For just the second time in Mike Tomlin‘s six-year tenure as Head Coach the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to make the postseason in 2012-13. Entering his seventh season at the helm, Tomlin may have an even bigger issue restoring the “Steeler Way.”
With comments out of the Steelers locker room surfacing that the Steelers most threatening defensive player in LaMarr Woodley was “awful” and “wasn’t in shape”, it makes Tomlin look like he doesn’t have a grip on his club. The Steelers currently have a few of the NFL‘s best free agents set to leave town, but none more notable then Mike Wallace whose departure will cripple the Steelers.
Surely, the Steelers can’t afford to go 8-8 for another season as losing just isn’t tolerated in Pittsburgh–winning has become the norm and once a few losing seasons go by the wayside, change tends to ensue.
In order for them to return to grace the draft classes from years prior, they have to start performing, as eight of the Steelers defensive starters were over the age of thirty. It seems far-fetched given the team’s recent success, but the Steelers could definitely blow up the defense in the coming months. Although these same players have struck fear into the entire AFC, it may be time to go with the younger players and cut your loses with the aging veterans.
2013 is not a lost year as the Steelers still have Ben Roethlisberger and when healthy, he is one of the leagues best. With the Baltimore Ravens bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to the AFC North, the expectations are now revamped, and it’s time for the Steelers to put up or shut up.