Originally Posted by tony hipchest
tomlin obviously seems to favor veterans he feels he can trust.
That and being stubborn (e.g. - going for 2 from the 12 yard line after a holding penalty in the Jax playoff game his first year) are his greatest weaknesses as a coach. Art Rooney has been bitching about yoiunger players not getting opportunities and the Batch/Leftwich combo platter as backups is the latest problem with that practice
Leftwich did not make it out of preseason in 2010 and 2011 but Tomlin kept Batch & Leftwich as the backups - now the Steelers have an injured Lefwtich and a 38 year old Tomlin has never liked who cannot throw a deep ball or an out pattern
Once he yanked Mendnhall after the fumble (after Mendenhall got the start over Dwyer as the vet rather than as the better performer) Tomlin was locked into pulling whomever fumbled - he lucked out with Rainey scoring on short yardage to end the half but Redman should have been in for that play up the middle
I guess Byron Batch starts this weekend since all 4 RBs fumbled
But it is a journeymen group of RBs - the only player Tomlin needs to satisfy on offense is Ben (which is why Tomlin had to be forced to ax Arians)