Losing 45-42 to the Jaguars in an AFC divisional round game is bad enough just on the surface, but digging deeper it’s not hard to find multiple instances of the Steelers being outcoached by the Jags and unprepared for certain scenarios. And now some Steelers minority owners are reportedly getting in Art Rooney’s ear about firing Tomlin over the game.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Tuesday that he’s hearing some of the team’s limited partners intend to lobby owner Art Rooney to fire of Tomlin and to hire a new coach.
The source specifically pointed to those key 47 seconds, noting that the players were moving without any real sense of urgency as the clock was ticking and the Steelers needed two scores, Florio writes.
It truly looked like the Steelers either didn’t know what to do or that they didn’t care, that they were assuming the game was basically over. It was not the best look for a playoff team, especially a playoff team that has not advanced to the Super Bowl since 2010.
Tomlin is just 3-5 in the playoffs since that 2010 run to the Super Bowl in Dallas (a loss to the Packers), but it’s hard to argue with his consistent success. He’s won 11, 10, 11 and 13 games the last four years.
Playing against a Giants defense that still featured several first-string players, Kizer finished 8 of 13 for 74 yards, while also racking up 35 yards on the ground. If Kizer looks good against the Buccaneers on Saturday, and Osweiler struggles, Hue Jackson is going to have an interesting decision to make when it comes to picking a starter for the season opener.
After the Browns defense forced a rare three-and-out, Giants punter Brad Wing got off an impressive 52-yard punt that looked like it was going to pin the Browns deep in their own territory. Only that didn’t happen, because after Peppers caught the punt, the Giants couldn’t catch him.