There is a lot of anxiety in Pittsburgh at the moment after the Steelers’ loss to the Oakland Raiders, who had only won two games this season before beating Pittsburgh. Adding salt to the wound for a fan base spoiled with success, it was the third loss in a row for the Steelers.
This loss puts the Steelers’ record at 7-5-1 and puts a playoff appearance in serious jeopardy, causing many fans to call for Mike Tomlin’s head. Apparently, Steelers fans are hoping for Mike McCarthy, who was born in Pittsburgh, to take the head coaching job next year and replace Mike Tomlin.
Tomlin has had a remarkable record as a head coach since taking the job in 2007. His winning percentage is an incredible 65.9 percent—that is almost as good as Bill Belichick’s. In his almost twelve years with the Steelers, they went to the playoffs eight times. Two of those postseason appearances ended with a trip to the Super Bowl, which they won in 2008 against the Arizona Cardinals. The 46-year-old has never had a losing season with Pittsburgh.
As a matter of fact, that is a pretty remarkable resume for an NFL head coach. There is not much more you can ask for than what Tomlin has done with the franchise. Apparently, however, that is exactly what the Steelers fan base is doing, even though they are still in good shape as far as playoff positioning is concerned.
Now what if the Steelers really do decide to cut ties with Tomlin after twelve years? Without a doubt, he will be one of the most highly coveted Head Coaches available and is arguably one of the best coaches in the NFL at the moment. Should the Bucs try to acquire Mike Tomlin? Absolutely! The fact that he worked in Tampa as a defensive backs coach from 2001 – 2005 only helps. Hopefully he is interested in coming back to Florida.
Oh, what an acquisition Tomlin would be for a fan base that has been through so much. Here is hoping that the Steelers miss the playoffs, which will increase the chances of us landing Mike Tomlin drastically.