Oct 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on the sideline against the Oakland Raiders during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-18. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Tomlin threatens more jobs, is he serious?

After an embarrassing loss Sunday to the New England Patriots in which they gave up a franchise record 55 points and over 600 yards of offense, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was, predictably, not in a very good mood.

Tomlin said his usual lines of threatening more jobs and never being more disappointed as if they were from a tape recorder.

Nov 3, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reacts during the second half of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

“Those people who are lacking effort won’t be playing,” Tomlin said. “It’s just that simple. … I am angry, disappointed.”

This is weekly speak from the Steelers head coach, but you have to wonder about how serious Tomlin is when he threatens players’ jobs.

Obviously changes need to be made, but what exactly is Tomlin going to do?

He rarely follows through with his threats on making changes, but even if he wanted to, who is he going to bench?

Everyone on the defensive side of the ball was awful. Is Tomlin going to sit Troy Polamalu, who when he has been on the field the past couple of season’s has become a liability in pass coverage?

I doubt it.

Is he going to sit any more of the Steelers starters? He may tinker with one or two changes, but he’s not going to make major changes.

The reason for that is simple. Who exactly is he going to put in?

I think it is time that Tomlin and Steelers’ fans alike realize how little talent this team currently has.

This team lacks depth and talent at almost every position on the field. There aren’t many answers to be found among the second- and third-team players. Most of the veterans on this team understand this as well. They know their jobs aren’t on the line, despite Tomlin’s claims.

Bad drafting and bad decision-making has caught up with this team and they are paying for it in a big way.

That’s just the reality of the situation and while I commend Tomlin for not giving up, there aren’t any changes he can make in the Steelers lineup that will change the fortunes of this team.

They are a bad football team that lacks talent at key positions. Plain and simple.

Maybe it’s time Tomlin looks in the mirror and gets a reality check.

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  • bk

    He could fire himself, that would be a start… I just keep hearing Obama-like stuff every time he speaks… blah blah blah…blame blame blame.. No personal responsibity.

  • Carl Eagan

    I think Troy is a liability in coverage this year because he’s asked to play closer to the line and Clark hasn’t been able to cover anyone like he used to so maybe it’s time for Troy to stay back. Tomlin and Colbert together have ensured most of the starters are safe unless they allow Golden to play for Clark. Maybe sit Sanders because how many did he drop and the second interception was because he ran the wrong route and wasn’t where he should have been but thats a reoccurring thing with him this year.Next year is going to be interesting the team will be stuck with Tomlin and many players will be gone but their dead money will be with us a long time.

  • Marc Thomas

    demote sanders at WR, replace mclendon with hood at NT, start sylvester at ILB, replace clark with golden at FS, move allen back to starting CB, use c. brown as the #3 CB in nickel and quarters. there are plenty of significant moves to be made that can send a message, get playing time for younger guys and start evaluating for next season.