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 Post subject: Mike Tomlin's biggest loss as Steelers' HC just turned 7
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Just a stroll down memory lane for some of you.

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Mike Tomlin's biggest loss as Steelers' HC just turned 7
ByBryan DeArdo Jan 8, 5:11 PM


Mike Tomlin surely had his detractors before January 8, 2012, but they were scarce and mostly silent. Sure, Tomlin, who by that point was nearing the end of his fifth season as the Pittsburgh Steelers' head coach, had some blemishes on his record. There was the first round playoff exit during his rookie season. There was the non playoff season in 2009. There was also the Super Bowl loss in February of 2011. But those blemishes were seemingly wiped clean by accomplishments. The Super Bowl title in 2008. The return to the Super Bowl in 2010. The third 12-4 regular season in four years heading into what Steeler Nation hoped to be another successful playoff run in the winter of 2012.

Then, Denver happened. To put it more specifically, Tim Tebow happened.

Steelers' fans will never forget the 2011 AFC wild card game. Tomlin's heavily favored Pittsburgh team was facing an 8-8 Broncos team that has done everything in it's power to miss the playoffs after losing their last three games of the regular season. But there they were, hosting the Steelers in a playoff game they had no business being in. The Broncos, led by Tebow, were supposed to be a mere speed bump on the way to New England and quite possibly a third Super Bowl in Tomlin's short tenure in Pittsburgh.

Things didn't pan out that way. Pittsburgh dominated the game's opening minutes but failed to put the game away early, instead settling on two Shaun Suisham field goals. Using a watered down offense similar to the one he engineered at the University of Florida, Tebow somehow found the soft spots in Pittsburgh's zone defense (sound familiar?), throwing and rushing for scores while also leading the Broncos on two other drives that ended in field goals to give Denver a stunning 20-6 halftime lead. While Tebow and the Broncos were off and running, Ben Roethlisberger (who was banged up after not getting the proper time to rest and recover late in the season) and the Steelers were finding it tough to gain momentum against one of the NFL's more formidable defenses after their early success.

The Steelers re-gained their footing in the second half. Mike Wallace got the Steelers back in the game with a 1-yard TD run with less than five minutes to go in the third quarter. Trailing by seven with less than four minutes remaining, Big Ben broke free of Denver's pass rush to find veteran receiver Jerricho Cotchery open for the game-tying score. After surviving a late Tebow comeback attempt, the Steelers were headed for overtime.

Before the 2011 season, the NFL altered the playoff overtime rules so that the team that lost the coin flip would get an offensive possession as long as they didn't allow a touchdown on the first possession. That's why no one seemed to panic when the Steelers lost the coin toss and the Broncos were given first dibs at getting the ball in OT. Surely, Pittsburgh's defense, led by future Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu and multiple All-Pro James Harrison, would quickly end Tebow Time in overtime while getting the ball back to Big Ben to secure victory.

Instead, the NFL's new overtime rules were not put to use, as Troy, James, and the rest of Pittsburgh's defense could only watch as Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas screamed down the field untouched after gathering in Tebow's slant pass that covered 80 yards while ending the Steelers' 2011 season. It would also signify the end of a championship era in Pittsburgh, as many of the players that helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls the prior decade would not be around the next time the Steelers advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs.

Things haven't been the same for Tomlin since that day. Consecutive 8-8 seasons followed the debacle in Denver, as Tomlin's critics began to equal his supporters. In 2014, he and the Steelers got back to their winning ways, going 11-5 before losing their first round playoff game to Baltimore, as the Steelers were again cast as underachievers despite the growth the team had showed that season. Ironically, Tomlin's best coaching performance this decade took place in 2015, another season that ended in Denver. Despite losing three of his top offensive playmakers earlier in the season, Tomlin's team battled the eventual Super Bowl champions tooth and nail before a disastrous fumble by a third string running back was too much for the Steelers to overcome.

The Steelers finally made it back to the AFC Championship Game in 2016 but were beaten handily by the Patriots. The 2017 Steelers won 13 regular season games -- the most under Tomlin -- before losing at home to the Jaguars in the second round of the playoffs. If it wasn't this way already, it seemed that Tomlin's naysayers had now surpassed his vocal supporters.

Tomlin's "bottom out" with some fans may have come in 2018, as the talented Steelers missed the playoffs after losing four of their last six games. Tomlin promised changed this offseason and has already delivered, announcing that assistant coaches Joey Porter and James Saxon's contracts would not be renewed. More changes are probably coming in the weeks to come.

Mike Tomlin often says "you are what your record says you are." Going off his record, Tomlin is 126-66-1 in the regular season while garnering the highest winning percentage in franchise history. He's 8-7 in the playoffs, a record that suggests that his team has underperformed in the playoffs too many times for comfort. Tomlin has had a great deal of success in Pittsburgh, but he'll have to make it back to another Super Bowl before he is -- fairly or not -- pardoned by Steeler Nation for he and his team's shortcomings since that fateful day in the Mile High City seven years ago this evening.


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What a terrible night. My dog died that same night.

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Jeemie wrote:
What a terrible night. My dog died that same night.

That is rough. I am truly sorry your dog died. That takes a back seat to the Steelers squandering an opportunity.


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I had to endure that game in a Reykjavik pub where exactly one other person cared about the game. No audio, just bad pictures. Brutal

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Ah the infamous “zero” coverage on first play of OT.

Nothing like having ALL 11 defenders within 5 yards of the LOS when onlyba TD can beat you in that situation.

Let a QB that was literally out of the league within a year or two of that game have a career game against us.


