"50 Shades of Speechlessness..." by Flippy
I think I went through all five stages of acceptance during today's game (Denial and anger in the first half. Bargaining, depression and acceptance in the second). Dark days indeed.
And like Gruden, I bet Tomlin would be pretty interesting to watch on tv as a commentator. Heck, he'd probably be more interesting than Gruden.
On the other hand, we have a team in more disarray than anything any of us have ever witnessed. And when we look at Tomlin thru these lenses, he made a lot of missteps. Bad drafts, bad coaches, bad game management, bad player development, bad staff, bad contracts, bad promises, etc.
So what is Tomlin? Is he the great SuperBowl winning coach? Or is he the bum we see out there today? We've seen him make promises that he hasn't delivered upon repeatedly. We've seen things that have need to be fixed that continue to be problems to this day. We're a third year into his fall from grace and the down slide of this team. And things are getting progressively worse. To me it's looking more like he's a great leader if all the pieces are in place. But to fix issues or build things up from the ground floor, that might not be in his wheel house.
Maybe the Rooney's saw it in him from day 1? And maybe that's why they forced his assistants on him. And it seems like it could be likely that with success, Tomlin has tried to insert himself more and take over. And maybe he just can't handle it? Who knows?
I don't think he's has enough success during his tenure to make him untouchable. He could very well be the crux of the whole problem. Then again maybe he needs to take a little step back and the Rooney's can help him get the right people around him and we can leverage what he does well.
I kinda think this is where we're at and maybe the reason the Rooney's may have forced Haley on him. But clearly that's not working out so well. So what's the next step? Help Tomlin with new parts? Or bring in someone that's more experienced and ready to handle the rebuild?
We have grossly overpaid some players with consideration to their actual performances (sparing names for now) and put ourselves into cap hell. Our only way back is through cap purgatory.
We also have some coaching deficits, in several areas, with the glaring issue of failures in player development.
I, too, thought of the deep wounds to the pride of our franchise.
Narcissistic injury is the term used for any threat to a narcissist's outsized ego or self-esteem.