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Mike Tomlin's Empty Threats Are Hilarious


At 0-4, the Pittsburgh Steelers are pretty much finished.  Although their season is over from a postseason perspective, Mike Tomlin apparently is threatening to get rid of players who “won’t buy in” to turning things around this fall according to Ed Bouchette of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:


Those who don’t ain’t going to be a part of this … whoever it may be.


Really, Mike?  They “won’t be around?”

At least to me, these empty threats by Tomlin are becoming even more hilarious to read on a weekly basis.  Last time I checked, Tomlin and his coaching staff have allowed numerous amounts of problems to fester without solving them, and the team’s performance during the last two years clearly reflects it.

I just wish you would actually do something to answer the questions below instead of making ridiculous sound bytes after each loss, Mr. Tomlin:


  • Where was this urgency and rhetoric after the season opening loss to the Tennessee Titans?


  • Why do you still trot Ryan Clark onto the field when he’s one of the worst free safeties in the league?


  • Why is Mike Adams in lineup protecting Big Ben’s blind-side?


  • Why are you not pressuring Todd Haley to let Ben Roethlisberger to run a hurry-up offensive attack?


  • Why is LaMarr Woodley on the field when he cannot collapse the pocket?


  • Where are you and your staff disciplining guys like Antonio Brown for their “bush league” antics after they make pedestrian first downs?


  • How have missed tackles and poor angles become the new normal on the defensive side of the ball? 


  • Where are you disciplining your quarterback when he displays poor ball-security? 


  • Why are you not chastising your defense for their inability to force turnovers and collapse the pocket?


Seriously, how are we the fans, and most importantly your coaching staff and players, supposed to buy into your threats when the same problems pop up on a weekly basis?  They know there has never been any sort of discipline for their recidivist actions, so why should they change?

Furthermore, I would guess that many on your team who actually do want to win football games would decline to be aboard the currently sinking “SS Tomlin” for much longer.

I certainly hate to be a “Negative Nancy” now that the team is 0-4, but I will say this right here and right now regarding the Steelers’ head coach, readers:


Mike Tomlin is “all sizzle,” and “no steak.”  The threats he espouses are empty, and the discipline is nowhere to be found on this team.  The sooner that Pittsburgh’s brass figure this out, the better off they will be when they hire his replacement.





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  • Rod Hedrick

    Someone needs to talk to Tomlin about his clock management! This team has no heart or discipline and that all comes down to coaching.

    • bk

      I’vwe said this for years, he needs to hire a Junior High School Coach to teach him how to manage a clock. How can he continue to make the same, lame, mistakes… time and time again…. insanity

  • Justin

    Who is that final quote from? It sums Tomlin up perfectly.

    • Dom DiTolla

      It’s actually from me. I made it up for the article.

      • Justin

        Oh nice! The way it was quoted had me thinking it was from another source.

        • Dom DiTolla

          Nope, it’s a “Dom Di Tolla original.” Lol. I hope people in the future will quote it if things continue to unravel though.

  • bk

    All Tomlin needs is a teleprompter and someone to blame and he is Obama. Rhetoric, Blame, threats, etc. All to cover up for the FACT that neither one is a leader capable of taking control of any situation and improving it.

    • Justin

      Someone buy this man a drink! This is exactly what I said about Tomlin a week or two ago that with the garbage that comes out of his mouth he’s more suited to be president than coach.

    • retiredmd7

      While I agree Obama is neither the leader nor statesman this country desperately needed after the abject disaster that was Bush, let’s not forget that the once great Republican Party has been kidnapped by ultra right-wing fanatics bent on destroying (by their own admission) the Obama presidency no matter the cost to this nation. The mendacious, fear mongering hypocrites who call themselves the Tea Party have not sought accommodation or bipartisanship, obstructing virtually every Obama initiative. Bad enough these scumbags are trying to steal future elections through gerrymandering and voter disenfranchisement, now they are attempting to hold the government hostage by threatening a shutdown despite the potential economic harm. Why? Because they refuse to honor a law passed by both houses of Congress and reaffirmed by voters in the 2012 presidential election and the Supreme court!

      • DidusayJenn

        I can’t help but notice you mentioned nothing at all about football or even the Steelers, is it cause you’re from ohio? :-(

    • whatever

      Why are you turning this political? Is every excuse-making coach in the league Obama now, or only the black ones, you racist prick? This isn’t about politics, it’s about football. If you had to stand in front of the press and answer for yourself for 4 straight weeks I’m sure you’d come up with some real life-changing advice eh? I bet you’d be the best damn head coach in the league, even! You think it’s Tomlin’s fault that the O-line fucking blows? Is it Tomlin’s fault the defense can’t catch a ball to save their lives? I suppose it’s Mike Tomlin’s fault that Ben has turned the ball over more times than your mom has been flipped over onto her back in the past couple weeks by the milk man? Go fuck yourself.

      • DidusayJenn

        I see what you did there… Creative

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  • JA

    Colbert needs to go with Tomlin (and Haley), Le Beau needs to retire. People seem to forget Cowher had a heavy hand in the draft in the latter years.

  • Tony House

    Tomlin looks lost. He has lost the team. Time to go! He should ‘ve been let go 2 years ago.

  • Rob Lewis

    SUCK IT UP STEELERS FANS…we’ve had down years before, remember the 80′s and 90′s…Of course we want better 4 our team, but people we are finally in a state of transition, whether it be the Gm, coaches or players!!! #STEELERS4LIFE

  • Frankie Barber

    Yes the Steelers are 0-4 and have been very off as of late but realistically we are only 2 games out of 1st with 12 games to go. We have many new players and it takes time to build chemistry, which I think will happen during the Jet game. I say by week 9 we are 4-4 and right in the thick of things.