If you have followed the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout Mike Tomlin’s tenure, you’ve seen plenty, not all, of fans be upset with the head coach for one reason or another.
Sure, the man has some issues when it comes to coaching the team:
- He has a tendency to lose to teams with a sub-par record
- He can be brash and confident, which some people despise
- His time management in-game is sketchy at best
...just to name a few.
But despite all of that, Mike Tomlin is the perfect coach for the Steelers, and there are plenty of reasons why. Not many coaches could get the team through the Le’Veon Bell holdout, the Antonio Brown Gatorade toss, the Ben Roethlisberger “do I still have it?” debate and the Martavis Bryant social media gaffes...and still have the team 6-2 at the midway point of the season.
He has been dubbed a “player’s coach”, and cheerleader by former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, and some might view this title as a negative, but in today’s NFL being a player’s coach is certainly a good thing. Being able to manage the many personalities, combined with the increased attention on the players via social media and smart phones, is a trait which is a necessity.
Through all of it, even those who love to suggest Tomlin’s lone Super Bowl victory was won with Bill Cowher’s players and so much more, Tomlin has done nothing but win. His worst season was 8-8, and he has done nothing but upholding “the standard” set forth by Chuck Noll and Cowher.
You have those who will never like Tomlin, but if you want to blame Tomlin for losses like the ones to the Bears and Jaguars this season, you also need to give him credit for the wins against teams like the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium and vs. the Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium.
Time to give the man his due...
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