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CH Column: I’m Pulling My Support of Mike Tomlin

The election is over. Half of America is happy while the other half is in disbelief and dismay. After months and months of campaigning, it’s finally all over. We have our President-elect.

There is another campaign going on recently that is picking up a lot of steam on social media and other outlets: those defending Mike Tomlin to the grave and those calling for his head. 

For his entire tenure, I’ve been a Tomlin supporter. I’ve been fairly critical of his time management and other blunders, but still supported him and defended him as the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m done. I can’t anymore. When you look at certain statistics that are extremely mind-bottling (I recently re-watched Blades of Glory), it’s hard to campaign for a coach that’s severely underachieved. 

I’m a member of a Steelers fan page on Facebook, and a discussion broke out of people comparing Tomlin to Bill Cowher. People, it’s not even close. People look at the surface and say, “Tomlin had the same amount of Conference championships and Super Bowl championships as Cowher, but in 5 less years!” They’ll also say, “Tomlin’s never had a losing season, while Cowher had three!” And when you look at that and only those points, you might think it’d be hard to vote against Tomlin. Oh boy, you are so wrong.

First off, Bill Cowher had nothing at quarterback for his entire tenure until Big Ben was drafted. We’re talking about Bubby Brister, Neil O’Donnell, Mike Tomzack, Kent Graham, Kordell Stewart, and Tommy Maddox. He had NOTHING. He couldn’t get a franchise quarterback. Yet, he went to four conference championships and one Super Bowl without one, and nearly beat the team of the 90’s in Super Bowl XXX, if it weren’t for, guess who: his quarterback. As soon as Cowher got a franchise quarterback, he went 15-1 and went to the AFC Championship in 2004, and won the Super Bowl in 2005. It took him only two years to get to the top of the mountain once he got an elite quarterback. Also remember, that Cowher and GM Kevin Colbert built the 2005 team. 

Let’s look at Tomlin. Tomlin inherited a team one year removed from a Super Bowl victory, with the majority of the team still in place. Some key guys were gone (Bettis, Faneca, Porter), but the majority of that team was in place. He also inherited a franchise quarterback. Now, I give Tomlin credit. The team can be extremely talented and have all the right players, but you still need someone to captain the ship to lead you to the top of the mountain. Tomlin did that in 2008. He may not have built that team, but he led them there. Bad coaches don’t win Super Bowls, but average ones can. But as time has gone on, and more and more of Cowher’s players have left, it’s become more and more Tomlin’s team. As a matter of fact, the only player left drafted under Cowher’s regime is Ben Roethlisberger. And as it’s become more and more of Tomlin’s team, they’ve gotten worse and worse. 

Since 2012, Tomlin’s team is 19-23 vs teams that are .500 or worse. Well-coached teams don’t lose to teams they should be beating. If it weren’t for Cincinnati giving away a win in the playoffs last year (in a game where Tomlin couldn’t even control his own coaches’ behavior), ZERO playoff wins in five years. This is all with one of the best quarterbacks of his generation, arguably the best all-around running back in the league, and arguably the best receiver in football. Now, the Steelers can’t win the Super Bowl every year, but you’d expect some better performances than sub-.500 against bad teams. You’d expect more playoff wins. You’d also expect a defensive-minded coach to have a better defense than one of the worst in the last three years. And as we look toward Sunday against the 7-1 Dallas Cowboys, I have friends that are Cowboy fans (I live in Dallas) asking me what I think is going to happen on Sunday. I’ve been saying, “I have no idea.” I don’t. I never know what team is going to show up on Sunday. You either get the team that killed Washington and Kansas City, or the team that looked like a high school team against Miami and Baltimore. Well-coached teams are CONSISTENT. The Steelers are far from that. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Steelers won on Sunday 42-10 or lost 38-3. Consistent doesn’t mean you win every week, but you get the same team with the same effort week in and week out. This past week is just another example of poor coaching. The Steelers had one first down in the first three quarters of the game. They played horribly in a week coming off of a bye, where you have an extra week to prepare. Players like Ben and Le’Veon Bell are questioning effort and tightness of practices. Fox Sports’ radio host Colin Cowherd uses a perfect term to describe the Steelers: they’re not “buttoned up.” 105.9’s Mark Madden claims Tomlin is a player’s coach and that they have an “expiration date.” I’m not the only one who’s seeing it, folks. Tomlin is losing the handle on his team year after year, game after game. 

