Bruce Arians is far from perfect. But since Mike Tomlin ran Arians out of Pittsburgh, Arians has proven he’s one of the better minds in the game. Last year, he offered this quote: “I quit trusting my gut a long time ago. That sumbitch has been lying to me forever.”
But who’s a famous gut-truster? Mike Tomlin, whose gut musta laid a few bucks on the Ravens to win outright last night. How to explain NOT giving the ball to Le’Veon Bell on two key plays? Nants and Simms are stupid, they were saying Tomlin should send his terrible kicker out to miss another FG. But Tomlin, with the game on the line, repeatedly ran plays without even a FAKE to Bell. On the last bad idea play, Bell wasn’t even in the backfield.
Mike Tomlin has been making idiotic decisions since his first year. I don’t care if he’s been the HC of a SB winning team, they’ve won what they won in spite of him, and he’s run two of the best minds of the past twenty years (Arians and LeBeau) out of town.
But, as Nantz and Simms explained on the broadcast, Tomlin goes with his gut.
His wallet is glad his gut seemingly can’t get him fired. I don’t know if the Rooneys are just asleep at the wheel while the money rolls in or if they are afraid of a race-based lawsuit. No other reasons can explain NOT firing Tomlin. The man who has challenged opening kickoffs, and gotten in the way of opposing players because he, ahem, lost track of where he was, gave a game away to a division rival. He lost to the Ravens the last time he played them, in Pittsburgh in January, and yet he didn’t seem to think they were capable of beating him.
Somehow, the QB being an accused rapist is the least offensive thing about the Steelers’s decision-making.
As for X’s and O’s, the Steelers DC Keith “Don’t Cover Gronk” Butler ran a great trap coverage that produced a Flacco INT. Flacco proved (as most QBs do) that somehow Tom Brady is a master of the QB sneak but Flacco can’t get out of his own way.
I’m not sure what the Ravens defense was doing, they didn’t do well against Bell but they convinced Tomlin to not give the ball to Bell with the game on the line, so maybe it was voodoo.
Who’s worse at understanding their own protection calls – Joe Flacco or Matthew Stafford? I’m not sure. But like Stafford, Flacco seems to often have no clue what’s happening. The Steelers ran CB blitzes on back-to-back 3rd and 4th downs with the game on the line, and Flacco didn’t see either one.
But Flacco’s team won, because Mike Tomlin was on the other sideline, busy screwing himself, gut-first.