Jerome Bettis has a bone to pick with Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
Bettis singled out Mike Tomlin as the main culprit for the disappointing defeat.
“It’s a lot on the players because obviously they went out there and didn’t play well, but it’s an awful lot on the coaching staff as well and Coach Tomlin. He didn’t have them prepared, didn’t have them ready, had them looking past this football game and you just can’t do that in the NFL when you’re playing in the playoffs.”“Each team in that playoff deserved to be there and they didn’t give the proper amount of respect. And I don’t think they were prepared enough for that football game. When you make those bad decisions because you weren’t in that situation. They didn’t play good situational football and when you get in the playoffs, that’s why the Patriots have been the dominant team of this era, because they have played situational football the best.”
Bettis stopped short of advocating for the removal of Tomlin, but he believes there are some important lessons to be learned from the loss.
“I think he should learn from this situation. I think there’s a lot to learn from. He sees that you can’t approach these big game like that. Just because the Patriots are on the schedule, you can’t circle them. Then you tell the public and you tell your players that this is how we’re gonna go about it. We’re gonna talk about the Patriots before we play the Patriots. It’s totally unacceptable, especially when the idea is, take one game at a time."