Though Todd Haley hasn’t performed for the Pittsburgh Steelers in years, he nonetheless retains an in depth eye on his former staff. And rooting for them alongside the way in which. After the Steelers’ massive 34-11 win Saturday over the Cincinnati Bengals, a must have sport that snapped an unsightly three-game shedding streak, Haley hopped on Twitter to sing Mike Tomlin’s praises.
“Nice job by Coach Tomlin and the @steelers blocking out the surface noise! Big win!” his tweet learn, together with a Merry_Christmas hashtag on the finish.
The noise was as loud as ever in Pittsburgh. First, it got here from WR George Pickens and his low effort on a goal-line block towards the Indianapolis Colts, adopted by his rationale that he did not wish to danger injuring himself. The chatter bought so loud that Mike Tomlin held a press convention after observe, a rarity, to attempt to clear the air. At occasions he was important of Pickens for his poor media information. In different methods, he expressed his dedication to growing Pickens as a participant and as an individual, whereas in the end acknowledging that regardless of calls to be benched, Pickens would play towards the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tomlin’s transfer paid off on the sphere. Pickens had a profession day within the win, ending with 4 receptions for 195 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged practically 50 yards per catch with receptions of 44, 66 and 86 yards, with the final catch being a landing on the Steelers’ first play.
However the noise wasn’t nearly Pickens, despite the fact that it took up many of the information feed. For the primary time in his 17-year teaching stint, a sensible dialog about Tomlin’s future happened exterior the margins of web chatter. Perhaps that was simply noise that by no means handed via the constructing and Artwork Rooney II’s workplace, nevertheless it bought so loud it was unattainable to disregard.
Now, one win over the Bengals would not completely change the course of the Steelers’ season or the way in which Tomlin handles it. Pittsburgh remains to be only one sport above .500, with playoff odds at present hovering round 20 %. However he confirmed, as Rex Ryan famous on Sunday morning, that there’s nonetheless management of the locker room and that he can take the staff to its greatest win of the season (although loads of it was additionally about bluntly executing and correcting errors they made had made earlier than).
Prefer it or not, Tomlin will virtually definitely return to the Steelers’ sidelines in 2024 and sure past. His aggressive longevity is what his friends admire most about him. In a world the place coaches sometimes bounce from place to put, together with Haley’s, Tomlin is the second-longest head coach with one staff within the NFL. Quickly, as soon as Invoice Belichick’s future is decided, he’ll soar into that high spot.