We all know the “Tomlinisms” of Mike Tomlin, the head coach of the Steelers. His colorful descriptive phrases make people e-tongue.
There is usually a message that emphasizes these quotation marks. Truth and lessons.
The problem is, if you judge him by Tomlin̵
At least not the “standard” he often mentioned. Here are some examples.
“Smile in the face of adversity“: In recent years, when the road has become rough and uneven, frowning is more than smiling at Heinz Stadium. When things get tough, the Steelers started…
… the playoffs.
After starting 7-2-1 in 2018, the train started to swing. Tomlin and his players could not hold on. They finished 2-4 and missed the playoffs.
After quarterback Ben Rosliberg was injured in Week 2, it managed to beat the team 8-3 in the first 11 games and did show a big laugh in 2019. But it lost the last three games of the year to miss the playoffs.
Without defeating 11-0, this year it completely collapsed.
“It’s really disappointing. I will admit it,” Tomlin said on Wednesday. “I will not maintain the status quo and hope that the results will change. That is the definition of insanity.”
Watching the last six weeks of this season undoubtedly drives the Steelers fans crazy. Tomlin was right.
We can also talk about failing to smile in adversity in the past two individual games that have appeared in the playoffs. This year’s games against the Cleveland Browns and the 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars started badly, and Tomlin’s Steelers couldn’t stop the bleeding fast enough in any game.
Both results embarrassed the playoffs.
“We don’t live in fear“: Yes you are. All the time.
This is why you decided to fall behind the Browns’ 38-yard line 28-0 early in the second quarter. Then in fourth and first, when you are behind 35-23 to open the fourth quarter.
This is why you don’t allow Matthew Wright to tie a 45-yard field goal 17-17 against Washington at the end of the fourth quarter. Or, let your struggling running game try to reach one yard. Instead, Ros Lesberg ran back to the rookie to pray.
You’ve been worried about Dallas’ queue barriers so much that you avoided short-range shooting attempts late in the game, which would increase your team by 8 points. Instead, the Cowboys were still five points behind and almost won the game.
Last year, you were worried about your offense and poor return to the team, so much so that you decided to work overtime to prevent the eventual loss to Baltimore.
That is the highest state of your life in fear.
Now, Steelers fans should worry about ranking third in the AFC North, or worse, for the foreseeable future.
“high floor“: This is a phrase used by Tomlin to describe a player (or a team), marked by the consistency of performance.
They/he might do some great things sometimes, but they have never skated to win the game.
I mean, he is actually describing himself, isn’t he? Of course, Mike Tomlin never fell below .500. He is always between 8-12 wins. And if the team does not make the playoffs, then it is still alive in the last two weeks.
Big. This is where the problem lies. Since 2010, we have not seen Tomlin reach the “highest point.” Since then, we have seen multiple playoff victories in Pittsburgh in only one season.
Although there are many “high top” talents on the roster over the years.
“If you have red paint, paint the barn red:: I’m pretty sure he stole this from Dick LeBeau, but it doesn’t matter. I got the image.
The key is that you have to make a game plan based on your talents. The problem is that the Steelers don’t have enough red paint.
In the past two years, when injuries plagued Devin Bush, Bud Dupree, James Conner and Ben Rosliberg, it proved how thin Steels was. I think this is part of the reason why we recently witnessed a sharp decline in the team in December.
When the paint began to peel, Tomlin seemed to be unable to find a suitable shade of red to mend the exposed spots.
It’s time to find some more versatile colors to repaint the barn. And since many barns need to be rebuilt anyway, I worry about how much paint Kevin Colbert can afford.
“Standard is standard“: We will end with a big one.
Since becoming the Steelers coach in 2007, Mike Tomlin has referred to the “standard” as the “standard” in the organization. For most of the first few years of his work, the team adhered to this belief.
Because the Steelers and the New England Patriots are the only NFL teams with six Super Bowl trophies, Pittsburgh’s “standard” is competing for the title. In the past ten years, it feels like the Steelers have raised this high standard, but they haven’t reached it frequently enough.
In just two seasons (2015, 2016), the Steelers won the playoffs. This is the same as the slogan of the 1980s (1984, 1989) team.
Tomlin’s team has never bottomed out like the 1980s. But in the ten years since Super Bowl XLV, the Steelers have missed the playoffs four times and lost four times in the first game-no playoff wins in the past four seasons.
During those nine years, Rosliberg was in the quarterback. Compared with the 1980s, this is the biggest difference.
For most of the past ten years, Tomlin claimed to adhere to “standards,” but he failed to do so.
“We aspire to be competitive,” Tomlin said. “Competing for the world championship every year. This is our mentality when we begin the process of preparing for 2021.”
Looking at the age of Hughes Liberg and the terrible salary cap that is coming this offseason, it will be more difficult to achieve this goal next fall.
TribLive Steelers defeated writer Joe Rutter and joined me in our final Mike Tomlin press conference podcast for 2020-21. We talked about Ben Roethlisberger’s future, the offseason salary cap issue and Tomlin’s contract.
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