State of Steelers at halfway point of 2020 NFL season
The Steelers coaches are ‘pressing all the right buttons’
I said this last season, but it is probably more applicable this season: Mike Tomlin, our HC since 2007, should have won Coach of the Year last season but should also win it this season. While the Steelers are undefeated, it’s not like we have completely ‘steamrolled’ every opponent.
We have had to face adversity in several games. Some of that adversity was self-imposed; some was just a result of our opponent playing well. Regardless of the source of the adversity, the Steelers have been able to successfully navigate it.
That has everything to do with not only the leadership of Coach Tomlin but of the rest of the coaching staff as well. Of course, the players have to respond to the coaching and we are responding quite well as evidenced by our record.
As great as it is to be undefeated through eight games, the 2020 Steelers are not without our flaws. We talked about the lack of a ‘power run’ game on offense and the preferred style of defense we currently play, which, as I stated previously, lends itself to the potential for big plays. We have already witnessed those big plays and I, for one, don’t want to witness them for the rest of the season.
I think we have a great team, but do we have a Super Bowl-winning team? That’s really the question. What the Steelers accomplish in the regular season means nothing if we can’t ‘seal the deal’ by hoisting another Lombardi Trophy.
If we can get back to running the ball consistently and with purpose, e.g. the ‘power run’ game, and if we maybe do not play so much ‘Cover 1’ on defense, I think we will ‘make some noise’ come January.