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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
AP All-Pros Alan Faneca (2nd team)
Hines Ward (2nd team)
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 2009, 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).

Contents

Personnel

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Staff

2003 Pittsburgh Steelers staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Conditioning – Chet Fuhrman

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Monday Night Controversy

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 current eleven-game winning streak (as of 2009) against their bitter rivals.

Regular season

Schedule

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 summaries

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

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:
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)

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

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

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 78,416
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Kevin Harlan (play by play), Randy Cross (color commentator)

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

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

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 64,596
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

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

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:
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

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

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 Broncos

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:
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Greg Gumbel (play by play), Phil Simms (color commentator)

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

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

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:
  • 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 Seahawks

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:
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Enberg (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

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

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:
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Ron Pitts (play by play), Tim Ryan (color commentator)

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

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

at San Francisco Stadium, San Francisco, California

  • Game time: 9:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 67,877
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers: (ABC) Al Michaels (play by play), John Madden (color commentator), Lisa Guerrero (sideline reporter)

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

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

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 73,658
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)

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

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:
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Don Criqui (play by play), Steve Tasker (color commentator)

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

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:
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

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

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

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 77,900
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

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

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:
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Don Criqui (play by play), Steve Tasker (color commentator)

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

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

at Ravens Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Roster

2003 Pittsburgh Steelers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Standings

AFC North
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Baltimore Ravens 10 6 0 .625 391 281 W-2
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 346 384 L-2
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 10 0 .375 300 327 L-1
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 254 322 W-1

Honors and awards

References

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Buffalo Baltimore Houston Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta Arizona
Miami Cincinnati Indianapolis Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Carolina St. Louis
New England Cleveland Jacksonville Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans San Francisco
NY Jets Pittsburgh Tennessee San Diego Washington Minnesota Tampa Bay Seattle
2003 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXXVIII

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