I am far from the voice of reason. I am not the beginning or end of all things ‘Steelers.’ What I am however is opinionated. When we started steelcityblitz.com our goal was simple. Give real, honest opinions of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
We wouldn’t do fluff and tell you what you wanted to hear simply to gain followers and page views. I’m proud of what we’ve done here in a short amount of time and I have many of you to thank for being loyal readers.
All that said, we have to come to an understanding.
Our Steelers are 2-5 and now must face Tom Brady in New England. Now I’ll root as hard as I always do for a black n’ gold victory but I have to be realistic considering the play of this team last week and the additional injuries to the offensive line. I don’t expect a Steelers’ win on Sunday. Why should I? Because it’s in the Eastern time zone?
What we must understand in the overall scheme of this organization is that all of the change that many of you are already screaming for isn’t going to happen. There will be changes in the postseason to be sure but some of you need a reality check if you think they’ll be of the ‘major’ variety.
For you Mike Tomlin haters, he is your coach in 2014. There is no other way to state that. If Bill Cowher can be allowed to survive three straight non-playoff seasons then certainly Mike Tomlin will survive.
Kevin Colbert? He’ll be back as well. Despite a recent record of drafting that includes more flops than a Premier League match, Colbert will be back in 2014. The Steelers don’t do ‘knee-jerk’ people and they won’t do so here either. I want to see him gone too but it isn’t happening.
For those calling for Dick LeBeau to finally walk into the sunset I can only tell you this; he leaves when he wants to leave. It’s as simple as that. He may face some pressure on the inside but it won’t be enough to force him to go. This will be his decision people.
The biggest lightning rod of them all is of course Todd Haley. Will he be back in 2014? Right now, I’d say yes. The defenders will say that because the offensive line has been in shambles for most of his tenure, he deserves another shot. Ya know what? I could buy that argument with one exception. A good coordinator finds ways to properly use his offense regardless of the OL situation. They are managing in Denver with OL problems aren’t they?
Regardless, the dismissal of Haley is unlikely. The ties to the Rooney family are strong and there is no way they will admit failure.
I’ve also seen many articles this week calling for everyone from LaMarr Woodley to Troy Polamalu to Mike Adams to (insert player here) to be released or traded or whatever. Just so long they aren’t on the roster any longer.
You all realize of course that the salary cap situation in 2014 is likely to be worse right?
It’s time to grasp a cold, hard reality that next year is going to look very similar to this current one. I understand how many of you feel. I would like to see some major changes as well but THEY AREN’T COMING.
This is now a test of your fandom. Can you survive like those of us did in the 1980’s? You’re going to have to people. This isn’t a good football team right now. From coaching to execution it’s a team in disarray.
You can come up with all the scenarios you want to about coaches and general managers being sent packing and players following them right out the door but you need to wake up!. This isn’t the Washington Redskins and this isn’t the Dallas Cowboys. This is the Pittsburgh Steelers where change comes as often as a ninety degree day in February.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 630pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.