Mike Tomlin: Offense is why we’re 0-2

Reuters

The Steelers have scored 19 points in two weeks, which made coach Mike Tomlin something of a master of the obvious at his Tuesday press conference when he was asked about why the team has lost its first two games.

“The most significant reason we’re 0-2 is we’re not scoring enough points,” Tomlin said, via Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Nineteen points in two football games is not going to win a lot of football in this league. If you would have told me we’d score 19 points through the first two ball games I would have told you we’d have an opportunity to 0-2. We understand that and we are working hard to rectify that.”

Tomlin singled out tackles Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams as players in need of stepping up their games, but said that he wouldn’t change his coaching style because of the rough start to the season.

He also talked about some help that might be on the way. Tight end Heath Miller is expected to participate fully in practice this week as he continues on the road back from a torn ACL. Running back Le’Veon Bell, who is recovering from a sprained foot, will also be doing more in practice this week, although there’s no sense that he’ll be as far along as Miller.

Neither player can cure everything that’s ailing the Steelers offense, but getting them back can’t hurt the efforts to rectify things after a slow start in Pittsburgh.

86 responses to “Mike Tomlin: Offense is why we’re 0-2

  1. After serious analysis and soul searching, Mike came to the conclusion that the most significant reason the team was 0-2 is that they weren’t scoring enough points. The other factor being that they were giving up too many points. He is quiet on the surface, but a deep thinker beneath.

  2. Tomlin singled out tackles Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams as players in need of stepping up their games,
    —————————————–
    What about the list of coaches in need of stepping up their games? Granted, it would be a short list of 1, but a very important 1 at that.

  3. Everyone calling for Haley’s head is ignorant. NO OC could do anything behind this OL, add in the fact that the best blocker on the team hasn’t played (Heath) and we have no set running back. I was a fan of Cotchery but the dude gave up on several plays last night, lets see more Moye! Shake it up coach, we got nothing to lose!

  4. Its time for the Steelers to consider rebuilding. They are at the cap and way over next year. They’re not winning with all those expensive players, so why not start over. It won’t get better next year. You win in this league by having a solid draft.

    I’d suggest trading Rothlesburger and other high profile players to acquire draft picks. Keep draft picks from the last couple years, but make everyone else expendible. Focus on drafting good players and get good contracts in place. 7 rings will come soon enough.

  5. Todd Haley is a total fraud! Every Chiefs fan will tell you the same after watching that boob limit Jamaal Charles’ carries week after week, all the while complaining he needed someone to make plays on offense.

    The Steelers will continue to struggle as long as Haley is the OC, and that’s a fact…

  6. Hey Mike. You and Colbert made this roster. 4 TE’s (plus a useless one on IR), no O-line depth, and a group of midget receivers.
    Mike, your TE’s suck, so why not go 4 WR’s with Wheaton? How does he not see the field? At least you put Moye in for a play – and look what happens! PLay your youth sooner because your vets are not as talented as they once were.
    Oh, and can your OC.

  7. Anyone take notice of the fact that Todd Haley should be unemployed immediately!!! God how I long for the days of Arians and an offense that could “at least kick field goals”!!!! Wasn’t that the rap on Arians?what’s the organizational excuse for Haley apathy?

  8. thegreatgabbert | Sep 17, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT
    After serious analysis and soul searching, Mike came to the conclusion that the most significant reason the team was 0-2 is that they weren’t scoring enough points. The other factor being that they were giving up too many points. He is quiet on the surface, but a deep thinker beneath.

    Very clever post but I am sure his salary is way better than yours. His thinking has paid off quite handsomely…..you are just a troll trying to post funny comments. Mike I ll take you ill pass on.

  9. All I know is that under BA, we scored points. Haley, or whoever designed the offense and is calling the plays on game day, should be ashamed of themselves. They are going to get Ben killed before it is over.

  10. The Steelers have scored 19 points in two weeks
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The offense only scored 14.

    Special teams scored the other 5. 2 on the kickoff safety against the Titans and 3 on the field goal set up by Antonio Brown’s punt return after which the Steelers did not even get a 1st down.

