My Tuesday Take: Sept. 18, 2018

Dear Pittsburgh Steelers,

You hired Mike Tomlin to be your head coach in 2007 because he was a defensive guy. Well, I have news for you. He stinks at being a head coach. Tomlin inherited a championship team from Bill Cowher. Now, as there is only one player left on the Steelers from Cowher’s reign, Tomlin’s true colors are starting to shine. He got rid of longtime defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and then tried to cover his tracks by hiring and then recently firing offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who should’ve never been hired in the first place. There is too much talent on the offensive side of the ball for one of the most historic franchises in the NFL to not have been in a Super Bowl for eight years.

So how does a defense get this bad for someone who was hired because he was a defensive coordinator for the Vikings? There are two answers to this question. The first is because he thinks Big Ben and Antonio Brown can bail him out. I’m sorry,  but Ben should not have to throw 60 passes in a game. No quarterback should. The second is the lack of discipline. James Harrison, who we all see with his insane workout videos, has said himself that there is no discipline whatsoever. Just look at Brown’s frustration on the sideline during the Chiefs game this past weekend. Tomlin came into Pittsburgh as the youngest head coach ever and wanted everyone to like him. He thought that is how he would earn their respect. Respect is earned, not given, and I wonder how many people still respect him when the defense has been their Achilles’ heel since the Super Bowl against Green Bay.

Sincerely,

Your frustrated fans

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