Posted November 04, 2013

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin threatens jobs after blowout loss

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The Patriots wide receivers consistently burned the Steelers secondary on Sunday. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Patriots wide receivers consistently burned the Steelers secondary on Sunday. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The entire Pittsburgh Steelers team, especially the defense, was put on notice by head coach Mike Tomlin after the Steelers were blown out by the New England Patriots on Sunday.

After the 55-31 rout, in which the Steelers gave up 55 points and 610 yards (both franchise records), Tomlin said he was angry and disappointed in the way his team played.

The defense, which ranked in the top five in the NFL for six straight years from 2007 to 2012, is ranked 13th in total defense and 31st in rushing defense this season.

“You re-evaluate everything,” Tomlin said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You have to after a performance like that and we will. It doesn’t necessarily mean we will change or change for the sake of changing, but we will look at every aspect of what we are doing and who we are doing it with because we can’t have performances like that.”

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In the final 17 minutes of the game against the Patriots, the defense gave up 31 points.

“Those people who are lacking effort won’t be playing,” Tomlin said. “It’s just that simple. … I am angry, disappointed.”


19 comments
LeonardoZapata
LeonardoZapata

it is the talent, same thing happened with cowher and donahoe in '99, k. colbert needs to go

cmu92alumni
cmu92alumni

Is Tomlin going to cut the kicker now?  Zoltan was a pretty good punter, but he can't block for himself at the same time.  I can't think of a time in the last seven years when I've been impressed with anything Tomlin's done, but I frequently wonder what the heck he's doing.

hhsmmom
hhsmmom

Tomlin rode the Cowher built Steelers teams coat tails. Tomlin is the first person who should lose his job. Followed by the over-rated Ben. The defense is on the field way to long because the offense stinks.

6marK6
6marK6

The defense is on the field too long. 

David46
David46

I think the problem is the coaches and not the players. And I don't think it's the defensive coaches. OC and head coach need to be changed for the team to be any better.

leon1376
leon1376

The Steelers have forever lost their identity. They always had the reputation that win or lose, they would play tough right up to the final whistle. Not any more. Now they act like they're afraid to hit anybody. Maybe that's a result of Goodell feminizing the league. Dunno. Rooney smooching Obama's keister certainly hasn't helped the team's image any. What could anyone from a shot-and-a-beer town possibly have in common with guy who can't throw a baseball and rides a bicycle side-saddle? It's a mystery to me. Tomlin has that perpetual "what do I do now?" look of befuddlement most of the time. I don't know what the answer is. I've been a Steeler fan for over 50 years. They were some good years but sooner or later, all good things must end. 

jooo83
jooo83

Probably the most overrated coach in the league.

strawwalker
strawwalker

The Steelers seem to lack continuity. Just bits and pieces, of left over greatness. I don't think one draft or a few free agents is going to fix the problem in one or two years.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Mike Tomlin has always been gruff, but in an unruffled sort of way.  Nowadays, he looks downright edgy and stressed to the limit on the sidelines.

He's had a good run -- 2 AFC championships and a Super Bowl in just 6 years.  Things are falling apart, and Tomlin seems like he's ready to snap.  Maybe time to move on.


gmag39
gmag39

It comes down to TALENT... and this Steeler edition does not have it.  That's not the coach's fault, that's the front office's fault. 

carlostaz
carlostaz

Yes hate to face it.but we need Bill Cowher back.

BenMyers
BenMyers

Lol.  First job that should be lost is Mike Tomlin's.  He inherited a great team from Cowher and seems to do really good the first 2-3 years.  Every year since, the team has gotten just a little worse.  He has largely ignored the O-line, the D has gotten old and the draftees have not really impressed.  This looks a LOT like when George Seifert took over the 49ers after Bill Walsh and went to the SB.  And then the team pretty well fell apart a little more each season afterward because he just rode the previous regimes success.

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

@gmag39 Tomlin shares the blame with the general manager.  He has input on who to draft and how to shape the team.  You can't say the GM and head of player personnel are out drafting guys Tomlin doesn't want.  The Steeler knack for finding guys that fit the system and the culture in Pittsburgh has had more misses than hits these past few years.

touseyd
touseyd

@carlostaz yeah a guy who won as many superbowls as tomlin in 3xthe amount of time. gtfo here

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

@BenMyers 

Agree with ThinkerT. Mike Tomlin is one of the better coaches in the league. In fact, I'd take him to coach my team in a split second even though I do like my team's coach. 

ThinkerT
ThinkerT

@BenMyers 

Bill Cowher: 6 great years to start, then 2 bad years (7-9 and 6-10). And then several more great ones.

Mike Tomlin: 5 great years to start, then 2 bad years (8-8, and this one). 

Perhaps you might want to wait a bit before you pull the trigger on getting rid of Tomlin. Might be a bit premature.

lenbiz68
lenbiz68

@ThinkerT @BenMyers 

Except Cowher wasn't handed a Super Bowl Championship team.  Cowher won with...Neil O'Donnell, Cordell Stewart, and Tommy Maddox.

Tomlin is, and always has been, a pathetic, overrated coach.  


IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

@ThinkerT @BenMyers Fortunately for Tomlin, the Rooneys will be have patience, but need to see that he has a plan in place to correct the problems.