    So Roethlsberger got one touchdown in each game. So again ….. in all seriousness ….. how much worse could Bruce Gradkowski or Landry Jones do? And the answer is ….. not much.

  11. Steelers preseason: 0-4
    Points scored: 13, 13, 20, 10

    Hard to see the last two games as a surprise there.

  12. “Everyone calling for Haley’s head is ignorant.”
    ____________________

    The fact you said “everyone” implies that legions of fans and pundits are calling for his head. But we’re all ignorant, Todd Haley is great, and you know what you’re talking about. Right.

    The last time a Todd Haley offense was good was in 2008 when Kurt Warner carried him. His years with the Chiefs were disgraceful, and he’s been a total bust in Pittsburgh. That’s five straight years of failure right there, but I guess that’s irrelevant and calling Haley an inept doopty-doo is ignorant, despite the facts.

    Either that, or you’re somehow related to Todd…

  13. Sadly it is true, he ran out of Cowhers choices on the field and sideline. Heath coming back should help the o-line since in sure he will be staying in to pass block more than he will be running routes.

  14. Tomlin also stated that water freezes at 32-degrees Fahrenheit, and what goes up must come down based on the laws of gravity. We appreciate the keen insight, Coach.

  15. You are 0-2 because Todd Haley sucks. The sooner you fire him, the sooner you move past it. He has taken your offense , and made it inept in every way. Running game is gone, the passing game lacks. It’s not from a lack of talent, it’s all poor game plans.

  16. Joemontanaflacco | Sep 17, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT
    All this whimpering is just embarassing!

    As an embarrassment to the fans of Baltimore you would know what embarrassing is. Thanks for clearing that up skippy.
    Give it a rest people Tomlin has to do a presser on Tuesday and face the obvious questions you aren’t smart enough to see his trite answers are to trite questions. Just picture a room full of joeflaccomontana s ….just call it a dope ring.

  17. Tomlin is a good coach. The steelers issues are drafting 4 OL in the first and 2nd rounds of the draft since 2010, and the only one performing is out for the season. Two things i’m thankful for 1) Steelers taking DeCastro, and we got Zeitler 2) Steelers not taking Eifert, who we took with the next pick. BTW, good point made above as to why the Steelers didnt go with 4 WR sets. Their TE group a little on the weak side w/o Miller (aka Bengal killer)

  18. Todd Haley seems to catch flack everywhere he goes and the offenses are ranked in the bottom of the NFL. Kind of like Gregg Knapp because he still finds work.

    The one play that stood out to me last night, Steelers were moving the ball and it was 2nd and 7 and the guy calls an end around with Jerricho Cotchery which is blown up for 2 yard loss. Big Ben came to the sidelines in disgusts shortly afterwards.

  19. Anyone who believes Mike Tomlin should be fired and calls themselves a football fan or steelers fan, then you don’t know what you are talking about.

    First, can we get off this, he won with Cowher’s players. He has drafted well, and the salary cap and injuries are something he is dealing with right now. Ben, Timmon, Troy, Woodley. These 4 players alone are making the top 5 money at their position. And that is one reason why we couldn’t keep a guy like Mike Wallace, and others. Also this year alone, we are missing our 2 starting TEs, our future running back and our all world center.

    Now i do fault tomlin on not playing rookie Wide Receiver Markus Wheaton and derrick Moye more and sticking with Paulson who seems lost at times.

    Anyone who feels a coach who has never had a losing season, taking his team to 2 superbowls and won 1 and was a final drive of winning another, should get fired after one bad season, doesn’t know football or the steelers.

    We are having a bad season so far, take it in stride and stop calling for firing coaches. Welcome to the new league, with max money for players and free agency.

  20. .

    In past years Steeler fans could look at most opponents and say ” we’re better on both offensive and defensive fronts, RB and QB”. It’s difficult to make that claim now.

    .

  21. As the captain of the ship, Tomlin takes final responsibility for the teams record.

    That being said, it seems that nothing good has come out of letting Arians go and hiring Haley. Seems things have gone downhill with Todd’s appearance, rather quickly.

