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Steelers’ Mike Tomlin ‘should want to be fired’, says former NFL scout

Mike Tomlin has coached the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2007.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers are shaking their heads after a 30-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

The loss put the Steelers at 7-7 and they are in great danger of letting their postseason hopes slip out of their hands. The Steelers are also risking their first losing season in Mike Tomlin’s tenure, which began in 2008.

Tomlin’s seat has never been hotter than it is right now, and former NFL scout John Middlekauf believes that he should want that seat to get warmer.

“I think that Mike Tomlin should want to be fired at this moment with where they are at,” Middlekauf said on the 3 and Out Podcast. “It’s just time. I’ve been fired twice. But that’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Both times went on to have more success and make more money. It’s time for a break.”

While Tomlin has been one of the league’s most successful coaches during his time in Pittsburgh, he hasn’t won a playoff game with the Steelers since the 2016 season. It’s clear that changes are needed to be made in the organization, but whether that means moving on from Tomlin is still up in the air.

If Tomlin gets fired, that won’t solve every problem the team has, but it may get the ball rolling that will get the Steelers out of the mediocre tier they are currently in.

Tomlin and the Steelers are back in action on Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC.