How much time does a Super Bowl buy you?
Mike Tomlin could be very close to finding out the answer to that question if he can’t get the Steelers back to the playoffs this season. Don’t look now, but the chips are stacked against him.
Since winning the Super Bowl four years ago, Tomlin and the Steelers are 41-23 in the regular season with two playoff appearances in four years. The first of those ended with a dud in the Super Bowl loss to the Green Bay Packers. The second saw the Steelers go one-and-done on the back of a Tim Tebow overtime touchdown pass.
Perhaps more alarming than the 23 losses in four seasons is Pittsburgh’s record in the AFC North over the past two seasons. They’ve dropped three of their last four to the rival Baltimore Ravens and split last season with both the Browns and Bengals.
The road won’t get any easier, as it looks like the Ravens have replaced experience with speed and youth on defense as they prepare to defend their title. The Bengals are on everyone’s r...