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Front Office and Ownership Must Ask Tough Questions Now


At 2-5, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2013 regular season is essentially in the toilet. An undisciplined team with little hope of improving as they are in the midst of a rebuilding campaign, the franchise is at a “crossroads” of sorts.

While “change” has not been the Steelers’ “go-to” move in recent seasons, what has occurred on the field and within the front office over the last two seasons has been nothing short of unacceptable. With the season basically lost, it is high time that management begins to ask tough questions regarding the future of this franchise.

In fact, I have comprised a few “tough” questions which those in charge of the franchise should be asking themselves over the coming months :


  • Do underwhelming veterans on the verge of free agency (Jason Worilds, Ziggy Hood, Ryan Clark, etc.) deserve more chances to prove themselves?


  • To get out of “salary cap hell,” does the team need to eat dead money in the short-term to set themselves right for the future?


  • Can this team really afford an inconsistent, underachieving, aging, and expensive pass-rusher like LaMarr Woodley over the next three years?


  • How many more chances do Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert really deserve to succeed before their time is up in Pittsburgh?


  • Even when Maurkice Pouncey returns healthy, does Fernando Velasco deserve a chance to start at center?


  • Is Le’Veon Bell really the “every-down” answer at running back?


  • Do rookies and youngsters deserve extra playing time over declining veterans in an already lost campaign?


  • Do Mike Tomlin, Todd Haley, Dick LeBeau, and even Kevin Colbert deserve chances to turn things around next fall?


  • How much more undisciplined play on the field can be tolerated?


  • When will the seat eventually get warm for the underachieving Tomlin?


  • How much longer will Keith Butler and Carnell Lake stick around if LeBeau continues to stay as the defensive coordinator?


I for one hope that those in charge of this franchise are asking these questions right now, because they are probably not pleased with the way this team has performed over the last two seasons. Continuing with this charade should not be an option, and some form of change must come if the front office and ownership want to see positive results on the field.

Being honest and evaluating where this franchise exactly stands will be a difficult task. However, there is no chance that the Steelers will improve unless they consider and attempt to answer tough questions throughout the rebuilding process.






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  • Thom Lang

    Those questions should have answers by now. The last 5 drafts have been marginal, at best. Who made the draft decisions? Start there. That is why some of the veterans are still hanging on, no one to replace them. Look at the offensive line. Been bad for years. Has the draft helped? No. Players hurt frequently do not help.

  • scott sinclair

    We all know Tomlin will be back and given every chance to “right” the ship even though he’s the main reason they are tanking. I can’t honestly see LeBeau coming back. Unless they fire Colbert I see them hanging onto some of his mistakes (Hood, Adams, etc) to save face even though this team needs a serious gutting out.

  • bk

    Exactly! No one should be safe on this team, it is not going to be a quick fix… especially without any extra draft picks…Figure 2 years min to rebuild… Troy is gone, Ben is on his last leg, A. Brown will be
    in his prime, Heath is done, .. sigh gonna be a long trip back.

  • Carl Eagan

    Colbert is part of the problem he’s been given too much credit when after Donahue Cowher had control of player personnel not Colbert. Colbert was put in charge because no one in their right mind would trust Tomlin with something so important. Tomlin is nothing if not consistent the team was once again not prepared to play, clock management was non-existent and he made great sound bites after the game. LeBeau’s soft zone is getting old play off 15 yards when the raider’s needed 10 was idiotic. Haley’s play calling is a mystery they need 12 so he calls a bubble screen or 5 yard pass is he stupid or does he not trust the offensive line coached by someone Tomlin brought in? Special teams is a joke no consistency at all. This team has talent but isn’t coached properly at all. First thing to do is get rid of Tomlin’s street corner mentality in the locker room.

    • Kimmy

      What exactly is a “street corner mentality”?

      • Dom DiTolla

        Yeah, Carl. I’ve wondered that same thing myself. You seem to always use it to describe Tomlin yet don’t elaborate on it.

  • Kimmy

    You already know what I’m going to say. I think Tomlin has earned the chance to see this through. I think the team still has parts that can be built around to make them successful and don’t need to be completely overhauled and started over.

  • Jaime

    it’s time to change and clean the house, no more bad draft selections and apathetic players, sorry Mr. LeBau it’s time to chang defensive models and tactics

  • Ronk25

    All good questions but your 8th question needs to be the #1 question: Do Mike Tomlin, Todd Haley, Dick LeBeau, and even Kevin Colbert deserve chances to turn things around next fall? My answer is simple = Hell no when it comes to Tomlin, Haley & Colbert. That house is dirty and desperately needs to be cleaned. The 3 of them have done an absolutely ABISMAL job. They inherited a championship team with young player & coaching talent built by Cower. And, they basically drove it down the commode in a few short years because they do not possess the skills to sustain it while most NFL coaches have to build it from scratch. They made a heap of PP personnel moves and don’t have the coaching skills required to get their personnel NFL game ready. And, until the Rooney’s come to grips with their error & clean house, this franchise will continue to suffer. On the other hand, there are clearly some exceptional coaches on the defensive side of the ball and Carnell Lake is very clearly one of them. What he’s been able to do with his Rookies is absolutely incredible. Just look at the transformation of players like William Gay and many others who have grown incredibly under his coaching & leadership. So it must be selective. But, Tomlin, Haley & Colbert have not gotten the same results. Now we get to see if the Rooney’s are men of action (walk like they talk) or if they’ll wait for Divine Intervention. I have news for them – there will be no Divine Intervention.