I really enjoy talking Steelers football with certain members of the fanbase. That’s how I ended up writing for this site.
However, the angry mob mentality of Steeler Nation really is starting to wear me down following every Steelers loss. Of course, after Sunday’s upset loss to the Ravens the “Fire Tomlin! Fire Haley!” crowd is back out in full force. I can’t understand how a fan base can be so on top of the world for several weeks, and after one bad game heads should roll. I honestly think if the Steelers were in the position of the Panthers right now, people would still be calling for Tomlin to be fired after a loss to the Falcons Sunday.
First of all, that’s not happening. The Steelers could lose by 4 touchdowns Sunday, and the Bills upset the Jets and we miss the playoffs; it’s still not happening. So don’t waste your breath.
Second, it shouldn’t happen.
I’m not here to completely let Mike Tomlin off the hook. He has his warts, every coach does. Bill Belicheck is regarded as maybe the best coach of all time and he kicked the ball away in overtime Sunday to lose to the Jets. Sh*t Happens!
Am I mad about what went down yesterday? Absolutely. Do I place blame on Tomlin, Ben, Haley, and Butler? Yes. Do I suddenly think changes have to be made? No, and I think it’s crazy to suggest they should be made.
A week ago, people were talking about why Mike Tomlin deserves some recognition in coach of the year talk, for steering his team towards a playoff run despite being without Big Ben for several weeks.
The “playing down to bad competition” thing drives me crazy too… and I think that a large portion of that probably should fall on the coach, but I also don’t like complaining unless I have a viable solution in mind.
Do people think that Tomlin really prepares differently in weeks against the Bengals and Broncos than he does against the Ravens? Tomlin preached publicly all week that they were preparing for a motivated and dangerous Ravens team. Do you think he doesn’t do the same internally?
If he did, he’d surely have learned by now that he needs to adjust his approach in games against sub-.500 teams.
Shouldn’t these men that are actually playing have accountability to keep themselves focused, even if their head coach wasn’t? I’ve heard plenty of times, if you need external things to motivate you to play this game, then you’re not cut out for it.
Does Tomlin sometimes make coaching blunders? Yes. If you want to criticize him for going for it early in the game of 4th down, I won’t argue with you. I will say that I think Tomlin believes in his guys a lot, maybe even to a fault… but I also think that’s why so many players love to play for him.
I think that despite all the frustration with the secondary, the Steelers defense this season is an improvement over the defense we’ve seen the last few years under Dick Lebeau. I want to see what Keith Butler can do with an off-season that will surely be focused on improving the play in the secondary.
Offensively, the Steelers set franchise records this season. Sorry Haley haters.
If Ben doesn’t throw some of the terrible interceptions that he did yesterday, nobody is even talking about the coaching stuff. To me, he holds most of the blame for the loss to the Ravens. I’m still not calling for him to not be the Steelers Quarterback going forward.
I think if it were up to the fans, the Steelers would look like the Browns… hiring and firing coaches seemingly every season.
This team had some bad luck with injuries this season, but I still feel good about the coming years while Ben Roethlisberger is still leading the team, and I think that any kind of major turnover would be a huge mistake with a team currently in a championship window.