Now before people jump completely down my throat about making this suggestion I have a friend who works inside the Steelers organization in scouting and what not and he has told me a few times that he has heard from certain people who are close to the team that Art Rooney isnt exactly head over heels completely and totally in love with Mike Tomlin like some people like to think. My point is I know Mike Tomlin won a Super Bowl with the Steelers in his 2nd season and has made the playoffs 4 other times and won 3 division titles as well. But his early playoff exits in 2007 losing to the Jags twice in 3 weeks at home, the meltdown in 2009 when the Steelers were 6-2 and they lost 5 in a row and missed the playoffs, his Super Bowl loss last year to the Packers in a game he should have won, and the debacle this year losing to the Broncos and Tim Tebow who were 8-8 in the 1st round. My point is the Steelers are a team who has higher expectations then other teams and just making the playoffs with a team like the Steelers isnt acceptable. A first round loss in the playoffs is like a 6-10 season as far as the fans go and inside the organization.
My point is I think this hiring seeing that Todd Haley is a former head coach and did lead the Chiefs to the playoffs last season might not directly be a threat to Mike Tomlin from Art Rooney but it just might put a little more pressure on Tomlin and let him know that if Todd Haley comes in here and the offense gets better and improves and the Steelers still dont win and more importantly get to the Super Bowl and win the next few seasons that it's going to fall directly on Tomlin and Haley could possibly be the guy down the road to replace Tomlin if things really fall apart and dont get better. Now Tomlin has had success here and done a decent job but I just think something over the last few seasons with Tomlin that something is just not right with this team and they have lost their edge a little bit. Some players on this team are out of control in terms of making comments they shouldnt be and ripping on fans as well on twitter and that right there I believe is a bad reflection on Mike Tomlin. I dont want to sound like a racist or anything because I am not but it just seems like the team over the last few seasons under Tomlin's guidance has become "thugged" out for a better choice of words. The bottom line is Tomlin needs to get this team back to the Super Bowl and win it here over the next 2-3 years especially seeing that Ben is in his prime and you never know how many more chances you really are going to get with Ben being the QB on this team.