Mike Tomlin isn’t a bad coach. He’s just not the right coach. I fully believe the Steelers don’t win another Super Bowl under Tomlin. I hope he makes me eat my words, but the last 5 years of inconsistency is enough fuel for me to get the engine running on my campaign against Tomlin. I still support and love the team, but Tomlin is not the coach everyone thinks he is. And he sure as heck is not Bill Cowher.

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2016-2017 Steelers Preview: Secondary

In this preview, we’re wrapping up looking at the Steelers defense. We’ve looked at the front-seven, which in my opinion, is at least top-5 in the NFL. However, the final four positions on the Steelers’ defense is not quite as strong. It’s been flat out atrocious at times. They’ve had short little moments where they looked great. It’s definitely the Achilles’ heel of the team. Some say it’s because of the lack of a shutdown corner. Or because they’ve paid more attention to other positions in the draft when they should’ve drafted cornerbacks or safeties. Whatever the case may be, the secondary is still a question mark. Let’s take a look at the projected starters and break this down:

Projected Starters:

CB William Gay

FS Mike Mitchell

SS Robert Golden

CB Ross Cockrell

It’s interesting. The pessimist can look at the secondary and think, “Well, our offense is going to have to score 50 points a game because we can’t stop the other team from going up and down the field on us.” On the contrary, the optimist may say, “Just be patient. This group will be great in a few years.” Personally, I’m kind of in the middle. I’m generally an optimist. I could see how this group could end up being middle of the pack, but I could also see how they could finish dead last against the pass. William Gay is their best cornerback. That’s not good. No knock on Gay, who’s play has gone unnoticed by too many. He’s one short on career pick-6’s as Rod Woodson in Steelers’ history (you may have heard of him). William Gay isn’t a number one corner though. If he were on a team that had even a semi-deep secondary, he’d more than likely be the number two. The Steelers depth at corner, at least in terms of those with any legit NFL experience, is slim-to-none. Ross Cockrell is the number two corner, who was surprisingly decent last year. His inexperience showed though by getting torched a few times, but for his first year getting that kind of playing time, it gives reason for optimism. Mike Mitchell. He was signed out of free agency two years ago as the replacement for Ryan Clark. Clark was a steady free safety who could lay the boom down on receivers going over the middle. Mitchell was expected to bring something similar. His first year with Pittsburgh was very forgettable. He didn’t get credit for a “pass defended” until the season was nearly over. He was slow. He was wasted money on the roster in my opinion. He was also battling a groin injury all season and played through it. Mitchell was healthy last year and his play drastically improved. He led the team in interceptions and was third on the team in tackles. If he stays healthy, he’s the best player in the secondary. Robert Golden is getting his first crack at a starting job on the secondary. He’s been the special teams captain and played in nickel or dime packages. I expect inconsistency from him. He knows the system and his teammates, but will he be able to execute? That remains to be seen. He’s the biggest question mark in the bunch. 

The depth behind these four is very interesting. The Steelers have started to pay much more attention to the secondary in the draft. They drafted cornerbacks Senquez Golson and Doran Grant in the second and fourth rounds in 2015, respectively. This year, they drafted cornerback Artie Burns in the first round, and safety (or cornerback) Sean Davis in the second round. Golson sat out last year with an injury, and has already suffered another injury this year that will keep him out for an extended period of time. Grant has shown some things in preseason, but is not ready for a starting job. Burns and Davis both have high ceilings. I think Davis is more polished than Burns and could get a starting job before Burns, but I think Burns’ ceiling is higher. Burns has insane raw talent, but it has to be honed and trained for the NFL game. It will be an adjustment and it will take time. Patience is key with these young players. It was the same for Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, and Ryan Shazier, but look how they’ve progressed. These young guys can be very good, but more than likely, not this year. This year will be crucial for their development though. Expect to see Grant, Burns, and Davis on special teams and in nickel and dime packages. One guy I’m not high on is Shamarko Thomas. He’s been given opportunities, and hasn’t delivered. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2013, and could’ve possibly been Troy Polamalu’s successor at strong safety. He just hasn’t performed. He’s battled injuries, but even when healthy, he hasn’t given reason to give him that starting job. This year is the year for him to prove something, if he has it. I personally think Sean Davis could win a starting role, either at strong safety or corner, before the year is over. Injuries happen, and he has the talent and football IQ to gain Tomlin and Butler’s trust. 

