Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is considered one of the best coaches in the NFL. Tomlin has the impressive stat of not having suffered a losing season with the Steelers. His worst campaign came in 2019 when Pittsburgh went 8-8 on the year.
But despite all his qualities as a trainer, many doubt his ability to intrigue. For John Middlekauf, Tomlin is a superb leader, but not an elite schemer.
Middlekauff was speaking on the Three and Out podcast and delved into what head coaches need to be to be successful.
Here is what he said:
“Is Tomlin an elite schemer?” Clearly not. You know, that’s not his forte. But he is an elite leader.
“I think one thing we’ve seen from guys who’ve failed over the last two decades in the NFL, we’ve seen a ton of great coordinators become head coaches and sucked in because they were great schemers, n ‘is this not.”
“Pat Shermer has been a head coach a couple of times. Great schemer, he becomes an offensive coordinator. Remember Minnesota, takes them to the NFC championship with the Keenum case and that’s great. Then he comes to the Giants and he’s a laughingstock.”
“McAdoo, who was a great schemer as Tom Coughlin’s offensive coordinator, takes over from Eli and gets the laughs out of the building. So time and time again we’ve seen guys who can plot but they can’t lead.”
An interesting perspective on the complex world of coaching. Tomlin will have an interesting task in 2022 following the retirement of legendary quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Who will be the Steelers starting quarterback?
Life after Ben Roethlisberger is in full swing. The Steelers drafted Kenny Pickett with the 20th overall pick in the 2022 draft and also signed Mitch Trubisky. So who will be the starter?
Ultimately, it will come down to training camp. The general consensus is that Trubisky is the starter at the moment, but as we know things can change quickly in football.
It looks like the former Bears and Bills quarterback will have the job until Pickett is ready to take it from him. Unless Trubisky comes along and takes the league by storm, in which case things will be a lot trickier for Pickett.
It’s not a bad idea to have a young quarterback sit behind a veteran for a season or two, it worked well for Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers.
By all accounts, Pickett is doing all right so far, but whether that will be enough for Tomlin and the Steelers to name him a starter remains to be seen. It will be interesting to see who starts under center Pittsburgh when the season kicks off later this year.
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