Mike Tomlin Not Going To ‘Shoot A Hostage’ To Fix What Ails The Reeling Steelers

Mike Tomlin isn’t going to force any drastic changes to his Pittsburgh Steelers, but he sure had a colorful way of putting it.

The Steelers head coach was asked about his confidence in offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s game-planning and play-calling.

Tomlin also added to that “changing for the sake of changing” line, saying that he doesn’t want to “shoot a hostage.”

If you just had a strange sense of deja vu, it’s because this isn’t the first time that Tomlin has busted out a hostage analogy. He did it in 2018 while talking to ESPN’s Dianna Russini about his former running back-turned-pro boxer Le-Veon Bell.

The Steelers are in one of the worst spots they’ve been in over Tomlin’s 16 seasons as the team’s head coach.

An unholy, 38-3 beating at the hands of the Buffalo Bills knocked the Steelers to 1-4 and kept them last in the AFC North.

Of course, they’re dealing with some critical injuries; perhaps the biggest of all to linebacker TJ Watt. Pittsburgh also weathered an early-season QB controversy. Rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett has been given the reigns after Mitch Trubisky failed to get anything going.

It doesn’t get much easier for the Steelers. They’ll face the Buccaneers, Dolphins, and Philadelphia Eagles over the next three weeks.

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Written by Matt Reigle

Matt is a University of Central Florida graduate and a long-suffering Philadelphia Flyers fan living in Orlando, Florida. He can usually be heard playing guitar, shoe-horning obscure quotes from The Simpsons into conversations, or giving dissertations to captive audiences on why Iron Maiden is the greatest band of all time.

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