No “bold predictions” about 2019 season for Mike Tomlin

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The end of the 2018 season was not a good one for the Steelers as they missed the playoffs and saw dysfunction take center stage thanks to wide receiver Antonio Brown skipping out on practice during the final week of the year.

Brown is gone in a trade to the Raiders and running back Le'Veon Bell has also moved on after sitting out all of last season, which has led plenty of players to weigh in about how much clearer the air around the team has been this offseason. Head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t join in that chorus, however.

Tomlin said last month that any change in “chemistry or culture” won’t reveal itself until the team faces adversity. In a recent interview with Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Tomlin said he’s not going to make any pronouncements about how that will play out.

“I acknowledge that there are some significant changes, but talking about it is not going to dictate the outcome,” Tomlin said. “You won’t hear a lot of bold predictions from us. That is not our style; that is not appropriate. We know that we are judged based on performance anyway.”

Should that performance fail to reach expectations, it wouldn’t reflect well on Tomlin and could impact his job security. The coach insists that’s not changing his approach in response to that state of affairs.

“I shaped my reputation in this business and this outlook in this business being singularly focused on the task at hand,” Tomlin said. “So I’d be kidding you if I told you I had a certain edge because of what happened in 2018. I just have a certain edge because I better have a certain edge.”

That edge has worked well for Tomlin in the past and he’ll need it to work well for him again this year to avoid any “bold predictions” about what the Steelers might do in an effort to rediscover their footing.

24 responses to “No “bold predictions” about 2019 season for Mike Tomlin

  1. “Tomlin said last month that any change in “chemistry or culture” won’t reveal itself until the team faces adversity.”

    At which point Mike will stare numbly into the jumbo-tron and do nothing…..absolutely nothing….

  2. There is a reason that the Steelers have only had 3 head coaches since the late sixties. They only hire quality men to lead their franchise. Mike Tomlin is no exception. The recent failings of the Pittsburgh Steelers have their roots in the front office and not the lockerroom.

  3. Here’s a prediction….since Tomlin is still their (do-nothing) coach I predict they’ll once again be watching the playoffs at home since Tomlin seems incapable of producing wins despite having a roster with enough talent to win the Super Bowl.

  4. Tomlin has hit his expiration date. He’s stayed to long living off of a franchise QB. Trade Tomlin to the Redskins for a couple high draft picks.

  5. The Steelers have had a nicely quiet off season. They’re one of the teams that still concern me as a Pats fan, especially without the off season BS of the last couple years. I think they’ll be a better team this year in part because they’ve been able to focus on work and not drama.

  6. Several negative things impacted the Steelers last year
    and they ended up missing the playoffs by a half game.
    The two major reasons was the inability to fill the shoes
    of an injured Shazier on defense, and Boswell missing
    game-winning kicks that seemed automatic the year prior.

    You can hate on Tomlin if you want, but he wasn’t the cause
    of their issues. His players let him down. Le’Veon didn’t
    show up, after stating he would, Antonio Brown went full diva
    among the major distractions. Tomlin plugged as many holes
    as he could, but it wasn’t enough. This year, it’s back to
    business as usual – with the unwanted baggage gone.

  7. Dumblin’s 10 minutes of fame were up almost 10 years ago. Since then he has been the ultimate non-disciplinarian and steered the Steelers with the deft touch of an unconscious helmsman. He has lived his coaching life in his fears and acts as if the rules of the game haven’t changed since before he was born.

  8. @sportoficionado

    While I do not totally disagree, I only go along to a point. The Steelers have certainly been consistent with head coaching. However, unless MT was under some sort of mandate from the front office (which is not totally unbelievable), the buck stops with him. IMO, MT allowed the dysfunction to flourish, instead of stamping it out. Way too loose. All that said, I’m not giving the front office a pass, the meltdown was a group effort, and I think the Steelers will be better for it in the long run.

  9. Haters can say what they want but if Coach Tomlin was fired by the Steelers he would have a new head coaching job in the NFL before the ink was dry on his termination papers. In addition…the fans and most importantly players of his new team would be excited they have him.

  10. “You won’t hear a lot of bold predictions from us. That is not our style….”

    This was not true in 2017 when Tomlin told Tony Dungy on Football Night in America in November that he expected to see the Patriots twice: the regular season matchup in Week 15, and the playoffs, Mike Mitchell said “We’re going to play them again…We can play them in hell, we can play them in Haiti, we can play them in New England. … We’re gonna win.”

    I think the only difference in 2019 is their internal expectations are lower.

  11. The Steelers have had the most talent of any team in the AFC over the last 8 years and have nothing to show for it. Tomlin should have been fired 2 years ago it’s his fault that team has lacked discipline

  12. He will stand in the field again trying to impede a play, then deny it, then get fined 500K instead of 100K this time. The whole team reflects him.

  13. bcjs0108 says:
    July 17, 2019 at 11:52 am
    Haters can say what they want but if Coach Tomlin was fired by the Steelers he would have a new head coaching job in the NFL before the ink was dry on his termination papers. In addition…the fans and most importantly players of his new team would be excited they have him.

    Yeah and in eight to ten years if the owner is patient and the team has absolutely no need for discipline they might sniff a super bowl. There is no argument that Tomlin is a good coach, heck a really good coach but the Steelers have been in dysfunction mode for awhile now and things hopefully have blown up and boiled over. I don’t think Tomlin has the correct leadership skills for a lot of teams in the NFL. Given the talent on the team they should have seen more superbowls in the past several years than they have, or at least more championships. Instead, they nearly every year fall to teams they should destroy and then decide the playoffs are the time to have a bad game against a good team. So yeah Tomlin would instantly get hired, but unless he was in the right place, I am not sure he’d be as great as he has been. Actually, send him to the Texans. They generally don’t like players who cause trouble and God knows Tomlin has to be a better play caller than BoB.

  14. It’s a new season and the Steelers have dumped the 2 cancers. I actually think the Steelers will do better this season than last year. Let’s just hope Mike T works out his clock management issues and the Steelers play better defensively.

  15. Noll retired. Cowher resigned. Tomlin has only posted four seasons with less than 10 wins and only once back-to-back. I am guessing he would have to post two more seasons with less than 10 wins before the FO will even think about cutting him loose.

    I am glad he has matured enough to stop making stupid predictions.

  16. Tomlin catches a lot of grief for no reason.

    He has the 5th-best w-l record of all active coaches. Only Belichick, Reid, McVay, and Nagy have better records. Nagy and McVay only have one and two seasons under their belts, respectively.

  17. ” Mike Mitchell said “We’re going to play them again…
    We can play them in hell, we can play them in Haiti, we can play
    them in New England. … We’re gonna win.””

    Once again, that is Mike Mitchell being quoted above, not Tomlin.
    Don’t conflate. Tomlin said he expected to see the Patriots again.
    So did most people.

  18. They’ll be looking up at the Browns wondering what happened and maybe, just maybe, Mike Tomlin will finally get fired.

  19. 2018 had no thing to do with Brown. That all happened at the end. It had nothing to do with Bell. Check the rushing stats.

    Their special teams stunk up the joint. Boswell went from probowl to dead last in the NFL in kicking. I am not sure I remember a return or kick defended that did not include a Steelers penalty.

    Bell and Brown are the “shiny objects” distracting from the real problem.

  20. “You won’t hear a lot of bold predictions from us.”
    OMG is he serious? This site is filled with nothing but blabber mouthed camp bodies like JuJu Smith Fumble, Washington, Switzer, etc. gumming about how they are going to go all the way.

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