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Normally Dan McCullers Jersey , by this point in a week following a Steelers loss, I would have just concluded my fifth or sixth social media war with a member of the “Let’s Blame/Fire Mike Tomlin Not So Secret Society”. I would have already cited overall record, the lack of a losing season, consistency, leadership, yadda, yadda, yadda.But I gotta tell ya’, this week, after yet another inexplicable road loss to a huge underdog, I’m not really in much of a Tomlin defending mood. Since Sunday’s loss, a 24-21 debacle against the Raiders, I’ve read countless comments from Tomlin detractors on social media and I have yet to utter one word in his defense. Even my brother texted me Monday morning, saying he feels the Steelers should get rid of Tomlin and hire recently fired Packers head coach and Pittsburgh kid Jesse James Color Rush Jersey , Mike McCarthey—the Mike Tomlin of Green Bay—and I barely put up a fight. Hey, when you have been accused your entire career of not having your team prepared to play against inferior opponents—specifically, inferior road opponents—and you go ahead and lose to maybe the worst team in football and do so with so much at stake, how can that be defended? Did you know that since Tomlin became the Steelers head coach in 2007, road teams that were favored by nine points or more have a record of 58-15? Did you also know that five of those losses have been by Tomlin coached teams? How can you defend that when the numbers speak for themselves? So, despite the fans and the Colin Cowherds of the world criticizing him throughout the years for that one specific flaw, alone, Tomlin couldn’t make it through one season without adding another such loss to his career resume? And what about those five-star match-ups that have been a positive addition to Tomlin’s resume? With bad losses to the Chiefs and Chargers so far this season, he hasn’t even been able to give the fans that in 2018. Maybe that’s because the 2018 Steelers aren’t a five-star team and not worthy of being on the marquee of such match-ups—with the Patriots and Saints on the horizon, boy are we going to find out real fast. That remains to be seen, but what doesn’t remain to be seen is whether or not Tomlin will insert quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, his very best and most important player, back into the lineup in the second half against Oakland after being medically cleared to return with a rib injury. Why? Because that scenario already unfolded, and Tomlin famously botched it. Why? Because they were in the “flow of the game.” (Speaking of not being able to defend something. Like https://www.steelerssportshop.com/Arthur-Moats-Jersey , what does that even mean?)I can’t even criticize those that often criticize Tomlin’s clock management skills, not after he failed to call timeouts when the Raiders had a first and goal inside the 10-yard line and were seriously threatening to take the lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Why? Because using timeouts seemed like the right thing to do. Why? Because having 45 seconds or a minute and no timeouts to move into field goal range just seemed more sensible than 21 seconds and one timeout. So, if you want to change your BTSC name to “TomlinMustGo” or your Twitter accountto “Bring__Back__The__Chin,” I certainly won’t stop you. If you want to tie every conspiracy theory from the Kennedy assassination to the fake moon landing to Tomlin’s coaching prowess (you know who you are), I won’t put up any resistance, at least not this week.This isn’t to say I think Tomlin should be fired or that he is a poor coach. It’s just that, well, it’s really hard to defend anything that he did in the game against the Raiders on Sunday. The Mike Tomlin haters have already won this week’s battle, and it wasn’t even close. I’m tempted to simply list ten times, “I’m so happy.” But I had some actual thoughts that stuck with me even after such a glorious evening. Here are ten of them.I am becoming my father. Were he still with us he would have concluded, with 10:30 left in the first, that not only was the game over, but the season. Heck, he would have probably worried the Steelers would move to Reno. I’m not at black-belt level of pessimism Morgan Burnett Jersey , but I admit it, I thought we were in for a long night.Two plays, two touchdowns. Oh what a difference a minute can make. And it was all gold from there on in. Blowouts are way underrated. In fact, the only way this game could have been any better would be if, a. It was the Super Bowl. b. It was the AFC Championship game and the Panthers were the Patriots. c. Every Steeler were a rookie who’d made a vow of poverty. Not that I’m complaining. On that long pass to AB, Ben had so much time in the pocket I think I saw him take out his smartphone, look up BTSC and read my column. I presume that’s why he was smiling so big throughout the night.Scoring has gotten so high in the NFL that I’m seeing opponents’ field goals as victories for us, and their punts as the equivalent of a turnover. It struck me, however, that we had a higher percentage in scores per possession than Carolina had converting third downs. When Buck and Aikman pointed out at one point that we were 7 of 9, my jaw hit the floor. It’s a great thing to celebrate another outstanding performance by the D that has had us so worried all year. But that is one dominant offensive performance.Did you notice that we heard about Joe Haden about as much as we heard from the zebras? Every week that guy shows up to play. When I’m tempted to think, “Where would we be if we hadn’t allowed the Browns to tie us?” I think instead, “Where would we be if the Browns hadn’t been stupid enough to let Joe go?” And like Hines from back in the day, and AB on the other side of the ball Jon Bostic Color Rush Jersey , how can you not love that smile? I love a man who loves playing for the Steelers.I’ve often thought that if I were ever a GM, I’d only do deals with terrible teams. It’s the football equivalent of that old poker nugget of wisdom, “If you look around the table and can’t figure out who the fish is, you’re the fish.” Dumb GMs make the GMs they deal with look smart.Watching this game I actually started to look forward to the rest of our schedule. If we can do this to the 6-2 Panthers, we could certainly go 2-1 with News England and Orleans and the Chargers. Even if we go 1-2 and win the other four we ought to win, we finish 11-4-1 and have a shot at a bye. That said, if we weren’t as bad as we thought we were in September, we may not be as good as we think we are in November. You gotta admit though, we sure looked good.As if last night could not have gotten any better, we got our first snow here in Indiana. After my wife, kids and the Steelers, snow is my next favorite thing.It doesn’t snow in Jacksonville, but here’s hoping we blow through there like AB plowing on Mcknight Road.

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