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Mike Tomlin considers the Steelers’ season a disappointment

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The Steelers were one of only eight teams to win a postseason game following the 2015 season, but that doesn’t make the season a success.

As Steelers coach Mike Tomlin put it, the team entered the season with championship aspirations, and so concluding the season with a loss in the divisional round of the playoffs is a disappointment.

I’m disappointed,” Tomlin said. “That’s just an honest answer. I think we all are. We appreciate the support that we get from others, the acknowledgment of the fight and all of that. But, we go into the journey with that understanding, that it’s going to be difficult, that’s it’s going to be a fight, that a fight is going to be required. We set out to be world champion. That was our goal. We meant it. It’s not us this year, so there’s disappointment.”

The Steelers’ wild card win over the Bengals was their first postseason victory since the 2010 season, so some coaches might view that as a sign that the season was a step in the right direction. But Tomlin knows the expectations are higher than that in Pittsburgh. If the Steelers’ season is over before the AFC Championship Game, that means the Steelers’ season was a disappointment.

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  1. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 21, 2016 5:48 PM

    “Mike Tomlin considers the Steelers’ season a disappointment”

    Well he’s certainly in the majority on that

  2. thegame2love says: Jan 21, 2016 5:51 PM

    There will be 31 teams with disappointing seasons when it is all said and done. The Steelers are no different than anyone else.

  3. whispersd says: Jan 21, 2016 5:56 PM

    Without Bell or Brown and with an injured Roethlisberger they played very well in Denver and might have won had Toussaint not fumbled.

    I understand Tomlin’s feelings, but from my perspective the Steelers over-achieved.

  4. liljpeezy says: Jan 21, 2016 6:00 PM

    He is right, they had the talent to win the super Bowl. 2 offensive linemen out all year, 1st and 2nd string RB’s out for the playoffs, best WR in the game on the sidelines with a concussion, Ben misses 4 games, parts of others, and less than 100% for the playoffs. Yet they were up 13-9 on Denver, in Denver….one game away from AFCC game. And healthy, they could beat New England. No question.

  5. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 21, 2016 6:00 PM

    good then he has next year to reach the goal that he and every steeler fan have on an annual basis .

  6. stoutfiles says: Jan 21, 2016 6:07 PM

    Don’t forget they backed into the playoffs; they lost to a sad Ravens team and had to bank on the Jets choking to an inferior Bills team.

  7. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 21, 2016 6:09 PM

    Extremely proud of the Steelers efforts this year considering the adversity they faced. I felt they would be lucky to finish 9-7 because they had the most difficult schedule and didn’t complain about it like the Rabens did. The young defense is starting to come on and the D coordinator is answering the impossible challenge of replacing a legend. A better backup QB would be a plus as well as a replacement for Blake. A dominant nose tackle and a safety should be the draft targets.

    The only disappointment I have is that Burfict only got 3 games!

  8. oddte says: Jan 21, 2016 6:10 PM

    He is right, they had the talent to win the super Bowl. 2 offensive linemen out all year, 1st and 2nd string RB’s out for the playoffs, best WR in the game on the sidelines with a concussion, Ben misses 4 games, parts of others, and less than 100% for the playoffs. Yet they were up 13-9 on Denver, in Denver….one game away from AFCC game. And healthy, they could beat New England. No question.

    _____

    Man i was right there with you until the end. Pittsburgh never beats New England

  9. ctiggs says: Jan 21, 2016 6:12 PM

    Chief and Niner fans think alex smith is a disappointment.

  10. daytontriangles says: Jan 21, 2016 6:15 PM

    Trip a few opposing players, Mike. It will cheer you up.

  11. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 21, 2016 6:17 PM

    As a long time Steelers fan i can honestly say its time for a head coaching change, things are not getting better.
    Without Ben we are a 4-12 team, totally unacceptable!

  12. crosberger says: Jan 21, 2016 6:20 PM

    Maybe Tomlin should use his sense of disappointment to fuel his thinking on how – every damn year – the Steelwrs lose to at least two teams that they are vastly more talented than and favoured to defeat by at least five points. If he better prepared his team against 2-14 teams and the like, he might actually position the team to be rested going into the playoffs – perhaps even earn a buy the way New England does pretty much every year.

  13. jsrdc says: Jan 21, 2016 6:22 PM

    It is a disappointment if you end the season with anything other than a SB trophy. That is why the games are played, to get to the SB and to win it all.

    The Steelers will be back next year in the playoffs, and with some luck in team health and a good draft and FA period, they could be back in the mix for the AFC.

