Hot Seat Meter: 4
The City of Pittsburgh is a little divided right now when you ask them how hot Mike Tomlin's seat should be. Half the people want him gone, the other half think he's a top five guy.
Personally, I think he's an upper echelon head coach in the NFL who happened to run into a slew of injury problems this season.
But that's not to say that a lot of the Steeler's problems aren't directly related to their head coach.
To me, Tomlin has come off as soft this season. He's always been known as a players coach and he's a guy who's going to stick with his players through thick and thin. But sometimes enough is enough and you have to put your players on notice.
The decisions to leave both Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch in the game against the Ravens and Browns were mind-boggling, especially when you consider how poorly they both played. Tomlin never thought twice about leaving these guys in close games and both times it backfired on him.
Guys like Willie Colon have had back-breaking penalties on drives in close games and haven't even been pulled for a play and I think the players right now don't have that, let's call it productive fear, they had with Bill Cowher and Chuck Noll.
After the loss in Cleveland, there are plenty of guys Tomlin can make an example of. That doesn't mean he's got to go out and throw these guys under the bus, but just sitting a guy down for a game or even a half lets the rest of the team know this kind of play isn't going to be tolerated anymore.
Tomlin's got to do something because as good as the Steelers have looked at points this season, they still have losses to the Raiders, Titans and now the Browns. Those are three games that could have and should have been easy wins for Pittsburgh.