This group could be really good in a couple years, where Burns and Davis are starters. But this year, it will be another year where the continually struggle. They’ll have good games, and I think it’ll be more frequent. The secondary automatically improves if the front seven can wreak havoc for the quarterback, which I believe they’ll do. But for teams like New England that get rid of the ball very quickly, the Steelers will struggle mightily. There’s not enough depth with NFL experience. Youth is great to have, but it’ll be another year of learning for the young guys in the secondary. Prepare yourselves for some games that the opposing team throws all over the field. It’s gonna happen. However, I like the direction they’re going. It gives reason for optimism. Realistically, all the secondary has to do is be average as long as the offense stays healthy. 2014 was proof of that. 2015 is proof of what happens when the offense gets banged up. Only time will tell what 2016 will hold.

Preseason Grade: C-

Steelers 2016-2017 Preview: Linebackers

Last week we looked at one part of the Steelers front seven on defense, and this week, we’re going to look at the rest: linebackers. This is a position that the Steelers have arguably the best track record with. Jack Lambert. Jack Ham. Greg Lloyd. Kevin Greene. Levon Kirkland. Jason Gildon. Joey Porter. James Farrior. James Harrison. More recently, Lawrence Timmons. That’s just to name a few. There is a lot of potential in this year’s group of linebackers. Let’s take a look:

Projected Starters:
LOLB: Bud Dupree
ILB: Lawrence Timmons
ILB: Ryan Shazier
ROLB: Jarvis Jones

That list doesn’t jump out at you and make you think, “Wow. This is one of the best groups in the league.” Look past the surface though. This is a group to really get excited about. I REALLY like Ryan Shazier. If I had to put my money on anyone of these guys having a monster year, it’d be him. He’s having a tremendous camp. He’s building off of a year where he took some serious strides at getting better and adjusting to the NFL game. Also add that insane speed he has. Shazier is primed for a great year. He just has to stay healthy. It’s been an issue with him in his first two seasons. Let’s hope the injury bug stays away from him. If it does, there’s a very good chance he’d be the team’s best linebacker. Next to him on the inside is Lawrence Timmons. Timmons looked a step slow last year while he battled a toe injury, but still racked up a team-high 119 tackles and 5 sacks. He’s shed a little bit of weight, so I expect him to move around a little bit better than last year. Timmons is still Timmons though. You know he’s going to get 100+ tackles and at least 3 sacks. Those numbers aren’t bad at all, especially if Shazier has a monster year. Vince Williams is a guy off the bench that could provide a spark. He’s a solid tackler, and he’s gotten some significant playing time under his belt filling in while Shazier’s been sidelined with injuries the past couple of years. The pair of Timmons and Shazier could arguably be the best duo at inside linebacker in the league, at least compared with teams who also run a 3-4 scheme. The speed, the tackling ability, the coverage ability, and the football IQ is all there. They just have to execute on the field.

At outside linebacker, I’ve projected the pair of Bud Dupree and Jarvis Jones. Both guys are first round draft picks. Dupree’s stock is much higher than Jones’ right now. Dupree is coming off of a solid rookie year where he sacked the quarterback four times while sharing time with Arthur Moats. Jones is coming off of a year where he was awarded the starting job, but ended up losing it to James Harrison, or at least lost a significant amount of snaps. Harrison is getting older, but if utilized correctly and for a certain portion of snaps per game, he can still be affective, and may even show shades of the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year. However, Outside Linebackers coach Joey Porter has already said he wants to get away from the split snaps, or a “platoon,” if you will (Dupree/Moats on the left, and Jones/Harrison on the right). Jones and Dupree are first round picks, and the Steelers are wanting to give them every reason to prove it. Dupree’s stock is much higher than Jones’. Jones’ option for a fifth year was not picked up by the Steelers, meaning he’ll be an unrestricted free agent after this season. If any time was the time for Jones to break out, it’s now. 