  14. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 21, 2016 6:24 PM

    We lost to the Ravens twice, just think about that for a minute.
    The Ravens played their JV team most of this season.
    Time for Mike to go and soon!

  15. tangotwo22 says: Jan 21, 2016 6:26 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks he is clueless….they have unbelievable talent and still can’t finish important games. Time for him to move on….

  16. abninf says: Jan 21, 2016 6:30 PM

    The Lombardi is all that matters. Unless you’re an Eagles fan. Then beating Dallas is a successful season.

  17. plum54 says: Jan 21, 2016 6:32 PM

    They hadn’t won a playoff game since 2010? Wow, low expectations in Pittsburg! Lots of talent, maybe it is time for a coaching change. Just a thought!

  18. sasattack says: Jan 21, 2016 6:34 PM

    Anyone calling for the Steelers to replace Tomlin obviously never played a snap of real competitive football. And flag doesn’t count! Probably nothing more the new age fantasy geeks.

  19. theclebrowns says: Jan 21, 2016 6:35 PM

    The Steelers season considers Mike Tomlin a disappointment.

  20. walden1961 says: Jan 21, 2016 6:36 PM

    It’s a disappointment that Steelers were even in the playoffs.

    Then they win a game on the strength of the Bengals’ self-destruction.

    No basis to be proud of anything.

  21. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 21, 2016 6:38 PM

    oddte says:
    Jan 21, 2016 6:10 PM

    He is right, they had the talent to win the super Bowl. 2 offensive linemen out all year, 1st and 2nd string RB’s out for the playoffs, best WR in the game on the sidelines with a concussion, Ben misses 4 games, parts of others, and less than 100% for the playoffs. Yet they were up 13-9 on Denver, in Denver….one game away from AFCC game. And healthy, they could beat New England. No question.

    _____

    Man i was right there with you until the end. Pittsburgh never beats New England

    First, Pats Colts 4th & 2, I get it.

    Second, never say never.

  22. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 21, 2016 6:40 PM

    Because even tomlin’s smart enough to realize they didn’t win that playoff game, the league gave it to them.

  23. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 21, 2016 6:40 PM

    Because even tomlin’s smart enough to realize they didn’t win that playoff game, the league gave it to them.

  24. thespread00 says: Jan 21, 2016 6:43 PM

    For everyone saying Tomlin should be fired, who would they hire? Is Tomlin the best coach no but there isn’t anyone available that would be better.

  25. PatsFanSince2002 says: Jan 21, 2016 6:56 PM

    They would have gone into New England and lost to the GOAT anyway so it’s not like it matters.

  26. Florio is Rooneys Lovechild says: Jan 21, 2016 7:04 PM

    I think Tomlin and the Steelers did their absolute best.

  27. kremis says: Jan 21, 2016 7:05 PM

    The disappointment will go on quite a while because of the tebow curse! Hold on tight steeler fans it will be quite a long ride!

  28. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 21, 2016 7:06 PM

    The Steelers are the most prestigious team in all of professional sports, a head coaching vacancy would attract the top candidates including many successful current NFL and college head coaches, what better organization is there to work for?
    The Rooney’s are the definition of the word class.

  29. jason9696 says: Jan 21, 2016 7:10 PM

    The Steelers offense should be absolutely stacked next season. They just need to work on their defense a little bit and they should be a huge factor in the AFC come September.

  30. drbandkgb says: Jan 21, 2016 7:11 PM

    Maybe he could teach his coaches how to act on the sidelines…

  31. HankTheDog says: Jan 21, 2016 7:24 PM

    Blah, Blah and Blah…Pitt should be happy they finally won a playoff game (albeit with a big assist to the officials) for the first time since after the 2010 season. You still have to play defense in this league and can’t expect to play backup QBs and ones who have about 60 minutes left in their careers.

  32. kevo95 says: Jan 21, 2016 7:26 PM

    Best franchise ever
    GO STEELERS

  33. PFT loves the Steelers says: Jan 21, 2016 7:27 PM

    It’s only going to get worse. The Bengals are loaded with young talent (Atkins, Dunlap, Burfict, Dalton, Green and Gio are all 27 or younger). Meanwhile Pig Ben turns 34 in March and he’s the glue that holds that ship together.

  34. beacheagle55 says: Jan 21, 2016 7:27 PM

    Backed in to the playoffs,got a gift from the bengals……think their luck ran out. Remember they lost to Ryan I missed the plane Ravens . Defense not good enough

  35. steelcurtainn says: Jan 21, 2016 7:41 PM

    Its a disappointment when you consider a team like the steelers who are expected to be in the superbowl. Injuries can do that too you. Can’t really say that about the rest of the teams in the afc north who are just happy for a playoff win. Don’t worry Mike T, the Steelers will be hoisting that 7th Lombardi soon.

