Should Steelers HC Mike Tomlin's seat be a little hot this season?
Expectations were high as soon as Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was hired. Perhaps unreasonable, but when it comes to the Steelers, such is life.
You have to wonder whether Tomlin's seat might get a bit hot this year if the Steelers struggle, as this season may be the greatest pressure he has ever experienced as the team's head coach.
Whether he liked it or not, Tomlin took over a very talented football team in 2007. These expectations were only increased by winning the Super Bowl in his second season, which serves to highlight how much the team has struggled in previous years.
For Tomlin, the offseason brought a unique mix of chances and difficulties. Ben Roethlisberger's retirement as a quarterback is on one side.
It's not simple to replace a man like Big Ben. Pittsburgh, however, had the chance. There are many open cap slots but few openings to fill
While I'm not here to pass judgement on the decisions Tomlin made this offseason, there are some concerns about this team's top-end potential after they lost their last three playoff games 0-3 and were outscored 135-100.
The 2022 season might end before it even gets started if the Steelers start off poorly. This entire season might be for naught if Pittsburgh switches to rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett in that case.
Does this excuse Tomlin from criticism for not putting in enough effort this offseason to compete? Tell us in the comments section below.