He’s a Super Bowl winning head coach and is regarded by many as one of the best coaches in the NFL. But Mike Tomlin isn’t without naysayers.
FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd criticized the Steelers head coach on his radio show this week. The radio host pointed out the club’s record against sub-.500 teams. Cowherd even questioned Tomlin’s ability to prepare Pittsburgh week-to-week.
“Overall, he’s won 57 percent of his games which is OK considering you’ve got Big Ben,” Cowherd said. “But what is unbelievable about Mike Tomlin, against teams .500 or worse, he’s 19-22. What does that tell you? That emotionally, the Steelers are an inconsistent football team. They play really well against their rival Cincinnati, they play very well against their rival Baltimore, and they rise and play very well against good teams. But on weeks in which they play dogs … they’re sub 500. That is coaching, that is not talent.
“I look at Pittsburgh, they’re bad against bad teams. They go in cocky or unprepared. They get players regularly suspended, they’re overly reliant on Big Ben. I don’t think they’re a well coached team week to week. They are not buttoned up.”
Pittsburgh does need to clean up its act against sub-.500 teams. Although, Cowherd’s statement feels like the typical attention-grabbing hot take from a radio host.
Since being hired in 2007, Tomlin has endured few down years. The Steelers have consistently been a contender and have won a Super Bowl under Tomlin.