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Cowher supports Shanahan in battle with Haynesworth

Not that he craves validation or is walking the floor at night over the Albert Haynesworth situation, but Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan got a vote of confidence from another Super Bowl-winning coach.

"Mike is doing what he needs to do and handling it real well," former Steelers coach Bill Cowher said Tuesday. "As a new coach there, he has to take the rest of his players into consideration."

Cowher, an analyst for CBS, warned against placing one player -- no matter how talented -- above the others, according to The Sporting News report by Vinnie Iyer.

"It's more than just about reaching an individual," Cowher said. "He's sending a good message to the team."

Cowher said he'd apply the same rule to Pittsburgh's problem quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has been suspended the first six games of the season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He told WFAN how Roethlisberger used to react when Cowher attempted to give him advice about his for less-than-exemplary behavior.

" 'But we're winning games. We're winning championships,' " Cowher recalled Roethlisberger saying. " 'What do you mean? Isn't that what we're here to do?' "

"Yeah," Cowher told Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason, "but there's more to it than that. ... It's the whole body of work. It's you as a person, what kind of legacy you want to leave. I really think he understands that now."

Esiason asked whether Roethlisberger is popular with his teammates, which put Cowher at a momentary loss for words.

"Uh, you know, I mean, you know what Boom, I think it's all ... ," Cowher said. "I think we like anybody that can help us win football games."

By Cindy Boren  |  August 25, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Mike Shanahan , Redskins  
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