Oct 20, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reacts as he talks to an official concerning a replay challenge against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 19-16. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Pretty Much Has No Faith In Team

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin does a lot of lip service during his press conferences, obviously.  And, there are few instances where the press and those of us in Steeler Nation really gain an understanding of what the heck Tomlin is actually saying.  But, on Tuesday Tomlin answered a key question about clock management so sensibly that I feel it is a big tell to not only how inept Tomlin has become at managing a game but also how much of a non-believer Tomlin has become himself of his own squad.

Steelers analyst, writer, and radio host David Todd confronted Tomlin about his clock management near the end of the game during Tomlin’s latest presser.  Todd ascertains that the Steelers made three mistakes regarding clock management during the final scoring drive of the game.  The first mistake was on Ben who took a timeout instead losing 5 yards on a delay penalty with 1:43 left in the game.  The Steelers coaches – mainly Tomlin – made the worst mistake earlier in in the drive.  On 3 and 1 with 2:44 left in the game, the Steelers came out of a clock stoppage with only one play called in the huddle.  Just one.  The Steelers picked up the first down, and rather than getting up to the line quickly and running the next play, the Steelers took :34 to snap the ball.  THIRTY. FOUR. SECONDS.  When confronted by Todd about the coache’s lack of foresight to have at least two plays called in the huddle prior to that two-minute warning, Tomlin had this to say:

For us more than anything it was about getting quality plays and putting ourself in position to score a touchdown that wasn’t a given at that point. We had been down the field a few times in the game and come away with no points. We had missed a couple field goals and obviously in one instance we had settled for a field goal. So I don’t want to be presumptuous and make it seem like getting a touchdown in that circumstance was easy because it hadn’t been to that point in the football game.

I could be way off base here, but it seems like this is the exact WRONG thing to do at the end of a game when down by 11 points.  What Tomlin says is so damning. “I don’t want to be presumptuous and make it seem like getting a touchdown in that circumstance was easy because it hadn’t been to that point in the football game.”  In other words – “I don’t want to be overconfident and make it seem like we could actually win a football game.”  In that one sentence, Tomlin not only sums up the 2013 season for the Steelers, but also sums up his own lack of faith in his personnel and players.

This wasn’t the end of a quarter or the end of the first half.  This was the end of the game.  A game that if won, could keep your team at pace with the rest of the AFC North and stay on the uptick with your team being on a three game win streak.  You needed points and fast.  And then you would need more points after that and fast.  I gotta tell ya, chief – 11 points down with almost three minutes left on the clock and all your timeouts, and you can’t believe and push your team to believing that they can win this football game?  There’s the door and kindly show yourself out.  That whole series, that whole game, the whole season, and this press conference is a direct indication of just how much Tomlin is insufficient as a head coach for this football team.

And, as long as Tomlin continues as the head coach in this manner, David Todd will be exactly right when he says that this coaching staff lacks the recognition of their own errors, and ‘we are very likely to see them happen again.’

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  • Darth Voter

    He so needs to be fired, along with Colbert….

    • Gary

      I agree with the first part of your statement, but not the last. Everyone calling for Colberts head seems to forget the good drafts and getting most players to exceed their potential. Do you think Colbert forgot how to draft, or maybe that Cowher was the brains behind that also? My thoughts are that Tomlins forceful input has drug things down. Get rid of Tomlin and 90% of the problems go with him.

  • Carl Eagan

    When the team had more talent ie when Cowher was drafting those players had the skill and pride to win despite Tomlin’s incompetence. Tomlin has been consistent at 2 things over his tenure. He has never been capable of preparing a team to play against a so called lesser opponent and despite the sound bites has never been any good at recognizing and reacting to situational football. Lovie Smith, John Gruden or Central Catholic’s football head coach would be preferable.

  • Joe Longo

    This team stinks, pure and simple! with Cowher, we always had good O-lines, but no QB until BB got here. The FO on down has been terrible extending contracts on aging veterans and now cutting them without proper replacements. Tomlin is NOT a good coach and I fear he running this team into the toilet!

    • Dom DiTolla

      I hate to be “that guy,” and while I agree with you on everything you said, but Tomlin is not “running” this team into the toilet. Instead, he already has them circling the bowl into the abyss of the NFL. Lol.

  • Justin

    Ooooooh! He didn’t want to be presumptuous! I did forget what a gentlemanly game football is. “Sir, may I proceed with advancing my squadron of footballers so that we may record six to seven points in our favor? No? Huh-za!!”

    How anyone can still support this clown is beyond me. With comments like that, wanting him fired is certainly not a knee-jerk reaction. How can we support a guy with no faith in his own team? He’s this master wordsmith after games and this is the best quote he could come up with? He should just come out and repeat “obviously” until the press leaves the room. It would sound more coherent than the ramblings he comes up with now.

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