With both Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell now out of the picture in Pittsburgh, Mike Tomlin finds himself on the hot seat. The locker room culture for the Steelers is clearly an issue and Tomlin wasn't able to cool the tensions between players on the squad. Plus, the Steelers didn't make the playoffs this season and were knocked out early the previous season.
If things go poorly for the Steelers in 2019, there's a real chance Tomlin will be let go.
Mike Tomlin said he doesn't want hostages. AB didn't want to be here and was going to be toxic until he wasn't. The Steelers can move on now. Once he burned bridge w/ coach by not showing up to MRI and Instagram vid during presser, it was over. Then he ripped QB. Had to happen— Adam Crowley (@_adamcrowley) March 10, 2019
The trade with the Raiders marks a new era in Pittsburgh as the team will attempt to move forward without the pair of polarizing offensive stars. Tomlin needs to bring in some talent during free agency, which will be difficult due to the $21 million dead cap hit Brown cost them.
Tomlin's failure to minimize drama in Pittsburgh left the Steelers in a vulnerable position. The organization hopes to bounce back in the 2019 season and return to the playoffs.
Given Mike Tomlin is supposed to be the culture coach, and the defense can't seem to get it together either (his theoretical area of expertise) ... I guess I'm just wondering pic.twitter.com/BrWHhoAXQw— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) March 10, 2019
Tomlin has coached the Steelers since 2007, leading the team to a Super Bowl victory in his second year in command. His past credentials won't help him this year, however, and he will be banking on a successful season if he wants to keep his job.