Shannon Sharpe knows a thing or two about catching footballs and running routes. The Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end is regarded as one of the greatest to ever play his position. Sharpe’s storied career finished with over 10,000 receiving yards and 62 touchdowns.
Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers should know a thing or two about coaching. He has won a Super Bowl and coached in another. Pittsburgh has drafted tons of talented WRs during his tenure. He now faces the challenge of managing those young players with a quarterback who has severely declined in play recently.
Those same receivers have been struggling to find their groove this year. What should be a strong young corps of pass catchers including JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool has been something of a mess in 2021. Shannon Sharpe recently called out Pittsburgh’s head man over his management of the WR room on Twitter.
“Don’t care what anyone says, for every Steelers WR to get unsportsmanlike, taunting penalties or exhibit behavior seen in the last decade. It’s coached in Pittsburgh and Coach Tomlin condones it. Tell me I’m lying.”
Tomlin and the Steelers were embarrassed by the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend. His team fell behind 30-0 by the middle of the third quarter. His players were heavily criticized for celebrating like they won the Super Bowl while getting crushed by Patrick Mahomes and company. Earlier this season, Tomlin’s star running back revealed that he was not aware that the NFL allows tie games. It is becoming a trend.
Sharpe believes the Steelers wideouts are having trouble adjusting to the maturity level needed to be successful in the NFL. That falls directly on the head coach in his mind. He is just one of the many voices around the league that is becoming more and more skeptical of Mike Tomlin’s tenure as Pittsburgh’s head coach.
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