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Old 01-10-2008, 01:45 PM   #11
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Default Re: Tomlin plans to bring entire staff back

Im not a fan of firing coaches unless it really calls for it.

Ligashesky NEEDS to be canned. There is no way around it.

Special teams this year look like they had no coaching whatsoever.
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Old 01-10-2008, 02:06 PM   #12
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I suppose one lesson they teach in Mangement 101 is that if the boss fires someone after their first year on the job some may say the boss screwed up by hiring them in the first place - maybe heads roll only if next year does not go well and Tomlin needs to sacrifice someone to deflect balme from him
Maybe, but I don't see it that way. If the team truly underperforms next year, Tomlin WILL hear about it as far as the fans and local Pittsburgh media go regardless - look at some of the posts and articles linked on this very board this year as proof of that. Thankfully, the Rooneys possess the kind of patience that a good 90%+ of the rest of the NFL owners don't have (the only owners I can think of that come close to having the kind of patience the Rooneys have are Bowlen here in Denver and the Panthers' Richardson) and won't fire anybody as a result of knee-jerk overreaction.
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Old 01-10-2008, 02:14 PM   #13
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Thankfully, the Rooneys possess the kind of patience that a good 90%+ of the rest of the NFL owners don't have and won't fire anybody as a result of knee-jerk overreaction.
I always got the impression part of the Rooneys patience includes not micro-managing & letting the HC decide who stays and goes on his staff

Cowher had a quick trigger finger to dispatch assistants (1993/Erhardt to keep Gailey/Sherman/Gilbride/Lewis) when he was displeased & I assume those were his calls and not the Rooneys.

Part of it may be Tomlin is new at this and is reluctant to fire an assistant while not wanting to develop a rep around the league as quickly blaming assistants since when you fire somene you need to replace 'em.
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Yep, if the context of the comment was the STs, I agree - but I've seen more than one comment here in the last week that the entire season was an utter abject failure from every conceivable perspective, a viewpoint I strongly disagree with, especially in light of the 2006 season.
Ding ding...

I agree whole-heartedly... with the entire sentiment.

This was a pretty good season, with two glaring failures, and one disappointment. In order, those are, ST, O line and Run D. Interestingly, both O line and Run donly showed their head in the second half, which is why I wonder if it has something to do with training camp. I loved the attitude going into camp. I just hope there is a balance that we can strike.

ST... Notice how we got better in certain parts... including punting and (I beleive), covering punts. The issue was on kickoffs. Maybe they are taking it step by step. Let's hope.
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Cowher had a quick trigger finger to dispatch assistants (1993/Erhardt to keep Gailey/Sherman/Gilbride/Lewis) when he was displeased & I assume those were his calls and not the Rooneys.

Part of it may be Tomlin is new at this and is reluctant to fire an assistant while not wanting to develop a rep around the league as quickly blaming assistants since when you fire somene you need to replace 'em.
Very good point and great contrast - one I hadn't considered before - maybe Cowher missed opportunities at getting assistants he preferred later on in his tenure in Pittsburgh due to his quick trigger finger(?) Very possibly Tomlin wants to avoid that himself(?)
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i am sure coach tomlin knows what he is doing. however if ST doesnt improve next seaon then the ST coach needs to be let go...i am willing to give them another year together to learn each others style of coaching. Or I will have to get out my wok, and wok someone up side the head with it.lol
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Very good point and great contrast - one I hadn't considered before - maybe Cowher missed opportunities at getting assistants he preferred later on in his tenure in Pittsburgh due to his quick trigger finger(?) Very possibly Tomlin wants to avoid that himself(?)
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With the family that is the Steelers, I wouldn't be surprised if Cowher handed down a few gems of advice to Tomlin when he left.
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Very good point and great contrast - one I hadn't considered before - maybe Cowher missed opportunities at getting assistants he preferred later on in his tenure in Pittsburgh due to his quick trigger finger(?) Very possibly Tomlin wants to avoid that himself(?)
Cowher had a rep of being pure hell to work for in the mid-1990s before he was humbled by his late 1990s rebuilding period

The best ST coach the Steelers had was Bobby April and he allegedly took a lateral move to another ST position to get away & Coach Dad left the Steelers D coordinator position to be D coodrinator with the Bengals (under Coslet?) when the Bengals were in characteristic train wreck mode and the Steelers were playoff contenders. Given their relationship, LeBeau coming back in 2004 was asurprise to some.

IMO what kept coaches coming to work for Cowher was that his top assistants (Capers, Haslet, Gailey, Mularkey) regularly got HC positions
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With the family that is the Steelers, I wouldn't be surprised if Cowher handed down a few gems of advice to Tomlin when he left.
If it is a family then Cowher is Fredo - Cowher stuck the knife in on the 3rd and 6 Ben bootleg call on CBS on Sunday
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