At the of the day, I think this is the strongest part of the defense. There’s speed, youth, and experience. They tackle well, they rush the passer well (although, they still need to improve), and they cover well. I expect big years from Shazier and Timmons, and I think Dupree’s sophomore year trumps his rookie campaign. Jones is the big unknown. He lost some weight to try to get a little quicker off the edge. We’ll see if it pays off. The Steelers are known to have great linebackers, and this year, they’ve got a solid group, with potential to be a truly great group.

Preseason Grade: A-

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2015/2016 Pittsburgh Steelers Season Review

The 2015-2016 Pittsburgh Steelers regular season has to come to an end. It has been a season of mettle for this team, having to push through adversity due to injuries to key players throughout the season, especially on the offensive side of the ball. They’ve managed that adversity admirably finishing the season with a 10-6 record, good enough to qualify as the AFC’s 6th seed in the NFL Playoffs. They finished two games behind the Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) in the division, and find themselves facing the AFC North Champions in the Wildcard Round upcoming this weekend.

I will start this column with my pre-season prediction of what I thought the Steelers would do, game by game (parentheses are actual results):

  1. @ Patriots: Loss (L 21-28)
  2. vs 49ers: Win (W 43-18)
  3. @ Rams: Win (W 12-6)
  4. vs Ravens: Win (L 20-23)
  5. @ Chargers: Win (W 24-20)
  6. vs Cardinals: Win (W 25-13)
  7. @ Chiefs: Win (L 13-23)
  8. vs Bengals: Win (L 10-16)
  9. vs Raiders: Win (W 38-35)
  10. vs Browns: Win (W 30-9)
  11. @ Seahawks: Loss (L 30-39)
  12. vs Colts: Win (W 45-10)
  13. @ Bengals: Loss (W 33-20)
  14. vs Broncos: Win (W 34-27)
  15. @ Ravens: Loss (L 17-20)
  16. @ Browns: Win (W 28-12)

I predicted they’d finish 12-4, and finished 12-4 on my game by game predictions, so I wasn’t too far off the mark. I predicted all of this barring no major injuries to key players, which did end up happening. I saw the offense being a huge threat with Le’Veon Bell continuing to progress as arguably the best running back in the league, Martavis Bryant taking a step forward, and Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown continuing their record-setting combination. I had little optimism for the defense, thinking they’d be bad against the pass again, but hoping the young guys in the front seven would progress.

Even with the defense being a liability, I still saw the offense still out scoring teams if games went into shootouts, and the team taking the AFC North crown again. An injury to Ben Roethlisberger that kept him out 4 weeks, and season ending injuries to Le’Veon Bell, Maurkice Pouncey, and Kelvin Beachum definitely burdened the Steelers biggest strength. They struggled mightily while Ben was out, having poor games against Baltimore and Kansas City. Le’Veon Bell’s presence helped the Steelers win two of the four games Ben missed. Unfortunately, the game Ben made his return in marked the game in which Bell suffered a season-ending knee injury. Helping the run game not just survive, but thrive, was offseason free-agent signing DeAngelo Williams, who performed much better than almost anyone’s expectations while Bell missed games due to injury and suspension. He filled the role so well that when many thought any chances of a Super Bowl or even playoffs were in serious jeopardy when Bell went down for the year, he gave a new hope (Star Wars pun) to the Pittsburgh run game.

All in all, with everything the Steelers faced in terms of injuries, the season could still be considered a success, finishing 10-6 and clinching a wildcard spot. The Steelers have familiarity as the AFC’s 6th seed. Hopefully, it will be a fun and long playoff run.

Here are my grades for the Steelers offense, defense, and coaching staff, summing up finally with my overall thoughts on the season:

OFFENSE
Points Per Game: 4th (26.4 PPG)
Total: 3rd (395.4 yds/game)
Passing: 3rd (287.7 yds/game)
Rushing: 16th (107.8 yds/game)

