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    Tomlin needs to snap his slump

    By Bob Smizik | Monday, 12:15 am.

    These are not, as some have suggested, three meaningless games coming up for the Steelers. These games against Green Bay, Baltimore and Miami are loaded with meaning.

    Itís no time to experiment. Itís time to win. A five-game losing streak is bad. An eight-game losing streak is worse.

    If it requires using different players to make the team better, so be it. But itís not time to flood the lineup with rookies and inexperienced players to see if they can play.

    But beyond all of that, itís time for Mike Tomlin to reassert his control of the team.

    A lot has been written and said about the attitude of the Steelers during their humiliating defeat to the Cleveland Browns, which came four days after their humiliating defeat to the Oakland Raiders. There seems to be a near unanimity of opinion that the Steelers had considerably less than the required interest against the Browns.

    No less an authority that Jerome Bettis questioned the Steelers attitude on his radio show Friday on 1250 ESPN. According to Joe StarkeyĎs column in the Tribune-Review, Bettis said:

    ``That did not look like a team that even cared about being in the playoffs."

    Thatís a harsh condemnation from a revered former teammate.

    Bettis further said, ``I think it starts at the top. You have to look at, is the head coach getting through to them?"

    That, too, is a harsh condemnation.

    Bettis, an all-time Steelers great and future Hall of Famer, never played for Tomlin. But he played with and was a leader of many of the men Tomlin coaches. He knows what goes on in a locker room. He knows what goes on in the minds of players.

    Tomlin is falling into a dangerous trap: Big talk; little action.

    If youíre planning to ``unleash hell,íí as Tomlin suggested earlier this month, better back it up with deeds. Tomlin could not.

    If youíre promising something approaching significant changes in your lineup, do it. Tomlin did not Thursday after suggesting there would be in the aftermath of the loss to Oakland.

    Players were looking for leadership and direction. Tomlin did not supply it.

    Think about Tomlinís ``unleash hellíí comment, which was made after the loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Hereís the full quote:

    ``We will unleash hell here in December because we have to. We won't go in a shell. We'll go into attack mode, because that's what's required."


    I can hear the troops snickering amongst themselves when rehashing that comment.

    What kind of hell is a coach going to unleash? If James Harrison made that comment, it would have some teeth. But coming from the coach of a team that had lost its third straight game, it was, in retrospect, kind of silly.

    When bosses -- not just football coaches -- fail to back up their words, they lose the respect of their employees.

    Bill Cowher would sometimes say of a player, ``I like the look in his eyes.íí

    I never put much stock in that but I found myself not liking the look in Tomlinís eyes Thursday night. He looked a little lost and without any answers.

    Heís going to have to come up with some answers in a hurry or face ending the season with an eight-game losing streak. If the Steelers could not score a touchdown against the No. 32 defense in the NFL, Cleveland, what are they going to do Sunday against the No. 1 defense in the NFL, Green Bay?

    And what are they going to do against Baltimore and Miami, two teams that are considerably better than the clubs the Steelers have been losing to.

    If Tomlin thinks rookies Keenan Lewis and Joe Burnett can help the team at cornerback, give them some opportunity. The secondary has been so weak that one of both might be an improvement. But beyond any personnel changes, tweaking or massive, Tomlin needs to regain the respect of his team.

    It has been said on talk radio this week that the Steelers have a divided locker room. For Tomlin, thatís the good news. He has to hope itís not a united locker room -- against him
    Are these morons getting dumber or just louder-Mayor Quimby

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    Thanks Bus and Bob!

    I appreciate you backing up everything I have been saying about Tomlin.

    Hear ye, hear ye, cool-aide drinkers, follow me I have the answers and will lead you to the truth!!!

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    Thanks Bus and Bob!

    I appreciate you backing up everything I have been saying about Tomlin.

    Hear ye, hear ye, cool-aide drinkers, follow me[HIGH-LIGHT] I have the answers [/HIGH-LIGHT]and will lead you to the truth!!!
    Such as?
    Are these morons getting dumber or just louder-Mayor Quimby

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    Such as?
    See my post about firing Tomlin and the etire coaching staff, and who to hire in his place.

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    Well,I gotta say,I'm glad you don't run the Steelers.
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    Well,I gotta say,I'm glad you don't run the Steelers.
    You must not want to win?

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    Bettis has always been one of my all time favorite players. I love that he spoke out on the Steelers because this team is a complete, utter mess under Tomlin. Can you hear him Rooney's, this is coming from a player that isn't too far removed from the Super Bowl team Tomlin inherited. It's time to pull the trigger on Tomlin?

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    You must not want to win?
    Seeing as how winning is so foreign to the Steelers.
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    Seeing as how winning is so foreign to the Steelers.
    I do think Tomlin and co. needs to go, but for the most part I was just ****ing with you this morning, I was in a bad mood, but feel much better now. Acting like an *** really cheers me up sometimes and it did wonders for me this morning!!!

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    I do think Tomlin and co. needs to go, but for the most part I was just ****ing with you this morning,[HIGH-LIGHT] I was in a bad mood,[/HIGH-LIGHT] but feel much better now. Acting like an *** really cheers me up sometimes and it did wonders for me this morning!!!
    Same here,no harm done. I'm just so frustrated because I can do next to nothing but hobble around at this point. My Dr. told me I'm looking at a 3 month recovery period. I'll go insane!
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    Default Re: Tomlin needs to snap his slump

    This morning I could have sworn this thread title read "Tomlin needs to strap one on over his stump"

    Must have been the early AM cobwebs.


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    Maybe I'm just missing it but I haven't seen anywhere that says the locker room has been divided. Am I just missing it?
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    Apparantly Tomlins demeanor....isn't reaching the troops. Tough to be a leader....if the ones that are to follow....stop.

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