Sep 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin looks on in the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

What Game Did Mike Tomlin Watch?


I know this sounds crass, but I almost wet my pants after I read Mike Tomlin’s recent comments regarding Pittsburgh’s loss to Tennessee in a recent article by Gerry Dulac of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

According to Tomlin, the Steelers were “not all bad” and an “explosive play or two” away from winning the game.

With rhetoric like that I  guess that the lofty “standard” Tomlin constantly talks about has sunk to a new low.  I am not sure how one can classify 32 total rushing yards, five sacks, one offensive touchdown, losing the “time of possession battle by eight minutes,” a six-plus minute scoring drive allowed before halftime, and zero turnovers as “not all bad.”

Moreover, every week it seems like losing teams are an “explosive play or two” away from winning a game.  By that logic, couldn’t Mike Munchak make the argument that his team was an “explosive play or two” away from turning the game into a rout by the middle of the third quarter?

With this type of garbage rhetoric, I would hate to see what a “bad” performance is according to Tomlin.  No, I really would.  What in fact would classify a performance as “bad” under the Tomlin regime?

Well, the good news is that the Steelers will take on the Bengals in Cincinnati next Monday night.  After that upcoming drubbing, Tomlin might be able to document for us what a “bad performance” is in his book.




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  • Carl Eagan

    Your absolutely right. Mike finally realized he’s responsible for helping to build and approve the game plan and he is also responsible for making sure adjustments are made when necessary and he has shown that along with his inability to prepare the team to p[lay against teams they are supposed to beat he has no clue about the game plan or how to make adjustments.

  • Hutch

    we did hold them to 16 points. Our Defense was great. Point taken regarding Offense however….

    • Dom DiTolla

      While the defense held tough at times, the almost 7 minute drive before the half, the lack of a takeaway, and scant pocket-collapse were brutal to watch.

      • Hutch

        Fair enough. But I will take ANY defense that can hold someone to 16 points. The average for the Steelers in the past 10 years, I have read, is 20 points when TP isn’t in the game, 15 when he is. Our Defense is top shelf. Our offense is pre 70′s bad.

  • Jamie Morrow

    the Steelers were deep in their territory with about 4 minutes left on the
    clock it was 4 downs time. On third down we should have ran the ball or had
    Ben roll out to pass or run with the expectation of making some yards in anticipation
    of going for it on 4th down. Punting, as the play before it was, was
    a horrible call by the coach and made any chance of winning almost impossible.

  • Mike

    There is a psychology at play here. The team is reeling from the loss of key personnel. Popular players at critical positions have been lost for the year. The locker room would appear to be at an emotional nadir. This is the time for a softer touch and a ‘bright side’ perspective. Film rooms are where the harsh criticism will be delivered, not at a press conference.

    If you don’t see that praise should be given publicly and criticism given privately, I feel bad for your kids.

  • Ray Morris

    Tomlin’s rhetoric reminds me of someone……

    • bk

      All he needs to do is blame the Republicans in the HOR

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