Oct 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on the sideline against the Oakland Raiders during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-18. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin not happy with Shaun Suisham


After two consecutive wins, the Pittsburgh Steelers entered Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders with a chance to climb into second place ahead of the Cleveland Browns after they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as the Baltimore Ravens as they sit in their bye week.

Alas, a narrow 21-18 loss left them in last place in the AFC North Division at 2-5, and all the momentum they had just went down the drain.

Much of the blame can be placed on the normally reliable kicker Shaun Suisham. He had just been named the AFC special teams player for last week, but in a game that was decided by three points, he missed two short field goals from 34 and 32 yards.

Head coach Mike Tomlin wasn’t happy about that:

“We lost the game by 3,” Tomlin said. “We missed two makeable field goals.”

Suisham was 15/15 on the year prior to those two misses, and given the fragile nature of kickers and their confidence, this may be something to watch going forward.


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  • bk

    Tomlin: Look in the mirror. You are just like Obama.. blame someone else… You are such a worthless coach that you could not contain a running QB… the only way you get beat by him is by letting him run. You failed. You also hired Todd Haley..why did your guy not call a play to throw the ball into the end zone instead of 2 straight runs? You own this Tomlin… resign now.

    • eugene tober

      are you kidding?

    • Robert Schultz

      @bk– One question for you. WHO TOOK AND KILLED THE HOSTAGE ? HMM ??

  • eugene tober

    Apparently both kickers are in hot water.

  • Rick Aucoin

    Yeah, Coach, blame the kicker, who’s been perfect so far this year.
    He had a bad game yesterday, for sure. A mystifyingly bad game.
    But Shawn Suisham isn’t the reason our team is near last in the league in red zone production.
    And Shawn Suisham wasn’t calling screen passes behind the line of scrimmage when we needed 7 yards for a first down.
    And Shawn Suisham wasn’t missing tackles all day long and over-pursuing on every play action pass the Raiders ran.
    It’s REAL easy for Tomlin to beat up on his punter and his kicker when they have bad games. But where’s the comments about Ben not being able to hit a receiver in stride with a pass, ever? Or Brown not even reaching to try to catch that first long bomb pass of the game when he was open and running down the field? Or Troy biting so hard on so many fakes and being one of the primary reasons Pryor got that 93 yard touchdown run?
    Yeah, let’s hear all about holding your KICKERS responsible, Coach. That’s exactly what the fans want to hear you saying today.

  • Carl Eagan

    Hey Mikey since you claim to be involved in every aspect of the game plan, why does the red zone offense suck so bad? How about special teams? Did you work with them as well? It appears that you did!

    Hey Mikey since you claim to know so much about situational football why did the offense continue to try to run when it was averaging less than 2 yards per carry?

    Hey Mikey why didn’t the heavy package stay in there more often to give Ben a little protection?

    Hey Mikey why is it you have a quarterback who for 9 years has a proven record of moving the ball at will in the no-huddle but you won’t allow it (because you don’t like it) until less than a minute is left in the game?

    Hey Mikey why is it the team is never ever prepared to play against a bad team that is the one thing you have been consistent with over the past 6 years.

    Hey Mikey why is a team so full of talent falling apart under you?

    Hey Mikey the sound bite for dummies book you bought worked really well the soccer moms love you but then they don’t understand football. Why don’t you buy the football coaches guide for dummies it couldn’t hurt?