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Oct 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on the sideline against the Oakland Raiders during the third quarter at Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-18. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Addressing The Mike Tomlin Situation

Mike Tomlin has many issues on his hands right now and while his inclination to constantly use the word, “obviously” can be annoying, that is not one of those issues. Following a loss to the Raiders in week 8, Tomlin’s Steelers are now 2-5, with the New England Patriots on the docket tomorrow. If the Steelers lose tomorrow, they fall to 2-6 and the chances of the Steelers making the playoffs become very small.

How hot is Mike Tomlin’s seat getting? While in the past he has been known as one of the top 10, maybe top 5 coaches respectively, but in recent years, he has looked nothing of the type. After missing the playoffs last season, it appears Tomlin will be leading his Steelers in the same direction this season. How much will the Rooneys be able to take? In the past they have shown that they do not often make moves off of emotion, seeing as they have had only three coaches in Noll, Cowher, and Tomlin, since 1969. But, in the case of Mike Tomlin, his leash continues to get shorter and shorter.

Do I think Mike Tomlin will continue to be the head coach of the Steelers in 2014? Lets just say I would be very surprised if Tomlin were to get the boot next season, since I don’t see the Steelers losing the rest of their games. If they were to lose the rest of their games, the chances of it happening would double, but I don’t see the Steelers going lower than 5-11.

Another reason I believe Mike Tomlin will still be around is the fact that the Steelers signed him to an extension in the 2012 offseason. Of course, the Rooneys can’t be happy with the team right now, but I highly doubt they are at the point of wanting to fire Mike Tomlin. He went to the Super bowl only three seasons ago, and he has yet to have a losing season. While opinions can change after two seasons, Art Rooney gave Coach Tomlin his vote of confidence when Tomlin signed his extension back in 2012:

We are pleased to announce that Mike Tomlin will remain with the Steelers for at least five more years,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “Mike is one of the top head coaches in the National Football League and we are thrilled he will continue to lead our team as we pursue another Super Bowl title.”

Many fans want Tomlin out the door, but if you think about it, Tomlin has found ways to win and is a proven commodity. If the Steelers were to bring in a new coach, you have no idea if this coach will be an instant success. But then again, thats just the NFL for you.

Having personally met Coach Tomlin, I couldn’t help but enjoy him as a person, which the Rooneys obviously do, but NFL games are not won by how nice a head coach is, but instead how he can prepare a team each week, and make adjustments with the injuries that occur often in the NFL. Mike Tomlin’s seat may be getting warmer, but I believe it is going to take a lot for the Rooney’s to get rid of Tomlin after one loosing season.

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  • Rob Rossi Jr.

    I dont believe Tomlin is the issue with the team, its a bunch of things causing the losses but its mainly the Offensive Line and the injuries suffered there. People have to remember as bad as people like to make the team out to be most of these games were lost by 3 points and were close to being won at the end

    • alien5

      see patriots injuries and lack of talent, the tell me about injuries can you say 6-2

    • scott sinclair

      it’s a bunch things, the offensive line, blah, blah blah. The offensive line did not give up 55 points tonight, the offensive line didn’t blow coverages, the offensive line weren’t the ones who couldn’t tackle. The offensive line didn’t miss field goals last week, the offensive line can’t be blamed for poor punting. C’mon! Yes, the OL is horrid, but so much of the blame needs to go to the defense. Denver blew them out and New England blew them out. People need to wake up and point right at the coaching staff and the defense. It’s so easy to blame the OL for everything but this is a bad team right now.

  • Carl Eagan

    Casual fans who know more about soccer than football think Tomlin isn’t the issue. Sure the offensive line is bad it has been since Tomlin arrived. Who exactly brought the O-line coach in? Does it really make any difference if the team loses by 3 or 30 points? A loss is a loss! Lack of team discipline, poor game management, exceptionally poor clock management and absolutely no awareness of situational football is on Tomlin. He does however excel at sound bites and never preparing the team to play. Mike Tomlin if he is to be believed claims he is involved in all aspects of each game plan and will change plays when he see’s fit. So he interferes with the offense now instead of just the defense. No Mike Tomlin is responsible for the collapse of the team it’s time not to stop giving him a pass he is incapable of making this team look like a pro football team. The three games after the pats are almost guaranteed losses because he will be across the field from better coaches.

  • bk

    I truly believe that Mike Tomlin may be the worst judge of talent in the NFL. I know they have Colbert as the GM, but, it is the HC who gets the guys he wants. None of his top draft picks have panned out, not one. Pouncey you say? Always hurt and even when he is not, is not nearly as good as his reputation… DeCastro.. I was elated with this pick myself, but, he now looks average at best… Jones this year? Does not
    have the explosion needed to get to the QB. You add that with bypassing Lacy at RB to draft Leveon…pretty bad decision there.. His third round pick cannot get in the game at wr.. blowing a pick on a QB? Landry Jones? Are you kidding me?
    5-11 would be great, I don’t see it… no way Ben gets through this beating today…
    Maybe Landry gets some work this year after all…

  • Carl Eagan

    Remember Cowher did his own drafting not Colbert so Mike and Kevin together haven’t done much. The fact is Pouncey looks good because of who he replaced but he is over-rated by everyone but pro-football focus Velasquez is a better center. I think DeCastro will be dominant when he learns the game and Timmon’s is exceptional but the rest could easily be replaced. Best players on the team are Ben, Troy and Brett no question about it.

  • Carl Eagan

    The Rooney’s do know that the Tomlin experiment is a failure but lack the integrity to admit a mistake. Proof of this is their support of Obamacare to intentionally hurt their fans.

    • Craig

      Appreciate the reply’s, Carl and your opinions. But, keep your politics where they belong – at the dinner table.

  • VerilyValerie

    I agree with your take on Tomlin, but I’m begging you, PLEASE learn the difference between “loose” and “lose.” The word you want is “lose” and it’s variations, “losing” and “loses.”

    • Justin

      Please learn the difference between IT’S and ITS before you start throwing grammatical stones.

  • Justin

    It boggles my mind that the poll is 50/50 right now.