    I know it’s not the Steeler way to let people go so quickly, but if I had my druthers, I’d part ways with Haley and keep Tomlin.

  22. We will start clicking on offense and be back to steamrolling the competition. Every year we start off slowly.

  23. yeah, and it has nothing to do with all those horrible play calls like trying to pound the rock when you have no running game and no offensive line, or those great draw plays.

    Hey Mike Tomlin, how is that “more weapons on offense” concept working for you?

    This is the most pathetic display from top to bottom that I have ever seen from the steelers in my 40 years of age.

  24. steelfan1 wrote “Anyone who feels a coach who has never had a losing season, taking his team to 2 superbowls and won 1 and was a final drive of winning another, should get fired after one bad season, doesn’t know football or the steelers.”

    Thank you. Absolutely correct. Very well said. To the Tomlin haters, Cowher had back to back losing seasons in 1998 and 1999. He lasted. He had another losing season later. He lasted. And in his last season he was 8-8. And Tomlin came in and took an 8-8 team to the playoffs his first year and won the SB the following year. So if Tomlin has back to back losing seasons, then the haters might have a leg to stand on. As of now, it is just hate.

  25. realskipbayless says:
    Sep 17, 2013 4:11 PM
    Joemontanaflacco and wearethesteelers are the same troll… Tomlin the Steelers lost cause you played the Bengals WHO DEY!

    0 1 I salute your keen powers of observation picking up on the Pride of Baltimores many handles. Such a little wiener.
    Don’t get over WHO DEYED yet as their performance was hardly dominant as the steelers were incompetent on offense. You aren’t as good as you think…better than the rat turds….but no Lombardi yet skippy.

  26. I see the first comment in this section had to do with the Rooney Rule. It’s a shame, but predictable. The clowns critical of the Rooney Rule have been laying in wait for anything bad to happen to Tomlin so they could blame the Rooney Rule for him. They didn’t have a thing to say when he was winning. Now, they show what a bunch of bigots they all are.

    They must all be done complaining about the new Miss America’s relatives coming from India and not being a true American.

    Go away racists.

  27. Joemontanaflacco says:
    Sep 16, 2013 7:33 AM
    WEARETHESTEELERS!!!
    WEGOTSIXRINGS!!!
    WEKNOWWHATWEDOING!!!
    SIXRINGSWEGOT!!!
    DIDISAYSIX????
    SIXRINGSANDCOUNTING!!!
    ALLTHEWAYTOSIX!!!

    alias- wearethe steelers.

    It’s only 2 games and 1 game out of 1st place.

  28. @notwhoyouthinkitis says:Sep 17, 2013 4:25 PM

    Thank you. Absolutely correct. Very well said. To the Tomlin haters, Cowher had back to back losing seasons in 1998 and 1999. He lasted. He had another losing season later. He lasted. And in his last season he was 8-8. And Tomlin came in and took an 8-8 team to the playoffs his first year and won the SB the following year. So if Tomlin has back to back losing seasons, then the haters might have a leg to stand on. As of now, it is just hate.
    =================================
    seems like the “hate” is coming from your own group of fans.

  29. I’m a lifelong Bengals fan…I hope like hell they fire Tomlin, we would welcome him in any capacity…

  30. z06vision says: Sep 17, 2013 4:31 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Sep 16, 2013 7:33 AM
    WEARETHESTEELERS!!!
    WEGOTSIXRINGS!!!
    WEKNOWWHATWEDOING!!!
    SIXRINGSWEGOT!!!
    DIDISAYSIX????
    SIXRINGSANDCOUNTING!!!
    ALLTHEWAYTOSIX!!!

    alias- wearethe steelers.

    It’s only 2 games and 1 game out of 1st place.
    ———————————-
    Why is this post proof that he is also wearethesteelers? Isn’t it just sarcasm?

