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12-16-2012, 09:09 AM

Starkey: Steelers fans spoiled rotten

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Joe is a freelance sports columnist for the Tribune-Review.

By Joe Starkey

Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012, 10:48 p.m.
Updated 9 hours ago

Sanity check: Am I the only person in town who thinks Mike Tomlin is doing a decent job this season?
Am I the only one who sees the Steelers still controlling their playoff fate as an accomplishment rather than an embarrassment?
Immersed in the world of sports-talk radio, I am exposed to dangerous levels of hysteria, cynicism and utter nonsense. And every once in a while it becomes clear: A large chunk of this fan base is spoiled rotten.
Just this week, we fielded calls demanding Tomlin be fired. The season‘s over, time to rebuild, LeBeau‘s too old, and Cowher would never let his players get away with this.
A frequently heard argument is that Tomlin has always “played down to the competition.”
Actually, Tomlin has won 75 percent of his games (33-11) against losing teams. He went 16-0 against them the past two seasons.
This season, like in 2009, Tomlin has lost to a lot of bad teams. And like three years ago, the Steelers aren‘t all that hot themselves, mostly because they have been decimated by injuries. In his other four years, Tomlin was 28-3 against losing teams.
Am I the crazy one here?
Perhaps a round of intense hypnotherapy will help.
You go first: Follow the pendulum until your eyes grow heavy … heavy … heavy. OK, we‘re back in Latrobe. It‘s Aug. 1, and we are peering into a crystal ball (don‘t mind the crack; Rashard Mendenhall fumbled it on the way over).
I will tell you what I see. You will then tell me where the Steelers will be after 13 games.
I see …
• Ben Roethlisberger missing 31⁄2 games, including both against Baltimore.
• Troy Polamalu missing 93⁄4 games.
• James Harrison missing three games and being a shell of himself for several more.
• LaMarr Woodley missing three full games and most of two others.
• Antonio Brown missing 31⁄2 games.
• What‘s this … Maurkice Pouncey playing guard? Will Allen starting seven games? Kelvin Beachum? Jonathan Dwyer? Charlie Batch calling signals in Baltimore? Who is Josh Victorian? Plaxico‘s back?
I shake the crystal ball like a snow globe. Now I see …
• Willie Colon missing 21⁄2 games.
• Ike Taylor missing two.
• Marcus Gilbert missing eight.
• David DeCastro missing all 13.
• Mendenhall missing several because of injury/ineffectiveness/general disinterest.
OK, so tell me: Will the Steelers have more wins than losses after 13 games? Will they still control their playoff fate?
You‘re laughing. No, you‘re crying. But you say maybe it‘s a blessing they‘ll finally have a top-10 pick again.
Now wake up! That goes for the rest of you, too: Snap back to reality. Go ask 20 other teams if they‘d like to be a top-six seed — which the Steelers would be with a win Sunday.
Excuses might be tools of the incompetent, but guess what? Rational explanations are tools of the intelligent. Tomlin constantly saying “the standard is the standard” shouldn‘t preclude the rest of us from soberly assessing why the Steelers are just 7-6.
The primary reason should be obvious: Several of their best players went down.
Somebody asked Ryan Clark about all the “drama” this season, starting with Mike Wallace missing camp. He responded with a dose of cold, hard truth.
“I think more than anything, the drama we‘ve had is the injuries,” he said. “That‘s probably been a lot more difficult to overcome than a guy not coming to a football game (hello, Rashard) or a guy not coming to camp.”
True, the losses to Oakland, Tennessee, Cleveland and San Diego were bad, but what about the undermanned road wins against the Giants, Bengals and Ravens?
Would you feel better if the Steelers had blown out three of those bad teams and lost to the three good ones?
You know what people would be saying then: They haven‘t beaten anybody.
I‘m not pushing Tomlin for Coach of the Year, and he certainly is not beyond criticism. He has made tactical errors, for sure.
On balance, though, having this team in playoff position is no small feat.
Do you know how many playoff games the Dallas Cowboys have won since beating Cowher‘s Steelers in the Super Bowl 17 years ago?
Precisely two.
Imagine living that reality.
Joe Starkey co-hosts a show 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays on 93.7 “The Fan.” His columns appear Thursdays and Sundays. He can be reached at jraystarkey@gmail.com.

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12-16-2012, 12:57 PM
Oh no comments for the fire Tomlin haters.... Come on now somebody know something, Lloyd you know something come on now Lloyd you know something....

12-16-2012, 01:00 PM
What about you Lordville, you got to know something.

Mister Pittsburgh
12-16-2012, 04:10 PM
• Ben Roethlisberger missing 31⁄2 games, including both against Baltimore. (Just like last year where he was injured multiple games including the playoff game).
• Troy Polamalu missing 93⁄4 games. (constantly injured...basically should retire and we have no replacement).
• James Harrison missing three games and being a shell of himself for several more. (Harrison may have one more season if his body can hold out...worilds isn't good from this spot).
• LaMarr Woodley missing three full games and most of two others. (just like last year...misses 1/4 of the season with hamstring issues).
• What‘s this … Maurkice Pouncey playing guard?
• Willie Colon missing 21⁄2 games.• Marcus Gilbert missing eight.
• David DeCastro missing all 13.
Kelvin Beachum?
(is anyone surprised our entire line other than Starks has been injured this year? They are hurt every year!)
Will Allen starting seven games?(shocker, Mundy started quite a few last year for an injured Troy but he is too piss poor so a 30+ year old is starting for him showing our backups either aren't good or old).
• Mendenhall missing several because of injury/ineffectiveness/general disinterest.
(mendenhall hurt or ineffective...what a surprise)

all that article shows is history keeps repeating itself and we just expect it to change like Colon or Troy will have a healthy season

12-16-2012, 11:48 PM
it would take a few losing seasons for me to wana "FIRE" tomlin..

12-17-2012, 12:24 AM
We've lost 4 of the last 5 games.
Everything's looking just peachy

12-17-2012, 09:25 AM
Well can we start to have a meaningful debate on what changes we need to make in the off season or will that label us "Cleveland Browns fans?" Just like someone to give the signal when we can acknowledge that we aren't a very good team and actually have a meaningful debate on that.

Time to consider a serious redesign of this team.

12-17-2012, 10:01 AM
It has been a disappointing stretch these last 5 games. Great teams find a way to win 2 or 3 of those games even when they are scuffling.

This is obviously not a great team. I'm ok with that. They can still compete with most teams in the NFL (especially when healthy). But, they continually lose the turnover battle and on special teams. This makes it very hard for the oft injured offense and defense to overcome.

12-17-2012, 10:07 AM
THe sky may not be falling, but we seem to be free-falling out of it. We looked horrid yesterday folks. When the whole team stinks it up, guess what, then the coach where's the perfume of defeat as well. There is NO football sense on this team, it's bonehead play after bonehead play, they're giving away games.

12-17-2012, 10:21 AM
That's my biggest issue with this team Jooser.. they are giving the game away and it looks like it's by design. Not sure if it's a mental thing or this just isn't our year. I can't remember the last time this team put together 2 solid drives in the same game.

12-17-2012, 10:27 AM
What is that Tomlin always says about "the standard" and something about "excuses are for the incompetent?"