GRADE: A

The Steelers offense, when healthy, was very dangerous with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running backs Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams, and a receiving corps nearly unmatched by anyone else including Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, Darius Heyward-Bey, and tight end Heath Miller. The offensive line also played extremely well, considering losing all-pro center Maurkice Pouncey for the season in preseason and left tackle Kelvin Beachum for three quarters of the year. When the offense was clicking on all cylinders, it was virtually unstoppable. Roethlisberger, while missing four and a half games this year, threw for 3,938 yards, averaging an astounding 328.2 yards per game. Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams combined for 1,463 yards on the ground, giving the Steelers a solid running game to go with an outstanding passing game. And when talking about that passing game, you can’t forget to mention Antonio Brown, who’s numbers just seem to go up every year. He had 136 receptions for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns. Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton put up solid numbers as a compliment to Brown, both having over 700 yards each and combining for 11 touchdowns between them. Heath Miller consistently remained Ben’s security blanket, catching 60 passes this year, which was second on the team. You couldn’t ask much more from the offense. They were amazing.

DEFENSE
Points Per Game: 11th (19.9 PPG)
Total: 21st (363.1 yds/game)
Passing: 30th (271.9 yds/game)
Rushing: 5th (91.2 yds/game)

GRADE: C+

On the other side of the ball, the Steelers were no where near as dangerous. The team struggled mightily against the pass, finishing 30th in the league in passing yards allowed per game. Mike Mitchell, who received much criticism in the 2014-15 campaign, was one of the few bright spots in the secondary, showing much improvement and showing he might be worth the contract the Steelers signed him to. Jarvis Jones, now finishing his third season, can officially be called a bust. He was drafted in the first round in 2013, considered to be a great pick for where the Steelers were drafting, and has shown very little to live up to that expectation. He recorded only two sacks and one interception, very underwhelming for a first round outside linebacker in his third season. However, there were some bright spots on the defense. Cam Heyward continued his progression into a dominant defensive end recording 6.5 sacks, while on the other defensive end, Stephon Tuitt really took a leap forward in his second year, recording a team-leading seven sacks. At linebacker, Lawrence Timmons was Mr. Consistent again, recording 119 tackles. Ryan Shazier, last year’s first round pick, showed great signs that he can be a great inside linebacker when healthy. This year’s first round pick, Bud Dupree, had a solid rookie year, recording four sacks and showing some upside in his rookie year. The ageless wonder, James Harrison, showed that he can still be a threat, recording five sacks and one interception in a limited role. The secondary needs major improvement. Next year’s draft/free agency has to address that. Where the defense did excel however, was in sacking the quarterback and taking the ball away. The defense had 48 sacks and 30 takeaways, both ranked third in the NFL.

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach Mike Tomlin: B
Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley: A-
Defensive Coordinator Keith Butler: B-

Overall, the coaching staff has to be given credit for a decent season, especially considering the injuries this team faced. Certain personnel choices and clock management by Tomlin can be criticized, but when you take a team that faced injuries to major players to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth, credit has to be given too. I love Todd Haley’s playbook. LOVE it. My only beef is his play calling. He can rely on the shotgun draw or the wide receiver screen a little too much. But his play calling has gotten much better over the years he’s been the offensive coordinator. Him and Ben Roethlisberger have developed a great chemistry with each other. Keith Butler, in his first year as defensive coordinator, has done some good work to revive a defense that was atrocious in 2014. There’s still work to be done, but it seems things are moving in the right direction.

MY THOUGHTS: Overall, I consider this year a success. There were missed opportunities here and there, but the Steelers go into the playoffs as a dark horse to make a run at the Super Bowl. If the offense gets it clicking, they will be tough to stop. Next year should be another great year for the offense, getting back Le’Veon Bell and Maurkice Pouncey. The defense needs to improve in the secondary, and maybe look to add another piece at outside linebacker and cut ties with Jarvis Jones.

Antonio Brown was named the team MVP by his teammates. I have to disagree. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Antonio Brown. I think he’s unrivaled in almost every facet of being a wide receiver in the NFL. I wouldn’t want any other receiver on my team ahead of him. However, my team MVP is Big Ben. His absence in those four games showed what he means to this team. They lost two games they had a great chance of winning with him. The offense was no where near as potent without him. AND, Antonio Brown had a hard time finding chemistry with Mike Vick and Landry Jones. When it comes to who’s more replaceable, Brown is more replaceable than Ben is. This team has a better chance of being successful without Brown than without Ben. However, debating who’s more valuable between the best receiver in the league and one of the best quarterbacks in the league is a good problem to have.

