1.25 DT Vernon Butler, La Tech, 64 323
2.58 CB Artie Burns, Miami, 511 189
3.89 OLB, Alex McCalister, Florida, 66 240-Jarvis Jones replacement
4.123 S Jayron Kearse, Clemson, 64 216-hybrid type we could use in 3-3-5 defense
6.220 OT Stephane Nembot, 67 322-raw talent with ton of upside
7.229 CB Brian Poole, Florida, 510 210
7.246 WR/KR Ed Eagan, Northwestern State, 5 10 185-need WR depth and returner
He seems like a natural leader. But does he have lots of experience in the details? He had a short stint with Dungy. The won a SuperBowl with Gruden who got a good team over the hump. Then he spent a year in Minny.
Does Tomlin have a system? A philosophy? He's interesting amongst coaches in that he comes here and doesn't have his own system to install. So what we could be getting now is the leadership and experience with little to back it up in terms of experience.
We may still need to let him learn on the job. He does seem to have challenges impacting change. A lot of the problems we have year in and year out continue into the next season and the next season without fixes. ST and OLine come to mind. They're problems yearly.
We finally seem to have fixed the DB issue with a mix of young players and coaching. Maybe we can do something similar with the OLine and ST next year?
But Tomlin needs to find good assistant coaches to help him out. And I wonder how much Rooney being in Ireland is having an impact?
You could argue Tomlin seems to have followed the path of Gruden. Both very charasmatic guys.
Some of us Steeler fans are seeing the writing on the wall before others in my opinion. Tomlin teams seem to slide a bit more south each season and I don't mean the game records with wins and losses but at the end, the losses are due to Tomlins inabilities or his lack of coaching. The list does have some valid points of how this team has slid in categories unlike previous Steeler teams over the years.
Cowhers act was getting old and with all his AFC losses, a little of me died as a Steeler fan in each of those losses.
Tomlin now has picked up where Cowher left off and he's doing it at a much faster rate. Tomlin as a head coach has made some bone head discisions in his day and now with this team being mentally weak with pentalties, turnover/lack of turnovers, disciplinary issues with the players, not recognizing whom to start and the above mentioned list , we are witnessing the Tomlin slide.