The Steelers have lost 4 out of 5 games, all of them due to late-game meltdowns. And now they face the prospect of being eliminated from playoff contention. The Breakout Live team debates whether Mike Tomlin should be on the hot seat if the Steelers miss the playoffs.
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I don’t think so. The Steelers have only had 3 head coaches since 1969, so they’re not a brash organization. Tomlin posted back-to-back 8-8 seasons in ‘12 and ‘13 and still has his job today, so I’m not sure why a probable 9-6-1 record would put him on the hot seat after all the drama of 2018.
While true this would be considered a monumental collapse, the likes of which we’ve never seen from Pittsburgh, I wonder how much the Le’Veon Bell drama took from this team this season. They’re 2-4 since Bell officially sat out the season. Mike Tomlin isn’t the GM, so that falls on the organization for letting that fiasco become what it was. I think that alone is enough to ensure Tomlin doesn’t find his seat warm.
I feel like Mike Tomlin is the Andy Dalton of NFL coaches. The team does well enough to keep his job, but not well enough to advance in the playoffs and win championships. Maybe that’s a little unfair to Tomlin, since after all he has actually won playoff games and even one Super Bowl. But I think the Steelers have vastly underachieved under Tomlin. As a Bengals fan, I don’t hesitate to say that Ben Roethlisberger is a Hall of Fame quarterback who’s one of the best of his era, and the Steelers front office is first class in loading that team with weapons almost every draft.
But I feel Mike Tomlin makes poor decisions in critical situations. We’re talking about a guy who’s lost 10 challenges in a row. I strongly believe that, with the talent the Steelers have had the last decade, they would have won multiple championships with a better head coach. So yes, I think he should be on the hot seat, but that was long before this late-season collapse.
George “Cannonball” West
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Mike Tomlin’s seat should be as Cold as Ice. Anyone who doesn’t think that has a Foreign idea of what competent NFL head coaching is. True, the Head Games have gone the wrong way for the Iron Curtain in 4 of the last 5 games this season, but you can’t judge a head coach on 5 games, especially a coach that has a 124-66-1 career record with 2 Super Bowl appearances, 1 ring, and 7 playoff appearances since 2008.
Luckily for the Pittsburgh faithful, the Steelers don’t make urgent decisions when it comes to the head coach; but if in a moment of Double Vision they did get rid of Tomlin, Mike would be unemployed for about 10 minutes before getting hired by an underachieving team like the Broncos, Panthers, Falcons, Jags, Packers, Buccaneers, Bills, Lions, and Dolphins, plus the teams that just need to start from scratch like the Jets, Cardinals, and Bengals and, even though they made the playoffs, the Cowboys. Dallas fans can only dream of a Juke Box Hero like Tomlin, while they are forced to endure the Blue Mornings and Blue Days of a Garrett.