For the 11 years that Mike Tomlin has been head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers they have been one of the most successful teams on paper. Never having a losing season, making the playoffs almost every year, and having premier talent across the league. However, while on paper the Steelers may seem good but in reality they are one of the most overrated teams in the league and Tomlin is responsible for it. Here are some reasons why they are overrated and why Tomlin should be fired.
They Can’t Win When It Matters Most
In the regular season the Steelers boast some of the best records in the league along with being one of the best teams in the league. However this seems to end almost immediately once they reach the playoffs. Every team they’ve lost to in the playoffs in the past few years has had an inferior roster compared to the Steelers but they always get outmatched by the other team. The coaching in those games is also highly questionable as some rather eye raising plays have been called. For instance in the AFC Divisional game versus the Jaguars the Steelers have had a 4th & 1 multiple times throughout the game, but instead of running the ball up the middle they toss it to the outside. Why would you toss it to the outside when you have one of the best interior offensive lines in the NFL?
Another huge reason as to why the Steelers are overrated is due to the toxic personalities on the team. The combo of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown have been given the nickname “Killer Bees”, but it’s hard to be killer when you haven’t won anything as a group. In fact, the only thing that these three are “killing” is their team. Let’s start with Bell, he has been suspended multiple times for substance abuse which has hurt the team while they are trying to go out and win games. He skipped all of training camp and the preseason last year while hoping for a new contract. This became a major distraction for the team as they had been wondering for weeks whether their star running back will be available for week 1. Let’s not forget to mention that he took his focus off of the Jaguars and turned it to the Patriots as he thought it was going to be a cake walk over the Jaguars. Next is Brown, he intentionally violated team and league rules so that he could make an extra dollar off of his Facebook live. He took a moment that was meant to be about the team and the win that they had just gotten, and instead made it about him. Brown always ends up making things all about him and not the team. Now over to the star of the show Ben Roethlisberger. The allegations that came about him early in his career have shown to be a distraction and is still a topic up for debate today. And then whenever he has a bad game or loses an important one, the threat of retirement always seems to loom about him.
The Firing of Todd Haley
Despite what you may hear in the media about the relationship between Todd Haley and the rest of the team, the numbers don’t lie. He has been one of the best offensive coordinators in the NFL. The fact that after a 45-42 loss to the Jaguars Mike Tomlin and management decides to let go of Haley rather than Keith Butler is an anomaly. The only thing keeping them in the game was the scoring and production of the offense, so why was he let go? It’s choices and decisions like this that make the Steelers and overrated team. Mike Tomlin has proven again and again that he cannot control his team and the personalities on it as well as not being able to win in the big moments of crucial games.