Amid Patriots Heartbreak, Defeated Mike Tomlin Joins Ron Rivera and 8 Other NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat

Published 12/08/2023, 2:06 PM EST

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were doing fairly well until recently. A month ago, the 6x Super Bowl champs were being considered among the AFC contenders with 6-3. Then Mike Tomlin‘s side proceeded to lose 3 out of 4 games. Now, they stand at the third of the AFC North with monumental tasks of overcoming the Ravens and Browns to climb to the top.

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And their recent embarrassing loss to the Patriots seems to be the final nail in the coffin for Tomlin. Well, if you are a ‘Steelers National’ don’t be relieved so early. He isn’t going anywhere yet! But the loss seems to have put him among the NFL hot seats, along with 9 other unfortunate names.

Tomlin joins Rivera and Belichick at the NFL hot seat

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The NFL is an unforgiving league. No matter how much your portfolio says about you, the time and urgency of the situation washes up everything. And even the biggest legends have to face the consequences. The best example would be two head coaches already present in the hot seat, Commanders Ron Rivera and Patriots Bill Belichick.

After falling out of favor with the Panthers, it looks like Rivera’s time with the Commanders is coming to an end as well. A member of the 1985 Golden Generation Bears and the Super Bowl XX winner with the franchise, Rivera’s coaching spree is nearly not as successful as his playing career. He had two unsuccessful stints with the Bears as well, one in 1997 and another in 2004.

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Bill Belichick, on the other hand, needs no introduction. After serving the Patriots for two decades, his dynasty has started falling apart. The fans have urged both sides to come to a mutual end before it gets too ugly and damages his legacy. And although reports emerged of a new contract extension, Belichick in his true mind probably wouldn’t consider another season with the team, as pundits suggest.

The other names on the list include:

Chargers‘ head coach Brandon Staley
Bears’ head coach Matt Eberflus
Titans‘ head coach Mike Vrabel
Buccaneers‘ head coach Todd Bowles
Jets‘ head coach Robert Saleh
Saints‘ head coach Dennis Allen
Falcons‘ head coach Arthur Smith
And of course, Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin

But despite a 7-win season, one may be curious why Tomlin has come under the scrutiny. The current run is the answer, and it could get worse even if they go to the playoffs.

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Is Mike Tomlin to follow Matt Canada next?

On paper, the Steelers are still in the playoff picture with a 7-6, but after squandering the last three and with four games to be played, they are moving away from the picture every passing second. The record-time Super Bowl winners have not won a single playoff game since 2016. And with their current status, they aren’t posing a better chance to improve either. Losing to one of the worst; arguably THE worst side in the league in the name of the Patriots also doesn’t help things.

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Earlier, the consequences came down on offensive coordinator Matt Canada. He couldn’t get away with existing issues and faced exit on November 21 following his ineffective play calling, which landed the Steelers at the bottom of the league. If things drastically don’t improve, or particularly, take a U-turn, the team is as good as doomed in the playoffs. And so will be Tomlin.

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