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mesaSteeler
12-11-2009, 07:20 AM
Bires: Team's troubles are at the top
Beaver County Times

Friday December 11, 2009 07:03 AM

CLEVELAND — The Steelers obviously have a lot of problems, and one of them is Mike Tomlin.

He may be the main problem right now.

He has lost control of his team.

For a coach, it doesn’t get any worse than that.

Three weeks ago after the Steelers lost in Kansas City, Tomlin personally accepted blame. I didn’t agree with him at the time. I even told him that at his weekly press conference. My point was that players have to be accountable. I still believe that.

But I also believe that Tomlin and his two coordinators — Bruce Arians on offense and Dick LeBeau — are not performing up to their lofty standards. Part of the Steelers’ problems is that other teams have figured the Steelers out.

Yes, the players continue to self-destruct and under-achieve. But they’re not getting enough from their coaches, starting with Tomlin.

“We got beat in all three phases,” Tomlin said after the loss. “Schematically and performance–wise. When that happens, we all share the blame.”

When the Steelers (6-7) lost Thursday night to a 1-11 Cleveland Browns outfit, they accomplished a rare and dubious trifecta.They have now lost to a one-win team (the Browns), a two-win team (the Chiefs) and a three-win team (the Raiders).

Losing to the Chiefs was uncalled for.

Losing to the Raiders was shocking.

Losing to the Browns, 13-6, may have been the Steelers’ worst loss since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970.

These Browns have been in utter chaos all season under first-year coach Eric Mangini. They’ve had quarterback issues. They’ve been crippled with injuries. They traded their best wide receiver (Braylon Edwards) early in the season. They have a roster full of guys most pro football fans have never heard of.

Yet, they beat the Steelers.

The Steelers were dominated in most phases of the game. How about those stats at halftime when the Browns led 13-3?

The Browns had a 179-75 edge in total yards.

Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times.

The Steelers were 0-of-6 on third-down conversions.

The Steelers did play better in the second half. Still, they couldn’t even score a touchdown.

The men in those Steeler uniform deserve blame. But so does the coach.

I guess this is what happens when you “unleash hell in December” as Tomlin promised two weeks ago after a loss in Baltimore.

Well, hell freezes over and the one-win Browns beat the Steelers.

This was once a 6-2 Pittsburgh team that looked super at times.

Now the Steelers have lost five straight. They are all but dead. Their Super Bowl defense will likely be a repeat of 2006 when they missed the playoffs.

What has happened to the Steelers is a total meltdown by players and coaches.

And if Tomlin wanted blame three weeks ago, he certainly deserves it now.

steeltheone
12-11-2009, 07:24 AM
It hurts but it's hard to argue with....

HometownGal
12-11-2009, 07:31 AM
Sadly, I can't disagree. Not much more I can say.

revefsreleets
12-11-2009, 09:50 AM
The offense is HORRIBLE right now. The blocking is AWFUL. I'm going lay blame exactly evenly across Tomlin, Arians, Zuerlein, Ligasheshky, the special teams and the offense.

The defense played better. 13 points on the road is usually good enough to win. That's SOMETHING to build off of...

steelpride12
12-11-2009, 10:16 AM
No comment. Ill just walk away with my tail between my legs the man has a point.

Steeler
12-11-2009, 10:23 AM
The offense is HORRIBLE right now. The blocking is AWFUL. I'm going lay blame exactly evenly across Tomlin, Arians, Zuerlein, Ligasheshky, the special teams and the offense.

The defense played better. 13 points on the road is usually good enough to win. That's SOMETHING to build off of...

Something to build off of??? It was the Browns!! THE BROWNS!!!

Steelerfreak58
12-11-2009, 10:27 AM
Some one hit the self destruct button and nobody noticed!:banging:

revefsreleets
12-11-2009, 10:31 AM
Something to build off of??? It was the Browns!! THE BROWNS!!!

OK...um.....would you like to cheer for a DIFFERENT franchise, perhaps? I'm just trying to find SOME kind of positive...the defense gave up a ton of running yards, but outside of a couple runs by Cribbs set up by big returns from Cribbs, they played better. They didn't give up 35 points. They held on a couple occasions.

BozMan
12-11-2009, 11:29 AM
As much as I hate to say it, does anyone think that Mangini has Tomlin's/Arians's/Ben's/the OL's number? In 2007, his crappy Jets team stunned the Steelers, with sacks coming on seemingly every play. Seemed like last night against Mangini's even worse Browns team was deja vu.

Shoes
12-11-2009, 11:47 AM
I think this article is spot on. I like Mike T. but his sound bites are really getting old and he seems to have lost touch with the players. I think looking a mirror is the first order of business for him.

.......another sound bite interview.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-player-interviews/09000d5d814de7c4/Tomlin-interview