Yep--the rest of the league thinks so little of his abilities they have him ranked in the bottom third...oh wait that is Top 6 in the league. But what do those guys know. Coordinators have much more to do with prep and game planning so lets cast a few of those adrift first. Especially if a team with no QB and no WRs devours our defense. Let's start there.
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's a mediocre coach on the most stable team in the nfl. the owner has surrounded him with superior coaching talent. a figurehead with little input on hirings and firings. speaks well and the players like him and play hard for him.
a guy that wont win you any games but wont lose you many either.
'moral victories' are for losers
I think some of you are missing the boat, at least on defense.
There are a lot of young players out there now. They are still learning NFL game speed. They look hestitant. They are often out of position. Yes. It's on the head coach, but how many wanted to give J Jones a full year to get comfortable before labeling him a bust?
Yes. Tomlin's teams are notoriously slow starters, but I would label only one year where the team never seemed to improve as the season progressed.
We've seen some of the most dispirited inane play in the past couple of years, and its no longer safe to identify positive trends (as in "never lost an opener against the Browns on a Thursday" -- you can get as specific as you want) -- the guy manages to break them immediately.
The excuse of "its on the players" gets old pretty quickly. Its on the players in every team, but somehow our coaching staff doesn't seem to have what it takes to get its players into game mode on a consistent basis.
If the Steelers lose to the Browns one good thing will come from it. I'll tape a picture of Tomlin on my vacuum so it can suck again.