What I’ve learned over the last several years it that there are three generations of Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans.
There are those still with us who can remember some absolutely dreadful years prior to the 1970′s.
There are those that grew up in the 1970′s, saw Super Bowls, down-time in the 1980s’ and then competitive teams in the 90′s and beyond. Then there are the young ones that know only one thing, winning.
What all three of these groups should remember is that the Rooney Family will not act swiftly when there is a problem. They will not make a knee-jerk reaction when times are tough.
The Rooney’s once stuck by Bill Cowher despite three straight non-playoff season which included two sub-.500 years as well. That will continue with Mike Tomlin at least.
The oldest generation knows this and understands that the Rooney’s will not act especially when the public sentiment is screaming for them to do just that. In fact, they’ll probably be even more deliberate because of the hostility.