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There is no question that Mike Tomlin should, and will, return to coach the Steelers next year, and most likely, years after that.
He has the passion and desire that seems to be the key qualities for Steelers head coaches.
Yes, during the 2011 season, Tomlin made some mistakes, but he also took chances, which is exactly what successful NFL coaches do.
In reading between the lines, it appears that the Steelers may have finally had enough of Bruce Arians. In an article off profootballtalk.com from Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger stated:
“We’ve got a lot of great young players. As long as they don’t get crazy and change the offense — that can really set you back — the sky is the limit for this team.”
Translation: Please don't fire my buddy Bruce.
If the Steelers front office is as sick of the stalling offense as the fans are, the Arians needs to go. Cut and dry, plain and simple. The Steelers have WAY too much talent on the offensive side of the ball to put up numbers like they do.
In the first quarter against the Broncos, the Steelers had to kick two field goals instead of scoring touch downs because they were too predictable.
If I can see it, and you can see it, then OBVIOUSLY, the defensive coordinators the Steelers face can see it as well.
As much as I may take heat for this, I believe it may be time for Dick LeBeau to call it a career. Yes, he has changed the game of football with his creativity, but that seems to be LONG gone.
Too many times in the past have the Steelers taken a lead into the fouth quarter and blown it because of the prevent defense.
Too many times have the Steelers played teams with average or below average quarterbacks, and the Steelers, instead of attacking, play not to lose, allowing the team to stay in the game.
I know the players love him, but in doing what is best for the team, it may be time for the Steelers to move on to Keith Butler, who has stayed with the Steelers as the defensive coordinator in waiting instead of moving on to Miami.