We should start analyzing our head coach in Pittsburgh. For the very first time ever being a Steeler fan I believe the Steelers need to get a new head coach and I will tell you why. Anyone out there wants to play the race card can drop that at the door because I am black and was happy with Tomlin at the begininng but I am not anymore impressed with the great vocab and his great gift for the gab.
I will even give him a break after the "we will unleash hell" speech last December. But last night I saw on the sidelines a HC who did nothing, the most noticable thing about him last night was that he needed a kleenex to wipe his nose. On the other sideline was a HC with a plan, and passion for that plan and willing to make adjustments on the fly. I hate Belicheck BTW, but you have to admire what he does. He was in huddles on the sideline scheming and making adjustments, and I think he does have an OC and DC but he is the man in charge.
Tomlin can clearly see a couple things on the O side of the ball and has not made a change. First, his OC is a idiot and can not gameplan, my 13 year old son watches the Steelers on O and can tell you everything that is coming, run on first for sure and the live and die with their famous play 22 Double. There is no imagination or variety to the game plan. We have Antonio Brown not dressed and Randle El starting, he is washed up and has nothing left to give the Steelers, time for a change. Brown on the field with Wallace, Ward, Summers and Heath gives us some options in the passing game...El is not a 3rd receiver anymore, he should be on the bench, he is not a good punt returner anymore. I see the Colts with a rookie back there catching punts, yes they make mistakes but thats what coaching is all about. We have Ben back and the team looks worse than with Batch running the show, take the cuffs off him and let him throw the ball, when he is confident he is one of the best QBs in the game, but he has cuffs on right now. The no huddle is not run when we need a spark and it seems in past years Ben had much more say, but since he is back he is just going with the flow, put the ball and the game in his hands, that's why he has a $100M contract.
On the D side of the ball, can someone tell me if we could do much worse with Keenan Lewis or Butler at corner and replacing William Gay? I can't see it...there needs to be some accountability and that starts with the HC. Bench McFadden and Gay and put in the young kids, they can't do worse. Gay was beaten by a rookie TE last night for 3 TDs, the only one that gets a pass for me was the first. Arizona let McFadden go because he doesn't have the speed to keep with recievers, he is a great tackler and closer on the ball after the catch but he can't cover. The pick on Gay and McFadden and that is killing this team. The use of Troy, I see the Steelers using Troy in a lot of 2 deep safety coverages and that is killing his play making ability. Why not use him like we always did and leave 25 back there all by himself to cover mistakes, play 25 over McFadden and leave Ike to cover, then use Troy at the line or 10 yards off the line where he is so effective. Most of the time he is way too deep in these 2 deep coverages.
It's time for a change, this team has the talent but I don't think Tomlin is seeing the game correctly or using all his players effectively. I don't care about the meltdown Lewis had in Denver in the preseason, it's November and we need a change. If anything this can wake some people up.
Just my take from what I am watching...am I wrong? I am not panicing but we are a much better team than last night.