  36. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 21, 2016 7:42 PM

    Your high quality franchises (like the Steelers and Packers), are always aiming to add to their list of many World Championships.

    Some like the Jaguars and vikings look on making the playoffs as a success.

    Some like the Colts will put up an indoor banner for anything.

  37. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 21, 2016 8:00 PM

    Steelers fans consider Mike Tomlin a disappointment.

  38. cynassja says: Jan 21, 2016 8:02 PM

    Burdict ruined their season he took 5 of their players out singlehandedly

  39. aquibtalibedoutoftheseason says: Jan 21, 2016 8:21 PM

    He said Dalton, like that is scary or an upgrade over Big Ben!! Nerd Cityup in Ohio

  40. critterkiller33 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:22 PM

    The Steelers will win their 7th Lombardi next season.

    Got Rings? Steelers Do!!!

  41. ncbengalmike says: Jan 21, 2016 8:27 PM

    cynassja says:
    Jan 21, 2016 8:02 PM
    Burdict ruined their season he took 5 of their players out singlehandedly

    If he was Stooler you would call him all=pro. Plays with an edge and all that Stooler BS.

    Bad news for Stooler fans is you have to deal with him for the next 7 years, AT A MINIMUM

  42. bornahawker says: Jan 21, 2016 8:36 PM

    Backed into playoffs because the AFC is weak? I agree Mikey.
    Go Hawks!

  43. johnnyb1976 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:40 PM

    If Dalton wasn’t hurt the Bengals win by 2 touchdowns in the playoff game and then you steeler trolls would really be calling For Tomlins head.

  44. spartan01 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:45 PM

    As the Ravens lost players to IR all season the Steeler fans said “injuries are not an excuse”. The first few comments I read before I couldn’t stomach any more were using injuries as an excuse.

  45. dyhard32 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:52 PM

    One player cost you. Just one little player that is burfict

  46. youreinthejunglebaby says: Jan 21, 2016 8:53 PM

    Time is running out for Fat Ben.

  47. ohand16 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:55 PM

    What else is new?

  48. carloswlassiter says: Jan 21, 2016 9:11 PM

    They overcame a ton of injuries, played with tremendous heart and beat a lot of good teams, and yet they always seem to underachieve against bad times just enough to have to fight for a WC slot. Credit to Tomlin for the good results, but plenty of criticism for the failures too.

  49. nothingman says: Jan 21, 2016 9:16 PM

    Paying Mike Vick $1 million to be a third string QB who didn’t dress the last quarter of the season — and who alienated half the national fan base — was certainly a disappointment

  50. xavier179 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:35 PM

    I have never agreed with Tomlin except for this.

  51. rogergoodellisatwat says: Jan 21, 2016 9:46 PM

    Steelers were only in the playoffs due to back to back dead-ball penalties, one drawn by his assistant coach. Playing with house money, given a second chance and still lost. Consider yourself lucky.

  52. 6superbowls says: Jan 21, 2016 10:02 PM

    If Dalton wasn’t hurt the Bengals win by 2 touchdowns in the playoff game and then you steeler trolls would really be calling For Tomlins head.
    —————–
    Andy Dalton’s a turnover machine. We were hoping he’d have played.

  53. 6superbowls says: Jan 21, 2016 10:04 PM

    Burfict doesn’t play with an edge. He plays stoopid. If he isn’t taking cheap shots, he’s useless and a hinderance to Cincy’s defense. If you actually watch him during plays you’ see that fools.

  54. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 21, 2016 10:17 PM

    bornahawker says:
    Jan 21, 2016 8:36 PM
    Backed into playoffs because the AFC is weak? I agree Mikey.
    Go Hawks!
    ———————-

    The same AFC who’s champion won the SB against the Hawks and won 9 of the last 15 SB’s? The one that holds a winning record over the NFC for the last 15 years? That AFC is weaker?
    Spoken like a true 12

  55. firecracker87 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:26 PM

    They have all the talent that they need to win a Super Bowl, heck, to at least get to the AFCCG. Their issue at this point is not the lack of talented players in all phases. It’s the coach. I mean the Steelers have more talent than most teams and yet they choke to teams they should beat (Ravens, etc.) and just don’t seem to be able to put all the talent to use.

    So, they have all the chess pieces, they just need a chess master. Drop the Rooney rule and get someone who is good quality coach to take things to the next level.

