Mike Tomlin: We’re not going to push the panic button

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The Steelers are now 1-2, having lost to the Bengals at Heinz Field for the first time since 2015 on Sunday.

But head coach Mike Tomlin said during his Tuesday press conference that his team is going to stay the course.

“We’re not going to push the panic button,” Tomlin said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “What do I mean by the panic button? We’re not going to dramatically change who and what we are at this juncture.

“We’re not resistant to change for the purposes of getting better, but we’re not going to be so unsteady that we move away from our compass, our identity that we’ve worked hard to develop — and will continue to work hard to develop — and the emphasis on the style of play, whatever that may be in all three phases.”

After beating Buffalo in Week One, the Steelers have suffered consecutive losses to Las Vegas and Cincinnati. The club’s run game, which was supposed to improve with the addition of first-round pick Najee Harris, has generated only 159 yards. That figure ranks last in the league.

If there’s reason to believe Pittsburgh can turn things around, it’s Tomlin. Since he became head coach in 2007, the Steelers haven’t finished a season with a losing record.

But with a noticeably aging quarterback and tougher competitions in the AFC North, there’s a possibility that this is the year the streak comes to an end.

39 responses to “Mike Tomlin: We’re not going to push the panic button

  1. The panic isn’t having a losing season, the panic is, there is no guarantee the oline will get better, and you will need to draft a QB because Ben is done.

  2. Tomlin needs to stop trying to be friends and be a coach. Ben is done.

  3. Excellent advice from Tomlin. Never panic just yet, because there will always be time for that later.

  4. From the outside looking in, it seems like there’s been problems on this offensive line for most of Tomlin’s 15 year tenure. I know there’s been some great o-lineman over that time (DeCastro, Pouncey), but it seems like most years the o-line is anywhere from a significant to a major problem.

    All the more surprising considering the Steelers have had a legit franchise QB for most of those years prior to Ben slowing down.

    Has it been bad drafts? The brass not willing to spend money on the o-line? Bad coaching on the o-line? A mix?

    Curious to hear from Steelers fans on this. I consider myself a fan of Tomlin and I think he’s a great coach, but it seems like this is a constant problem under his watch.

  5. There is no need to panic when you know your season is over. Panic is only of you are in contention. You are very far away from it hence no panic. Everything is cool

  6. Tank this season draft qb and improve the roster with high draft picks and 2 seasons from now this team can be back at it

  7. The steelers are 2-6 in their last 8 regular season games. Its time to panic and / or make a change.

  8. No, the steelers haven’t had line issues for most of his tenure. they had a very good line for most of his time there. the line was elite when leveon bell was there. the line started to go down hill as soon as line coach Mike munchak left for the broncos after the 2018 season.

  9. “We’re not going to push the panic button”

    Translation: We don’t have anyone better to insert into the lineup. We’ll play our guys hoping for the best, but likely playing out the string for a high draft pick.

  10. 3 playoff wins in 10 years with a HOF qb? Losing to Tim Tebow and Blake Bortles in the playoffs,
    They should have panicked long ago. I admire their patience!

  11. When the turf almost sacks Big Ben and he doesn’t throw anything downfield, you might want to start developing new plans.

  12. “We’re not going to push the panic button,”
    Alright, you may want to flick the safety off though.

  13. As long as the defense stays healthy and they get the running game going, they have a chance. The Broncos won in 2015 using the same formula. But the Steelers need to start rebuilding next year.

  14. It’s funny but no one has said one word about injuries…..part of the game but it is obviously killing the Steelers. Unlike the Ravens and others the Steelers haven’t sucked for a high draft pick in Tomlins tenure….not time to toss in the towels yet

  15. Went to my first Steelers game ever on Sunday. I watched the Buffalo game and the strong second half the Steelers played, and I assumed that last week was an anomaly (like for the Saints vs Carolina) and the Steelers would return to form. I was shocked at how poorly the whole Steelers team played. to be fair, they had one long scoring drive in the 3rd QTR that was impressive, but otherwise, both sides of the ball looked like they were disorganized, and Ben was just plain bad (again, no ax to grind here). The defense was what surprised me most – Burrow burned the secondary for touchdowns twice on the exact same play. It seems as though they have a long long road to recovery, and I don’t know about the panic button, but some urgency is definitely needed

  16. tebowbrokesteelers says:
    September 28, 2021 at 4:03 pm
    3 playoff wins in 10 years with a HOF qb? Losing to Tim Tebow and Blake Bortles in the playoffs,
    They should have panicked long ago. I admire their patience!

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    Those are some harsh realities. Also throw in the many games Brady just picked apart the Steelers’ zone defense while Tomlin patrolled the sidelines refusing to make any adjustments

  17. Translation: Ben is still our quarterback, no matter how little he has left.

    14 1 Rate This

    Translation : Trolls can’t resist a chance at showing their ignorance. Pats fans really don’t have much room to crow, but trollsgotta troll.