  31. psmith7716 says:
    Sep 17, 2013 3:34 PM
    All I know is that under BA, we scored points. Haley, or whoever designed the offense and is calling the plays on game day, should be ashamed of themselves. They are going to get Ben killed before it is over.
    ____________________________
    Scoring with Whisenhunt & BR average 23.3 ppg(3 yr avg)

    Scoring with Arians & BR average-22.6 ppg (5 yr avg)

    Scoring with Haley and BR average-21 ppg (2012 only) which is more than BA & BR’s last year together of 20.3 ppg)

    Looks like they should have tried to hold on to Whis over any other OC.

  32. People need to realize when they talk about Cowher’s players, they are talking about guys like Scott Shields, Alonzo Jackson, and Ricardo Colclough. He didn’t have much say in the draft other than these notable exceptions, especially early in his tenure which were some of the steelers best. If Cowher would have gotten his way they would have taken Shawn Andrews rather than Roethlisberger and he would never have won a Super Bowl.

  33. buzzbeaubank says:
    Sep 17, 2013 4:35 PM
    z06vision says: Sep 17, 2013 4:31 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Sep 16, 2013 7:33 AM
    WEARETHESTEELERS!!!
    WEGOTSIXRINGS!!!
    WEKNOWWHATWEDOING!!!
    SIXRINGSWEGOT!!!
    DIDISAYSIX????
    SIXRINGSANDCOUNTING!!!
    ALLTHEWAYTOSIX!!!

    alias- wearethe steelers.

    It’s only 2 games and 1 game out of 1st place.
    ———————————-
    Why is this post proof that he is also wearethesteelers? Isn’t it just sarcasm?

    0 0 Buzz, normally you are a sharp commentor and use logic in your posts. If you look at when things are posted, the format, language used, and intent of each post it’s to embarrass not support the steelersthe pride of Baltimore was banned under another handle and now is posting under several….joeflaccomontana, wearethesteelers, realitycheckbaby and I am not sure of another. Just read the posts and you will see the workings of a very obsessed wack job….but hey it’s fun to pick the new handles…almost a sport now. Fashions himself as outsmarting everyone…..please skippy?

  34. The Steelers are 8-11 in their past 19 meaningful games.
    What separates Cowher’s slide from Tomlin’s slide is that Cowher’s slide occurred after he resurrected a stagnant franchise by qualifying for the postseason his first sic consecutive seasons on the job. Cowher inherited a team in 1992 that had failed to make the playoffs in 1990 and 1991. He immediately turned Chuck Noll’s 7-9 team of 1991 into an 11-5, AFC Central championship team.
    Tomlin, meanwhile, in 2007, inherited Cowher’s Super Bowl team of 2005. To his credit, he didn’t screw things up. But those players are either now gone or over the hill.
    Tomlin’s current slide is the direct result of poor drafts and his inane personnel decisions: Playing injured QBs over healthy QBs; gutting a veteran O-line and inserting inexperienced players; cutting Max Starks in 2011; and cutting Jon Dwyer this season. Tomlin is his own worst enemy.

  35. I told the Steeler fans all about Haley when he was hired.

    I’d like to take a bunch of credit for being so right, but some things are just too obvious.

    Now it just sucks that he’s ruining another team that I actually like a lot. The dude is a talentless hack with an ego larger than his football acumen.

    Ya’ll deserve better.

  36. this is just great hearing all these Steeler fans talk about there team like this.Not to long ago it was were taking the division and the team is great from owner to water boy.wait till next year when they have real cap probs and can’t pay what they got!!!!!

  37. Mike I ll take you ill pass on

    ————————————————————–

    NoFoolTheTool, try and use complete sentences that make sense…………….

    P.S. So you’re back to calling people “Skippy” on almost all your posts again……….nice.

  38. bengalskuta:
    Unless you watch every minute of every Steelers game, you are unqualified to evaluate Tomlin. Only ESPN’s Steve and Skip are allowed to opine on games and teams they never see…

    runtheball:
    Bill Cowher: 161-99-1.
    I understand your immense dislike for Cowher. He ousted your buddy, Tom Donahue, and ruined your favorite QB’s (Kordell Stewart) career. I feel for you. But please get back to me when Tomlin exceeds Cowher’s outstanding career.

