There are a multitude of reasons the Pittsburgh Steelers have a dismal 2-6 record, including an awful offensive line, an inconsistent running game and a defense that is showing its age. It is officially time to acknowledge another reason for this decline, though: the coaching of Mike Tomlin.
Tomlin is a Super Bowl-winning coach who has done a great job since he became Pittsburgh's head coach in 2007. But there is no way to discuss this team's deficiencies without starting with the coaching.
Sure, the personnel is certainly to blame as well. It is hard to execute even the most expertly devised game plans without the right people to properly execute them.
But Tomlin has done just enough wrong this season that he has to take some of the heat for the way his team is playing. There are only so many times you can watch Ben Roethlisberger get sacked or one of the running backs or receivers cough up the ball before you might start to think that the root of the problem could lie with the coach's game plan.
Tomlin has earned enough good will in Pittsburgh that no matter how badly this season ends, his job security probably will not be affected. Considering the fact the Steelers have only had three head coaches since 1969, the organization probably does not want to give up on Tomlin and tarnish its track record of picking quality, long-term options at head coach.
With all that said, here are a few of the questionable moves Tomlin has made in 2013. You can judge for yourself whether they are forgivable mistakes or unforgivable lapses in judgment.