  18. Vasteelerfan says:
    September 28, 2021 at 6:01 pm
    Translation: Ben is still our quarterback, no matter how little he has left.

    14 1 Rate This

    Translation : Trolls can’t resist a chance at showing their ignorance. Pats fans really don’t have much room to crow, but trollsgotta troll.

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    Pats fans have 9 SB appearances and 6 SB wins in the past 20 years. During this time there is no team the Pats owned more than the Steelers. I’d say we have plenty of reason to crow! Even today, I’m pretty sure we can expect better than 3 postseason appearances in the next 10 years…..to match the Steelers’ “success”

  19. It’s apparent the same trolls hating on Tomlin are doing so for reasons not related to football. Every Steeler thread the same trolls appear spewing their undeserved hate….time for them to grow up and get a new hobby.

  20. Tomlin is a HOF coach. They’ll be ok. 1-2 teams have turned it around and won super bowls. The Raiders are beating everybody, and the Bengals finally have an elite franchise QB. They’ll win a lot of games.

  21. Vasteelerfan says:
    September 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm
    It’s apparent the same trolls hating on Tomlin are doing so for reasons not related to football. Every Steeler thread the same trolls appear spewing their undeserved hate….time for them to grow up and get a new hobby.

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    Do you have a crystal ball or something? Or maybe checking in with the spirits using an Ouija board? Not one commenter has written anything about Tomlin that isn’t football related. Stop deflecting.

  22. Pats fans crowing about their success always fail to mention their history of being caught and punished for cheating…..don’t worry the Steelers won’t try to match their success.

  23. Vasteelerfan says:
    September 28, 2021 at 7:55 pm
    Pats fans crowing about their success always fail to mention their history of being caught and punished for cheating…..don’t worry the Steelers won’t try to match their success.

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    And you were trolling on a Patriots article earlier, whether you realize it or not. Wouldn’t surprise me if you are the former Nofoolnodrool.

  24. I said this before under a different thread….Call Cam. Your porous o-line and stagnant running game will instantly improve. Looking at the Patriots right now, it is fair to ask if the current o-line problems they have were also there last season, but were somewhat masked by Cam’s threat to run. He had something like 56 3rd down runs for first downs. They were basically a .500 team with him, and he had no prep time and no weapons after Edelman went down. He had zero tight ends, no #1 wide out to stretch the field, and the most reliable receiver showed up half way through the season, and he was an undrafted former QB turned wide receiver. They were a few plays away from competing for a playoff spot. Pittsburgh still has those receivers, and Cam can play pitch and catch. He is throwing much better than he was last season. The running game will be better by default. By extending drives with his legs (as needed) he will give the defense a rest. Sometimes, one change like this can ripple through a team and hide some defects. I keep thinking Pittsburgh is the place that could make this work. There isn’t much to lose. They are not going to suddenly start competing better in that division without some change. What are they going to do, turn to Mason Rudolph? Dwayne Haskins? I’m not sure these guys have had a successful game between them, let alone a successful career. Cam brings A LOT more to the table than these two put together. Bring him in now and get him acclimated. You have three games, then a bye week. By the time you get him in, you’ll probably have just 2 games and then the bye week. Maybe he could play in a game or two, and then have two weeks to drill down and then come out of the bye ready to compete. The Steeler’s have a very tough schedule this year. Many of these teams can get after the QB. Ben is going to get hammered. You are looking at a 6-11 season, maybe worse. Call Cam. He can help now, AND, if you don’t find your next franchise QB during the coming off season, Cam can come back for another season or two. It may not sound ideal, but it will be a lot better than the bloody train wreck your season is heading for at this juncture.

  25. It’s all part of the Steelers ingenious plan to draft a top 3 QB in next years draft. The Steelers couldn’t just dump a Hall of Fame QB like Big Ben, especially when they had no replacement. So they let Big Ben come back like he wanted and give him zero offensive line help and mediocre WR’s. Of course they’re going to stink and they’ll get a top 5 draft pick because of it while Big Ben takes the fall for being washed-up. Ingenious.

  26. You can hammer on Ben all you want but he’s going through what a ton of teams are going through right now and that is the lack of an offensive line. The Steelers bread and butter is hammer the ball with the run game and then let Ben take some shots down the field. They have a runner but no line. They have WRs but no line. They’ve spent alot of draft capital and money on the defensive side of the ball and they should be a bit better on that end. But the most glaring thing these past 2 seasons is the lack of a run game. Sure you can do the extended handoff thing with check downs (which they are) but it’s not the same as running it down a defenses throat. Can they bounce back? Of course, they have a great coach and QB. They just have to find that identity upfront.

  27. They have to start a rebuild at quarterback. Bringing Ben back was just kicking the can down the road.

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