Will The Real Mike Tomlin Please Step Forward? PLEASE!

J HartmanCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20:  Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches his team during the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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I have been a realistic Steeler fan for nearly 40 years.  I know they are the best sports franchise in the world but I am also able to admit when they have weaknesses and I am NEVER one of those fans who just "knows" they will win the division, go deep in to the playoffs, or win it all.  It's simply to hard to do that in the NFL.....the Steelers do it better than anyone and that's good enough for me.

I have often marveled at how the Rooneys always seem to get it right.  I often thank God that the Rooneys run the team I love....can you Steeler fans imagine growing up a Browns or Jets fan?

But!.................I have this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that Tomlin may have been a mistake!

Let's look at a few facts about Mike Tomlin:

He won a super bowl with talent he did not build.

He hired Bruce Arians as OC (quite possibly the worst OC in the NFL)

He hired Bob Ligashky as Special Teams coach (quite possibly the worst Special Teams in the NFL)

All of a sudden, Dick LaBeau's defenses are changing despite being the best of the best in previous years.  Why? Is Tomlin messing with LaBeau's proven methods?

All of a sudden the Steelers D plays soft with games on the line. Why? LaBeau despises soft defense with a game on the line.

All of a sudden the team seems to be disjointed despite winning a Super Bowl.

All of a sudden the Steelers have lost the killer instinct.

He makes stupid statements to the media and uses silly cliche`s

I witnessed several games this year that made me sick due to lack of coordination, lack of effort, lack of desire!

I am going to put my faith in the Rooneys once again and hope and pray that they will help Tomlin to see that the product he put on the field this year was not Steeler Football.