Well, the sun did come out today. This despite the Steelers 2009 season going down the toilet in a serious hurry. Thursday the team takes on the awful Cleveland Browns, but of course with the way the team is playing (or not playing), who really knows what to expect?
For now, there’s a lot of blame game being given around the Burgh these days, and here’s some people that should be on your list for being at fault for the recent letdowns:
1. Mike Tomlin – This is by far the most adversity that Tomlin has had to face in his short time as Steelers coach. He has been unable to get his team to finish games, and it’s been their downfall all season. Last week he talked about ‘unleashing hell’ in December, and it worked backwards in it was a motivator for the Raiders to pull the upset. Has he lost the team? Did he read too many of his own press clippings? It will be interesting to see if his latest promise of making lineup changes work at all.
2. Dick LeBeau – When the offense doesn’t step up, everyone wants to fire Bruce Arians. Now though, it’s the defense that has faltered and let the team down, yet I hear no one talking about wanting LeBeau out. Many feel that LeBeau belongs in the Hall of Fame for what he’s done as a coordinator, and I don’t disagree with that. Right now though, his defense looks like Swiss cheese.
3. William Gay and Ike Taylor – Both these guys have simply not stepped up at the corner spot this year, and each have had ample shots to make game-changing plays that could have sealed wins. Taylor is coming off his best year in 08 and looks like he can’t cover anyone. Louis Murphy made him look like a practice squad player Sunday. As for Gay, he’s been a terrible cover corner all year, and it’s time to get a look at another player at that spot.
4. Bruce Arians – Yeah, I know, the offense is basically doing their job. But enough of you have expressed displeasure in what Arians has done to the offense to deserve a spot on this list. Should the combo of Rashard Mendenhall and Willie Parker have more carries? Would that help the defense late in games? I can’t really say to much about the offense, as they scored 24 points against both the Chiefs and Raiders, and lost both, to me, that’s on the defense.
So give me your feedback, what is the reason for the second straight post Super Bowl letdown? Is it too late? If this team finds a way to win the last four, has Tomlin redeemed himself? To me, it’s a direct result of Tomlin, the injury to Troy Polamalu, and the lack of attention to detail like they had last December. Of course, there’s four games left to get it turned around. Or to finish the complete collapse of 2009.