It’s been a repeated and virtually drained narrative that Mike Tomlin has by no means had a shedding season in 15 years because the Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. With this being the primary season with out Ben Roethlisberger, greater than ever analysts have been pegging this to be the primary yr Tomlin will end under .500.
When NBC Sports writer Peter King brought up the possibility of not profitable quite a bit to him, Tomlin responded “bring it on.” King stated he repeated the phrase, and stated to cite him on it.
It’s not as if that is the primary yr the place Tomlin has had a flawed roster that would wrestle to complete at the least .500. He’s had two 8-8 seasons, a 9-7 season, a 9-6-1 and a 9-7-1 season (which occurred final yr). The concept that Tomlin is above having shedding seasons is slightly drained and overplayed, however regardless, the problem of getting this group to .500 is one he appears to be embracing.
When push involves shove, that is completely a group that has the potential to complete at the least 9-8. They have a protection that ought to end top-ten within the league, an offense that could possibly be higher with a revamped offensive line and new playmakers at receiver and a brand new quarterback.
While the lack of Ben Roethlisberger will damage on condition that the group lacks a veteran chief on offense and late in video games, an argument could possibly be made that the play of whoever begins this season at quarterback will likely be an enchancment over what Roethlisberger supplied the final two seasons. The potential is completely there for Pittsburgh to exceed their present expectations and have at the least an honest season.
As far as Tomlin goes, whereas his in-game decision-making isn’t all the time the very best, he’s all the time managed to rally his guys and earn their respect. That ought to be no totally different this yr. Having a coach that guys need to play for and provides their greatest effort for is essential. That’s one thing that doesn’t get talked about sufficient in relation to Tomlin, as he actually is a coach that gamers need to win for. That stage of motivation is one thing that may’t be measured and is one thing that advantages the Steelers.
With that being stated, if the Steelers do end under .500 this yr, it’s probably not an indictment on Tomlin as a coach. There are plenty of new faces on the group, and it actually wouldn’t be stunning in the event that they struggled to click on as early or as a lot because the group would really like. Even Bill Belichick has had a shedding season, so if Tomlin has one this yr, it doesn’t imply he’s a nasty coach. It’s good to see him embracing the problem although, and I’m positive he desires to maintain his streak of not having a shedding season intact greater than anybody.