Pittsburgh got a Steel in Tomlin
What a gift the departing Bill Cowher gave Tomlin – a 2005 Super Bowl winner still in its prime, but coming off an 8-8 season that lowered the expectations of the
Tomlin must still pinch himself, that he'd be the man in such a right place at the right time.
Of the 3-0 teams, the Patriots are getting the lion's share of the headlines because they're more dominant than Pittsburgh and much sexier. But Tomlin's start in
Consider that in 15 years with
Clearly, the Steelers didn't skip a beat when Cowher left.
- Yards per play 6.0
- Opp. yards per play 4.3
- Roethlisberger passer rating: 102.9
Their numbers in the Super Bowl season of 2005:
- Yards per play 5.4
- Opp. Yards per play 4.6
- Roethlisberger passer rating 98.6.
And in the 15-1 regular season of 2004
- Yards per play 5.1
- Opp. yards per play 4.7
- Roethlisberger passer rating 98.1
Even allowing for statistical slippage as the 2007 season grinds on, the Steelers are right in their wheelhouse under Tomlin.
Last year, don't forget,
Tomlin has Roethlisberger back on track, the Steelers re-focused on doing what they do best, and has his hat prominently in the ring for Coach of the Year.
Not bad for a 35-year-old first-time head coach replacing a legend.
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