Re: Even I Cannot Believe This...
posted at 11/6/2012 1:56 PM EST
In response to Neal Page's comment:
I hate to bring it up again, but BB has lost 2 SBs in the last 5 seasons, because of his QB/offense's execution. That has nothing to do with BB whatsoever. Each team featured good or great players that simply didn't execute 1 or 2 plays to win those games. That's simply not his fault.
BB should have at least been a finalist for coach of the year off the lockout last year going 13-3 and taking a young and injured D into the SB for crying out loud. He won coach of the year in 2010 and should have won GM of the year in a landslide. If anything, BB being held to this outlandish higher standard than everyone else, almost makes him underrated because no one even appreciates what he's doing, even some of our own fans!
His handling of the drafts, coaching up the younger players, handling the waiver wire, the PS and how he uses that so well, hiding his players on IR to help later in the year, etc, all these things as GM and then as he coaches the whole team up, is flat out genius year after year.
Here's who is overrated: MIke Tomlin. Without LeBeau he couldn't coach that team out of a wet paper bag. He's as big as a figurehead coach who wins in this league as their is. Throw in the market he plays in and its even more so. Have you ever seen anyone more disengaged during a game than Mike Tomlin? He does this tough guy thing and takes the headset on and off with some starting here and there and doesn't say a word all game long. He's just there for the ride and to celebrate a TD with the players. LOL
THAT is who is overrated. Pitt loses a Center or their start Safety or whatnot and they go 8-8 in 2009 and miss the playoffs. BB loses Brady in 2008 and and his back up QB helps the club to an 11-5 record.
First of all, this makes no sense. How does the head coach have nothing to do with the offense. Isn't that the number one complaint about guys like Ryan, that they only focus on defense and let the offense do whatever they want. If BB is allowing the offense to lose his team Super Bowl, then that by definition is bad coaching.
As for the "flat out genius" line. This is the attitude towards BB that I just do not get. He is not infallible. For the past seven seasons, obviously some has either done a better job as coach or as a GM then BB. Unless, you definition of being good at these things does not require you to use championships.
I think BB is a better coach than Tomlin, but in the time since Tomlin took over the Steelers, both teams have been to the Super Bowl (BB is 0-2 in that time, Tomlin is 1-1). Both teams, failed to make the playoffs one year and were one-and-done twice.