3 things Steelers playoff loss means for the 2024 season

Jan 15, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Mike Tomlin Steelers Head Coach
Jan 15, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Mike Tomlin Steelers Head Coach / Kirby Leei-USA TODAY Sports
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The Steelers coaching staff is in need of significant change

Look, I will say at the outset that I firmly believe Mike Tomlin did one of his best coaching jobs in 2023. After losing three straight games, we needed nothing short of a miracle to not only achieve a winning record but to have a chance at making the playoffs.

The Steelers achieved both and much of the credit goes to Tomin and the coaching staff. After moving on from Matt Canada, albeit too late in the season, in my opinion, the offense finally resembled a legitimate NFL offense.

The defense dealt with injuries to key players seemingly the entire season. The defense not only kept us in several games but was the reason we won several games. If you look at the games we lost, you were probably left wondering the same thing that I was, which is this: why do we continue to be out of position, why do we continue to not be able to consistently stop the run, etc.?

While I think Tomlin did a stellar coaching job, I'm not so sure about the rest of the staff. We know that Tomlin moved on from Canada, which, by default, means we will be looking for a new offensive coordinator, but do we need to look for a new defensive coordinator or new position coaches?

I would argue that if Tomlin returns in 2024, it would behoove him to make significant changes to the coaching staff. A leader is only as good as the supporting cast, so to speak. That is true both in the professional world and in the sports world.

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I am not suggesting that every coach needs to be replaced, but the reality is the coaching staff will not be the same in 2024 as it was in 2023. My only hope is that Tomlin and the 'new' coaching staff can return the Steelers to the prominence of the 1970s and can return the Vince Lombardi trophy to Pittsburgh.