Steelers News: Pead, Tomlin, Blake


The Steelers will try to rebound from two consecutive losses with the most recent being a pivotal divisional game against the Bengals when they host the Oakland Raiders this Sunday. While they prepare to dig themselves out of a hole we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Thursday, Nov. 5th.

Pead getting ready to go

After being signed on Monday and only having his first practice with the team on Wednesday, it’s unlikely that we’ll see a lot of newly acquired running back Isaiah Pead on Sunday against the Raiders. Teresa Varley caught up with the recently signed back and he explained how he’s ready to get back into football.

"“It’s starting to calm down now and be more football related. I am glad to be back playing football with a great opportunity with a group of guys like this. Listening to Coach Tomlin talk and that fire that he has when speaking to us. It gets you motivated, ready to go, and I think we are ready to go.” – Isaiah Pead"

Tomlin on the hot seat?

More from Steelers News

This one had to be coming this week. After half of Steeler Nation lost their collective sh*t over Tomlin’s failure to call a timeout late in the loss to the Bengals a collection of Steelers fans decided that Tomlin is bad at clock management and as a result the team doesn’t win every game they play. Because that’s the most logical reason.

Colin Dunlap, who is a radio host for the morning show on 93.7 The Fan is also a featured columnist for CBS Pittsburgh and he wrote a column questioning why Mike Tomlin isn’t on the hot seat for the Steelers. Tomlin is signed through the 2018 season coaches for an organization famous for their continuity at the head coach position but yet, for S’s and G’s let’s take a look at Dunlap’s case:

His reasoning for why the Steelers front office needs to not fire Tomlin but at least “tinker with the idea” lie in the stats that since the January 9th, 2012 loss to the Broncos in the playoffs the team has gone 31-27, have appeared and lost in just one playoff game and had two .500 seasons and currently sit at .500 at the halfway mark of this season.

Next: Ryan Shazier's toughest opponent

Compare that to Ken Whisenhunt, who was just fired by the Tennessee Titans who went 3-20 during his short tenure with the team. Those are the kinds of teams and coaches who get fired regularly, not a coach who has never had a losing season. There’s a difference.

Run the table

Last week I actually heard local sports radio talk show hosts legitimately arguing why they think the Steelers, with Ben Roethlisberger back and healthy, could run the table and finish the season 13-3. Now that’s clearly out of the question but at least one Steelers player still has faith.

"“I can’t see why we can’t go undefeated the rest of the way out.” – Antwon Blake"

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler suggests that even without Le’Veon Bell the Steelers have the roster capable of digging themselves out of a hole, but maybe not go undefeated. This Sunday’s game against the Raiders has bigger implications than we might initially thought.