Colin Cowherd: Mike Tomlin's Lenient Locker Room 'Culture' Hurts Steelers


Colin Cowherd: “I understand when you’re young, you have money, you’re talented, and you’re good looking you get a little cocky, but after you lose a game and get humiliated you should be… marginally humble? I saw Chase Claypool, a great receiver for the Steelers, take to TikTok Live on Monday following his team’s drubbing to Cleveland. He said ‘Bad loss, but the Browns are gonna get clapped next week anyway, so it’s all good’… Pittsburgh is starting to wear me out. All the TikTok stars, trash-talking after you get humiliated… Listen, Le’Veon Bell left and you’re STILL noisy. Antonio Brown left and you’re STILL noisy. Some of this is Big Ben, but maybe some of this is the culture created by Mike Tomlin. All the guys that were reportedly ‘the problem’ have left, and you still have the best TikTok assemble in the NFL. There’s a lot of brands in the NFL right now where the brand is way better than the quality of football. The Cowboys, the Steelers, the Bears, the Eagles… The BRAND is bigger than reality. Things are not going to change until you remove the people who appear to be accepting this behavior. This is now just an underachieving and noisy franchise that lacks maturity, and blames the last guy they kicked out of the town… Cleveland ROLLED you. Just stop talking. If you won, say what you want, but Cleveland rolled you in your place. Cleveland owned you, deserved it, and frankly has a shot against Kansas City.”

Listen to Colin Cowherd discuss Steelers’ wide receiver Chase Claypool's recent postgame blasts at the Cleveland Browns, and why he thinks head coach Mike Tomlin has to start taking the blame for being the leader of a team whose become synonymous with underachieving, immaturity, and unwelcomed NOISE.

Colin says the team is more famous for TikTik videos than the actual gameplay on the field and needs to start looking long and hard at Tomlin’s inability to establish a stern enough culture that had previously let Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell run roughshod.

The comments echo remarks former Steelers star James Harrison made on The Doug Gottlieb Show in the summer of 2019 when discussing Brown’s epic downfall with the then-Oakland Raiders.

Harrison said of Brown's time in Pittsburgh:

“I believe that some of the things that Tomlin allowed to slip through the cracks with his saying of ‘I’ll tolerate you till I can replace you’ are some of the things that allowed AB to have the behaviors or mannerisms that he had, and allowed some of the things that people believe shouldn’t be happening with an NFL player. At some point the discipline is missing as far as 'If you do A, then B happens', and not 'If you do A, but you're this player, then nothing happens.'"

Check out the full video above as Colin details why the Steelers have simply become a BRAND like the Cowboys, Bears, and Eagles, whose namesakes far outweigh their limited success on the field, as Tomlin is just 8-8 for his career in the postseason.

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