I think there's a couple things going on here:
1. Drafting/FA - We're just not picking the right guys. We can blame Colbert. But how did he go from good to bad at drafting? I dunno. I do get the sense that we're more concerned about character than ever before. And we're shying away from the violent crazies we've brought in the past.
2. Goodell fining the attitude out of this team.
3. The change in owners since with II taking over leadership. I don't know what real impact this is having, but our slip has coincided with the old man going to Ireland. And I'm not sure it's not an important piece of the story.
4. The core group of players lack leadership. And this started back in Cowher's final season. These guys underachieved after winning XL. Why? Ben had his accident and something creeped into this team. We just seem to have this core of players that are super talented, but can lose interest/play down to the level of poor competition.
Somehow these negative things have creeped into the culture and added up to where we are now. I still think some talent is there and this thing can be fixed relatively quickly. And 90% of the answer comes down to Ben. I'd say it's a 50/50 share in responsibility between Mike and Ben at this point to get this thing on the right track.
If most of our highly drafted offensive and defensive linemen do not pan out we have wasted a whole bunch of picks.
We have a first and second rounders ac cross the board save for a no talent free agent who IS OUR MOST CONSISTENT player.
We are HOPING Beachum starts? Pathetic.
Look at the success of Cincys picks compared to us in recent years.
I dont know if Colbert or Tomlin has the power here.
An interesting possibility is that entrenched Cowher might have had the power with Colbert.
If I were the Steelers I would lean that way.
So Cowher might be responsible for the makeup of that team more than Colbert was but now Colbert is the entrenched guy.
That would explain a decline even if Colbert makes the final call today.
Regardless the Rooneys know who is responsible, so if a move is made my guess is that who had final say in building this team will bear the burden if it continues south.
Last edited by Captain Lemming; 09-20-2013 at 04:35 PM.
Literally waiting until Timmons might have been beaten on a specific play to point and say "SEEEEEE!!!! WE SHOULD HAVE DRAFTED POSLUSZNY!!!"
You're too good of a Steelers fan to be stuck on this point.
One thing that has improved? Penalties...
Gilbert's was bogus an Woodley's was justified...
Tomlin has a say in player personnel, coaching personnel, playcalling, etc. If he wants to change any of these, he has the power. Stop making excuses for the guy and face the fact that Tomlin's early success was greatly attributed to Cowher's players and the locker room leadership that guys like Keisel, Troy, Farrior, Aaron Smith, Hampton, Ben, Hines, Starks, etc provided. Most people could have stepped off the street and been successful running a team loaded with those type of players. As the players started to retire/leave, so did the talent (& leadership). Why can't people see this when the writing is on the wall?
While we're busy raking Mike Tomlin over hot coals for drafting Jason Worilds, can anybody tell me who wanted this guy?
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