  56. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 21, 2016 10:36 PM

    Burfict will PI his way out of football for good (you know it’s coming, Bungals fans) and there will be nobody left to intentionally take out Steeler superstars. The Steelers will finally head into the playoffs with Ben, Bell, Brown and Bryant with the offense they SHOULD be featuring, and inferior teams like New England will stop appearing in Super Bowls. The Steelers will destroy all in their way.

  57. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:53 PM

    oddte says:
    Jan 21, 2016 6:10 PM
    He is right, they had the talent to win the super Bowl. 2 offensive linemen out all year, 1st and 2nd string RB’s out for the playoffs, best WR in the game on the sidelines with a concussion, Ben misses 4 games, parts of others, and less than 100% for the playoffs. Yet they were up 13-9 on Denver, in Denver….one game away from AFCC game. And healthy, they could beat New England. No question.

    _____

    Man i was right there with you until the end. Pittsburgh never beats New England
    ———

    Healthy. This year. They would have in the playoffs. Aside from NE cheating with the headsets and what not early on, PIT still made it a one-score game.

  58. artic19 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:11 PM

    Wow, needed the Jets to lose just to get into the playoffs and got another free unearned playoff game. Some teams think they should win by just showing up.

  59. factman1000 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:50 PM

    Clearly was the Patriots fault. They messed with Tomlin’s headsets vs Baltimore

  60. motsuret06 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:46 AM

    With all of their injuries, it could have been a hell of a lot worse and the Steelers were lucky to beat the Bengals as they went into a melt down with idiots like Burfict and Pacman Jones who gave the game away. So be thankful Steelers that you made it as far as you did.

  61. clashpoint says: Jan 22, 2016 1:39 AM

    Last year the Steelers went 11-5 in the regular season against an easy schedule, 0-1 in the post season and were mostly lucky with injuries.

    This year the Steelers went 10-6 in the regular season against a considerably tougher schedule, 1-1 in the post season, and were mostly unlucky with injuries.

    I call it progress🙂

    Go Steelers!

  62. moun10mama says: Jan 22, 2016 1:44 AM

    Coach Tomlin seemed brutally critical of the team at times and i’m not sure why? because they played some great football this season.

  63. cdace13 says: Jan 22, 2016 1:51 AM

    Overrated and classless. Can’t control his coaching staff let alone his players. Very good talent, lousy clock management. I give credit to the Rooney’s, they’re loyal to their coaches.
    Might be loyal to a fault with this joker.

  64. yette1 says: Jan 22, 2016 6:26 AM

    Where are the mouthy Steelers fans?

  65. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 22, 2016 6:26 AM

    Disappointed? I’d say depressed. Cant even win a PO game fairly (caused by coaches picking fights on the field) and Denver stomps your head in just like Tebow and Flacco. And you were SWEPT by the Ravens! Nothing encouraging from this team since the SB blowout by GB. LOL.

  66. billytodd2013blbaad says: Jan 22, 2016 7:15 AM

    Life long Steelers fan, love my team win or lose. however…no coach does so little with so much talent. Arguably one of the best QB’s in the game, one of the best RB’s and possibly the best WR in the game, a young and up and coming defense and a highly under rated O-Line. This team is built to win a championship and yet year in and year out they fall short… the common denominator…Mike Tomlin. I know my steelers have a history of coaching stability but occasionally a shakeup is needed.

  67. 1stargazer says: Jan 22, 2016 8:00 AM

    Relax Steeler fans, you could be like us Cowboys fans and get trapped in a Bengal-like state of perpetual mediocrity.

  68. sixlombardisinyourface says: Jan 22, 2016 8:03 AM

    Mainly because of numerous incomprehensible 3rd down play calls all season long. Many 3rd downs could have been converted to keep the drive sustained and get some points rather than punting. Going deep on many many 3rd downs with wide open receivers at the first down marker, no one to blame except the face in the mirror (Ben, Haley, Tomlin). It makes for exciting football if the deep ball is caught on 3rd down, but that didn’t happen more than it did. If this continues next season, well…..expect more disappointment – or simply take the low hanging fruit on 3rd down and proceed with a new set of downs.

  69. realdealsteel says: Jan 22, 2016 8:44 AM

    Mike Tomlin in the beginning was getting over because those were Bill Cowher’s players and systems in place. But as time went on, and as those players and systems went away, it became painfully apparent that Tomlin was not, and is not a good coach.

    His teams constantly play down to inferior talented teams; losing games they should win. And John Harbaugh has made Tomlin his b!tch. Look at Tomlin’s record against Harbaugh the last 5 years.

