers||4:05 p.m.||CBS||Heinz Field||W 40–24||6–9||Summary|
|17||Sun. Dec. 28||at Baltimore Ravens||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||M&T Bank Stadium||L 10–13 (OT)||6–10||Summary|
This was the 1,000th game in Steelers history.
|(4) Baltimore Ravens||10||6||0||.625||5–1||7–5||391||281||W2|
Honors and awardsEdit
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- 2003 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
- 2003 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
- 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
- "2003 Pittsburgh Steelers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
- "2004 Pittsburgh Steelers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
- Cowher says NFL scheduling puts team in bad spot for next 2 weeks – PostGazette.com
- ESPN.com. Retrieved April 23, 2013.