Problems are brewing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and some believe we could be heading towards the end of an era.
There has been some talk about how the team has stopped responding to Mike Tomlin, and not even one of the most experienced and respected football minds in the business has been able to get them in line this season.
Some wonder whether it’s time to part ways with Tomlin, but most people would agree that the team would much rather get rid of most players before making Tomlin a free agent.
Whatever the case, Rich Eisen shared some concerning stuff about what’s going on behind closed doors.
According to defensive star T.J. Watt, the players don’t want to practice right now, or at least they don’t want to practice in the way that everybody’s supposed to practice (via Steelers Depot).
Rich Eisen: “[Watt] said it is wild and that some of them don’t wanna practice, it’s what he said, or don’t want to practice in the way that everybody’s supposed to practice. And he said that this past week everyone did do that. And then you saw the result. Now you could sit… https://t.co/MoIsGvtgP3
— Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot) December 19, 2023
Watt also stated that some of the younger players are taking the criticism personally, which obviously isn’t helping their case.
Some might believe that Tomlin will have to change his “tough love” approach, but that’s just not likely to happen at this point.
It’s not a secret that the game has changed.
Younger players won’t let coaches off the hook with some behaviors, and their egos could stand in the way more often than not.
Then again, going from that to challenging or even doubting whether Tomlin should be on his way out is a big stretch, as he’s one of the best coaches in the game by a significant margin.