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Terrible Towel Tales: Steelers insider believes team could fire Mike Tomlin

Steelers news and commentary Saturday, December 9

New England Patriots v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…

Insider Believes Steelers Could Fire Mike Tomlin | Noah Strackbein, All Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a tough spot as they try to climb themselves out of a hole following back-to-back losses to 2-10 teams. And after their latest fall to the Patriots, head coach Mike Tomlin’s future has been called into question.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ray Fittapoldo, during an appearance on 93.7 The Fan, said there’s a 50/50 shot the team moves on from Tomlin this offseason.

Mueller: It’s time for Steelers, Tomlin to part ways | Chris Mueller, The Times

Calling for the Steelers to fire Mike Tomlin is, in some ways, a fool’s errand. They won’t do it. “Coaching stability” is more a part of their organizational DNA than championship football, at this point. Art Rooney II would never be swayed by any words written in this column, but they need to be written nonetheless.

It’s time. These next four games should be the last ones he coaches for the Steelers. They can work out a trade for him if they want, and take advantage of all the teams that would supposedly fire their coaches in a heartbeat to get Tomlin under contract.

Sloppy Steelers’ playoff hopes take another hit with loss to Patriots | Dan Scifo, AP News

The Steelers were sloppy Sunday ing an uninspiring 14-point loss against rebuilding Arizona. On Thursday, Bailey Zappe threw three first-half touchdown passes and New England (3-10) snapped a five-game losing streak.

“I have to play better,” Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky said. “I feel like I let the guys down. It’s disappointing. I didn’t play good enough to win.”

Trubisky made his first start in nearly a year for Pittsburgh in place of the injured Kenny Pickett, who is out indefinitely after undergoing right ankle surgery.