Sunday at Heinz Field, Mike Tomlin will coach his first regular season game as the coach of the Steelers with nothing on the line. Not one thing really matter Sunday, and in his 6th year as coach, many are pointing a heavy finger at him for the tailspin this Steelers team has gone into.
There’s many decisions that haven’t sat well with Steelers fans that Tomlin has made, and many of those haters are coming out of the closet now that the Steelers have fallen on hard times.
The decisions that many feel Tomlin should be held accountable for include:
* Dumping OC Bruce Arians for Todd Haley – It hasn’t helped that Arians, who is super close with Ben Roethlisberger, has gone on to lead the Colts to an unlikely postseason run after the illness of Indy coach Chuck Pagano. Arians is very likely to be at the top of many lists for a head coaching look for 2013, and many feel if he was still in Pittsburgh the offense would be better.
* Playing Byron Leftwich over Charlie Batch in Week 11 vs the Ravens – Hindsight is 20/20, but many felt that Leftwich had not really done much to earn the starting spot in the huge first game vs Baltimore. Things looked good early when Leftwich actually ran for a touchdown, but it was the only Steelers TD of the game, and Leftwich then played hurt the rest of the way.
* Benching RB’s in Cleveland – The Steelers committed 8 turnovers vs the Browns, and by the time it was all said and done, all four Steelers RB’s put the ball on the ground. During the game though Rashard Mendenhall, Issac Redmen, and Jonathan Dwyer all put the ball on the grass, and instead of just putting one of them back in – he went with untested Chris Rainey. Sure Rainey ran for a TD, but clearly the three guys on the bench were much more battle tested than the rookie was. In the end, Rainey fumbled away the last Steelers chance, and they wound up losing 20-14.
Those are just three decisions that Tomlin has made in 2012 that many have gone after him for. So with that said – how is he to blame? He puts the players on the field, and some of those players (LaMarr Woodley comes to mind), haven’t clearly done the job in 2012.
You tell me Steeler Nation – where does the blame lie?