Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin (photo byrneafterreading.com)
The Pittsburgh Steelers are going into their seventh year under head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin and the Steelers finished last season 8-8 and are heading into this season with many questions. One of the biggest questions being is coach Tomlin on the hot seat?
The 41 year old Tomlin has led the Steelers to two Super Bowls, winning one and losing the second, and has led the Steelers to the playoffs every season except two including this past season. So I would say right now Tomlin is not on the seat, but that could easily change.
In Pittsburgh the Steelers are always expected to win and when they don’t it’s obvious. The Steelers were very disappointing last season after starting the season 6-3 and then collapsing to lose five of their last seven games including a three game losing streak that crushed their hopes of making the playoffs. And after each loss we heard Tomlin give almost the same speech every time, “We know what we did wrong and it’s up to us to fix it.” Unfortunately the Steelers were unable to fix their problems: the defense could not create turnovers, the offense could not score points, and it seemed like the team was crashing and burning.
This season could be the deciding year for Tomlin; if he is able to sturdy the rocking ship and guide the Steelers back to success then there should be no problems in Pittsburgh. But if the Steelers have another season like last year where the running game was nonexistent and the quarterback and offensive coordinator have to be separated on the sideline then there is a strong possibility for change in Pittsburgh.
The key for a successful Steeler season is simple; they need to play Steeler football. They need to run the ball successfully which will take pressure off of their star quarterback. And they need to get after the quarterback and force takeaways on defense. If that happens then it should be a good year in Pittsburgh and for Mike Tomlin.