Re: Team needs a mentality shift
This mentality is actually a holdover from the Cowher era. It's not a Tomlin thing.
This whole biz of losing to inferior teams, and falling flat or being ill-prepared in road games is a Cowher trait.
The Steelers were never a "business" team under Cowher and now Tomlin. They thrived on attitude and emotion. Sometimes it works. Other times it doesn't.
As for the the last two years, I think it's more of a result that for the first time in a long time, the Steelers had a wide collection of subpar talent than most teams. Rashard "Breadbasket" Mendenhall and Ziggy "Exercise Hound" Hood were mediocre wash-outs as far as First Rounders go. Veterans were getting older. Woodley got lazy and fat, we were forced to start Vince Williams at LB, Old Larry Foote was our BEST option at ILB, Manny Sanders was an average WR not even good enough to be a 2nd guy. Isaac Redman had heart, but was woefully average as a runner, Jon Dwyer just wasn't the guy period.
Just substandard talent and depth all around. Who honestly, outside of Ben, Brown and Troy, stands out on the Steelers the past two years? Nobody. Some lights went on like Heyward and Worilds, but they're nowhere near elite yet.
No "Mentality shift" would fix the 2012-2013 Steelers. It's a miracle we got 8 wins out of both teams, especially the latter team.
Last edited by Edman; 08-13-2014 at 02:31 PM.