Circumstances being as they are, there's a chance we may not make it into the playoffs even if we win against Miami. Even if we do, I'm making this thread since this season has been about as disappointing as last year's season was fulfilling. Feel free to add your own insights.
My top reason:
Sure we had a bad secondary and unreliable offense, but I have lost count of the sheer number of missed opportunities this season. Frankly put, we either played like we didn't know what to do, or we failed to capitalize on great opportunities that could have made the difference this season. Dropped passes, dropped interceptions, returns for TD's, and the like. Mistakes cost us games against Cinci, Cleveland, Oakland, and Kansas City. Even with injuries to Troy and Aaron Smith, we could have found a way to make this a solid season. We didn't.
This year, we saw a team that looked undisciplined, uncoordinated, and outcoached. The blame goes to everyone, players and staff, for this. Tomlin had better find a way to screw this team's head on straight.
Runners-up include the following, of course.
2. Bad secondary
3. Bad OC (PLEEEEEEASE FIRE BRUCE ARIANS!!!)
4. Bad special teams.
5. Aging defense
All in all, this season left a sour feeling in my stomach. It's not so much the fact that we lost a lot, but the fact that we could have easily won so much more. But, as always, I still have faith in the team and know we'll bounce back.