I’m not just talking about Bruce Arians and Special Teams coach Bob Ligashesky. Mike Tomlin also falls into this category.
Let’s look at the facts from last Sunday.
The Steelers gave up yet another return for a touchdown. That would be the 47th time that’s happened this year. What? You say the number not actually 47? Well, it sure seems that way.
Bottom line is returns for touchdown are happening every game. Or at least in the last eight games. Way too much for a well coached team.
Heath Miller became the latest receiver to magically turn his hands to stone, allowing for an interception that completely turned the game around. With the Steelers up 17-7 and driving, a score at that point in the game most likely end the contest early.
But alas, the most reliable receiver on the team (maybe after Hines Ward) has a major brain freeze and we’ve got a game again. This “receiver dropping passes whilst wide open” thing happens every game, and is not a mark of a well-coached team.
And how could I leave out the play calling? Once again, when all seems to be going well and the team is moving the ball at will against the opponent, something seems to happen to make the offense fizzle.
Last Sunday, it was a combination of things: a fumble, interceptions, inability to handle or anticipate a blitz, and finally an utterly ridiculous third-and-2 call from the Chiefs 35, just on the edge of field goal range.
Again, we see the not-so-well coached team repeat the same mistakes, week in and week out.
The Steelers have yet to put together a complete game, and after playing against some of the league’s worst teams (Detroit, Cleveland and Kansas City), this is shocking. If we were talking about a bottom-dwelling team, there would be no surprise.
But the Steelers are the defending Super Bowl champs and have virtually the same team they had last year.
OK, we all know players have to play. And it’s these players that are repeatedly making the same mistakes. But it’s the coaches’ job to get the ship straightened out when it starts to veer off course.
This team seems to lack the killer instinct that past Steeler teams possessed. I’m not in the locker room to see how Tomlin interacts with his players, but this team seems to lack direction.
I’m hoping that I’m wrong about Tomlin. But the evidence on the field seems to indicate that he truly is a bad coach.
Final thought: Only a bad coach would keep a moron like Bruce Arians on his staff.