I am freakin’ sick and tired of having to defend every time that the Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin passes gas that many of the pundits and talking heads that cover the NFL as well as the remainder of sports act as if they and their favorite coaches were born in a perfume factory.
Fire, fire, fire and tie him to the whipping post if Tomlin doesn’t soon fire and replace the Steelers’ incompetent and inept offensive coordinator, Matt Canada.
It was fire, fire, fire Tomlin when he was forced to deal with an aging and washed-up quarterback who was a raging and spirit-killing player whose only purpose during his final couple of years was to serve as a dividing rod in the team’s locker room that could only be pleased and satisfied as long as he was at the center of the team’s universe.
Tomlin was forced to appease a quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who was the driver of a pollution-spewing bus that was only parked in the locker room with the sole purpose of using his fellow teammates and coaches as his speed bumps on the road of grandiosity; as he lied and schemed to maintain and protect the smoke-and-mirrors imagery of his so-called greatness. The only responsibility that this player accepted for his transgressions, was not to accept responsibility. This player could do anything to anyone and the only salve that was applied to all of the wounds he caused to those around him, day after day, month after month, year after year, decade after decade, was a simple and superficial, “I’m sorry.”
In my opinion, many instances of indirect and direct sabotage have occurred during the tenure of Mike Tomlin, and I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the ways.
“Deuxième partie,” part two. (Don’t ask me why but I just love saying, “part two” in French.)
I think it was from a foreign language film that I saw when I was in my early 20s. There is an NFL coach that many scribes would volunteer to do his laundry, dirty underwear included. The name of that so-called storied and stellar coach is Bill ‘belicheat’ Belichick. When I begin to write about this individual, I am cautious because I have written about him many times over the course of my career and most of those times the content of those articles, I’ll say, was less than “delightful.”
Many of the opinions voiced by the so-called “mainstream” media dismiss the accomplishment of Mike Tomlin being the only coach in NFL history to have so far coached 16 successive seasons, without a losing season. They say that during the beginning of his head coaching tenure with the Steelers, the players with whom he won Super Bowl XLIII were provided and put in place by his predecessor, Bill Cowher. However, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the former Steelers and Bill Cowher player also cost Tomlin and the Steelers a victory in XLV.
Let’s take a quick look at the Patriots Head Coach, Bill Belichick. In 1985, the Patriots lost Super Bowl XX to the Chicago Bears. Belichick wasn’t there. “The Monsters of the Midway” beat the Patriots, 46-10, in Super Bowl XX. In 1996, the Green Bay Packers beat the Patriots in Super Bowl Bowl XXXI by the score of 35-21. Belichick again was not yet on the sidelines. These were the embryonic building years of this false, dishonest “dynasty” before the B.E. (Belicheat Era) of cheating began.
Isn’t it ironic that after the Patriots were exposed cheating in 2007, that same year they went on to lose Super Bowl XLII to the Giants by the score of 17-14 and wouldn’t compete in another Super Bowl and would also go on to lose two conference championships during the following six years? Was it because their competition level was diluted considering their unfair competitive advantage being exposed?
Nowadays, many folks in the NFL are pining and whining about the failures and fallacies of Bill Belichick being exposed for the sports world to see. Bill Belichick is the “G.O.A.T.” all right. He fits the perfect definition of a “Billy goat.”
Mike Tomlin is not even given one iota of empathy or sympathy regarding the many trials and tribulations that he has faced over the last several years and the current challenges that he continues to face, for his team to remain competitive. “Fire Tomlin, fire Tomlin, fire Tomlin.” In the minds and souls of many folks, their misplaced anger grows and festers because they must continue to protest and insist that Mike Tomlin’s coaching tenure be terminated post haste. Why? Well, the answer is simple. To them, Mike Tomlin should have never been hired in the first place.