    Tomlin only has a job because of the Rooney Rule. And Dan Rooney doesn’t want to look like a hypocrite in firing Tomlin. But Tomlin needs to be replaced.

  70. rutchaser says: Jan 22, 2016 8:47 AM

    Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown don’t think the Bengals season was unsuccessful. Most fans do but they don’t. Frustrating to a fan.

  71. eaglephan says: Jan 22, 2016 8:48 AM

    Mike Tomlin is the real disappointment – Handed the keys to a AFC champion team and has let it deteriorate ever since. Defense wins in the playoffs Mike. Not Big Ben throwing a hundred times to Brown. In his 1st SB- Ben had the worst QB rating ever! Defense won. Second SB won, not much changed other than a a lucky catch that looked like he was out of bounds to everyone with good eye sight.

  72. akboots says: Jan 22, 2016 8:49 AM

    Mike, you tried to trip a player. What more needs to be said???

  73. akboots says: Jan 22, 2016 8:53 AM

    Could you imagine Bill B sticking his leg out trying to trip up a player? Too damn funny

  74. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 22, 2016 11:52 AM

    akboots says:
    Jan 22, 2016 8:53 AM
    Could you imagine Bill B sticking his leg out trying to trip up a player? Too damn funny
    —————————————-

    Where ya been? Actually Belichick TACKLED a player, Marvin Harrison, in the worst case of coach interference EVER. Look it up. Tomlin never even touched a guy, so I think you better revise your thinking there, Sparky.

  75. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 22, 2016 12:04 PM

    The future is so bright, the Steelers gotta wear shades.

    –The Cincy Bungals will be nothing once dirty Burfict gets himself suspended out of the league for good, and their greatest weapon — intentionally hurting Steeler superstars — is gone.

    –The Ravens will be Flacco’ed out of the playoffs for years to come.

    –Cleveland? Why even bother thinking about that cluster-screwup? They’ll serve to provide the annual two wins for Pittsburgh.

    The Steelers with a healthy Ben, Brown and Bell will easily take out Denver and/or New England in the playoffs. Butler has the defense on the upswing, and with their star #2 draft pick returning from injury next week to bolster the defensive backfield, things are looking good. There simply is nobody to challenge the Steeler when healthy, only injury gives these pretenders a shot against them.

  76. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 22, 2016 12:39 PM

    Think of the AFC this way:

    –The Steelers played New England without Bell and Bryant, and for all the slobbering over Brady after that game, only lost by a single score. That’s with two missed easy field goals, and Hey-Bey dipping his little toe out of bounds for no reason to turn a sure TD into a field goal. That’s ten points gifted to New England, or else the Steelers take that one. And again, that’s without Bell and Bryant, who would’ve killed New England’s so-so defense. The Steelers with Bell and Bryant win week one, and only injuries prevented the Steelers from playing this week in Foxborough and stomping out the Patriots.

    –The Steelers are the only team to put up more than 300 yards passing on Denver’s vaunted defense, which they did not once but TWICE. The first game, Ben simply fried their secondary with Brown on a tear. Denver lucked out not drawing Brown the second game but Ben STILL racked up the yardage. Denver got lucky not to face Brown, Bell and Williams and STILL barely squeaked by, trailing most of the game. Good luck Denver beating the Steelers when those guys are back in uniform.

    The true and rightful kings of the AFC will show themselves next season. The pretenders who have feasted on unearned breaks will fall like dominoes.

    Again, the future’s so bright… the Steelers gotta wear shades.

  77. jjtiffe says: Jan 22, 2016 12:44 PM

    So sad to bad sorry about your luck

  78. akboots says: Jan 22, 2016 3:02 PM

    Where ya been? Actually Belichick TACKLED a player, Marvin Harrison, in the worst case of coach interference EVER. Look it up. Tomlin never even touched a guy, so I think you better revise your thinking there, Sparky.————————————————
    Sparky here, revise my thinking??? You kind of made my point.

  79. akboots says: Jan 22, 2016 3:05 PM

    So if he doesn’t actually touch guy it is ok to interfere with the direction he is running???

  80. akboots says: Jan 22, 2016 3:20 PM

    Sorry, I left out the (sarc). Doesn’t change the fact he isn’t a HC. He is a crybaby, with sunglasses on a cloudy day.

  81. stoogy says: Jan 26, 2016 2:52 PM

    I feel sorry for the hypocrite. You will be very disappointed next year and many more to come, the future is very dim. Go ahead and put your shades away yinzers.

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