Ok, Chadman wades in..
History tells us that Tomlin & the Steelers will not have back-to-back failed seasons. They'll be in the playoffs next season. To be honest- they were really not that far off now.
Cowher will always have a place for most of us. Will he coach again? Maybe. You know what? The longer he stays out, the less likely it is to happen. So if he wants back in, now is the time. He would do WONDERS for an organisation like Cleveland if given the right amount of control.
Tomlin certainly inherited a bunch of hardened vets from Cowher. Every new coach inherits good players from the previous guy. Instead of holding it against Tomlin that he found success with some of Cowher's guys- we should congratulate him for doing what was best for the organisation, instead of trying to change things just because he was the new guy in town. He was smart enough to see he had a good team, and he used that. He now faces a greater challenge in that those guys that won it for him are rapidly leaving his service. Now we'll see what sort of talent accumulater Tomlin is. But be careful before you put the fork in him as we see the Steelers new-comers struggling...what we are experiencing right now is 'rapid change'- lots of new guys being rushed into starting roles as old guys are shipped out... it'll take some time before we see "Tomlin's guys" at their best.
But Pouncey, DeCastro, Gilbert, Adams, Hood, Heyward, Brown, Sanders, Wallace, Woodley, Timmons, Lewis, Allen.... these are not bad pieces to put together. They are not at their peak yet, but the new framework looks promising.
We have to take the good with the bad...
With every bad/disagreeable thing that Tomlin has done, Cowher did it before and more often...
Bur, give Tomlin time....he'll catch up....
You look at Tomlin & Cowher they are close. Arguments will be made about Tomlin doing it with Cowher's players. Tomlin won his SB with 18 out of 22 starters that started for Cowher. His SB loss had 12 out of 22 starters that started for Cowher. Last year it was 11 out of 22 starters that started for Cowher. That may give a little insight to my concerns & point. Tomlin's fingerprints should be showing as "his players" start. As Cowher's starters leave his numbers look to be going the wrong direction. If it continues? This team could see 7 players that started for Cowher starting here next year. As little as 2-3 in 2014. At some point Tomlin & his players have make there mark. Isn't it reasonable to expect it in 2013 or 2014? I believe it is. Cowher had his 2-3 year slump with no QB and got it going. Tomlin had his franchise guy here & went 1 & done and then 8-8. Maybe I have less patience than the next but missing the playoffs in 2013 with BB at the helm will have me starting to push him out the door.
Again, I'm not saying we should get Cowher back for Tomlin. I'm saying I would take Cowher back if Tomlin can't right this ship. I have noticed things that are a concern. I see a trend. Tomlin & his players have to step forward now that the vet core is being turned over. I haven't seen that yet. I hope he does because I don't want to live through mediocrity.
In my mind Cowher was a master motivator ... second only to Vince Lombardi. He got those players to play above their talent level. Somehow, week after week, he found a way to push a players button so that he would perform above and beyond his capabilities. However, this could only take him so far. He had a couple of things working against him. The first was he isn't a great 'X's and O's type of guy and he didn't always listen to the assistants that were. The second was no matter how much you motivate a QB he has to have talent.
If you go back and remember when Cowher decided he wasn't going to yell and scream on the sidelines, he thought it sent a bad message to his girls, and we were lousy that year. Then there was his last year when he mailed it in ... we were bad that year also. Sure, there were other years we weren't great but by and large the Steelers were a team of over-achievers under Cowher.
The only reason we were in those AFCCGs was because Cowher got us there. So I don't think of his legacy in the Burgh was he lost the big game. I think it is he got us to the big game.