Why Steelers HC is in the hot seat
Perhaps the most significant criticism is that Tomlin’s teams have a knack for underachieving. His Last Superbowl win was in 2008. His last Superbowl appearance was in 2010; thus, if you look at it historically, John Madden never had a losing season either, and his only real success was winning the Superbowl in 1976. Even then, the victory was suspect because they defeated a Steelers team playing without Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier in the AFC Championship game.
Still, those who do not want to get rid of Tomlin argue, with whom will you replace him? Fair point, but the Steelers do their homework before hiring a head coach. Twelve seasons and no Superbowl appearances do tend to make the natives restless, even with playoff appearances.
However, the major obstacle here is that in 2007 Tomlin inherited a championship-caliber team. In 2022 he is rebuilding from the ground up, something he has not had to do. Nevertheless, a poor season certainly puts Tomlin on the hot seat heading into 2023, even if he can manage to scapegoat Matt Canada.
While anything can happen in 2022, the odds are against anything other than a mediocre season. While people still debate, the Steelers mini camp and OTA’s training camp will soon be upon us, and it is the stage in which things will quickly begin to flesh out, and we will see who steps up and who falls behind.
The pre-season games may actually give us realistic expectations for the 2022 season. In normal years most of your starters would stay out of most of the pre-season games to avoid unnecessary injury, and in 2022 that won’t occur as much this season. Both Trubisky and Pickett will have to play a significant portion of snaps. Claypool will have to pay a chunk of the pre-season or risk losing the number two spot to George Pickens.
If the prognosis does not turn out well, we will see where the proverbial ax falls and pick up with the bright spots from 2022 and work on 2023.