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Tomlin's team battled the eventual Super Bowl champions tooth and nail before a disastrous fumble by a third string running back was too much for the Steelers to overcome.


And history repeats itself when the biggest play of the season was again placed in the hands of a 3rd string RB.


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 Post subject: Re: Mike Tomlin's biggest loss as Steelers' HC just turned 7
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Lost to 8-8 team
Lost to the Jags last year

What is it with mediocre playoff teams that confound Tomlin's band of merry misfits?

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 Post subject: Re: Mike Tomlin's biggest loss as Steelers' HC just turned 7
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Donnie Brasco wrote:
Lost to 8-8 team
Lost to the Jags last year

What is it with mediocre playoff teams that confound Tomlin's band of merry misfits?


Nah they lose to good teams, too. But hey, 8-7 is a winning record, right?

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 Post subject: Re: Mike Tomlin's biggest loss as Steelers' HC just turned 7
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955876 wrote:
Ah the infamous “zero” coverage on first play of OT.

Nothing like having ALL 11 defenders within 5 yards of the LOS when onlyba TD can beat you in that situation.

Let a QB that was literally out of the league within a year or two of that game have a career game against us.

it was cover 1 and the safety bit on looking into the backfield.

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 Post subject: Re: Mike Tomlin's biggest loss as Steelers' HC just turned 7
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What is it with mediocre playoff teams that confound Tomlin's band of merry misfits?


I’ll tell you, there is a fine line between winning and losing in this league.

When you are not quite prepared and/or play sloppy turnover prone ball you can lose to any team in this league as the talent level is pretty close across most teams.

Even a 2 win Raiders team.

Oh wait, 3 win Raiders team.


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bradshaw2ben wrote:
955876 wrote:
Ah the infamous “zero” coverage on first play of OT.

Nothing like having ALL 11 defenders within 5 yards of the LOS when onlyba TD can beat you in that situation.

Let a QB that was literally out of the league within a year or two of that game have a career game against us.

it was cover 1 and the safety bit on looking into the backfield.


Ya. After having all that time given the break between end of regulation and OT.

I imagine the time was spent similiar to how it was spent during the Jesse James TD review against NE.

Coaches put players in a position to succeed. Do you think Tomlin or Lebeau used that extra time to tell the one person most responsible for not giving up a play deep to NOT be peaking into the stinking backfield?

10 other guys to stop the run.

Watch the play. All 11 defenders within 5 yards of LOS. Mundy crept up before the snap.

We had nobody to stop that play at that point.


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The WORST part of that play was... if they just tackle him and force a FG, Steelers still have a decent chance to win that game.

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Haha just watched the play again.

Man Mike Tomlin has lost some baaaaaaaaad football games. Haha.


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 Post subject: Re: Mike Tomlin's biggest loss as Steelers' HC just turned 7
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
The WORST part of that play was... if they just tackle him and force a FG, Steelers still have a decent chance to win that game.


That’s my point. It was a defensive call that didn’t fit the situation.

Getting beat deep was the biggest threat yet they were in a run stopping alignment.

Can’t let Tebow break off 12 yards on the ground. Nope. Smash the run at all cost.


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955876 wrote:
bradshaw2ben wrote:
The WORST part of that play was... if they just tackle him and force a FG, Steelers still have a decent chance to win that game.


That’s my point. It was a defensive call that didn’t fit the situation.

Getting beat deep was the biggest threat yet they were in a run stopping alignment.

Can’t let Tebow break off 12 yards on the ground. Nope. Smash the run at all cost.

Same as the defense vs LAC this year. Literally the only thing that beats you is a 1st down, so they were playing to prevent a big play over the top. A long TD there doesn't end the game; your offense still gets a chance.

In Denver, only a TD ends the game... who cares if they run for 7 yards in that situation?

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 Post subject: Re: Mike Tomlin's biggest loss as Steelers' HC just turned 7
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Are we agreeing or disagreeing here B2B? I can’t tell anymore.

I agree they should not have been worried about giving a chunk on the ground.


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 Post subject: Re: Mike Tomlin's biggest loss as Steelers' HC just turned 7
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10 completions...327 yards



10 completions...327 yards



10 completions...327 yards
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Jobus Rum wrote:
10 completions...327 yards



10 completions...327 yards



10 completions...327 yards
:roll: :roll: :roll:


Was a good plan to try and make Tebow beat them...until Tebow DID start beating them.

Then LeBeau should have changed it up.

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Dumblin.

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white_steel_wolfe wrote:
Dumblin.


Please expand your schtick, OK?

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Bloody hail I'll never forget that game. I was watching it in pub filled with Ratbird fans; hearing their cheers with every Den play and chants of Tebow, Tebow, Tebow after the game was maddening.

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I’m sure he will top it at some point...


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 Post subject: Re: Mike Tomlin's biggest loss as Steelers' HC just turned 7
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Jobus Rum wrote:
10 completions...327 yards



10 completions...327 yards



10 completions...327 yards
:roll: :roll: :roll:

That stat is a bit misleading.

Take away the 80 yard game winning touchdown pass and its only 9 completions for 247 yards and a 27 yard per completion avg.
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Stosh-67 wrote:
Jobus Rum wrote:
10 completions...327 yards



10 completions...327 yards



10 completions...327 yards
:roll: :roll: :roll:

That stat is a bit misleading.

Take away the 80 yard game winning touchdown pass and its only 9 completions for 247 yards and a 27 yard per completion avg.
:?


lmfao, TOMLIN IS A FUCKING JOKE

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