  39. All this because the guy said that they are losing games because they don’t score enough points?If you fire Tomlin and Haley, who will replace them, John Gruden? Why doesn’t everyone calm down and see how things roll out? Maybe this is about Steeler fans getting a taste of what life is like for 1/2 the fans in the league. If they end up 5-11 or something like that, then is the time to go nuts; not 2 games into the season. I’ve watched all the games and the AFC North may not be too difficult to win this year. If anything, I thought that the Steeler’s defense exposed the Bengals, who are crowing about being champs a bit too early. One or two plays ending differently (ie the Tripping call) and Pittsburgh might actually have won. Then who would have had egg all over their faces.

  40. ydousuk says:
    Sep 17, 2013 5:06 PM
    Mike I ll take you ill pass on

    ————————————————————–

    NoFoolTheTool, try and use complete sentences that make sense…………….

    P.S. So you’re back to calling people “Skippy” on almost all your posts again……….nice.

    1 0 Mike I’ll take you I’ll pass on….ok professor Timmy?
    Honored ou noticed.

  41. “The most significant reason we’re 0-2 is we’re not scoring enough points.”

    Oh my God! That’s it! Ok, listen up everybody. WE HAVE TO SCORE MORE POINTS!

    (One week later)

    Steelers 35
    Bears 3

  42. Take this from a Bengal fan: Tomlin is a fine coach and he is not the problem. Steeler owners are loyal to a fault and have stayed with players that are past their best productive years at the expense of cap space. Once they rebuild they will again be our nemesis.

  43. Joemontanaflacco | Sep 17, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT
    “The most significant reason we’re 0-2 is we’re not scoring enough points.”

    Oh my God! That’s it! Ok, listen up everybody. WE HAVE TO SCORE MORE POINTS!

    (One week later)

    Steelers 35
    Bears 3

    Ok the leader of the dope ring has appeared, the pride of The Baltimore Raven Fan base. Glad you are back to embarrass yourself, your family and your dog. Skippy everyone is so laughing at you….think about it you’ve had a nice troll ….quit your obsession…you won troll of the decade!

  44. Mike I’ll take you I’ll pass on….ok professor Timmy?
    Honored ou noticed.

    —————————————————————-

    Proofread………………..and I’m not sure who Timmy is.

  45. Lets clear up a couple of points:

    1. Tomlin did not fire Bruce Ariens, Art Rooney II
    did.

    2. Tomlin did not hire Todd Haley, Art Rooney II did.

    Carry on.

  46. Joemontanaflacco says:
    Sep 16, 2013 7:33 AM
    WEARETHESTEELERS!!!
    WEGOTSIXRINGS!!!
    WEKNOWWHATWEDOING!!!
    SIXRINGSWEGOT!!!
    DIDISAYSIX????
    SIXRINGSANDCOUNTING!!!
    ALLTHEWAYTOSIX!!!

    alias wearethesteelers

  47. Its odd to see the Steelers this bad but this happens to every NFL team. Anyway,
    Todd Haley is a boob, their O-line is horrible and now they’re missing their best one, they have zero ground game, they have two slot receivers starting, their best TE is out – the list goes on and on.. And that’s just on offense.

  48. rammsterr:
    You just provided a laundry list of reasons why this isn’t Haley’s fault. Thanks for your help.
    Also, in Super Bowl 43, Haley’s Cardinals offense outscored Arians’ Steelers offense, 23-20.

  49. ydousuk says:
    Sep 17, 2013 6:30 PM
    Mike I’ll take you I’ll pass on….ok professor Timmy?
    Honored ou noticed.

    —————————————————————-

    Proofread………………..and I’m not sure who Timmy is.

    2 0
    Report comment. Stand in front of a mirror and repeat your handle….that’s Timmy .

  50. Funny to read some of these comments especially since were only 2 weeks into the season. The steelers do have their problems on offense for sure.( that can be corrected with some changes). They lost on the road and are one game out of first place. Neither the ratbirds or bungles come close to looking like powerhouses although I will say cincy has looked the best 2 weeks into the season. There is way to much football left to see how all three of these teams will really turn out to be.

