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Travis Kelce: People who want Mike Tomlin fired are ‘jackasses’

The Chiefs tight end called out all of Mike Tomlin’s naysayers

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Mike Tomlin has been a polarizing figure in Pittsburgh since he was hired in 2007, and much more so over the last decade.

Despite never having a losing season in his 17 seasons with the franchise, Tomlin and the Steelers haven’t won a playoff game since the 2016 season, and fans are growing increasingly impatient.

That impatience reached a height earlier in the 2023-24 campaign when the Steelers lost three consecutive games, including back-to-back games to two-win teams. Calls for Tomlin to be traded or fired became as loud as they’ve ever been, and it seemed as if the Steelers season was done. Since then, under the guidance of third-string quarterback Mason Rudolph, the Steelers’ offense has exploded for a combined 64 points over the last two games, and are on the brink of a potential Wildcard berth.

The constant criticism of Tomlin drew the attention of Jason and Travis Kelce who both addressed Tomlin’s naysayers on the latest episode of their podcast, New Heights.

“They were talking about firing [Mike Tomlin] seven weeks ago,” Jason said.

“The media are so dumb,” Travis said. “Why do we even do media? They’re just a bunch of jackasses.”

With a win and a loss from the Buffalo Bills or Jacksonville Jaguars, the Steelers will be in the playoffs, which would be their 11th playoff appearance in Tomlin’s tenure.