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2003 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head Coach Bill Cowher
Home Field Heinz Field
Results
Record 6–10
Place 3rd in AFC North
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
Team MVP Hines Ward
Team ROY Troy Polamalu
Timeline
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2002 2004

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 2010, 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).

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

2003 Pittsburgh Steelers staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

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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,[2] 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 seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) TV Result
1 Sunday September 7 Baltimore Ravens 1:00 pm CBS W 34–15
2 Sunday September 14 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 pm CBS L 41–20
3 Sunday September 21 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 pm CBS W 17–10
4 Sunday September 28 Tennessee Titans 1:00 pm CBS L 30–13
5 Sunday October 5 Cleveland Browns 8:30 pm ESPN L 33–13
6 Sunday October 12 at Denver Broncos 4:15 pm CBS L 17–14
7 Sunday October 19 Bye
8 Sunday October 26 St. Louis Rams 1:00 pm FOX L 33–21
9 Sunday November 2 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 pm CBS L 23–16
10 Sunday November 9 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 pm FOX W 28–15
11 Monday November 17 at San Francisco 49ers 9:00 pm ABC L 30–14
12 Sunday November 23 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 pm CBS W 13–6
13 Sunday November 30 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 pm CBS L 24–20
14 Sunday December 7 Oakland Raiders 1:00 pm CBS W 27–7
15 Sunday December 14 at New York Jets 1:00 pm CBS L 6–0
16 Sunday December 21 San Diego Chargers 4:05 pm CBS W 40–24
17 Sunday December 28 at Baltimore Ravens 8:30 pm ESPN L 13–10 (OT)

Game summariesEdit

Week 1 (Sunday September 7, 2003): vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

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



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 73 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 63,157
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)

Week 2 (Sunday September 14, 2003): at Kansas City ChiefsEdit

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



at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Week 3 (Sunday September 21, 2003): at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

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



at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Week 4 (Sunday September 28, 2003): vs. Tennessee TitansEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 16 7 7 30
Steelers 3 10 0 0 13



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 55 °F (Light Rain)
  • Game attendance: 63,244
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

Week 5 (Sunday October 5, 2003): vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

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



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Week 6 (Sunday October 12, 2003): at Denver BroncosEdit

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



at Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Game time: 4:15 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 75,974
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Greg Gumbel (play by play), Phil Simms (color commentator)

Week 7 (Sunday October 19, 2003): Bye WeekEdit

Week 8 (Sunday October 26, 2003): vs. St. Louis RamsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 10 10 6 33
Steelers 7 7 7 0 21



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (Light Rain)
  • Game attendance: 62,665
  • Referee: Johnny Grier
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Sam Rosen (play by play), Bill Maas (color commentator)

This was the 1,000 game in Steelers history.

Week 9 (Sunday November 2, 2003): at Seattle SeahawksEdit

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



at Seahawks Stadium, Seattle, Washington

  • Game time: 4:05 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 66,507
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Enberg (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

Week 10 (Sunday November 9, 2003): vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 3 6 6 15
Steelers 0 7 21 0 28



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 38 °F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 59,520
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Ron Pitts (play by play), Tim Ryan (color commentator)

Week 11 (Monday November 17, 2003): at San Francisco 49ersEdit

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



at San Francisco Stadium, San Francisco, California

Week 12 (Sunday November 23, 2003): at Cleveland BrownsEdit

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



at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Week 13 (Sunday November 30, 2003): vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 7 0 10 24
Steelers 0 3 7 10 20



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 43 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 58,797
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Don Criqui (play by play), Steve Tasker (color commentator)

Week 14 (Sunday December 7, 2003): vs. Oakland RaidersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 0 0 0 7
Steelers 0 17 7 3 27



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 30 °F (Mostly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 53,079
  • Referee: Johnny Grier
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

Week 15 (Sunday December 14, 2003): at New York JetsEdit

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



at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Week 16 (Sunday December 21, 2003): vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 10 7 7 24
Steelers 14 7 7 12 40



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 4:05 pm EST
  • Game weather: 38 °F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 52,527
  • Referee: Bill Carollo
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Don Criqui (play by play), Steve Tasker (color commentator)

Week 17 (Sunday December 28, 2003): at Baltimore RavensEdit

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



at Ravens Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

RosterEdit

2003 Pittsburgh Steelers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

StandingsEdit

AFC North
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
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 awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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