  51. Tomlin is a good coach. The ones in Pittsburgh calling for his head are the same ones who said nothing to Cowher (who was also a good coach, mind you) when he had three seasons in a row with no appearances in the postseason.

    Unfortunately some of the natives in PGH have some old school attitudes that can strike some as frankly bigoted. These are the same folks who think the classic Wiz Khalifa track “Black and Yellow” is blasphemy, of course. I can speak on authority on this; I’ve lived in the Steel City for the vast majority of my life.

  52. stillers213 | Sep 17, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT
    In defense of Nofool, the syntax does not fill in as fast as you type. (i.e. skips letters) I blame the PFT IT department.

    Thanks dude…I was wondering what was up….lol

  53. Also, in Super Bowl 43, Haley’s Cardinals offense outscored Arians’ Steelers offense, 23-20.

    Whisenhut’s offense!

  54. That is like saying:

    “I am fat because I eat too much bad food and don’t exercise”.

    The Steelers aren’t good because they were too sure of their own historical success.
    They thought just because they were the Steelers they would be ok because they had a history of winning.

    The Steelers are like a successful company that spends too much money and has a bloated workforce. They think just because they have always been successful that their competition won’t try to fight back.

    When the competition fights back, they found they are losing money and have to adapt by cutting their bloated workforce and trimming their outlandish budget.

    They get the idea a little too late and it hurts their chances to regain their success as quickly as they though.

    Other definition: Reality Check.

  55. rafterman:
    To say that Art II fired Arians is pure speculation. At the time of Arians’ welcomed departure, it was reported that he had RETIRED. If you can prove otherwise, I’d truly like to see your proof.
    Secondly, Tomlin has said that HE hired Haley. Again, if you can prove otherwise, we’d all like to see your proof…

    And all those playing the race card (cheerybop), save that bs for your defense of a corrupt and scandal-ridden White House.
    Cowher’s three non-playoff seasons were tolerated because he had rescued the franchise from irrelevance immediately upon his hiring in 1992. Apparently you missed the 1980s…

  56. Lets clear up a couple of points:

    1. Tomlin did not fire Bruce Ariens, Art Rooney II
    did.

    2. Tomlin did not hire Todd Haley, Art Rooney II did.

    ———————————————————-

    Then the organization needs to force Rooney out.

    Oh, wait… they can’t. Well, it looks like the team & its fan-base are screwed, huh? lol!

  57. “I see the first comment in this section had to do with the Rooney Rule. It’s a shame, but predictable.”

    Excellent point, Southcarolinamike. Tying a coach’s performance to his race is both wrong and offensive and should be condemned in the strongest way possible. Sad that so many other Steelers (and perhaps other) fans just turned a blind eye and said nothing. Wish I had said something earlier, but didn’t catch it.

  58. Tomlin, BECAUSE of the Rooney Rule, and the fact the he WORKS FOR the author of the Rooney Rule, means that Mike Tomlin will be allowed at least three awful, losing seasons before The Rooneys even think abut firing him, and guess what?

    It’s all because of the Rooney Rule. If you say it isn’t, then you don’t know what you’re talking about, and to bring up the race card immediately because people are discussing a reality, then YOU are not only the racist, but a completely illogical one as well.

  59. Actually, Dan Rooney is not the author of the Rooney Rule. He chaired the committee that authored the Rooney Rule, and because he chaired the committee, the rule picked up that nickname. JoeMontanaFlacco is right that Tomlin’s success or failure has nothing to do with his race. Then again, JoeMontanaFlacco posts so much nonsense under so many names that it’s difficult to take him seriously even when he makes an intelligent post.

    olcap, the Rooneys hired the man they felt could best lead their franchise. If you don’t know that, then you don’t understand the Rooneys. What’s happening with the Steelers now is the result of a combination of factors, chiefly involving long-term player personnel decisions and the difficulty of directing our quarterback’s unique play style. Neither of those things can be laid at Tomlin’s door, or solely at Tomlin’s door.

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