3 reasons the Steelers will win in their Week 9 Matchup vs. Cowboys
The Steelers have a much better coaching staff than the Cowboys
Mike McCarthy is a good head coach. You have to be in order to win a super bowl. However, Mike Tomlin isn’t going anywhere. Tomlin is still young. This is way too early to call, but if Mike Tomlin kept coaching for the next 10 or so years continuing to put together the kind of resume he has now, then he will not only be in the hall of fame, but he will go down as one of the best head coaches of all time. McCarthy is good, Tomlin legitimately has a chance to be historic if he continues to do what he has done through the past 13 and a half years and I don’t see how he and Colbert don’t keep going on this ridiculous level.
It isn’t just between Tomlin and McCarthy, I give the edge to Pittsburgh among their coordinators. Kellen Moore has a bright future as a coach in the NFL. He had a short career playing in the NFL. He retired in 2018 only to accept the quarterback coaching job for the last team he played for, the Dallas Cowboys. He is bright, however, Randy Fichtner has seen a lot more over a much larger amount of experience with the NFL.
Mike Nolan is the Cowboys defensive coordinator. He has been coaching in the NFL since 1987, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore was born in 1988. This is his 18th season as a defensive coordinator, while it is his first with Dallas. He also has 4 years of experience as a head coach.
However, he has never been in control of a defense as good as the Steelers have this year. That is a credit to Keith Butler along with Tomlin. Butler has been with the Steelers since 2003 and spent a lot of time studying under Dick Lebeau. Lebeau was a savant when it came to designing zone blitzes and Keith Butler is showing what he can do to pressure the quarterback. In his 6th season as the defensive coordinator, the Steelers are leading the league in sacks again. If they lead the league in sacks again at the end of 2020, it will be the 4th time in his 6 seasons as the defensive coordinator that they have done so. The lowest they have ever ranked in sacks with Butler as coordinator was 8th in the league and the second-lowest is 4th.
There is more to being a defensive coordinator than just being able to pressure a quarterback, however that is a crucial part of a defense. It gives his pass defense a boost by rushing the quarterback and forcing errors. The key with Butler is that his defenses have an identity, just as Dick Lebeau’s did. I am not saying he is Dick Lebeau, yet it is clear to see that he is one of the best in the league when it comes to scheming his guys towards the quarterback.
Before his promotion to DC, he was the position coach for guys like Joey Porter, James Harrison, James Farrior, Ryan Shazier, and Lamarr Woodley. He has an impressive resume before his coordinating experience and he is only making himself look better. At this point in time, I consider Butler as one of the best if not the best defensive coordinators in the league. His defense is more talented but has been put in better positions to succeed as a whole than Mike Nolan has been able to do for Dallas.
If you need any more indication as to which coaching staff is better, then look at Pittsburgh in 2019 and then look at Dallas in 2020. Even with both teams being worse than the expectations coming into the season, Pittsburgh was significantly boosted by their coaching staff while dealing with large amounts of adversity, whereas the Cowboys’ coaching staff simply does not know what to do to get their heads above water.