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Mike Tomlin Should Be the New Head of Football Operations


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Although the Steelers will have a playoff game on Sunday night, the reality is whether it be after Sunday or in the coming weeks the franchise will not be the same again in 2022 and beyond.


Ben Roethlisberger is retiring, and Keven Colbert will soon join him. The last key remnants of the Bill Cowher Era will be out of the Steeler’s facility. So, what do the Steelers do? How do they usher in this new version of the Pittsburgh Steelers? The answer is to make Mike Tomlin Head of Football Operations.


Tomlin will be the true face of the Steelers with Roethlisberger gone and Colbert no longer picking the groceries. The truth is it has always felt that it was a power struggle at times between head coach and quarterback. Remember there were rumors that Tomlin was growing weary of Ben’s relationship with then offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and that is why he was let go after the 2011 season.


Then Tomlin hired Todd Haley who had friction with Ben for most of the time he was there although he enjoyed his greatest success in his sure-fire Hall of Fame career. After he was gone, he elevated Randy Fichtner from quarterbacks coach to his offensive coordinator who let’s face it he was a yes man to Big Ben. Now Matt Canada is the offensive coordinator and, in my opinion, I don’t think Roethlisberger completely respects him.


The point is that the Pittsburgh Steelers are completely Michael Pettaway Tomlin’s team. He is the face, voice, and heartbeat of this franchise. I am usually against a head coach leading the entire football operation but Tomlin is no ordinary coach. He is a true leader of men and after fifteen seasons his not grown stale at all. I think you can still hire a general manager for things such as contract negotiations and crunching the cap numbers. That is where the vice president of football and business administration Omar Khan comes in. You will need a vice president of player personnel, that’s when you promot