Busting the Narrative Part 3: Don’t let anyone say Mike Tomlin isn’t the best coach in the NFL.
The football world has been extremely critical towards the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers, despite a sterling 9-0 record. It’s as if those who have a voice in this world have already made up their collective minds about the Steelers, and will not accept how wrong they have been about this team. In this series ‘Breaking the Narrative’ I’m going to dive into a number of slighted players, coaches, and this Steelers team as a whole, and try to set the record straight.
Today, we are going to tackle exactly what has made Mike Tomlin the best coach in the NFL today, and why the ‘Fire Tomlin’ section of the fan base has done its best Homer Simpson impression backing up into the bushes.
S/O MIKE TOMLIN just cause!!! Salute brother! ✊
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 18, 2020
Steelers Head Coach, Mike Tomlin has led the Pittsburgh Steelers to its greatest start to a season in the organizations 88 years of competition. The 9-0 start also signifies Tomlin’s 14th consecutive winning season to start a head coaching career, the most in league history. Coach Tomlin also surpassed former Steelers defensive back and NFL hall of fame Tony Dungy as the winningest minority coach in the history of the NFL. With all the success and accolades that have come with the 2020 season, Mike Tomlin is the odds on favorite to take home the 2020 NFL Head Coach of the Year award.
But for what ever reason, there are people still trying to tear down the captain of the Steelers ship. I have seen people call Mike Tomlin a cheerleader, overrated, and most inexplicably people still calling for Tomlin to lose his job. Out of all the narratives I’ve gone through, this one has to be the most confusing.
— NFL Total Access (@NFLTotalAccess) November 17, 2020
Above all else Mike Tomlin is a master motivator, you don’t even have to look at the 2020 Steelers to learn that. Take the 2019 Steelers for example, that team had no resemblance of an offense, but still were able to muster a 8-8 season. That same year the Chicago Bears had arguably an even more talented defensive roster than the Steelers and a much healthier offense. But the Bears defense virtually gave up on the season and unenthusiastically crawled to an 8-8 finish. The biggest difference between the two clubs was in Week 3 the Steelers were 0-3 having just lost their starting quarterback and were expected to finish with a sub .500 record. While the Bears were 2-1 and expected to win its division.
Fast forward to today and Coach Tomlin has built a team that has completely boughten in on his message. No one opted out of the season, no one was arrested/suspended in the offseason, and they’ve done a fantastic job limiting the spread of Covid within its locker room. The Steelers aren’t acting like a typical 9-0 team either, they’ve been humble and have their eye on each opponent that is infant of them with the overall goal that winning the Super Bowl is the top priority. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a more well-coached team, with everybody rowing in the same direction as this Steelers team.
Mike Tomlin won his 140th regular season game, which broke a tie with Tony Dungy for the most wins by a Black head coach in NFL history. pic.twitter.com/Aj0McUJ5OE
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 2, 2020
One of the reasons I would actually like the Steelers to pull off the 16-0 season is to add another historic achievement to Mike Tomlin’s resume. At some point when the list of achievements hits a certain length people just can’t hate anymore. A 19-0 Super Bowl championship would do just that. But that’s a story for another day…
What do you think? Is Mike Tomlin currently the best Head Coach in football? Tell us why/why not down in the comments below.