Bill Cowher weighs in on Steelers

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A familiar face will be part of the CBS broadcast when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the New York Jets on Sunday. Bill Cowher will work as an analyst, and his first game in this role just happens to feature the team he coached from 1992-2006. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette caught up with Cowher and got his thoughts on a number of subjects, including what has ailed the 0-4 Steelers.

Turnovers have been a problem and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has committed six of them in the last two games alone. Safety Ryan Clark said during a visit to ESPN last week that Roethlisberger’s trademark of extending plays sometimes costs the Steelers because that style can lead to turnovers. Clark clarified his remarks but he didn’t back away from them.

Not backing down has long been a part of Willie Colon’s mindset as well as his game. The former Steelers guard is now playing for the Jets, and Sunday he will block the same players that are still his close friends. The Steelers released Colon during the offseason, but he had only good things to say about the organization he played for from 2006-12.

Cameron Heyward is among the players that Colon and the Jets’ offensive line will try to keep away from rookie quarterback Geno Smith. Heyward has supplanted Ziggy Hood as the starter at defensive end opposite Brett Keisel, and the Steelers’ 2011 first-round pick is hoping to help a pass rush that has generated just four sacks.

The newest member of the Steelers’ defensive line, Hebron Fangupo, took a long and winding road to the NFL. His story is a compelling one and Steelers.com’s Teresa Varley does an excellent job of telling it in a long-form piece.