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Did PIT ownership take power away from Tomlin?

Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:04 pm
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Who hired Todd Haley as Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator? (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

How much power does Steelers coach Mike Tomlin really have within the organization? That’s the question the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Ron Cook asks in a column written after Pittsburgh hired Todd Haley as the new offensive coordinator.

It seems that Tomlin wanted to keep former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians but was told by owner Art Rooney II that Arians would not be brought back for 2012 (Arians subsequently retired and then took a job as the Indianapolis offensive coordinator).

As we wrote last month, “The organization was not going to renew Arians’ contract, and in essence, was going to fire him without officially having to fire him. ‘That decision,’ writes reporter Gerry Dulac, ‘appears to have come from team president Art Rooney II, even though coach Mike Tomlin told Arians several times since the playoff loss in Denver that he wanted him to return next season.’ Now, it appears Tomlin was overruled by his boss.”

Was Tomlin overruled again by having to hire the former Chiefs coach to replace Arians?

As Cook writes:
Hey, all speculation is fair until we hear from Tomlin or more from Rooney. I can't say for sure one way or the other who hired Haley. We might never know. But I do know this: If Rooney forced Haley on Tomlin after forcing out Arians after a 12-4 season, Tomlin can't possibly like it.

Nor should he.

It would be enough to make Tomlin at least consider his long-term future with the Steelers, especially now that Rooney II appears to have taken nearly complete control of the franchise from his father, Dan.

Tomlin has done a wonderful job here. He is as successful as just about any coach in the NFL. In five years, he has convinced me he's a better coach than Bill Cowher before him. And Cowher was terrific.
That said, the Steelers have done well by Tomlin as well, so in reality, he can’t complain that much. And besides, the Rooneys are some of the most respected owners in all of sports.

But they haven’t just risked alienating Tomlin. They’ve also risked upsetting their franchise quarterback.

Pittsburgh's offensive upheaval
"I've gotten a lot of calls and texts and emails from people around the league, both good and bad about (Haley),'' Roethlisberger told the Post Gazette. "Everybody has an opinion, as we all know, and they're letting me know what their interaction with him was -- good, bad and indifferent. I've heard a lot of things and I'm looking forward to meeting him and forming my own opinion."

But Roethlisberger also made sure the owners heard his voice after Arians’ contract wasn’t renewed. And he gave a hint of future frustrations.

"That was my biggest talking point to Mike and those guys -- I would hate to just throw everything out and start over because I feel it would set us back two or three years because these guys are just starting to get it,” Roethlisberger said.

"I hope we don't have to start over and if we do, you know what, here we go. Let's do it. We'll do it. We're not going to complain about it. But I would hate to have to set certain guys back who are doing so well right now."

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Comments

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:36 pm
 

Did PIT ownership take power away from Tomlin?

Buckeye Kurt, I don't agree with your assessment of my Steelers, but I like your post!



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:35 pm
 

Did PIT ownership take power away from Tomlin?

dynamos7, if you are going to call Ben a rapist, you need to follow another team.  Steeler Nation does not want you.



Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:24 pm
 

Did PIT ownership take power away from Tomlin?

We get it mdpittfan, you don't like Ben. That's fine. But to think he is not the most important cog on the Steeler wheel is just plain stupid. With any other QB in the league this team doesn't even get to the playoffs. Because any other QB playing behind that pitiful excuse for an offensive line would have spent most of the season in traction. Ben makes this team competitive. Given even a middle of the road line to work behind he would be much healthier and practically unbeatable. Go back and look closely at that hit he took in the Cleveland game. When he hit the ground that foot was rotated a full 180 degrees! I still do not understand how the bones in his lower leg weren't broken. But to get back up and play the second half, and then only sit out one game is beyond all explanation. You better believe the Bradys, Rodgers, Mannings, and Brees of this world have a big say in what goes on with their teams, and Ben is every bit as valuable to the Steelers as any of them are to their team; maybe more.  Has he done dumb things off the field, yes he has, and the legal system will deal with those as appropriate. But just because you don't like the way the justice system works is no reason to deny what is obvious on the field to anyone who knows anything about the game of football.



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:57 pm
 

Did PIT ownership take power away from Tomlin?

Succesful coach ? Guess Haley would be , he won a division 2 years go his team was decimated by injuries this year , but the point is he was fired because if pioli is gonna go down as gm ..... He wants his own man Romeo Crennel doing the coaching



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Did PIT ownership take power away from Tomlin?

Succesful coach ? Guess Haley would be , he won a division 2 years go his team was decimated by injuries this year , but the point is he was fired because if pioli is gonna go down as gm ..... He wants his own man Romeo Crennel doing the coaching



Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:46 pm
 

Did PIT ownership take power away from Tomlin?

you are truly a fool



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Did PIT ownership take power away from Tomlin?

its rapistberger team, nobody else means a thing!!!! just the rapist



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Did PIT ownership take power away from Tomlin?

Not many in Pittsburgh bother to read Ron Cook and this guy writes an article about his piece? Cook is worthless.



Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Did PIT ownership take power away from Tomlin?

I think Haley will prove to be a good hire. It was necessary. It was warranted. I don't think improving on the 21st best scoring offense will be all that difficult.  Regardless of how well the young guys were,"finally starting to get it," according to Ben, they couldn't outscore Tim Tebow (the lowest rated passer in the NFL) in a wild card playoff game.  That is hardly a ringing endorsement of their ability to succeed in the present offense.  Any professional football player that can't pick up the offense during the course of a season is never going to succeed in the NFL.  They maybe just finally getting " it" but "it" was not good enough.  To imply that they needed more time to get the hang of the offense means either the players aren't bright enough or the offense is to complex.  Either way changes are necessary.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I am sick to death of this sense of entitlement or this feeling by Ben and his enablers that he is more important than anyone else to the success of this team. 





Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:33 pm
 

Did PIT ownership take power away from Tomlin?

Finally things are starting to look up. The Ravens are aging before our eyes, the Steelers are in the process of imploding, and the Bengals just had their one good year that they seem to pop up with once every decade. Looks like the north will soon belong to the Mighty Browns!


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