With the Pittsburgh Steelers having lost to the Cincinnati Bengals and subsequently being eliminated from 2012 NFL playoff contention, it's time to examine whether or not Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is on the hot seat.
Tomlin has had a successful tenure in Pittsburgh to this point, but the 2012 season has been a disappointment to say the least.
Pittsburgh's season was derailed by an ineffective offense and horrible coaching from Tomlin and his staff. These problems came to a head against the Bengals on Sunday when Tomlin made several questionable decisions, including choosing to kick a long field goal late in the game rather than punting and pinning Cincinnati deep.
Despite holding the Bengals to just 14 yards rushing and six points on offense, Tomlin was out-coached and ended up costing Pittsburgh the game.
If the organization decides to part ways with Tomlin, who are the head coaching candidates that could replace him in Pittsburgh?
Let's take a look at five potential Steelers head coaches that should have Tomlin worried about his job security if he cannot right the ship quickly.