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Steelers’ unresponsive track suffers nonchalant Mike Tomlin on a collision course with the 1988 practice purge

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The Pittsburgh Steelers He has rarely had losing seasons since the NFL began playing Super Bowls to be crowned champions. The 2021 offseason marked the second time in modern franchise history that a quarterback has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Both times, the team had similar succession plans, bridging the quarterback to a first-round pick set as the heir apparent.

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Steelers Mark Malone

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When Terry Bradshaw Retiring in 1983, the Steelers thought they had a succession plan in place Cliff Studt As the quarterback’s bridge Mark Malone As a first-round draft pick who will take over long term. After the 1983 season, Stoudt jumped to the USFL and brought the team David Woodley Bridge as the new quarterback. They even had a modicum of success in the postseason, reaching the 1984-85 AFC Championship Game, but then suffered several down seasons leading to a coaching purge after the 1988 season.

Steelers offense, Canada, Beckett, Pratt, 2022
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Steelers offense, Canada, Beckett, Pratt, 2022

PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 20: Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts a pass during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Akrisor Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh is now in the first year of the post-Ben Roethlisberger Era and succession plan again the bridge player was brought in, Mitch Trubiskyand and draft Kenny Beckett To let him sit back and learn from the veteran. The big difference was that Stoudt backed up Bradshaw for several seasons, and although he wasn’t hugely talented, he had the confidence of the team. Basically, the exact opposite of Mason Rudolph. Stoudt played for a season and Pittsburgh made the playoffs. After letting Woodley start the season in 1984, they eventually turned to Malone who took them all the way to another Super Bowl brink.

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The 2021 Steelers are way ahead of the ’80s Steelers who clung to respectability until the mid-80s before crashing. They throw the quarterback into the bridge outside after three and a half games and let the rookie learn by experimenting with fire. The current version of the team seems intent on going all the way For the 1988 massacre of the coaching staffwhich Chuck Noll Forced to choose. Dan Rooney He didn’t have to fire Noll, but it did give him a choice in dismissing his team, which included a future Hall of Fame coach. Tony Dungy.

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Mike Tomlin on the sidelines for the Steelers’ 35-13 loss in Philadelphia. Image credit – Carl Roser/Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Tomlin He has surpassed Noll in reaching full Crisis Mode in just 10 games. attack coordinator, Canada died is terrible and Mike Sullivan Beloved, but doesn’t have a long track record of success either. Bring in the Steelers Brian Flores Outside the organization to train midfielders and if Art Rooney II He has the courage of his father and grandfather, he may be the only helper Tomlin is allowed to keep it. The Steelers have been promoting Yes Men to Tomlin since they fired Bruce Aryan and ran Dick LeBeau outside the city.


Steelers owner Art Rooney II should guide Mike Tomlin to take a new approach as head coach in 2022


This may be a positive for the Pittsburgh Steelers, after being purged in 1988, they immediately made the playoffs. Noll coached his last playoff win upsetting Houston Oilers She came in a whisper of much desired harassment Denver Broncos in the divisional tour. The training purge shook up the organization and laid the foundation for Bill Cowher Success. When Noll rode off into the sunset after two seasons, Cowher was a playoff starter to start his career, with a fully stocked locker and the Steelers returning to the Super Bowl in less than five seasons.

Steelers owner Art Rooney II and head coach Mike TomlinSteelers owner Art Rooney II and head coach Mike Tomlin

CANTOON, OH – AUGUST 7: Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin (R) and President Arthur J. Rooney II look on as Dick LeBeau speaks during the 2010 Football Hall of Fame honor ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Fawcett Stadium on August 7, 2010 in Canton , Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Tomlin will likely get the same option on the offensive side of the ball at the end of the season that Noll had. But the time has come for fresh blood in all areas. Tomlin could get a second chance with a new attacking crew that has the autonomy within reason. If they keep Flores, it should be clear that he calls the defense, not the coach, and the team should mean it. Tomlin has been praised as a motivator and leader of the men; Leaders understand when different voices are needed and this has never been more true in Pittsburgh.

What’s your opinion, Stellar Nation? Are you ready for The Pittsburgh Purge Part Two? Please comment below or on my Twitter @employee.

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