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SteelJunkie
12-30-2010, 03:04 PM
"Keep Calm and Carry On," a book of quotes that landed under my Christmas tree, wasn't written for Mike Tomlin or the Steelers' 2010 season.

But it easily could have been.

Whether anyone wants to acknowledge it, Tomlin has turned in one of the finest regular-season coaching jobs in franchise history, one that should earn him the NFL's Coach of the Year award.

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." Niels Bohr

Be honest: Even if you picked the Steelers to win 10 or more games, you would have changed your mind radically so if you'd seen the trouble ahead.

You knew Santonio Holmes was gone, Ben Roethlisberger was out for a quarter of the season, Willie Colon was out for good and no high-impact players had arrived via trade or free agency. Flozell Adams was your new right tackle, Dennis Dixon was your new quarterback, and you somehow remained optimistic.

But what if somebody had told you that left defensive end Aaron Smith would miss the final 10 games, right defensive end Brett Keisel would miss five-plus, left tackle Max Starks would sustain a season-ending injury in Week 8, Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller would miss at least two games, punter Daniel Sepulveda would tear up his knee, kicker Jeff Reed would implode and the Baltimore Ravens would go 12-4?

No sane person would have predicted more than eight wins. The Steelers are 11-4 and poised to claim a No. 2 seed if they beat Cleveland on Sunday.

Do you think the coach has something to do with this?

It's incredible how many people would need to think before answering that question.

"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation." Jean Kerr

Luckily for Steelers fans, Tomlin failed to grasp his team's predicament. Refused is more like it. He never cloaked the adversity in the form of a premeditated excuse, to be applied to future losses.

In contrast to college counterpart Dave Wannstedt, Tomlin never made an issue of his team's inexperience at certain positions.

He just won.

Certainly, you could make a coach-of-the-year case for Bill Belichick or Todd Haley, though Belichick didn't lose Tom Brady for four games and Haley didn't beat a good team. A handful of others merit mention, but none has outdone Tomlin.

"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant." Horace

When Tomlin calls, players answer. Rookies Maurkice Pouncey, Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown and Jason Worilds have been among the contributors, as have veterans Adams, Jonathan Scott, Charlie Batch and Nick Eason.

As running back Mewelde Moore put it, "Coach says we have starters and starters-in-waiting."

Consider some of Tomlin's tangible contributions:

He fired special teams coach Bob Ligashesky after last season and found a highly qualified replacement in Al Everest.

He was open-minded enough to alter the offensive-line plan, cutting Justin Hartwig and going with Pouncey at the mentally demanding center spot, instead of right guard.

He promoted Sanders to third receiver, in place of Antwaan Randle El, and stuck with him through mistakes.

He made three dramatic moves after the embarrassing loss to New England, firing Reed, inserting Ramon Foster for Trai Essex at right guard and ordering his team to work in pads on a Wednesday. The Steelers responded with a punishing 35-3 victory over the Raiders and are 4-0 after losses, outscoring opponents 117-37.

"I am an optimist. It doesn't seem too much use to be anything else." Winston Churchill

The standard is the standard, Tomlin likes to say, and the Steelers' standard does not change: Anything less than a Super Bowl championship is deemed a failure.

Last year was a miserable failure, punctuated by Tomlin's false bravado. This year has been a stunning success, albeit with one big game and the defining postseason ahead.

Belichick's Patriots are a heavy favorite, but if we have been reminded of anything this season, it's that prediction is very difficult.

Especially about the future.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_715830.html

steelersbabex25
12-30-2010, 03:09 PM
• He fired special teams coach Bob Ligashesky after last season and found a highly qualified replacement in Al Everest.

All he really needs to do is fire someone else..

SteelJunkie
12-30-2010, 03:14 PM
Well lets just hope the Steelers don't renew Arian's contract at the end of the season. Of course with all these teams needing head coaches maybe another super bowl win makes him an offensive guru for another team. Well one can hope. lol

BlitzburghRockCity
12-30-2010, 03:14 PM
Considering how the Steelers collapsed on an epic scale last year at the middle of the season, the job he's done this year has been very commendable to say the least. I don't think though that he's got a chance of coach of the year. Smith in Atlanta or Belichick in New England probably have it wrapped up.

