We all have learned the vague language that Mike Tomlin uses when answering questions about his team, his coaching and every other aspect of the Pittsburgh Steeler organization.
Phrases such as "we put our resume on tape", "we will accept a win by 1 point" and "style points don't count" are heard over and over like a broken record and we all were alright with this because the Steelers were always winning.
Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers are losing or close to losing to the likes of the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and other lowly NFL teams, these explanations are not enough. We have finally witnessed the real problem with the Steelers. It took awhile because Mike Tomlin would not give us the true answers. In fact, he is the problem with the teams woes right now. There is the true answer.
It was cool at first to have a defensive-minded coach take over for the Steelers. That is what the team was known for since he took over. Not because of him mind you - remember the Steelers still have Dick Lebeau. Now it is apparent that he has not been instilling the proper mindset to the offense especially now that the defense isn't looking so good either.
The team truly plays down to it's competition, rather than maintaining a high standard of play every week no matter who they play. When they are taught that winning by 1 point is good, why strive to keep putting points on the board? That is thinking defensively. When is the last time the Steelers have run up the score on anybody? The real answer to these questions points to the wrong mindset of the players. And who develops the mindset and character of a team - that's right the coach. It's time for teh Steelers to develop an attack mentality on offense, but it won't happen without coach Tomlin leading the way.
Mike Tomlin admitted responsibility for the latest loss to the lowly Chiefs and rightly so. He needs to change his mindset and get out of the defense-only thjought process and not be so ignorant about the offense. He should be telling the offense to go full throttle at all times and run up the score on every team. No Mercy. No more playing down to the competition Mr. Tomlin. The Steelers have the talent, it's up to you to set them on the right course with the right attitude. But first, you must learn to have an offensive mindset yourself before you can expect your team to follow.