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Old 11-14-2013, 10:29 PM   #1
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Mike Tomlin's Pittsburgh Steelers job is safe for 2014

By Chris Wesseling
Around the League Writer
Published: Nov. 14, 2013

The Pittsburgh Steelers might be in for an offseason upheaval now that word has leaked that Ben Roethlisberger is "incredibly frustrated" with the offensive coaches and the state of the team's roster.

Despite a 3-6 record, though, coach Mike Tomlin is not on the hot seat.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday's edition of NFL Network's "NFL Total Access Kickoff" that Tomlin is "safe for the 2014 season."

In a "what have you done for me lately" league, Tomlin is on pace for his first losing season to go with four AFC North crowns and a pair of Super Bowl appearances in seven years. He deserves the long leash customarily provided by the stable Rooney family at the head of the organization.

Tomlin's job security doesn't extent to the rest of the coaching staff or the team's aging stars, however.

According to Rapoport, there could be "significant turnover" to the offensive coaching staff and the defensive secondary. Veteran safeties Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark have to play "incredibly well" in the final seven games to earn a chance to come back next season.

Although Polamalu is enjoying a Pro Bowl-caliber bounce-back season, he and Clark were exploited in coverage by Tom Brady as the Steelers surrendered franchise records in points and total yards two weeks ago.

Polamalu is scheduled to earn $8.25 million in the final year of his contract next season. If the Steelers opt to release him, that salary would count as $2.637million in dead money against the 2014 salary cap.

Although the spotlight has been on Roethlisberger and Tomlin, it's more likely that Polamalu and offensive coordinator Todd Haley take the fall for an inconsistent offense and an over-the-hill defense.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap200...-safe-for-2014
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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Default Re: Mike Tomlin's Pittsburgh Steelers job is safe for 2014

I don't have much confidence in anything Ian Rappaport says anymore - good news, or bad news.
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im still not buying the crap about polamalu.
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I'm done with this guy

Although I wouldn't be sad to see Haley go
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Why is Rappaport breaking news that Tomlin is coming back in 2014?? Was he ever not??” ... This just in. Xmas on Dec. 25

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Mike Tomlin's job is safe... obviously.
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Mike Tomlin's job is safe... obviously.
...at this juncture.
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Why is Rappaport breaking news that Tomlin is coming back in 2014?? Was he ever not?? ... This just in. Xmas on Dec. 25

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Exactly.

Rapoport is trying too hard to get a rise out of the Steelers (the ownership, the players, the fans). This makes the third statement about the team in less than a week.

One rumor about the QB.
One "after the season is over " rumor about a beloved player
One banal statement about the tenure of the coach.

QB, most loved player, coach... three hot topics which always spark discussion. What's next: the stadium? the team colors? Oh, I've got it: the bumblebee uniforms!!!
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