There are still questionable decisions that have to be addressed for this team yet, at the coordinator position as we all know.

LatrobePA
12-30-2010, 03:18 PM
All he really needs to do is fire someone else..


And just who are you talking about? :lol:

Steelers_All_Day_43
12-30-2010, 05:56 PM
I was actually one of the few who predicted 12-4...then I was labeled a homer. Tomlin does deserve the award and hopefully another Lombardi to his name.

LarryNJ
12-30-2010, 06:04 PM
Too early for a final grade...but so far so good...

steelchamp204
12-30-2010, 06:41 PM
This is a homer thread, He is def not coach of the year, should be steve spagnula.

SteelJunkie
12-30-2010, 06:55 PM
Steve Spagnuolo has to win this week just to be .500, and win the division. If Seattle wins then they are in so that just tells you how weak that division is.

steelchamp204
12-30-2010, 07:01 PM
Steve Spagnuolo has to win this week just to be .500, and win the division. If Seattle wins then they are in so that just tells you how weak that division is.

Yea and how many wins did the rams have lastyear? One game. Even a 6 game improvemtn is a huge difference for that organization.

LatrobePA
12-30-2010, 08:56 PM
Don't forget about the guy in KC...

harpo
12-31-2010, 10:41 AM
Ken Whisenhunt is the greatest coach in the NFL (sarcasm on). :nahnah:

Seriously, Raheem Morris gets my vote.

TEEMONT
12-31-2010, 11:46 AM
Haley, Spagnulo, Belichek, or Smith. Tomlin couldn't beat the teams he wasn't supposed to beat so he gets no consideration for coach of the year. However, if the Steelers show up against the Pats in the playoffs(which I think they will), I'll change my tune...lol

Scorp
12-31-2010, 11:49 AM
Wade Phillips is coach of the year!!!!!!!! Yeah Wade!!!!!! Oh wait he got fired. Nevermind.

coldrolled
12-31-2010, 12:17 PM
Don't forget about the guy in KC...

the guy we should have signed last year, charlie weiss??

Scorp
12-31-2010, 12:28 PM
What about Sherm Edwards?????? Hello, you play to win the game.

steeldoc
12-31-2010, 01:57 PM
This award should not be awarded until AFTER the Super Bowl. What if the Ravens rip through everyone, won't that make Harbaugh a candidate. Conversely, what if the Steelers lose to the Browns, drop to a lower seed and lose the wild card game. If the Pats win it all, it should go to hoodie boy. They would of won with a HOF qb and little else.

Scorp
12-31-2010, 02:04 PM
This award should not be awarded until AFTER the Super Bowl. What if the Ravens rip through everyone, won't that make Harbaugh a candidate. Conversely, what if the Steelers lose to the Browns, drop to a lower seed and lose the wild card game. If the Pats win it all, it should go to hoodie boy. They would of won with a HOF qb and little else.

You got a good point. :yellowthumb:

Clevelandsux
12-31-2010, 09:05 PM
All he really needs to do is fire someone else..

And we don't even have to mention names to know who that might be thats needs to be fired.

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I'd give it to haley. KC was one of the worst teams in football the last few years. This year they win the AFC West.

CoachC
12-31-2010, 09:25 PM
I'm a big Tomlin fan, I've loved the guys since his first season. I think he carries himself with extreme dignity and character. He is a great leader and has done a tremendous job with this team this season!

Clevelandsux
12-31-2010, 11:06 PM
Well if you look at the big picture and our team, we were coming off a dissapointing season last year, missing the playoffs.We went into this season losing our star WR and SB mvp in Santonio Holmes. Our qb was suspended the first 4 games. So there were alot of distractions. Went 3-1 without Roethlisberger. Plus we've had mounting injuries all year. Smith, Keisel, Polamalu. Offensive line has been a juggernaut. Yet we still stand 11-4 at this point.And also despite still having that douchebag Bruce Arians as oc.

Why Tomlin won't get coach of the year? Because the steelers are doing what the Steelers are expected to do, win.