This year had it’s moments for sure. Landry Jones’s performance in the Arizona game, Le’Veon Bell’s walk-off touchdown in San Diego, the tale of two halves against the Broncos where the Steelers came back from down 17 points, and who could forget Antonio Brown’s goal post mount:

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Let’s hope for a Steelers run to the Super Bowl on this stairway to seven! Here we go!


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Bell’s Suspension Reduced to Two Games; Brady’s Suspension Upheld by NFL

Le’Veon Bell and the NFL have reached a settlement on Bell’s appeal. Originally, the NFL suspended Bell for three games for possession of marijuana and DUI for said drug. The settlement between the two parties is a reduction from three games to two games. The original three game suspension was broken down to one game for the possession charge and two games for the DUI. The two games for the DUI were not going to get reduced at all, even for a first time offender, but the one game for the possession had a chance to be rescinded, especially since Bell fully cooperated with the law and the NFL. Bell will now make his season debut in St. Louis against the Rams in week 3.

Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his involvement in Deflate-Gate has been denied by the NFL as of today. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the NFL will uphold Brady’s suspension due to his unwillingness to cooperate with the investagtion in Deflate-Gate. New evidence came out that Brady admitted to having his phone destroyed when he was asked for his personal cell phone by investigators for possible evidence in the Deflate-Gate scandal. The player’s union threatened that if Brady did not get exonerated of his punishment, they would take the NFL to court over the matter. Goodell was also under pressure by the majority of the owners to uphold Brady’s suspension. The only way Brady could play in week one against the Steelers now is if the player’s union or Brady himself file a lawsuit against the league and are granted an injunction until a judgement in made. The Deflate-Gate scandal is still far from over.


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Steelers Interested in Hosting Super Bowl LVII in 2023

The Steelers are eyeing another Super Bowl – this time as a host. They have officially filed an application to host the Super Bowl 8 years from now. It’s an interesting play by the Steelers here, and it gives reason for the city of Pittsburgh to be excited. This is the very beginning of a long process. We won’t know who will win the bid for Super Bowl LVII until 2019, and Steelers President Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that they are not certain if they will actually make a bid. If they do, there are many factors to consider; two of which could be road blocks to keep Pittsburgh from hosting the Super Bowl.

Cold-weather factor: The NFL has already had a Super Bowl in a cold weather city. It went pretty much without incident, at least with the weather (I can’t speak for the thrashing of the Broncos). It was a modest 50 degrees, which is very mild for the New York/New Jersey area for the first week of February. Minnesota is hosting Super Bowl LII in 2018, but their new stadium will have a translucent roof, so the only thing the weather will affect is the traffic and Super Bowl week festivities. The chances of Pittsburgh having mild weather in the first week of February is not very likely. Even if it doesn’t snow, the temperature will more than likely be a factor. The NFL did know the risk when they awarded New York with Super Bowl XLVIII, but they were criticized by many for giving a cold-weather city the privilege to host a Super Bowl. This may cast some doubt into the minds of voters to give Pittsburgh a Super Bowl.

Size of the market: Pittsburgh is first and foremost a football town. The Steelers are always number one in this city, and the Steel City would go insane if by some chance the 2022-23 Steelers make it to the Super Bowl. However, Pittsburgh is a small city. There will be competition for this bid, more than likely from larger markets that would be more attractive to the NFL. If the NFL has proven anything in recent memory, money talks louder than anything else. Pittsburgh does meet the requirements for hotel space for the numerous tourists and media that make the trip, but limited parking space and other minor issues could throw a monkey wrench into Pittsburgh’s desire to host a Super Bowl.

All in all, I think Pittsburgh would be an interesting choice to host a Super Bowl. The city would be electric and I think it could be a great host. Plus, the fact that Super Bowl 57 could be played at Heinz Field is a marketer’s dream (Heinz 57). There’s a good amount of intrigue when taking in all the deciding factors. I also believe the NFL might cave into their ties with the Rooney family. If the Rooney’s weren’t the Steelers owners, I don’t think Pittsburgh would have a chance to land this bid. We’ll find out in the next few years how realistic this chance is. Meanwhile, there’s other Super Bowls to concentrate on first.